Join the WCFHBA and the SMC in registering your home for the inaugural Home for the Holidays Bus Tour!
This exclusive tour will bring a luxury shuttle bus full of 27 of the area's best real estate agents straight to your house's door for a day full of beautifully decorated homes and Christmas cheer! This is your opportunity to decorate your house to the nines and show what a family's Christmas could look like in the space. Awards will be given for Best Dressed, Best Decked Halls, Most Spirited, and Best Festive Fare (see more details on each award below).
Due to tour time constraints, we will only accept ONE home per builder and a maximum of NINE builders. Times of arrival for each home will be determined after all homes have been submitted and the route has been created. Builder registration for this event closes the week of Thanksgiving (or whenever nine spots have been filled), so time assignments will be sent no later than the week following Thanksgiving.
In addition to decorating the home, builders are expected to provide drinks and food. Games and/or giveaways are also highly encouraged. This is basically one big Christmas party stretched out over several houses, so have fun with it!
**Builders will receive three tickets each to invite real estate agents to attend this exclusive tour! (Tickets may ONLY be given to real estate agents!)
***This tour is NOT open to the public, but should you choose to extend your normal open house hours into the evening at all--whether on that day or on the following weekend(s)--for the public to see the home lit up in the dark, let us know! We are happy to help you in marketing that to consumers.
Awards will be voted on by the tour attendees throughout the day and will be announced and given the following day (December 8) for builders to display in their houses for the remainder of the Christmas season.
Best Dressed(Best Exterior Decoration): Everything on the exterior will be taken into consideration, including any decor in the yard or on the porch, as well as lighting. Due to this tour being during the day, we recognize it may be difficult for attendees to see all of the lighting on the outside of the home. We suggest displaying a photo in the house of what it looks like all lit up at night. If you have the house decorated by December 1, you can also send us a photo and we can include it in the guide we will give to attendees at the beginning of the tour.
Best Decked Halls(Best Interior Decoration): Everything interior will be taken into consideration, particularly in the main living spaces. No surprise that the Christmas tree will be a focal point of the award here, but other wow factors like mantels, tablescapes, staircases, etc. are also important in this category. Again, if you have a cool lighting feature that really shows off in the dark, send us a photo by December 1 for us to include in the guide.
Most Spirited(Best Overall Theme): An overt theme is not required; however, should you choose to decorate your house in a specific theme, this where that would come into play. Themes like coastal, farmhouse, whimsical, candy, glam... whatever your creative brains concoct! Hint: if your team chooses to build a gingerbread house on theme, it could win you bonus points with voters!
Best Festive Fare(Best Food and/or Drink): Everyone loves a good holiday treat. This award will go to whoever has the best food or drink (or both!) that attendees just couldn't get enough of. You are not limited to only sweet things, nor are you limited to beverages of one temperature. Sweet, salty, savory, hot, cold--it's all welcome!
Date and Time
Thursday Dec 7, 2023 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST
ETAs for your specific house will be sent the week after Thanksgiving.