52nd Annual

Holiday Candlelight Tour

December 9-11, 2022

Enjoy festive tours of the College Heights neighborhood on December 9-11, 2022. 

Tour Times: 

Friday 1PM – 4PM

Saturday 10AM – 1PM

Saturday 1PM – 5PM

Sunday 10AM – 1PM

Sunday 1PM – 4PM


Enjoy tours of select homes, as well as self-guided walking tour stops along the way.  Home Tour tickets will be available for Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Mark your calendar and make a plan to join HFFI in this annual tradition.  At a time when we all crave community, this is the perfect opportunity to experience holiday cheer.

Become a Candlelight Tour Sponsor, Advertiser, or Donor

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Become a Candlelight Tour Volunteer

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Tickets also available at the Lewis Store (1200 Caroline Street) and at local Visitors Centers (Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania)

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Holiday Ornaments

The 2022 ornament was modeled after the entrance at 1104 College Avenue.

Designed & crafted by local ceramic artist Christine Lush-Rodriguez.

Pre-sales of the 2022 ornament available in the HFFI Shop.

Ornaments from past Candlelight Tours are  available online.

2022 EVENT DETAILS

Join us for guided tours of homes in Fredericksburg’s historic College Heights neighborhood. Guests will purchase a Home Tour ticket that allows them access during a designated tour time block.  Includes a self-guided outdoor walking tour component, highlighting areas and sites of interest around the neighborhood.

Homes on the Tour

  • 1104 College Avenue
  • 1205 Dandridge Street (outdoor only)
  • 1206 Colony Road
  • 1216 Brent Street
  • 1228 Payne Street

Ticket Options

Includes access to four private home interiors and exterior-only access to one private home (five homes total)

  • Self-Guided Walking Tour – FREE and available during the event weekend*[no ticket required]

*Web-based tour requires use of your own mobile device with QR code-reading capabilities.


Selecting Your Home Tour Ticket

The tour takes approximately 2.5-3 hours to visit all five properties.  Please allow yourself extra time for check-in and to enjoy the outdoor walking tour stops.

NOTE:  Check-in required prior to your Home Tour time block, so please allow yourself 15 minutes for arrival & check-in.  Check-in table location TBA.

COVID Protocols:  Protocols subject to change based on private homeowner specifications and local health department guidance.

Terms & Conditions:  Tickets are non-refundable.  Tickets are transferrable by reaching out to HFFI no later than December 4, 2022 with guest name updates.


TICKETS

Tickets now available online HERE

Tickets are also available through the Lewis Store (1200 Caroline Street) and at local Visitors Centers (Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania)

HFFI Annual Members receive an email when tickets become available.

Please Note: Candlelight Tour tickets are non-refundable.


CANDLELIGHT TOUR KEEPSAKES

For Candlelight Tour related items, please visit our online store.

We are selling our recently published Homes for the Holidays: Historic Fredericksburg’s Candlelight Tradition book, as well as commemorative ornaments from past tours.


Interested in being a Sponsor or Advertiser? Click here.

Want to sign up to be a Candlelight Tour Volunteer?  Click here.

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?

Locations for the 2022 tour are in the College Heights neighborhood.

The Home Tour will includes tours of:

    • 1104 College Avenue
    • 1205 Dandridge Street (outdoor only)
    • 1206 Colony Road
    • 1216 Brent Street
    • 1228 Payne Street

What time is the tour?

The Candlelight Tour event hours are Friday 1PM-4PM; Saturday 10AM-5PM; and Sunday 10AM-4PM.  The Home Tours will be scheduled in blocks in 3-4 hour time blocks.  Self-guided walking tour segments will also be available outside the timed ticket hours throughout the event weekend.

Do I have to come on a particular day or can I tour anytime?

Yes, this year you will need to select a tour time block for access to the Candlelight Tour properties.  The self-guided tour portion will be available outside of your timed ticket block.

Where can I buy tickets for the tour?

Tickets can be purchased in advance of the tour online or by contacting our Lewis Store office.

Tickets will also be available at local Visitor Centers.

What are the COVID Protocols?

Protocols subject to change based on private homeowner requests and on local health department guidance.

Is there a dress code?

Dress comfortably and in accordance with the weather.  Festive attire is always encouraged!

What if it rains or snows?

The event will continue as scheduled with rain or light snow.  However, safety is our number one concern, so if conditions are too poor, we may need to cancel or reschedule your tour.

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

We are hopeful that time block ticketing will allow for smooth flow of tours through the historic properties, but some waiting in lines is likely.  Our tour ambassadors will be roaming the neighborhood and can always point the way to homes with shorter lines or easy paths to your next destination.

Can I take pictures or video?

Exterior photography and videos are allowed and encouraged (tag us at #HFFITours).  However, due to the fact we will be touring private homes, interior photography and videography are not permitted.

Is there additional entertainment on the days of the tour?

To be determined

Basic tips about the tour.

Contact [email protected] for any questions about the tour.

Thank You to our 2022 Media Sponsor

Thank you for your support of HFFI and this annual event.  

Visit the 2021 Candlelight Tour page for access to the Self-Guided Walking Tour and Tour Book download from the 51st Annual Candlelight Tour.