Live or Virtual Tour: $35*
Both Tours: $60*
*Plus online processing fees
Live tour tickets include a self-guided tour of five fabulously decorated homes in Greater Akron on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 12 to 5 p.m. Virtual tour tickets include an intimate video tour of seven homes that you can view as many times as you'd like for the entire weekend of Dec. 9-10.
Among the homes showcased on this year's tour are:
- A 1939 Federal-style Merriman Heights home built by Roy Firestone that balances a blend of original architectural features with a newly constructed kitchen
- A 1952 Fairlawn Heights Cape Cod featuring two custom mural rooms with eye-catching colors and artwork by Ben Manista
- A 1922 Good & Wagner-designed Tudor in West Akron with a spiral staircase, restored oak flooring, and original doors and built-ins
- An updated 1928 French Tudor Revival in Merriman Heights designed by Roy Firestone with custom finishes and a professional kitchen
- A 1953 modernized Cape Cod with southwest folk art influences in Highland Square
For the first time, sponsors are also invited to the private pre-tour Patron Party at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m., where they will enjoy catered food and beverages. Sponsors will receive a complimentary ticket to tour the property as part of the 2023 Deck the Hall Tour, with the added bonus of skipping the lines by beginning the tour at an exclusive Sugar Plum entrance.
Update as of Nov. 1: We have reached our maximum capacity of 200 guests for the pre-tour Patron Party at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. All sponsors will still receive tickets to the live and virtual tours, as well as other benefits listed on the website. New sponsors will be added to a waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis and will be notified if a Patron Party ticket becomes available.
Please note: All guests will receive an email on the day of the live tour with a link to the online tour guide and home locations. A limited number of printed tour guides will be available at each home.
Building a Better Future for Akron's LGBTQ+ Community
As the signature fundraiser of the Gay Community Endowment Fund, all proceeds from the Sugar Plum Tour remain in Greater Akron to benefit your community.
Since 2005, GCEF has reinvested more than $750,000 into programs that positively impact the local LGBTQ+ community and Greater Akron as a whole.
Recent grants have:
- Expanded outreach efforts to aging LGBTQ+ adults
- Provided gender-affirming health care services for LGBTQ+ youth
- Supported LGBTQ+ youth homelessness programs