Grove City Record

Grove City Christmas Home Tour

Seven locations to be on display for holiday season

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This year marks the return of the Grove City Christmas Home Tour after an absence in 2011.

The 2012 Grove City tour is scheduled to run from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at five different houses as well as the Victorious Living Christian Center, 2735 Columbus St., and Century Village at Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Road.

The other stops on the tour include the homes of Bev Babbert at 3310 Kingston Ave., Jeri and Justin Massenelli at 2473 Milligan Grove, Jennifer Davis at 5083 Shoreside Drive, Regina and Ken Perkins at 6127 Catawba Drive and Stew Gibboney and Michele Hopkins at 3091 Orders Road.

"It gets everybody in the Christmas mood," said event coordinator Brenda Hritz. "I think a lot of people want to see what other people's decorations look like ... It's like a big party."

Features of the tour will include the Giving Trees in the welcome center of Victorious Living and period decorations at the log house and general store of Century Village, while some of the stops will feature refreshments such as hot chocolate, cider, candy and cookies.

The house of Hopkins and Gibboney, which was scheduled to be a stop on last year's tour before it was canceled, includes an outdoor kitchen and fireplace as well multiple Christmas trees.

"We have four full trees, and each one of them has a different theme," Hopkins said.

There's the cabin tree, decorated like a log cabin; the dining room tree, which has a peacock theme; the family tree in the family room; and the "pretty" tree.

"They're all pretty, but this one is really," said Hopkins, referring to the "pretty" tree.

Outside, the house is adorned by some 8,000 lights and is made up like Santa's workshop, Gibboney said.

"We enjoy decorating for Christmas," Gibboney said. "We enjoy sharing with other people."

"It's just nice to be around family and friends and the community," Hopkins said.

Tickets cost $10 per person or $8 for those 60 and older and are currently available at the Sommer House Gallery, 4038 Broadway, and the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park St. They will also be available the night of the tour at the Welcome Center along with a donation box for canned goods. Proceeds will benefit the Grove City Food Pantry.

The tickets will come with a map to the locations, Hritz said.

Those interested in showcasing their homes next year can contact Hritz at 614-875-3249.

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