Mike and Kim Whitman pose beside the tree in their dining room.

ASHLAND A good mix of beautiful homes and fascinating public buildings will make up this year’s Friends of the Highlands Christmas Tour of Homes, set for Dec. 7 and 8.

Each space will offer a different take on its holiday decor.

For example, the home of Mike and Kim Whitman, at 1616 Bath Ave., offers intricate steampunk designs.

“We knew since the square footage is small, we wanted things to be detailed,” Mrs. Whitman said. “We hope visitors will stay long enough to really look and not just breeze through, but to appreciate the detail and enjoy it.”

The Whitmans’ house was on the tour in 2015; that’s where their son, Ryan, met his future wife, Heather, who works for the Highlands.

Dr. Tom and Donna Mahoney, at 990 Ivy Creek, have multiple reasons for opening their house to the tour.

“We really love our decorations,” Mrs. Mahoney said. “I don’t know if anybody else will, but we wanted to share them and to support the museum and say ‘Merry Christmas.’” Dr. Mahoney is a physician at Ashland Center for Women’s Health.

The house at 1116 Bath Ave., owned by Donnie and Natasha Kinnan, has much history to share with visitors.

It was built in the early 20th century by renown lumberman Rufus Vansant. The traditional American Foursquare or Prairie Box is a three-story brick with five bedrooms and four of its original fireplaces intact.

Other destinations on the tour are:

• Alison Christie

Lofts at The Sky Tower

1212 Bath Ave.

• JC Mercantile

37 Sky Tower at 1212 Bath Ave.

• First United Methodist Church

1811 Carter Ave.

• Matt and Jamie Anderson

1673 Elliott Ave.

• Mark and Jennifer Conley

1682 Elliott Ave.

• Griffin and Danielle Mason

132 Meadowlark Court

• Tom and Donna Mahoney

990 Ivy Creek

The Highlands Museum, at 1620 Winchester Ave., will have its open house from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 7, with a meet and greet with Santa, gingerbread house display, live music and decorations and refreshments provided by the Boyd County Homemakers. Admission to the open house is free.

Shuttles will be offered from the museum and from Bellefonte Country Club to homes on the tour.

Cost of the tour is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour.

Only those ages 8 and older may take the tour; some homes are not handicapped accessible.

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