Tour Holiday Homes for a Good Cause

For the 22nd year, a homes tour to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks winds through some of the area’s loveliest houses.

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The Bauer residence is one of five homes, plus the Ronald McDonald House, that you can visit during the Cup O’ Cheer Homes Tour.

The holiday season is a time of tradition and this proves no different for the 22nd annual Cup O’ Cheer Homes Tour. The event is a Springfield-loved tradition, an all-day event raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

Homes tour ticket-holders have 10 hours to visit five gorgeously decorated homes in any order they choose. Once guests purchase a ticket, the tour is entirely self-guided. The first 1,000 people to buy a ticket also receive a custom-made teacup and saucer created by Obelisk Home. Guests in need of a break can stop at the Diamond Room and visit the Cup O’ Cheer Holiday Tea & Market where they can enjoy live entertainment, vendor booths, a silent auction and savory treats made by Simply Delicious.

Location: Cobblestone Creek
Owners: Pat and Karie Bauer
Holiday decor by: Nathan Taylor of Obelisk Home and Pat and Karie Bauer
The Bauer residence was largely based off California ranch homes and designed in the shape of an X to house four separate wings. Panoramic glass doors open to the back outdoor living space, and the inside living space dons a bar made from old barn wood and a fireplace molded from concrete.

Location: Tuscany Hills
Owners: Joe and Linda Bex
Holiday decor by: Joe and Linda Bex
A love and appreciation for antiques is the focus of the Bex home. The couple weaves each piece throughout the house in a thoughtful way and also added touches of older pieces such as an 1860s walnut couch. During the holidays, the couple sets out 13 Christmas trees featuring an ornament collection and classic Christmas books.

Location: Midtown Springfield
Owners: Albert and Alia Lee
Holiday decor by: Kofron-Page Designs
The Lee residence is most notable for its test against time. The house was originally built in 1926 and has since added just enough renovations to create an updated romantic feel while keeping the original colonial aura. Ask about the unique corners and secrets, like the alcove upstairs that was once a luggage room and is now planned to be a cosmetic space.

Location: East Springfield
Owners: Mike and Erin Burlew
Holiday decor by: The Burlew family
Rustic elegance is what you’ll experience in the Burlew household. The couple found their style in their love of houses in Montana and Colorado. The home features exposed beams and contemporary light fixtures. Favorite spots within the home include a custom closet joining the master suite to the laundry area and a reinforced room housing Mike’s gun collection.

Location: Diamond Woods Estates
Owners: Alan and Camille Lockhart
Holiday decor by: Camille Lockhart and Ron Johnson of The Thicket
The home of Camille and Alan Lockhart is largely based off the French chateau style, creating a gorgeously warm atmosphere that is perfect for the holiday season. The three generations of family heirlooms including handmade ornaments add a vintage feel to the house while the cast stone accents and custom railings create a feeling of grandeur.

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