By Angela Spears
First Coast News
St. Augustine, FL -- The holiday spirit is all around the First Coast. In the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine, you can stroll through homes in one new neighborhood and see the signs of Christmas. The Holiday Showhomes event is back for the third year in the Palencia neighborhood. The theme this year is "All Through the House."
Every room in four homes is decorated. There is no specific theme. More than 30 designers and decorators filled the homes with their take on Christmas. So, you'll see things like contemporary or earthy designs.
There are about 80 Christmas trees and so many decorations. You can get decorating ideas or take pictures for your holiday card. One decorator, Jan Parrish, says bronze, metallic and anything glitz are hot this holiday season. "It's all about the bling."
There is even an opportunity to go shopping while you visit the homes. A "boutique" is set up in the garages of the four homes. Ornaments, decorations, just about anything in the home, is available in the garage. Parrish says you can find some affordable items.
If an ornament or decoration is not available, you can order it from the designer. Also, all the trees and decorations in each home will be on sale December 15th.
It doesn't cost to tour the four homes. But, the organizers of the Holiday Showhomes are trying to raise money and collect items for various charities (Builder's Care, Trinity Rescue Mission's Women and Children's Home, The St. Francis House in St. Augustine and the Jacksonville Humane Society). You can donate cash, a new toy or non-perishable food items.
The Palencia neighborhood is on the Intracoastal Waterway off U.S. 1 between St. Augustine and Jacksonville. The showhomes are open now until December 15th. Here are the times: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. Every Thursday, except on Thanksgiving, they are open until 8 p.m.
For more information on the annual event, click on the link above or call (904)810-0500.