Local home tours feature festive decorations

Though it may seem a little early, several local homeowners have already finished decorating for the holidays.

In the coming weeks, their houses will be open to visitors during area holiday home tours. In addition to offering ideas for decking the halls, the tours also serve as fundraising events for nonprofit groups.

The holiday home tour season opens Friday with the "It's a Wonderful House" tour at Chateau Elan in Braselton. The tours, which will raise money for the Gwinnett Children's Shelter, continue through Sunday.

During the tour, shuttle buses will depart from the Chateau Elan Winery and take guests to the homes in nearby neighborhoods. Each home on the tour has been professionally decorated.

On Sunday, Lilburn homeowners will host visitors as part of a fundraiser for the football team at Parkview High School.

"Typically, we have about 600 people who walk through the homes," said Carol Bruce, the chairwoman of the Lilburn Tour of Homes.

The tour features five homes, including a restored farmhouse and a house featuring a waterfall that cascades down the stone wall of a fireplace. All of the houses are located within three miles of Parkview, Bruce said.

On Nov. 30, Sugarloaf Country Club will host its annual holiday home tour. This tour raises money for four charities: Foster Children's Foundation, Gwinnett Children's Shelter, SPECTRUM Autism Support Group and the Duluth Cooperative Ministry.

"It is just going to be a wonderful tour," said Gina Connell, a chairwoman for the Sugarloaf tour.

Five houses at Sugarloaf Country Club will be open for visitors. One house, located on the 18th green, has an Old World feel and a bar area that overlooks the golf course, Connell said.

"Another house is on the golf course and has a great view," Connell said.

In Norcross, five homes in the city's historic district will be open for tours on Dec. 2. Visitors can see the houses during the day or in the evening by candlelight.

The Historic Norcross Holiday Home Tour will raise funds for the Historic Norcross Preservation Alliance.

Residents of Loganville will take part in a holiday home tour on Dec. 3. The proceeds will go to the Loganville Women's Club, which will use the money for a scholarship fund and to benefit the town, said Mary Hazlerigs. She and Janet Moore are the co-chairs of the holiday home tour committee.

"Of course, all the homes will be beautifully decorated," Hazlerigs said.

Annual Home Tours

It's A Wonderful House

Tour of Homes

•When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Shuttles to the tour homes will leave every 15 minutes from the Chateau Elan Winery. The last shuttle will leave from the Chateau Elan Winery two hours before closing.

•Where: Chateau Elan Winery in Braselton. Take Interstate 85 north to exit 126. Turn left on Ga. Highway 211. Chateau Elan Winery will be on the left.

•Cost: Tickets are $25. Tickets are available at Chateau Elan Realty, the Chateau Elan Golf Pro Shop and at several banks and businesses in Braselton, Buford, Hamilton Mill, Hoschton and Gainesville.

•Info: Visit www.itsawonderfulhouse.org.

•Note: Proceeds will benefit the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.

Lilburn Tour of Homes

•When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

•Where: The homes are located within three miles of Parkview High School, 998 Cole Drive in Lilburn.

•Cost: Tickets are $10 and are available at Blue Rooster Cafe, 107 Main St. in Lilburn, or Savannah Secrets, 79 Main St. in Lilburn.

•Info: Call Carol Bruce at 770-367-5197.

•Note: Proceeds will benefit the Parkview Touchdown Club, which supports the school's football program.

Sugarloaf Country Club

Holiday Tour of Homes

•When: Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ticket sales close daily at 4 p.m.

•Where: Sugarloaf Country Club, 2798 Sugarloaf Drive in Duluth

•Cost: Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance or on the day of the tour at the sales center at Sugarloaf Country Club.

•Info: Visit www.sugarloaftourtickets.com.

•Note: Proceeds will benefit the Foster Children's Foundation, Gwinnett Children's Shelter, SPECTRUM Autism Support Group and the Duluth Cooperative Ministry.

Historic Norcross

Holiday Home Tour

•When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Candlelit tours will be given from 6 until 9 p.m.

•Where: Historic Norcross

•Cost: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or from businesses in downtown Norcross. On the day of the event, tickets will be sold at Norcross First Baptist Church, 706 N. Peachtree St. in Norcross.

•Info: Visit www.norcrosshometour.com.

•Note: Proceeds will benefit the Historic Norcross Preservation Alliance.

Loganville Tour of Homes

•When: From 2 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3

•Where: Loganville

•Cost: Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Loganville Chamber of Commerce, 254 Main St. in Loganville, and the Loganville Community Bank, 4581 Atlanta Highway in Loganville. Tickets are also available from members of the Loganville Woman's Club.

•Info: Call 770-466-8909.

•Note: Proceeds will be used by the Loganville Woman's Club, which supports local beautification projects and a scholarship program for students.