It’s now official: it’s holiday season, even though it seems like it was just 4th of July a little while ago.

The Central City Opera Guild presents the L’Esprit De Noel kickoff party and home tour every year to usher in the Christmas mood and to support the Central City Opera. The Denver Country Club area was back for a repeat performance in offering beautiful homes and decor for patrons to marvel at for this year’s 40th anniversary event.

True to the pattern the past few years, the weather turned frigid, but that did not dampen the spirits of supporters and partygoers, who visited five houses on the L’Esprit De Noel tour just like adult trick or treaters. Guests ended up at Judith Newman-Bien’s house for this year’s reception and enjoyed good food and good company.

For more information about the homes on tour and the Central City Opera, visit