Steve and Marilyn Einck's home in Festina is one of the featured homes on this weekend’s home tour which is part of the Ossian DeSales Magic of Christmas event. The home tours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Steve and Marilyn Einck's home in Festina is one of the featured homes on this weekend’s home tour which is part of the Ossian DeSales Magic of Christmas event. The home tours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

Ossian DeSales' Magic of Christmas is this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8.

The annual event, which is a joint project of Circles No. 3 and No. 8 of the DeSales Rosary Society, is a fundraiser for DeSales School in Ossian.

The Magic of Christmas begins with the opening gala and hors d'oeuvres buffet at the Silver Springs Golf Club in Ossian. The gala features the first look at the dozens of trees, holiday collections and eight holiday tables decorated for the season, an array hors d'oeuvres buffet and wine tasting.

Students from the South Winneshiek High School will provide holiday music. The gala and buffet runs from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6; tickets are $10.



Saturday, Sunday

The Magic of Christmas is 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m-3 p.m. Sunday.

Dozens of decorated trees, table settings and holiday collections will be on display at Silver Springs Golf Club. A ticket provides admittance to the holiday home tours as well.

A soup and salad bar lunch is available 11-2 p.m. Saturday and "Sunday Coffee and Rolls among the Trees" is 8:30 a.m.-noon.



Home tour

Ossian residences included in this year's holiday home tour are the renovated historical home of Pat Boe and "Santa's workshop and office" at the home of Mike and Lori Lechtenberg.

Also on the tour are Steve and Marilyn Einck's home in Festina as well as the The Shady Rest Guest House located between Calmar and Ossian. The home tours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

Shelly Goltz, Circle No. 3 leader, said she is excited about the variety of homes on the tour and all the activities planned for The Magic of Christmas.

"The special events, including the holiday decorated trees, collections and unique wreaths and table settings all add to the magical weekend," Goltz said. "Come out and enjoy this traditional holiday experience. The Magic of Christmas is a great way to begin the season of giving."