Decked Out and on Display

Tours of homes for the holidays tend to be popular Southland attractions. Numerous groups are hosting tours this weekend, with houses chosen for their historic value, elegance--or both. Some are private homes, some are now public, and most tours will benefit a good cause. Slip on some comfortable shoes and get in the holiday spirit:

* The 1996 Holiday Home Tour, featuring four homes in the Santa Clarita Valley, takes place Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It benefits the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital birthing services. $15. (805) 253-8082.

* The 29th annual Holiday Look in Home Tour, sponsored by the Women's Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Assn., takes place Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Four homes decorated by professional florists; refreshments follow at University Club, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. In advance, $20; at the door, $25. (818) 793-7172.

* The Methodist Hospital 42nd annual tour includes four Arcadia / Sierra Madre homes. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. In advance, $15; at the door, $18 (includes admission to Christmas House at Sierra Madre Community Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.). Lunch available. (818) 821-2353.

* Muckenthaler Cultural Center's eighth annual Holiday Home Tour begins at the center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, and includes two homes, a holiday tea (10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and a holiday floral demo. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20. (714) 738-6595.

* The Wellness Community, Valley-Ventura, is hosting four homes Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Themes include "I Love a Whimsical Christmas" and "A Magical Children's Christmas." In advance, $12; at the door, $15. (805) 531-5155.

* The Chopin Chapter presents the Christmas by the Sea home tour, in Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach (park at El Morro School on Pacific Coast Highway). Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $25, at the school. Benefits Orange County Performing Arts Center. (714) 497-1513.

* The Neighborhood Church's Yule Parlor Parade features four Peninsula homes, a Christmas tea, music and refreshments. Friday and Saturday, noon-4 p.m. $20 at the church, 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. (310) 833-4258.

* Visit seven homes on the YWCA of Redlands' annual Holiday Home Tour (includes Graystone, an 8,000-square-foot home). Tickets at the YWCA, 16 E. Olive Ave., Redlands. Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. In advance, $15; at the door, $20. (909) 793-2957.

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