READINGTON, NJ - Tickets are selling out quickly for Stanton Holly Trail’s annual Christmas tour.

Taking place Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2, the tour opens five lavishly decorated private homes to the public for just two days.

The deadline for purchasing tickets online is Monday, Nov. 29. No tickets are available the day of the event.

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This year’s theme of Christmas in the Country allows the decorating committees to showcase their talents by creating hand-made decorations from natural and found objects.

Started in 1962, Stanton Holly Trail is New Jersey’s longest running house tour and has donated more than $1 million to the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation and community outreach through the Stanton Reformed Church. Last year, each organization received $18,000.

“Our goal is to exceed that number this year,’ said chairwoman, Cindi Troegner. “We have put together a wonderful raffle to help us meet our goal. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds go directly towards the donation.”

Tickets for the raffle can be purchased the day of Holly Trail or from any member prior to Holly Trail Day. The drawing will be at 3 p.m. on Dec. 2 and you need not be present to win.

“The homes are the real stars of Holly Trail,” said Troegner. “Each home is decorated by a team of local women, some of whom have worked together for a decade or more.” According to Troegner, the decorating committees start meeting in July to begin crafting ornaments and other decorations for the homes and keep working right up until the first guest walks in the door on the Candlelight-Champagne Tour on Friday night.

The Friday night tour costs $150 a person and includes a sumptuous buffet dinner at Stanton Ridge Country Club, complimentary champagne, and luxury bus transportation to each home. This is a chance to see the homes by candlelight with unique luminaries lining each driveway.

The traditional Saturday daytime tour costs $40 a person and gives guests the chance to fully appreciate the beauty of the hamlet of Stanton by day. Founded more than 300 years ago, Stanton is full of history and historic homes.

The Saturday day tour includes bus transportation, complimentary tea and cookies served at a sixth decorated home, the craft bazaar and the opportunity to purchase a hot lunch at the Stanton Church.

Tickets for the lunch cost $15 and lunch consists of Roasted Red Pepper Bisque, Spinach and Artichoke Crepes, Mixed Baby Green Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, and Gingerbread with Caramel sauce.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.