Proceeds from Dec. 5 event will help fund party for 2022 WLHS graduating class

COURTESY PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - Some of the families participating in the home tour have their ornaments insured.To ring in the holiday season, six West Linn homes will deck their halls this December and support the upcoming West Linn High School graduating class in the process.

The Tour of Homes is a long-established holiday tradition in West Linn. After a yearlong pause due to COVID-19, the tour takes place from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Tickets are $25 when bought in advance at or $30 at the door.

Tour-goers are invited to meet at the West Linn Adult Community Center where they will receive a map, a bracelet for admission, some light refreshments and the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for various baskets.

The proceeds of the event go toward a graduation party for upcoming 2022 graduates, and co-chairs Dee Putnam and Heather Anderson said that there will be a lot of student involvement in prepping for the tour. Students may help decorate homes, be front-door greeters or provide musical entertainment as guests check in.

"All of them are appreciated and while their support of this event directly benefits their graduation class, these students are also excited to share in the festivities and very happily embrace a bit of traditional holiday cheer," Putnam said in a news release.

The tour will allow visitors to peek inside six West Linn homes that are decked to the nines. Erica and Jefferson Peters will decorate their home in the theme "We Believe." The family's home will have upward of 10 Christmas trees festooned with all sorts of ornaments, some of which are insured due to their rarity. COURTESY PHOTO: DEE PUTNAM - Decorating themes for some of the homes on the tour include 'Santa's Party', 'Gnomes for the Holidays' and 'Christmas Carols and Cookies.'

"I've been covered in glitter for two weeks," Erica Peters said.

Meg Salqist started decorating in early November. Alongside her children, Salquist's home is "The Hallmark House," and she hopes guests who enter her home feel like they are on the set of a Hallmark movie. Each of her sons is in charge of decorating one of the displayed holiday villages.

"When people walk in I want them to feel cozy, warm and nostalgic," she said.

Other homes on the tour are called "Santa's Party," "Gnomes for the Holidays" and "Christmas Carols and Cookies."

Masks are required at the event and tickets will be limited. Due to COVID-19, check-in times will vary per party to maximize social distancing. COURTESY PHOTO: DEE PUTNAM - To usher in the holiday season, six West Linn homes will decorate their homes for the annual holiday home tour.

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