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Christmas Tour of Homes, related activities set

This year's Black Tie Affair Nov. 20 begins with a private nighttime tour of the five houses on this year's Christmas Tour of Homes fully decorated for the holidays and culminates with refreshments and live music inside the Casanova Caves which will also be decked out for the season. For ticket information to this special event call the Chamber at (715)386-8411. Submitted photo

The Annual Christmas Tour of Homes is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22. It will feature five private homes and the historic Octagon House. Hours are Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov 22, from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 if ordered by November 13 (or $20 after Nov. 13) and are available at the Chamber office, Lavender Thymes, Heidi's Hallmark, Seasons on St. Croix Gallery and the Best Western/Hudson House Inn.

Purchase tickets before Nov. 13 and be eligible to win door prizes in each of the residential homes, or more than 100 door prizes being distributed at participating "purple bow" businesses.

A craft sale at the Hudson House Inn is held in conjunction with the home tour on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Black tie event

The Black Tie Affair kicks off the Christmas Tour of Homes. It is scheduled Friday, Nov. 20 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. The holiday celebration includes tours of each of the five private homes featured on this year's Tour of Homes. Each home is decorated for the holidays with plenty of inspiration, and the evening lights create a festive mood.

"The exclusive evening tour offers attendees a unique opportunity to soak up the atmosphere in a relaxed setting without the crowds," said Chamber President Kim Heinemann. Transportation to the homes will be provided and the evening will continue at the Casanova Caves where attendees will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, live music and a cash bar.

There is a limit of 100 tickets to be sold for the Black Tie Affair. Tickets are $95. Proceeds from the Black Tie Affair will help offset the costs the homeowners incur while decorating their homes for the Christmas Tour of Homes event.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chamber at (715)386-8411 with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card or by stopping at the office at 502 Second St. during regular hours.