Heisinger Bluffs and St. Joseph's Bluffs will host their 25th annual Christmas Tour of Homes this weekend to benefit residents.
The Christmas Tour of Homes will feature five residences and the newly renovated second floor of St. Joseph's Bluffs, along with St. John's Lutheran Church, parsonage and parish hall.
The tour is 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Ruth Klatt, president of Heisinger and St. Joseph's Bluffs auxiliary, said each building will be "uniquely decorated," ranging from Nativity scenes, gingerbread men and a Christmas village. The home tour also will showcase quilters at St. John's Lutheran Church, located at 4420 Stringtown Road in Lohman.
Klatt said they picked St. John's Lutheran Church for the homes tour because it celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.
Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at various location in Jefferson City, including Heisinger Bluffs, Hy-Vee, Calvary's Gift, Major Interiors, Marshall and Company, Salon Va'Lise, Samuel's Tuxedos, The Schaefer House, Schnucks, Schulte's Fresh Foods, Super Hair and Uniquely Rose.
Dianne Lowry, senior living counselor at Heisinger Bluffs, said the tradition began not only to provide a Christmas tradition for the community but also to help residents at the independent and assisted living facilities. The Heisinger and St. Joseph's Bluffs auxiliary sets up events throughout the year in which all proceeds going toward a benevolent care fund to benefit Heisinger and St. Joseph's Bluffs residents.
"When someone moves into our community, our goal is to have them be with us for the rest of their lives; and so if someone does have financial difficulties over time, we want to be able to help them," Lowry said.
Haley Johannpeter, senior office assistant at Heisinger and St. Joseph's Bluffs, said by providing that extra financial support, they can continue to care for the residents.
"It's for a good cause and it really helps our residents live life to the fullest, which is our mission and our motto," she said.
Children must be at least 10 years old to take the tour.
The event also will include a reception and refreshments at Heisinger Bluffs from 3:30-6:30 p.m., and Lowry will provide tours of Heisinger Bluffs. There will also be a quilt raffle at 6:30 p.m.