Decorated Holiday Home from last year's event.

White Rock Holiday Home Tour kicks off this weekend

Participants of the home tour will be able to walk through a series of five homes decorated by professionals with donated decor.

If you have a hard time getting into the holiday spirit, the Holiday Home Tour for Hope will surely have you singing deck the halls with boughs of holly.

Participants of the home tour – founded by Nite of Hope – will be able to walk through a series of five South Surrey and White Rock homes decorated by professionals with donated decor.

Interior designers were teamed with retail stores and tasked with decorating a home, inside and out, with their interpretation of Christmas and the holidays.

The homes, which are lived in by the owners, are temporarily donated for the Nov. 18-20 event.

“We have a smaller home in Crescent Beach – it’s virtually new. It’s a 5,000 square-foot lot, cute little cottage style. Then we have a huge property that was listed about one month or two ago for $28 million. We have quite a variety of homes,” said Amy Alto, a realtor who helped fund last year’s event.

Last year was the first time the Home Tour for Hope was held in the White Rock/South Surrey area. The event was attended by approximately 400 people and raised more than $50,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Kind of fly by the seat of our pants and we got a crazy response back,” Alto said.

“Some people spent three or four hours – the day going through the houses.”

Nite of Hope originally raised money for the breast cancer foundation through galas at the Centennial Arena. Nite of Hope founders Debi Rumley, Tammy Ritchie and Lori Ishikawa decided it would be better to do a home tour instead.

“They wanted to switch it up a bit because there’s quite a few galas out there and people may be getting tired of going to multiple ones,” Alto said.

Tickets ($50) will be sold at the holiday homes but may be purchased in advance at Potters (19158 48 Ave. and 2124 128 St.), Romancing the Home (1637 128 St.), Ambiente Gifts, Decor and Design (1712 152 St.), and West Coast Gardens (1420 172 St.).

For more information about ticket sales and the event visit www.niteofhope.com

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