47th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour

Saturday & Sunday—December 9-10, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Preparations are underway for this exciting annual event – check back for updates!

Stroll the picturesque streets of Fredericksburg and enjoy docent-led tours of historic houses on historic Washington Avenue. Professional decorators, designers, and artists beautifully decorate each home for the holidays—a delight for the eye and an inspiration for the upcoming holidays.

Tour homes will be announced soon!

Candlelight Tour Sponsors





2016 Holiday Ornament


Ornaments still available in our Shop.

Learn more about being a 2017 Candlelight Tour Sponsor

The Candlelight Tour is held on Saturday and Sunday, December 9-10, 2017 from 11am-5pm, and Saturday evening from 6 – 8 pm (for evening tour ticket holders only).

Evening tour tickets also include a festive cocktail party. Purchase your daytime tour tickets in advance and save $5.

Evening Tour & Cocktail Party

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Tour: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cocktail Party: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Saturday Evening Cocktail Party will be held at the Fredericksburg Elks Lodge.

Tickets go on sale October 1, 2017

Come to the Saturday Evening Cocktail Party ready to bid on our Silent Auction, full of amazing items, with all proceeds going to support the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

Evening tour ticket holders can see homes during both the daytime and evening hours

Daytime Tour & Ticket Prices

Daytime Tour Tickets
HFFI Members – $20*, Non-members – $25
Day of the tour – $30
Child – $15

Tickets go on sale October 1, 2017

Group rates
10-15 tickets – $20 each
16-20 tickets – $18 each
21+ tickets – $15 each

Daytime tour tickets are good for both Saturday & Sunday during the day, each ticket valid to see each house one time.

Evening Tour Tickets – includes Saturday Night Cocktail Party
$60 each or 2/$100
Limited number available!

* HFFI Member tickets can only be purchased through the HFFI Offices – satellite ticket locations prior to tour cannot offer member discount.

Please Note: Candlelight Tour tickets are non-refundable. (Both daytime and evening tickets)

 Ticket Sales Locations

To Be Announced

Candlelight Tour Gift Shop

Visit the Tour Gift Shop during the daytime tour for your tour book and the collectible 2017 ornament.
2016 Gift Shop sponsored by Leckner Nissan

Candlelight Tour Sponsors


Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the proceeds from the tour go?

The proceeds of the Candlelight Tour fund the programs and projects of the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc., a non-profit membership organization that has worked to protect the historic and cultural resources of the Fredericksburg area since 1955.

The mission of the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc., is to preserve, protect, and revitalize the distinctive historic environment and cultural resources of the Fredericksburg area. The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc., accomplishes this mission through education, advocacy and financial resources.

What houses are on the tour this year?

The 2017 Candlelight Tour will be held on historic Washington Avenue.
Homes will be announced soon!

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code for the tour, but we ask that you please do not wear high heal shoes as these may damage the floors within the homes.

Otherwise feel free to dress comfortably and in accordance with the weather.

What time is the tour?

Candlelight day tours are conducted on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 & 10 from 11AM to 5PM.

The day ticket includes a tour of each home, a keepsake tour booklet, and complimentary cookie with cider at the Gift Shop (location to be determined).

What is the Saturday Evening Tour and Cocktail Party?

The Evening Tour and Cocktail Party is a fun way to make a special evening event out of this annual holiday tour. A limited number of tickets are sold, so lines to see the homes are shorter, candlelight illuminates the walkway to the homes, and the cocktail party is a great way to celebrate the holidays with friends and support local preservation.

The evening tour is conducted on Saturday evening from 6:00 to 8:00PM. The evening tour includes a tour of each of the properties as well as a Cocktail Party from 7 to 10pm.

Tickets can only be purchased in advance of the tour (after October 1st) either by mail, online, or at the HFFI office in the Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg from 12 to 3pm on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.   The evening tour tickets are $60.00 for one ticket or $100.00 for two tickets. The evening tickets are limited in number and must be purchased in advance.

Is there additional entertainment on the days of the tour?

Holiday entertainment will be on the streets and near the homes in the tour area.

Where can I buy tickets for the tour?

Tickets can be purchased in advance of the tour either online or at the HFFI office in the Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg from 12 to 3PM on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center, 706 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg during their normal operating hours. Only non-member, day tour tickets are available at the Visitors Center, HFFI member price tickets and evening tickets must be purchased directly from HFFI.

On the days of the tour (December 10 & 11), tickets will be available at the Candlelight Tour Gift Shop (616 Amelia Street).

HFFI member tickets are $20.00. Non-HFFI member tickets purchased in advance of the tour day are $25.00 and $30.00 on the day of the tour.

Tickets will NOT be sold at the individual houses.

Do I have to choose either Saturday or Sunday?

Not at all! Your tour ticket allows you to see each house one time—that can either be on Saturday or Sunday. See them all in one day or split them between the two and enjoy a whole weekend in downtown Fredericksburg!

What if it rains?

The tour will continue as scheduled even if it is raining or snowing. If there is precipitation outside, plastic covers will be provided to enclose your umbrella while within the home.

How long will I have to wait in line for each house?

Depending on the number of attendees, the wait times for touring each home could be short or long. Visiting the homes during off-peak hours could shorten your wait time considerably. The busiest time for visiting the homes is on Saturday afternoon from 11am-3pm.

Since these are private homes, all tours within the homes are guided and the number of persons entering a home at a time will be limited due to physical space within the home.

Basic tips about the tour.

No food or drink is permitted within buildings. Beverages will have to be left outside and retrieved upon exiting the home.

Any type of wheelchair or mobile assistance will have to be left outside and retrieved upon exiting the home.

Children under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

If there are runners on the floors inside the homes, please try to stay on them. We are trying to protect the floors for our generous homeowners.


2015 Candlelight Tour Sponsorships

Saturday Evening Cocktail Party

Chancellor’s Village

Davenport & Co.

Candlelight Tour Gift Shop

Comfort Keepers
Leckner Nissan/ Leckner Ford


Ticket Sponsor

* Lewis Insurance

Lewis Insurance

Tour Book Sponsor

Weichert Realtors
Jurgensen Group

Premium Advertisers

* Mary Washington Healthcare

* Rappahannock Electric

* Braehead Manor

Coldwell Banker, Carriage House Realty, Inc.
Janel O’Malley and Robin Marine

* Habalis

* Hallowed Ground Tours

 Big Cloud Media

Coldwell Banker, Elite
Hagerman Group

Found & Sons Funeral Home

Habitat Maids

Merestone Geomatics

Quarles Petroleum

Rappahannock Rain

The Walden Team
Missy Walden, Realtor


ADT adj

Caroline’s Realty
Laura Lee Jaworski

Flicko’s Video Services

Tour Book Advertisers


Central Rappahannock Regional Library

* Classic Car Center

* Community Bank of the Chesepeake

* Creative Color Printing and Mailing

* Dovetail Cultural Resource Group

* Fredericksburg Main Street VA Inc.

* Holt for Homes

* Irish Eyes

* Nichols Auction Marketing Group

* Richard Johnston Inn

* Robert B. Payne, Heating & Air Conditioning

Roxbury Farm and Garden Center

Susan Pates- Long & Foster Realty

* Beck’s Antiques

* Holcomb Contracting Group

* Monkees of Fredericksburg

* University of Mary Washington Foundation

Virginia Deli

Washington Heritage Museums

Agora Downtown Coffee Shop

* Bistro Bethem

* Kiss & Tell

* James Monroe Museum

* Made in Virginia Store

* Vivify Burger Lounge

* Denotes 2014 Candlelight Tour advertiser


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