51st Annual

Holiday Candlelight Tour

December 10-12, 2021

Update December 13:  Thank you for your support of HFFI and this annual event.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2022.

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


Enjoy small group tours of select homes, as well as self-guided walking tour stops along the way.  Timed Home Tour tickets will be available for Friday afternoon (December 10), Saturday (December 11), and Sunday (December 12). 

Special Cocktail Party tour tickets will include a Saturday evening cocktail party at the historic Woolen Mill.

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.

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Holiday Ornaments

The 2021 ornament was modeled after the bell-shaped cupola at 1108 Charles Street.

Ornaments are available at the Candlelight Tour Gift Shop and will be available online starting after the Candlelight Tour event.

EVENT DETAILS

Join us for small group guided tours of houses in Fredericksburg. Guests will purchase a timed Home Tour ticket that allows them access to the historic properties, encourages social distancing, and discourages long lines.  Included in the Home Tour is a self-guided outdoor walking tour component, highlighting areas and sites of interest around the neighborhood.

A guided walking tour (outdoor only) will be offered at select times throughout the event weekend.

Homes on the Tour

  • 1108 Charles Street
  • 1112 Charles Street
  • 1114 Charles Street (indoor and outdoor)
  • 1200 Charles Street, Mary Washington House (Friday VIP Home Tour only)
  • 307 Lewis Street (outdoor only)

Ticket Options

Friday December 10th VIP Home Tour (includes a tour of the Mary Washington House and small Candlelight Tour-themed gift) – $40 general public/$35 member or volunteer

Saturday December 11th & Sunday December 12th Home Tour – $35 general public/$30 member or volunteer

Saturday December 11th & Sunday December 12th Guided Walking Tour (outdoor only) – $10 general public/$8 member or volunteer

Saturday December 11th Cocktail Party, 7-10 PM at the Woolen Mill (includes Home Tour) – $75 single ticket/$130 pair of tickets


Selecting Your Timed Home Tour Ticket

Keep the following timeframes in mind when choosing your timed Home Tour ticket.  Please allow yourself extra time for check-in and to enjoy the outdoor walking tour stops and Gift Shop.

  • Friday VIP Home Tour takes approximately 2.5 hours [5 properties].
  • Saturday Home Tour takes approximately 2 hours [4 properties].
  • Sunday Home Tour takes approximately 2 hours [4 properties].

NOTE:  Check-in required prior to your Home Tour time, so please allow yourself 15-20 minutes extra ahead of your tour start time for arrival & check-in.  Check-in tables will be located in the 300 block of Lewis Street.

COVID Protocols:  Home Tour and Cocktail Party require verification of COVID full vaccination or negative COVID test (within 72 hours); please remember to have all persons in your group bring COVID documentation to check-in.  Masks required on interior tours.  Hand sanitizing stations at entry & exit of private homes.  Protocols subject to change based on local health department guidance.

Terms & Conditions:  Tickets are non-refundable.  Tickets are transferrable by reaching out to HFFI no later than December 8, 2021 with guest name updates.


TICKETS

Tickets now on sale

Please Note: Candlelight Tour tickets are non-refundable.


PARKING

Along with nearby street parking, please see the City Parking Map for additional parking lot options.


CANDLELIGHT TOUR GIFT SHOP

Gift Shop Location
Friday & Saturday
Library Annex, 1201 Caroline Street
Sunday
Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street
+ Pop up shops along 300 block of Lewis Street

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 2021 tour are in the 1100 block of Charles Street, and the 200 & 300 blocks of Lewis Street down to Caroline Street.

The Home Tour will includes guided tours of:

  • 1108 Charles Street
  • 1112 Charles Street
  • 1114 Charles Street (indoor and outdoor)
  • 1200 Charles Street, Mary Washington House (Friday VIP Home Tour only)
  • 307 Lewis Street (outdoor only)

What time is the tour?

The guided tours will be scheduled in blocks.  The tour times will include Friday afternoon, Saturday day and evening, and Sunday day.  Self-guided walking tour segments will be available outside the timed ticket hours.  Guided Walking Tours will be available on a separate schedule and are not included in the Home Tour ticket.

Do I need a ticket for each person taking the tour?

Yes, each person attending the home tours will need a timed ticket.

What is the Saturday Evening Tour and Cocktail Party?

The Cocktail Party is a fun way to make a special evening event out of this annual holiday tour — this year your Cocktail Party ticket includes your choice of Home Tour day & time, as well as the Saturday evening cocktail event at the Woolen Mill (Saturday 7-10PM).  The cocktail party is a great way to the celebrate the holidays with friends and support local preservation.

Do I have to choose either Saturday or Sunday?

Yes, this year you will need to select a timed ticket block for access to the historic 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?

Home Tour and Cocktail Party require verification of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test (within 72 hours); please remember to have all persons in your group bring COVID documentation to check-in.  Masks required on interior tours.  Hand sanitizing stations at entry & exit of private homes.  Protocols subject to change based on local health department guidance.

Is there a dress code?

Dress comfortably and in accordance with the weather.

The Saturday evening cocktail party guests typically dress in cocktail/business attire.

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?

No long lines this year! That’s a perk!  We are hopeful that timed ticketing will allow for smooth flow of tours through the historic properties.

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 2021 Media Sponsor