L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour and Boutique returns Nov. 22-23

page21.wreathThe L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour and Boutique returns this holiday season to the Denver metro area for its 37th annual year. Tours begin Friday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and the same hours on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Denver’s Old Crestmoor Park Neighborhood. The Boutique, which will be held at the Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Blvd., will be open both days, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Organized by the Central City Opera Guild, this fundraiser is considered one of Denver’s signature holiday events and benefits Central City Opera.

This year’s two-day walking tour will feature six homes in the Old Crestmoor Park Neighborhood, beautifully decorated for the holidays by the metro area’s most accomplished and renowned florists and table designers. Considered one of Denver’s most sought-after neighborhoods, this charming area features a diverse offering of architectural styles, including English Tudors, two-story Colonials and Georgians. All of the homes are within walking distance of each other. New this year is a beautiful outdoor lighting display by Sturgeon Electric at one of the homes.

Denver’s premier floral and tabletop designers participating in the 2013 event include: BOUQUETS, City Floral, Hutch & Fig, Wild Flowers, Flower Power, The Lark, The Twisted Tulip, Swank Stems, Celebrated Gatherings and Compleat Gourmet.

Sponsors of the 37th L’Esprit Home Tour and Boutique include presenting sponsor Coldwell Banker Devonshire, as well as The Denver Post, Colorado Expression, The Villager Newspaper, Land Title Guarantee Company, SOPE: Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, Sturgeon Electric, and Thurston Kitchen and Bath.

Candlelight, music, cocktails and an elegant evening buffet will set the stage for the Patron Preview Party and Tour on Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 – 9 p.m. Attendees at this annual party will get the first opportunity to tour the L’Esprit homes and the only chance to view them at night. This year, the Patron Party will also unveil the a Sturgeon Electric outdoor lighting display.

Area historians document that the practice of outdoor Christmas lighting began in Denver with David Dwight “D.D.” Sturgeon, founder of Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. It has been told that in 1914, Sturgeon wanted to make Christmas special for his son David, who was ill and bedridden at the time and couldn’t see the Christmas tree lights in the family living room. Sturgeon took some ordinary light bulbs, dipped them in green and red paint and strung them up on a pine tree outside his son’s bedroom window for him to enjoy. Neighbors who had marveled at his tree joined together to light up their own yards in the years following, starting what is now a holiday tradition.

Tickets for the Patron Party are $250 for benefactors, $150 for patrons and $90 for junior patrons (age 35 and younger) and are available through invitation or may be purchased through Central City Opera by calling Alicia Holt at 303-331-7014.

Tickets for the Home Tour are available in advance for $23 through Central City Opera (contact Alicia Holt at 303-292-6500, ext. 114) and at local King Soopers locations. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $25. Admission is FREE for the Boutique, where tour maps will also be available. For more information, visit www.lesprithometour.com.  

Proceeds from L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour and Boutique support Central City Opera’s programs, including its annual Summer Festival, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, the preservation and maintenance of the Opera House and more than 30 other Victorian-era properties, and its Education and Community Engagement programs, which serve more than 80,000 people each year through performances in elementary and secondary schools, community centers, senior residences and theaters.

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