Homes for the Holidays returns as a virtual tour

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Even going virtual, there was still the challenge of getting the homes decorated. Florists, who typically donate their time and inventory to the tour, have had a challenging year. And homeowners are limiting who is entering their home.

The solution was to offer fewer homes (there are four this year rather than the usual eight) and pair them where possible with florists who are already in their social bubbles. For instance, Mill Street Florist decorated the home of one of their part-time workers.

“It has come together quickly but we hope it will still help people get into the holiday spirit while raising much-needed funds,” says Voth-Childs.

Behind the scenes: Homeowner Shelly Cranston during the videotaping and photographing of her home. Photo by Photo courtesy Hospice Care Ottawa

The virtual edition of the tour began Nov. 27 and runs to Dec. 11, and tickets are not being sold this year. Instead, for a donation of your choice, you’ll be given a tour link you can access whenever you want during the two-week tour timeframe. Get details at

Each home will include a 3D tour as well as a three-minute video of the homeowner welcoming you to their home and highlighting some of its key features.

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“I know everybody will really miss the hands-on of going into houses,” says Lalonde, but an advantage is that you can take the tour with your family bubble “and all be together.”

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