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Holiday Home Tours share the joy of the season

REGION — Holiday Home Tours in Vista and Oceanside kick off the holiday season and raise funds for worthy causes.

The self-guided tours allow visitors to take their time and enjoy uniquely decorated homes. There are also stops along the way at a food truck, to have coffee with a cop, and to see a historic site.

Vista Community Clinic (VCC) will host the annual Holiday Home Tour in Vista Dec. 6.

The tour includes four professionally decorated homes, a food truck, holiday gift bazaar, and time at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. Tour guests also receive a complimentary glass of wine and hors d’ oeuvres at the gallery stop.

Betsy Heightman, VCC chief development officer, said different homes are shown every year.

“The tour has been going on for 29 years and we never repeat a home,” Heightman said.

Included in this year’s tour is the family-built Lopez home, which is now owned by Lauren and Matthew Lieberman. The Spanish contemporary home features a solid mahogany front door, travertine floors, large windows and distressed alder cabinets.

The centerpiece of the backyard oasis is a pool surrounded by king, queen, sego and pygmy date palms, and red, orange and yellow hibiscus.

Heightman said the tour gives viewers great decorating ideas, and homeowners participate because they know the money is going towards the Kare for Kids Fund, which provides medical services to 11,000 underprivileged kids in North County.

The following week Friends of Oceanside Pubic Library will host the annual Holiday Home Tour in Oceanside Dec. 13.

The tour includes five decorated homes, and the unveiling of a mural and coffee with a cop at the Mission Branch Library.

A gift bazaar, entertainment and auction will take place at the Civic Center Library as part of the tour, and is open to the public.

Funds support Friends of Oceanside Pubic Library community programs.

For more information on the Oceanside Holiday Home Tour go to or call (760) 435-5560.

For information on the Vista Holiday Home Tour visit or call (760) 631-5000 ext. 1139.