The magic and spirit of the holiday season begins each November with the Junior League of Hamilton-Burlington Holiday House Tour of Distinctive Homes. This highly anticipated annual event has become a wonderful holiday tradition for thousands of people and in this 30th anniversary year, it’s shaping up to be one of the best yet.

Friday November 9 – Sunday November 11, 2012.

Guests will become immersed in the spirit of Christmas as they tour four very different homes, ranging from a two-storey custom built and a beautifully compact bungalow to a 120 year old Victorian home and spectacular country home minutes from the city – all magically transformed by talented design professionals to showcase stunning holiday decor and entertainment ideas. The Tour of homes will be completed with a visit to Burlington’s historic Ireland House to experience a traditional Victorian Christmas within the the sights, sounds, and smells of a bygone era. There, the Tour’s new ‘How-To’ demonstrations, fresh baked cookies and hot cider will also help to get folks into the holiday spirit.

The popular ‘Holiday Magic’, hosted by Holland Park Garden Gallery returns. At these “do-it-yourself” classes participants come away with a customized outdoor holiday urn insert for their own home. These classes are offered as an additional ticket option.

There’s more – carollers, door prizes, discounts at restaurants and retailers, ornament sale and food drive. Smiles will be everywhere! Visit www.juniorleague.ca for all event details.

Tickets can be picked purchased online or at a retail outlet. In Ancaster you can pick up your tickets(s) at Buy the Yard InteriorsPassion for Living, and HomeSense.

Early Bird – $20 (October 1-15), Regular – $25, Door – $30

The annual Holiday House Tour of Distinctive Homes generates the financial resources required to carry out the Mission and Purpose of the Junior League of Hamilton-Burlington – developing the potential of women, improving the community and promoting voluntarism. The League’s volunteer efforts and financial resources are currently making a difference in the lives of women affected by poverty by helping them to improve their educational success and instilling a desire to succeed.

This event is proudly sponsored by:

About the Junior League: The Junior League is an organization of women volunteers who find solutions for some of society’s toughest problems. It empowers its members by providing them with both formal and experiential training. The tremendous and ongoing community impact created by the members, as a result of the training, makes Junior Leagues unique. Since its founding in 1931, the Junior League of Hamilton-Burlington (JLHB) has been an effective catalyst for creating lasting changes in our local community, making an impact in areas such as poverty, respite care, women and children, health and well being, social services, the environment and the arts.

The JLHB is part of the Canadian Federation of Junior Leagues and the Association of Junior Leagues International, which represents 292 Junior Leagues, with approximately 155,000 members in four countries. www.juniorleague.ca