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Stanton Holly Trail Tickets Now on Sale

Elaborate Christmas trees featuring hand-made ornaments and abundant greens are just two of the many things that make a Stanton Holly Trail House special. Credits: courtesy photo
Stanton Holly Trail decorating committees work hard to make sure the decorations in each home reflect the interests and tastes of the homeowners. Credits: courtesy photo

READINGTON, NJ - Tickets for the December 2, 2017 Stanton Holly Trail are now on sale.

Started in 1966, Holly Trail is the longest running house tour in New Jersey. The theme of the 2017 tour is Christmas in the Country. The day consists of touring five private homes elaborately festooned with hand-made Christmas decorations. The ticket price for the traditional Saturday daytime tour is $40. The ticket includes bus transportation to each home, complimentary tea and cookies in another elaborately decorated home, admission to the craft bazaar, and a musical respite offered in the sanctuary of the Stanton Reformed Church. There is an optional gourmet lunch available for an additional cost of $15.

“Each year we brainstorm to choose a theme that will inspire our decorating committees as well as intrigue our guests,” said Cindi Troegner Holly Trail co-chair. “This year’s theme allows us to use  the beautiful landscape that surrounds us as a jumping off point for nature inspired decorations and of course, plenty of fresh greens.”

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Patrons interested in seeing the homes by candlelight can join the Candlelight Champagne tour held Friday evening, Dec. 1. Tickets for the candlelight tour are $150 each and include luxury bus transportation, a full course dinner at Stanton Ridge Country Club, a champagne toast, and the gift of a hand-made Christmas ornament.  

“John Fulwood of Kissimmee River Pottery in Flemington generously helped us make unique pottery holly leaves to give to each candlelight tour participant,” Troegner said. “It just shows the community commitment that goes into making Holly Trail a success.”

 Tickets can be purchased two ways. Patrons can call the Holly Hotline at 908-713-8111 and request a ticket form or tickets can be purchased online at Tickets for either day are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  

The 2016 tour raised $36,000 which was divided evenly between Briteside Adult Day Services, benefitting older adults and community outreach at Stanton Reformed Church which includes Starfish Food Pantry, Boy Scout Troop 1969, Safe in Hunterdon, Feed the Need, Good News Home for Women, as well as many other organizations.

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