Semmes Christmas Tour 2019 is Saturday, December 14, 3-8 p.m. This is the 11th year for the event, which has been endorsed as an Alabama 200 Bicentennial Event for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The tour is presented by the Semmes Woman's Club; the committee consists of co-chair Diane Moore, co-chair Dani Dyess, Sharadee Davis, Ann Phillips, Melissa Marks, Miranda Wilder, Alice Baker, Linda Ryals, Paula Lindsey, Vanessa Driskell, Cheryl Newman and Teani Parker.
But the production is not the work of just a few people, Moore said. The Tour is really a community-wide effort as Semmes Woman’s Club partners with many different groups and sponsors to produce the event, including
Semmes Chamber of Commerce, City of Semmes and Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson and many others.
Tickets are $10 pre-sale and are available at Meggie B’s Gifts, Semmes Senior Center, Second Impression and online @ Eventbrite.com.
On the day of the event, tickets will be $12 at Allentown Elementary School, 10330 Howells Ferry Road, the starting point of the Christmas Tour. Half the proceeds from the Tour goes Semmes Senior Center and half to SWC ongoing projects. An extra added attraction--door prizes and Grand Prizes.
Each year, the Christmas Tour attracts hundreds of people to the beautifully decorated homes and businesses and to the Taste of Semmes at Allentown Elementary. From 3-4:30 p.m., approximately 20 businesses will offer "tastes" of everything from pizza to sweets to coffee and homemade bread.
This year, there are three private homes, six businesses and an event venue.
Homes featured are those of Joel and Meredith King, David and Toni Reed and Brandon and Cindy Van Hook. Businesses are Air Specialty, Stokley Garden Express, Meggie B's, Ruby Blue, Second Impression and Gone Country Outdoor Store & Feed. Loblolly Farm is the event venue.
The Kings' home is quite different in decorating scheme. Instead of the traditional Christmasy green and red or even the popular neon greens and pinks, the Kings' decorations are decidedly earthy and emits the fragrance of fresh eucalyptus. And another eye-catching and welcome feature is the little coffee niche with a hot pot of coffee and thick mugs to hold it--just in case it's cold on December 14th.
At the Reeds' home, guests will be greeted by the beautiful Nativity in the foyer. Table lamps effectively accentuate the ceramic pieces that tell the story of Jesus' birth. Other highlights include one room filled with a collection of Santas, and another, the bedroom of Lucy, 4 and Molly, 18 months old, will have a ballerina tree.
Brandon and Cindy Van Hook's visitors will find so much of interest: A singing Santa, a collection of nutcrackers in the foyer, treasured items from the children's past--a train set, ballerina outfits. And the decorations will extend to the large deck and pool in back of the home.
Semmes businesses include Air Specialty Heating and Air Conditioning, Meggie B's, Stokley Garden Express, Ruby Blue Boutique, Gone Country and 2nd Impression. All will be decorated and most are offering discounts extended shopping hours for those on the Tour.
Loblolly Farm, an event venue, will be turned into a beautiful Winter Wonderland with thousands and thousands of lights.
There's so much to see and enjoy at all the destinations on the tour, and all are sure to fill visitors with the holiday spirit.
After 10 years, the Christmas Tour has become a tradition in Semmes and, said Moore, it's is a great way to celebrate the best of Semmes at Christmas time with family and friends.