A handful of homeowners in Destin’s gated neighborhood Kelly Plantation opened their doors to guests on Saturday for a Christmas Tour of Homes, presented by Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and Trustmark Bank.
Beginning at 5 p.m., guests checked in at the Kelly Plantation Owners Club where they were able to pick up map and directions to each house participating in the tour.
While waiting to begin this self-guided tour of homes, guests enjoyed light refreshments and Christmas carols by Niceville Senior High Schools Opus One chorus.
Marcia Hull, from the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, told The Log that they were expecting "at least 100 guests, if not more," to visit the festive homes participating in the tour.
Each home was immaculately decorated, from top to bottom with Christmas lights and strands of garland.
Christmas trees stood about 10-feet tall in each house. They shined brightly with ornaments and thousands of lights that were wrapped pristinely from the star or angel sitting on top, to the pile of presents beneath the branches.
Polly Thompson, of Gulf Breeze, said when she found out her friend was taking part in the tour of homes, she came to town to help decorate and bake Christmas cookies for the lines of guests who would be attending the tour.
With Kelly Plantation looking like the North Pole, each home offered a little something different with each turn of the doorknob.
One home showcased a wine cellar, while another offered a display of antique lace and clothing that’s been in their family for hundreds of years.
With tickets costing $20 before the event, and $25 the day of the event, the Kelly Plantation Tour of Homes rang in the holidays with a jolly jingle, bringing the yuletide spirit to Destin.