Over the past 11 years, Samford Legacy League’s Christmas Home Tour has become a beloved tradition in the surrounding Birmingham community. On Thursday, Dec. 9 of this year, five area homeowners will open their holiday decorated homes to the public for one day.
Tour attendees can be certain to delight in the holiday décor inside each uniquely designed home, including the Samford President’s Home, the residence of newly-inaugurated Samford President Beck A. Taylor and his family. The five houses, three of which are in Mountain Brook and two of which are in Vestavia Hills, range in age from a year to decades old, according to a Legacy League press release.
Not only does the event offer the rare opportunity to view the inside of these homes, it also raises money as one of the Legacy League’s largest fundraisers through ticket sales and the help of sponsors like Community Bank, Slate Barganier Building, and Wilkes Construction Company Inc. As of now, the tour has raised over $250,000 in scholarship money for students with considerable financial need or who have experienced hindrances to their education, such as homelessness, loss of a parent, foster care and violence among others.
“The Christmas Home Tour is very important to me because the funds that we raise go to scholarships for deserving students,” Patricia Naro, chair of the Christmas Home Tour Committee, said.
Naro has been a member of the Legacy League for 10 years and has been involved in the Christmas Home Tour Committee for eight of those years. Throughout this time, the home tour has become a favorite event of hers. She said she feels blessed to be able to serve as committee chair this year.
“We are so thankful for our sponsors and the homeowners who make this event possible,” Naro said.
The tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 9. Tickets should be purchased ahead of time online. The Samford community is invited to attend this highly anticipated event to support this great cause and help to kickstart the Christmas season in the Birmingham community.