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Holiday House to allow residents to tour historic homes and combat homelessness

The Holiday House Tour will open its doors Saturday, and give Oxford residents an opportunity to gaze at some of the city’s most decorated holiday homes while helping combat homelessness.

The Doors of Hope Transitional Ministries, which is hosting the Holiday House Tour, will allow walking tours so residents can see the inside and out of the most decorated houses in Oxford’s historic district.

Doors open at 10 a.m. on December 1, and tickets can still be purchased for $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event. Tours of six homes will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Houses included on the tour are the Hardy Home, 434 North 14th St.; the Swaney Home 634, North Lamar; the Hill Home 512, North 14th St.; the Williams Home, 620 North Lamar; and the Khayat Home, 421 North 14th St.

All funds will go to the Doors of Hope ministry, which helps homeless families become self-sufficient. The ministry provides shelter for 4 to 6 months, financial planning and educational guidance.

The ministry also assists in employment, life skills, medical and dental care, and finding permanent housing.

Raffle tickets can also be purchased at $25 per ticket or $100 for five tickets. The raffle drawing will be held at 2:45 p.m. on the day of the tour, and participants will have the chance to win one of eight different items.

Available Raffle Items

– Twelve bottles of wine donated and specially selected by Kiamie’s.

– Dinner for 20, prepared by James Beard nominated Chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman from Hog and Hominy in Memphis, at the Oxford Treehouse Gallery with hosts Vivian and Walter Neill.

– Dinner for two from 12 local Oxford restaurants, including Tallahatchie Gourmet, McEwens, Proud Larry’s, Rafters, The Wine Bar, Bacchus.

– A $500 gift certificate to Jones from Home

– Two festive Holiday Magnolia Wreaths from Discount Building Materials and Home Center.

– Staycation at The Chancellor’s House in a Premier Room.

– $250 gift certificate from Cat Daddy’s Clothing Store.

– A piece of McCarty Pottery, donated by Oxford Floral.