I love to go for dinner in Celebration, located just off HWY 192, it’s like stepping back in time and worlds away from the chain restaurants and obvious tourist areas of Orlando.
Each year to kick off the holiday season, the women of Celebration open their doors and their hearts to all that wish to experience some true holiday spirit. We were lucky enough to be here a couple of years ago which was the first time we went on the holiday home tour, it was so memorable that we had to go again this year and bring family along with us.
This is the 16th year that the Holiday Home tour has been run in Celebration, with proceeds going to charities in the area.
We picked up our tickets from the ladies in Main Street, $20 each for adults and $5 for children (age 3 – 11). You are given a guide to the homes you are about to experience with a Map to show their location, although I would still recommend a sat nav, as driving round celebration can become confusing with its many one way streets. You are also handed some rather fetching blue shoe covers, although I would recommend taking shoes that you can easily kick off at the door.
This year there were seven homes open to walk through; ranging in size from a stunning, newly renovated one bed condo just off Main Street to the larger detached family homes that celebration is famous for. Each home had a theme for its holiday decorations that could easily rival those of your favourite top department store.
Obviously I loved them all, but if I had to pick a couple of favourites, I would say home number 3, The Van Deusen Family, with a welcoming smile from the Mum of the family as your opened the front door, they had opened up their home fully and were even on hand to show you round. The decorations were gorgeous and the pool was an eye opening delight with lit stars hanging from above. The Jackson Family at house number 6, had also pulled out all the stops with eight fully decorated trees throughout the home, including two on the porch, so even while putting on your shoe covers you were treated to a feast of festive cheer.
Even if you miss the tour, which is on the first weekend in December, just taking a drive round celebration you will be treated to many outside festive displays. I think twilight is the best time to go, so that you can still see the homes themselves, as well as the Christmas lights.
We finished the tour with a hot chocolate and a stroll down Main Street to see the children enjoying the snow!
The tour continues again today, so it not too late to experience this for yourselves, it’s so festive even the Grinch would struggle not to smile!