50th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour

Golden Anniversary Tour

The entire month of December!

With potential pop-up celebrations on Saturday & Sunday—December 12 – 13, 2020

Preparations are underway for this exciting annual event!

Take a picturesque stroll or a relaxing drive down the historic streets of Fredericksburg. Enjoy an audio tour, featuring specific houses and neighborhoods, using your mobile phone.

Guests can tour at a time that is convenient for them the month of December. Go on a sunny day or wait for those fluffy snowflakes to fall, as you learn about historic homes that will have exteriors decorated for the holidays. Lights, wreaths, a tree in the window, garland, and other festive and creative decor – imagine walking around Fredericksburg in this extra festive environment. The tour will also include photos and a narrated history.

Although we will not be conducting tours inside of homes this year, there are plenty of stories to share about our town and architecture! We are excited to celebrate 50 years of Candlelight Tour in this safe and modified format. At a time when we all crave community but can’t be together, this is the perfect opportunity to experience holiday cheer.

Go to HFFI.org/shop to pay HFFI a modest fee to access tour content. Note, this is currently not available for purchase, but will be closer to the tour.

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2019 Holiday Ornament

Modeled after the wrought iron newel post from the railing in front of 1310 Caroline Street.

Ornaments are available in our Shop.

Learn more about being a 2020 Candlelight Tour Sponsor

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 the exterior of houses in Fredericksburg. Guests will not go inside houses, but rather walk by to enjoy the outside decorations and appreciate the architecture.

Your ticket purchase gains you access to a mobile app audio tour. The map on your mobile device will highlight locations around town decorated for the holidays. It will also indicate which of these properties has audio clips, historic photos, and property summaries to read.

Go on the tour anytime in the month of December! The audio tour will be available in December only. This allows for social distancing and self-pacing. Want to stop for a coffee or lunch? Feel free and then continue on the tour!

Depending on the pandemic, we may have potential pop-up celebrations on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, 2020 with cookies and cider, entertainment, and vendors outside.

We are currently reaching out to property owners to ask if they want to participate by decorating the exterior of their homes. Invitations have been sent to properties with HFFI research already completed. Our community has come together for 50 years to make this tour happen, so we are hopeful for a big response!


TICKETS

Purchase tickets through our website at HFFI.org/shop

Tickets are not available yet, but will be later this fall.

Ticket price TBD.

After you purchase your ticket, you will receive instructions on downloading an app and entering a unique code in order to access the content. Content may also be available through a secured web page if you prefer not to download an app.

Are you a Supporting Level Member of HFFI or higher? If so, you receive complimentary tickets with your membership. Your comp tickets will still be honored so you can access this tour for free.

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. A potential pop-up gift shop might be available on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday December 13.

Interested in being a Sponsor? 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 2020 tour are to be determined.

Interested in your house being on the tour? Contact [email protected]

Is there a dress code?

Since it is an exterior only tour for 2020, dress comfortably and in accordance with the weather.

What time is the tour?

Any time the month of December! We ask that you be respectful of homeowners and their property. Therefore, we recommend you finish your tour before 9 p.m.

What is the Saturday Evening Tour and Cocktail Party?

We will not be having a Cocktail Party this year. You are welcome to take your audio tour in the evening, though, if you would like. We recommend finished before 9 p.m. to be respectful of homeowners.

On a traditional year, 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 short, 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?

We hope to have holiday entertainment December 12-13, however, this will be determined closer to the tour. Is your group interested in performing? Contact [email protected]

Where can I buy tickets for the tour?

Tickets can be purchased in advance of the tour online, using one of our mail-in brochures, or at the HFFI office in the Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA.

Although tickets are typically available at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Visitor Centers, that will not be an option this year.

Do I have to choose either Saturday or Sunday?

Your ticket allows you access to the tour content anytime in the month of December.

What if it rains or snows?

Safety is our number one concern, so if conditions are too poor, wait for better weather to do the tour. Since this year’s tour is self-paced, you can go when the weather is right for you.

Please be safe as sidewalks can be uneven. If you’re driving, please do not stop in the middle of the road to look at houses. Pull over. Please do not hold your mobile device while driving. Pull over or ask the passenger to handle the technology.

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

No lines this year! That’s a perk!

This tour is for viewing the exterior of homes only. No interior tours at this time due to health safety concerns.

Can I take pictures or video?

Please do not trespass on anyone’s property to get a photo or video. Do not walk on their property.

Basic tips about the tour.

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

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