WALLINGFORD — The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce’s holiday house tour returns for another year, with participants touring five homes decorated for the holidays.
Dee Prior Nesti, executive director of the chamber, said the idea originated from participating in similar home tours during her childhood. From unique homes to historical ones, there will be a variety of houses featured in this year’s house tour, Nesti said.
“I was raised in Cheshire and there was a fantastic house tour every year. I never missed it — it was the highlight of my season,” Nesti said. “They stopped doing it and I missed it. Wallingford and North Haven are beautiful towns, so it’d be a great idea to start our own here.”
This year’s home tour is Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the chamber office, 100 S. Turnpike Road.
To prepare for this year’s event, the chamber contacted real estate agencies in the community to find local homes to feature, Nesti said. Decorators and designers volunteered their time to decorate the homes in the holiday theme.
In addition, members of the community will volunteer their services, Nesti said. Art students from Sheehan and Lyman Hall high schools created sketches of each house, which will be given to the homeowners as gifts. Students from the Spanish Community of Wallingford will sing at one of the houses and the Connecticut Yankee Chorus at another home.
While the event is a fundraiser for the chamber, Nesti said part of the proceeds from the event will go toward a scholarship, which will be given to one student from each high school.
Last year was the first time the chamber organized the event. Marybelle Carrion, operations manager with the chamber, said Wallingford’s first house tour was a success.
“We were very excited. We were just expecting 100 people, but I believe we got over 400 attendees,” Carrion said. “We were very excited at the turnout, especially being the first year. We’re hoping this year is going to be better.”
After a successful first year, Nesti said she’s looking forward to this year’s tour because of the support from the community.
“It’s going to be bigger and better this year,” she said. “The commitment from the community has been tremendous.”
The five homes featured in the tour are: 560 N. Main St., 215 S. Main St., 21 Turnberry Road, 40 Cooke Road, and 50 Williams Road.