The Historic Samuel Cupples House kicked off the holiday season Dec. 8 with the annual "Holiday Rooms in Bloom" and the lighting of the Cupples House Christmas tree.
"Holiday Rooms in Bloom" is an annual event where florists select a room in the house to decorate however they please. The event showcases the florists' creativity and allows them to work outside of their normal realm.
"It's a way to see florists top each other as they get more creative each year," said Kathy Williams, who, along with her husband Warren, has been coming to the event for the past three years.
This year, NewsChannel 5's Heidi Glaus lit the Christmas tree during a live 6 p.m. news broadcast.
| Heidi Glaus of NewsChannel 5 light the Cupples House tree during a live 6 p.m. news broadcast. Photo by Alyssa Rizavi
Also at the event was live music provided by the Fine Arts department's music honor society, as well as a performance from Saint Louis University's music group Decadence. Nearly 150 people were present for the opening night and tree lighting, and a total of almost 600 visited the house by the end of the weekend.
While there was no admission charged for "Holiday Rooms in Bloom," visitors were encouraged to bring gifts to benefit the St. Francis Xavier College Church, and by Sunday evening, bags of hats, scarves, gloves and coats were flowing from underneath the Cupples House tree.