ORANGE CITY, Iowa | The Orange City Tour of Homes kicks off Thursday with five new properties for the public to explore.

Voluntarily decorated by Dwellings and Holland House Interiors, the tour features a variety of homes in the Orange City area decorated for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

"For some homes, decor from either Dwellings or Holland House Interiors was brought in," said volunteer Marilyn Van Engelhoven. "There were also homes where they simply moved around items the home owners already had. Decorators see homes through a different eye."

The five homes, chosen by the Northwestern College Auxiliary committee, range from the American Craftsman to Twin Home style, showing off the different types of architecture Orange City has to offer.

Proceeds from the three-day event will go towards student scholarships and campus projects at Northwestern College.

"The tour brings together the community and raises money for a worthy cause," said Van Engelhoven.

The event is powered by volunteers from the Northwest Iowa community, she said.

"Small towns run on volunteers." 

Participants will be able to stop by the Stadscentrum hospitality center, at 221 Central Ave. NW., and grab a complimentary hot beverage anytime during the tour. The center's "Tour of Trees" showcase will be open, along with other downtown stores.

The tour was started by the Northwestern College Auxiliary in conjunction with the Orange City Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets can be purchased at Chamber Windmill, Dove Bookstore, Dwellings, Holland House Interiors or online at