Gilbert Custom Home is Site of 56th Annual Christmas House

At the annual Christmas Idea House, a newly built, 9.000-square-foot custom home in South Gilbert will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland. There, visitors will discover holiday décor, thousands of unique gifts and gourmet goodies, all for sale and ranging in price from $2 to several hundred dollars each.

The Christmas Idea House, which lures thousands each year, is the primary fundraiser for Desert Club, an all-volunteer women’s organization, which has raised more than $2.4 million to date. Proceeds benefit local charities and provide need-based scholarships to deserving young students.

The Idea House kicks off Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. with a “Preview Gala,” including a first-look home tour, live music, silent auction and gourmet food by Robert’s Catering (reservations required; tickets are $70). Friday, Dec. 6, is the “Holiday Brunch” (9 a.m. or 12 p.m.), followed by the home tour and shopping (tickets are $40). For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.christmasideahouse.org.

The home is open for public tours and shopping Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets ($12) can be purchased at the door. Guests may receive a $2

Parking is located at 2697 East Germann Road in Gilbert. From the 202 freeway, exit Greenfield Rd. and head south; turn east on Germann Rd., the entrance to Whitewing at Germann Estates will be on the right. For information on Desert Club or the Christmas Idea House, visit www.christmasideahouse.org.

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