Several Weston, Missouri, homeowners opened their doors to many guests over the weekend in celebration of the holidays.

The town held its 37th annual Candlelight Homes Tour from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s just a joy to show people the historic homes that we live in and decorate it for Christmas,” said Mary Jo Heidrick, owner of The Murphy House B&B.

Guests walked through the decorated homes as they learned about the history behind each.

Jeff and Janet Elsea said their home of 30 years is one of the newer houses on the tour.

“We were asked to be on the homes tour because our house is not a common architecture in Weston. It’s a craftsman style home built in about 1915,” Janet Elsea said.

Homeowners said Saturday was the busier of the two days — despite the rain — with around a thousand people. The tour was limited to 1,500 people each day.

“The people that come through are always grateful. They seem to enjoy it so much,” Janet Elsea said.

The tour included three Weston homes as well as the Murphy House Bed and Breakfast, the Rumpled Nest Loft, the Holladay Distillery Welcome Center and several churches.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church displayed a gingerbread replica of St. Peter’s Basilica. Church volunteers said it took around 230 hours to freehand the 32 pond creation.

The homes tour began 37 years ago in Weston to raise money for the local chamber to keep the visitor center open seven days a week, according to an event organizer.

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