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Love old houses? We have the holiday event for you

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IDAHO FALLS – Do you love old homes and stories? Then join in the Historic Homes for the Holidays tour on Dec. 7 and 8, where you can tour 11 historic houses in the Idaho Falls area.

Tour organizer Rebecca Long Pyper, a local who owns a home built in the 1930s, is hosting these fundraising tours to encourage people in the Idaho Falls area to buy old homes.

“This is a real-life, take-off-your-shoes-and-walk-on-through kind of tour,” Pyper said in a blog post about the tours.

The houses will be decorated for the holidays, and the homeowners will be available during the tours to answer questions.

According to Pyper, all the houses were constructed before 1940.

“The tour features everything from quaint cottages to stately, sprawling Colonials, and each one is full of character and spirit,” Pyper said.

All proceeds from the tours will go to the homeless shelter Promise Ridge, which is also located in a historic mansion.

Promise Ridge caters mostly to single mothers with children, which Pyper told she likes. If a woman has to leave the shelter for a job interview, for instance, it’s easier for her to find another mom to watch her children.

Tours will be held on Dec. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m., and on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here to purchase the $10 tickets, or visit RE/MAX Prestige at 1684 Elk Creek Dr. During the tour, tickets can be purchased at The Barn at 3934 First St. Children age 4 and under are free.

Idaho Falls was founded in 1864, but most of its historic buildings date back to the early 1900s.