The 52nd edition of Christmas in Odessa will open its doors at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday Dec. 3. Coordinated by the Women’s Club of Odessa, the event will feature several new privately owned homes on the tour, along with plenty of other fun activities.

“This year, we have added in seven private homes that will be open and on display,” said Jacqui Webb, President of the Women’s Club. “What I’m most excited for though, is the Wilson-Warner home, which is where the tale of the Nutcracker and the Mouse will be on display.”

“We typically draw about 800 to 1,200 people, and we are hoping that we can bring that many out this year,” she said.

The money raised from Christmas in Odessa will primarily go towards scholarships for high school students in the Appoquinimink School District.

“We have probably given out over 100 scholarships,” Webb said. “This year we are giving out five $2,500 scholarships, and the rest of the money will go to various other places within the Odessa community, like the Corbit-Calloway Library.

Tour tickets will be on sale for the event at the Odessa Bank and the W.D. Hatton Watch, Clock, and Jewelry Repair Shop, located on 19 W. Main St. in Middletown. Tickets are $20 for adults who buy their tickets in advance, and $25 for those who buy them at the event. Tickets for children ages 6-12 cost $5, while children 6 or under are admitted free.

Other activities along the self-guided tour include the Craft Shop held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Appoquinimink School District Training Center, antique shopping in the main room of Old St. Paul’s, along with concerts and tea, and a visit with Santa Claus in the Ball House of the Davis Store.

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