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Organized by the Lake Highlands Women’s League, this annual event raises funds to support local schools and scholarships for Lake Highlands students.

 

The Lake Highlands Women’s League will throw open the doors and welcome everyone to the 45th Annual Holiday Home Tour: Holiday in the Highlands on Friday, December 1. This beloved annual tradition is more than just the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit: Since its inception in 1970, Holiday in the Highlands has raised approximately $3.5 million to benefit Lake Highlands’ schools, community groups and college scholarships.

Four beautifully decorated homes in Lake Highlands will welcome guests to experience their unique spin on holiday magic. The charming, creative, eclectic architecture and home design in the northeastern Dallas neighborhood of Lake Highlands makes it the perfect locale to host a home tour. Visitors are delighted with ideas, inspiration and a healthy dose of the holiday spirit!

Back by popular demand is the Sip & Shop at the Lake Highlands Women’s League Marketplace at the KayCee Club, an event that complements the home tour by offering another way to support the Lake Highlands community. Visitors can shop for holiday treasures from more than a dozen local vendors offering art, jewelry, clothing, food and other gifts while catching up with friends and enjoying a holiday cocktail. The Lake Highlands Women’s League also will be raffling off a Kaycee Club Membership (current wait list for membership is seven years long!), and tickets for the raffle are just $25 at the Sip & Shop. Admission is free for the Sip & Shop, which will take place at 10110 Shoreview Road in Dallas on Thursday, November 30, from 4 to 8 p.m.; and on Friday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Lake Highlands Women’s League also is encouraging visitor to the home tour to participate in Lunch Around Lake Highlands on December 1 to help support the local restaurant community by dining out at a Lake Highlands area restaurant of their choice.

“Celebrating our Lake Highlands High School scholarship recipients each spring is always the highlight of our year,” said Amy Mina, co-chair of Holiday in The Highlands Home Tour for the Lake Highlands Women’s League. “When we hear the incredible stories of these high school seniors – students filled with such ambition and determination -- our hearts swell with pride that they are OUR kids from the extraordinary community of Lake Highlands! The scholarships we provide are often life-changing experiences for the recipients, so our goal is to provide as many students as possible with as much money as possible. Come enjoy holiday fun with us and help us do something great together while you get into the holiday spirit!”

The Holiday in the Highlands Home Tour is chaired by Melissa Chapman and Amy Mina, sisters and volunteers from the Lake Highlands Women’s League. Honorary chair for the event is Janice Barger, and fundraising chairs for the event are Melissa Hart and Lisa Schmiedeke. They all lead an effort assisted by the Home Tour Committee and Finance Committee of volunteers from the Lake Highlands Women’s League, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Lake Highlands community for more than 50 years.

Holiday in the Highlands will showcase four beautifully decorated homes in Lake Highlands on Friday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 starting October 27 and $30 starting November 27. Tickets will be available at www.lhwl.org. Admission to the Sip & Shop at the KayCee Club on November 30 and December 1 is free. (Hot tip: Bring your Holiday in the Highlands Home Tour ticket to show at the Sip & Shop to get a complimentary glass of bubbly!)

In 2022, the tour raised nearly $200,000, which directly funded specific projects and services for 8 nonprofit organizations and 15 schools, and provided college scholarships to 22 exceptional Lake Highlands High School students. From supplies and technology upgrades at area schools to car seats for new mothers and summer reading initiatives at area libraries, the Lake Highlands Women’s League heard and proudly responded to a wide range of impactful opportunities to support its namesake community.

For more information on Holiday in the Highlands or to learn more about the Lake Highlands Women’s League, please visit www.lhwl.org.

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