Tour holiday-theme homes first two weekends in December in Folsom, El Dorado Hills

By: Penne Usher, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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What: El Dorado Hills Holiday Home Tour
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2.
Tickets: $20 adults, children $12
More information: or in person at the California Welcome Center in Town Center
What: Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7-8.
Tickets: $15
More information: (916) 985-2707 or

The first two weekends in December is the time to get out and tour Folsom and El Dorado Hills’ homes, since they are decked out for the holiday season.

Gayleen Pellicano started working on the decorations at her Serrano home in the beginning of November.

This will be her first year on the El Dorado Hills Tour. She is no stranger to what it takes to deck out several rooms with Christmas trees, glittering lights, garland and Santas.

“I’ve done tours before when we lived in Chicago and Missouri,” Pellicano said. “It’s almost become a tradition.”

A rotating tree filled with gleaming glass ornaments sits near the fireplace decked with stockings. A second tree adorns the family room, another in the guest room and yet another in the kitchen. A life-sized carved rocking horse adds to the holiday décor in the office.

Pellicano has collected numerous decorations throughout the years including a large collection of Santas.

“It’s a running theme,” she said. “I have Santas from around the world including Russia, Poland and several from different countries.”

Barbara Brown, vice president of resource development for the Assistance League of the Sierra Foothill Said there will be six homes in El Dorado Hills featured during the two day event, four in Serrano.

Each home will have a story teller sharing holiday stories, Brown said.

“We will have bands playing, a harpist and a five piece Jazz band all at different homes.”

Proceeds from the El Dorado Hills tour will help fun school clothes for needy middle school children in El Dorado County.

The following weekend it’s Folsom’s turn to show off some beautiful homes with holiday decorations.

Dec. 7 and 8 will kick off the inaugural Historic Folsom tour that will feature seven historic sites.

“Of the seven stops on the tour, the museum is one and an old historic Catholic church,” said Mary Asay-Skiles.

The homes on this tour date back to the mid-1850s.

Asay-Skiles said all of the stops on the tour have some history behind them.

“This tour is not only for those that enjoy holiday decorations, but history and architect buffs as well,” she said.

Refreshments will be served at the museum and some Sutter Street merchants will be offering shopping discounts to those that have tickets from the home tour.

Participating merchants will be identified by a big red bow.

Proceeds benefit the Folsom Historical Society and the Murer House.