The final installations of the nearly a quarter of a million lights and over 70 trees are up and decorated as part of Historic Jordan Springs' Charity Christmas Events and Tours. This year's theme is "Christmas in the Park" and promises to be the most enchanting display yet in the 37 years that Jordan Springs' owners Greig Aitken and Tonie Wallace-Aitken have been funding the displays.
"Each year, the rooms' décor changes and we develop new themes as well as bring back the most popular favorites of yesteryear," says Executive Director Colt Nutter. This year, the main foyer features the Jordan Springs' signature life-size horse and sleigh, showcasing the "Central Park" feel. The 2,500 square foot Grand Ballroom is completely draped in over 4,000 square feet of satin fabric as a backdrop for the Crystal Forest, a guest favorite that was introduced three years ago on a much smaller scale. "This will be the biggest Crystal Forest yet, featuring over 1,000 dangling crystals and 'snow' lights," says Nutter.
Each event is designated to a local charity, and all tour proceeds will go to them. This year, Wallace-Aitken plans to focus on the families of our service men and women like the Children of Marines as well as others. Guests are also asked to bring new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items that will go to local families in need.
Guests are also invited to vote on their favorite room. The cost is $5 per vote and the winners- those that voted on the winning room- will be invited back to Jordan Springs in 2013 for a special "winners event."
Last year, over 1,000 visitors came to see the decorations at Historic Jordan Springs. Since its inception, the charity tours have generated nearly $100,000 in food, toy, and monetary donations.
Dec 7: Candlelit Ghost Tour & Pub Night w Robbie Limon
Dec 10: Christmas Tours & Pub Party
Dec 11: Christmas Tours & Pub Party
Dec 12: Christmas Tea
Dec 14: Italian Christmas Wine-Paired Dinner & Show
Dec 16: Lunch w Santa & his "Magical Elf" Mario Orsini
Dec 17: Christmas Tours & Pub Party