The Marion City Library is hosting their annual Marion Christmas Home tour this weekend from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. All of the funds raised will go towards the library programs. This event started in 1999.
There will be four homes featured this year. Each one is different but all are decked out for the holidays.
Jami and David Mayfield live at 515 S. Lincoln in Marion. They will have nine trees and multiple nativities. They will have a contest to guess how many nativities are set up and the winning guess will receive a prize. Each tree has a theme including a Sesame Street tree and a patriotic tree.
Ed and Jean Hett’s home, 68 Lakeshore Dr., was originally built in 1877 and then homesteaded in 1879 before the County Lake was built. The Hetts removed an addition to their home when it became structurally unstable and added a large great room and kitchen to accommodate their 14 grandchildren and their parents.
The Hett home’s Christmas decor is of Christmas trees with mixed metals.
“We have accumulated some family decorations which we use as a part of the decor that can be handled by the little ones who are less than six years old, and not worry about their safety or care. Christmas is a time for wonder and joy, especially for children, and we want them to enjoy Christmas, and us, without all the worry about fragile ornaments and décor,” said Jean Hett. “We hope those who visit will enjoy the celebration of Christmas, the coming of Christ, through the eyes and innocence of a child.”
Kelly and Susan Robson are also on the tour. Their home, 811 S. Roosevelt, was built in 2009 by Clark and Josh Whitwell.
“Kelly and I moved into the house in the spring of 2017. We were interested in finding a house next to a less busy road. We both really enjoy the big windows on the back or west side of our house. Watching it snow through them is beautiful,” said Susan Robson.
The last home belongs to Arlie and Gina Overton. They live at 132 N. Roosevelt. Their traditional style should be a bit hit on the tour.
“This is a huge fundraiser for the Marion Library and also a great holiday event for our community for Christmas. We have people from all over the county, plus out of the county, who attend our Christmas tours and look forward to them each year,” said Director Janet Marler. “The homeowners go to so much effort to display their homes for us.”
Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the library which will be open to serve refreshments. Tickets can also be purchased at each home on the tour.