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Orient Holiday House Tour

The East Marion home of Cindy Schmidt was featured on the Oysterponds Historical Society Holiday House Tour in 2012. The home is not included on the tour this year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file photo)

Step inside the holiday-themed and decorated homes of East Marion and Orient residents to celebrate the season and help a good cause.

Oysterponds Historical Society hosts its annual Holiday House Tour this Saturday, December 10 from noon to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour features new and old homes dressed in seasonal finery.

Participants will receive a map of the tour with a brief description of each location. The interiors of the homes will be decorated, with some homeowners making their entire residence available and some opening up just a portion to tour-goers.

The tour includes six decorated homes in Orient, two in East Marion as well as four historic buildings decorated for the holidays.

“The start of the tour will be at the Orient Congregational Church,” said Catherine Chaudhuri, the tour’s chairperson. “It’s 300 years old this year  — and is also where people will pick up their tickets.”

Other public buildings that are part of the tour include the Country Store on Village Lane.

“They’re going to be serving cookies and did their windows so beautiful this year,” Chaudhuri said.

Poquatuck Hall will host a Chinese auction for the tour and the Old Point Schoolhouse, which houses the Beach Plum Christmas Shop, will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

House tour tickets are $30 for the public and $25 for members of the historical society.

All proceeds benefit the Oysterponds Historical Society.

Tickets can be purchased online now at For more information call (631) 323-2480.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Orient Congregational Church starting at 11:30 a.m. the morning of the event. The church is located at 23045 Main Road in Orient.