Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour held each year on the first weekend in December, is the Women’s Symphony League’s primary fundraiser. In 2013, the Holiday Home Tour will be
December 7, 10 AM – 4 PM
December 8, NOON – 4 PM

The tour features some of Columbia’s most stunning homes festively decorated to celebrate the season. Take a break from the holiday rush and stroll through the unique homes on the self-guided tour. For many mid-Missourians, the Holiday Home Tour has become a special time for family and friends to spend time together and enjoy the holiday season.


$15 in advance
$20 at the door
Advance tickets available at D&H Drugstore on Broadway; Hy-Vee Stores, Patricia’s Foods, Frameworks, Songbird Station, McAdams’ Ltd., The Marketplace, Columbia Senior Center and select Commerce Bank locations.

Featured Homes

Home of Mary and Barry Orscheln
5711 Bridlewood Court

Sitting in a wooded circle, Barry and Mary Orscheln’s home is truly a “destination.” Lighted up for Christmas, the home invites you in to begin an adventure full of delight and surprise. The vaulted and beamed foyer leads to warm and inviting spaces beyond.

The home is replete with art, color, pattern, texture and richly grained woods with artistically-crafted finishes and incredible detail. Photographs and artifacts from family and travels include wonderful African photographs and a beautiful art collection.

The fabulous home theater is truly state-of-the-art and features a star-like ceiling with amazing art deco features, posters and collections. Not far from the theater, the authentic Irish pub, rich in walnut and warmth, offers entertainment options beyond expectation.

The home’s spaces entice one to flow through it as each surprise lures you further into the experience of a place lovingly crafted to nurture and represent the Orschelns and their guests.

 Home of Pat and Robert Gaines
3101 Woodkirk Lane

Columbia’s best example of the International Style of architecture, the Gaines home connects to the simplistic beauty around it.

The home won the Central Missouri Architects Institute of America Best New Architectural Feature of the Year award and the Associated General Contractors Award for Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska Chapters, both in 2000.

Mostly used in skyscrapers, the International Style means the architectural features are chrome, steel and glass. The homes combines complex designs of stainless steel, painted steel, stained concrete, glass and 350 tons of North Carolina stone.

Four buttresses define and connect the exterior with the interior atmosphere. Black granite, black concrete and “angel hair” steel (the same steel used in the St. Louis Arch) give this home a very unique, dramatic flair.

The heated, granite confetti-patterned floors through the living space connect the stainless steel kitchen with the gallery and living room. The upholstered walls in warm hues provide interesting contrasts, while keeping the mostly black, silver and glass from feeling clinical or cold.

Robert and Pat are pleased to welcome you into their home.

Home of Charlotte and Ken Dean
1906 South Fairview Road


This traditional home belonging to Ken and Charlotte Dean is nestled in a grove of trees on 1.6 acres. Upon opening the front door you will be met with an open floor plan and an explosion of color as the owner’s love of traditional and contemporary meets the eyes.


This house is not only beautiful, but was designed for the practical side of life. The owners lovingly call it their “age in place” home. Main floor living includes extra wide doors. The lower level family room and three bedrooms expand the house for visits from children and grandchildren.


Charlotte’s love of the holidays comes to life at Christmas when she decorates the variety of trees that have grown in number since her retirement. You will enjoy the nine-foot tree in the Great Room, as well as the MU tree, the Wine Tree and the Travel Tree. A Charles Dickens village will bring delight to young and old.


Come enjoy Ken and Charlotte’s house of dreams.

Home of Sue and Ray Cunningham
3200 Woodvalley Way


Designed for entertaining and family living, the Cunningham’s contemporary one and one half story brick home has an open floor plan overlooking the city and university surrounded by more than 4 acres of gardens and woods.


Built to let winter sun in, the western cowboy/French country kitchen, two massive fireplaces, leather and wood add warmth to the surroundings. A cigar room and motorcycle room (weather permitting) add to the fun of seeing this home.


Extensive collectibles: Civil War drawings, arrowhead collection from Montana, hand thrown pottery from Access Arts and western paintings complement the architecture. Wonderful Christmas decorations highlight the decor.


The Cunninghams invite you to step into the wilds of Wyoming this Christmas!

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