This year's Christmas home tour sponsored by the Dublin Women's Philanthropic Club will feature collections of nutcrackers and some unusual items.

This year's Christmas home tour sponsored by the Dublin Women's Philanthropic Club will feature collections of nutcrackers and some unusual items.

Tour organizers hope the tour of six homes provides decorating tips and entertainment, while raising money for the club to help those around Dublin.

The Sunday, Dec. 6, tour will feature some distinctive decorations with more than 100 nutcrackers, a high-heeled shoe themed tree and a polka-dot-ribboned great room.

Organizer Bev Goldie said the club got turned down when recruiting homes for this year's event, but the tour still ended up with distinctive homes through word of mouth or acquaintances.

"Honestly, I didn't know what the interiors were like. A lot of it is just crossing your fingers and hoping that the interior is just as lovely as the exterior and in this case we were lucky that they were," she said. "These homes are not just interesting, but beautifully done."

Goldie said the homes will offer up decorating tips for not just the holidays, but year-round.

According to information from the Dublin Women's Philanthropic Club, tour homes include features such as themed trees, a mermaid masthead and trophies from a current American Le Mans race car driver.

"A home tour doesn't mean people can't bring their spouses," Goldie said. "In one of the homes people are involved in racing. One level of the house is devoted to races and photos. I don't want people to think it's just for the ladies. You would not believe some of these homes."

The tour's six homes will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6. The women's club recommends planning at least two hours to see the homes.

A reception will be held at the Country Club at Muirfield Village, 8715 Muirfield Drive, from noon to 6 p.m. Goldie said people can stop by before or after the home tour to get some refreshments and check out raffle items.

"Even with the economy like it is I can't believe how generous these vendors have been," she said. "We have 10 different baskets with over $150 value (each)."

Raffle tickets are $5 or five tickets for $20. Baskets include items such as clothing, purses, gift certificates and jewelry. The grand prize drawing for a basket that includes a $100 gift certificate to Leo Alfred Jewelers and a Vera Bradley tote will be held at 5:30 p.m. Goldie said the winner must be present.

While fun is the goal for the tour, Goldie said people often overlook the fundraising aspect of the event. Proceeds from the tour go to the Dublin Women's Philanthropic Club, which has given grants to several different organizations and individuals.

Each year the women's club gives a $1,000 scholarship to one student from each of Dublin's three high schools. Other grants have gone to Dublin teachers, scholarships for women continuing education and assistance for families going through disaster, medical emergencies or times of temporary need.

"We do so much in the community that people don't know about. Some situations we can't make known because of domestic violence situations," Goldie said.

Tickets for the home tour are $20 when purchased in advance or online at Tickets can be purchased at Morgan House, 5300 Glick Road; Baker's Fine Gifts and Florals, 9267 Dublin Road; Ha'penny Bridge Imports, 75 S. High St.; and Audacious Boutique, 4365 W. Dublin Granville Road.

Tickets are $25 the day of the tour.