A re-creation of a Victorian Christmas and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be offered at Elmhurst, the House of Friendship in Wheeling, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 15.
Each Christmas holiday season, the senior living residence is decorated to the hilt with more than 20 festive trees and other adornments that are "just spectacular," said Jamie Crow, executive director.
"This year, Elmhurst wants to share with the community the magnificent holiday magic that our residents enjoy during the holidays," Crow said, adding, "Elmhurst offers a nostalgic glimpse into Victorian Christmases of old, with beauty to behold everywhere you look."
Santa and Mrs. Claus will appear in Santa's Workshop where children may drop off their holiday "wish lists," Crow said. Each child will receive a special treat.
During the tour, participants will be greeted by costumed volunteering "elves" from Girl Scout troops at Steenrod Elementary School and residents of Elmhurst.
Holiday carols will fill the air when students from Wheeling Country Day School perform from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, followed by members of the children's choir at Christ United Methodist Church. The St. Michael children's choir will perform from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
There is a small fee at the door for adults and children with those under age 5 admitted free. Elmhurst residents are asking visitors to bring a nonperishable food item with them to help those in need in the community through the food pantry at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Wheeling.
For information, call 304-242-0250.