Local homes have been exquisitely decorated for the holidays - and the general public is invited for a tour of them.

The 11th annual Blue Springs Historical Society’s Christmas Homes Tour begins today at 10 a.m. and lasting until 5 p.m. It's a fundraiser for the historical society.

Visitors can tour five homes - which includes one museum - that are in both Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit. Each home has its own particular theme, ranging from shades of Christmas past to a tremendous collection of Santa Clauses on display.

Listed below are the homes available for tour. The five locations can be visited in any order:

1. The Schwatken House located in Brookridge Estates at 412 N.W. Highcliffe Drive in Lee’s Summit. The decorated home features several Christmas trees and a Department 56 figurine display.

2. The Dillingham-Lewis Museum at 101 S.W. 15th St. in Blue Springs. “Shades of Christmas Past” is this year’s theme and each room is meticulously decorated by different decorators.

3. The Bogacz Home in the Summerfield subdivision at 2327 N.E. Maybrook Drive, Blue Springs. This home showcases a Nativity scene and features a Christmas past meets present motif.

4. The Potter Home at 908 N.W. Timber Oak Drive in Blue Springs. This home has a collection of over a thousand Santa Claus figures amassed over a span of 40 years.

5. The Michelson Home at the Willow Tree Estates on 4203 S.E. Willow Ridge Court in Blue Springs. A Nutcracker collection highlights this home, not to mention the entire residence is highly decorated.

Tickets for the homes tour are $15 and can be purchased by calling Mary Potter at 816-797-4870 or by visiting the website: www.bluespringshistory.org.