51st Annual

Holiday Candlelight Tour

December 10-12, 2021

Enjoy small group tours of select homes, as well as self-guided walking tour stops along the way.  Timed tickets will be available for Friday afternoon, Saturday day and evening, and all day Sunday. 

Special Saturday evening tour tickets will include a 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.

Tickets will be available soon

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Holiday Ornaments

The 2019 ornament was modeled after the wrought iron newel post from the railing in front of 1310 Caroline Street.

Ornaments are available in our Shop.

EVENT DETAILS

Although the pandemic will not allow us to conduct the event as we typically do, we want to provide a safe tour in a socially-distanced way by featuring small group guided tours of houses in Fredericksburg. Guests will purchase a block of timed home tour tickets that allow them access to the historic properties, encourage social distancing, and discourage long lines.  Additionally, guests will be able to access outdoor walking tour content along the way.

The HFFI Candlelight Tour Committee is working to finalize plans for this unique hybrid tour experience.  Our volunteers are compiling compelling stories, photographs, and audio elements, as well as select neighborhood histories.


TICKETS

Ticket information will be released soon

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

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.


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, 1100 block of Princess Anne Street, and the 200 & 300 blocks of Lewis Street down to Caroline Street.

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

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

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 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.

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 — candlelight illuminates the walking to the homes and the cocktail party is a great way to the celebrate the holidays with friends and support local preservation.

Is there additional entertainment on the days of the tour?

To be determined

Where can I buy tickets for the tour?

Ticket information will be released soon.

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.

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.

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 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.

Basic tips about the tour.

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

Thank You to our 2020 Media Sponsor