Eight venues will be lavishly decorated this holiday season as the Christmas in Oceanside Home Tour gears up for its fourth year.
Six private homes, Hospice House and the penthouse suite at the Beach Club Resort will take part in the fundraising event. Each venue will be decked out to the nines for residents to admire this Christmas season.
Rotarian Susan Stark is organizing the event and her oceanfront home is part of the tour.
“As an interior designer it’s right up my alley,” she told The NEWS. “I like the idea of the fundraiser, it creates a lot of interest in town.”
Stark admits it takes a “rare personality” to allow hundreds of people into your home, but said it’s for a great cause.
She said the self-guided tours are a great opportunity for people to get decorating ideas while supporting local charities this holiday season.
Stark said she’s still deciding on the fine details of how to present her French Creek home for the tour.
“I’m into less is more,” she hinted, but the final product will be a surprise.
This year, Stark said some local restaurants will be offering a discounted luncheon to ticket holders including: Fish Tales Cafe, the Final Approach, Giovanni’s Ristorante, C-View Restaurant and Pacific Prime.
“We have some great restaurants taking part and a lot of people will make a whole day out of it,” said Stark.
In past years this event has seen around 200 people take part. This year, organizers are hoping to sell 300 tickets.
The fundraising event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise to support local charities including: Oceanside Hospice, Arrowsmith Search and Rescue, Coats for Kids, Family Day, Beach Day, KSS, Qualicum Beach Elementary Literacy Program, Errington Elementary Hot Lunch Program, Rainbows Counseling Centre, the Salvation Army, Young Life in Qualicum Beach, Manna Homeless Society and the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association.
The Christmas in Oceanside Home Tour is slated for Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Captivating Details, The Shoe Inn, The Final Approach Restaurant, Fresh ‘n Fabulous Flowers, What’s Cooking?, The Frugal Parisian, Close to You Ladies Fashions and Petal and Kettle.