50th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour
Golden Anniversary Tour
Saturday & Sunday—December 12 – 13, 2020
Daytime Tours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Evening Tours (Sat. only): 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Preparations are underway for this exciting annual event!
Stroll the picturesque streets of Fredericksburg and enjoy docent-led tours of historic houses. 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 on the 1100 Block of Princess Anne Street and the surrounding area.
Candlelight Tour Sponsors
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
Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(for evening tour ticket holders only)
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Evening Tour: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cocktail Party: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Come ready to participate in our raffle and bid on our Silent Auction, full of amazing items, with all proceeds going to support the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. The Cocktail Party will be at a new renovated venue by the owners of The Silk Mill.
Daytime Tour Tickets
$25* PRE-SALE tickets for HFFI Members only from September 1 – October 14
$30 GENERAL ADMISSION tickets from October 15 – November 30
$35 ALL TICKETS from December 1 – December 13
10-15 tickets – $25 each
16-20 tickets – $23 each
21+ tickets – $20 each
Child (5-11) – $15
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!
Evening tour tickets also include a festive cocktail party at a new renovated venue by the owners of The Silk Mill. Evening tour ticket holders can see homes during both the daytime and evening hours.
* HFFI Member tickets can only be purchased online or at the HFFI Office – satellite ticket locations prior to tour cannot offer member discount.
Please Note: Candlelight Tour tickets are non-refundable. (Both daytime and evening tickets)
TICKET SALE LOCATIONS
Tickets sold online at MissionTix
Print your tickets and bring them with you to the event.
Tickets will also be sold here:
Please pay attention to street signs, including No Parking and Homeowner Only Parking.
Along with nearby street parking, please see the City Parking Map for additional parking lot options.
CANDLELIGHT TOUR GIFT SHOP
Gift Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday December 13.
The Gift Shop location is TBD.
The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. will be selling its annual Holiday Candlelight Tour commemorative ornament, memberships to HFFI, tour tickets, as well as other merchandise. Additional vendors will also be at the gift shop selling gifts for the holiday season.
Restrooms will be available at the Gift Shop location.
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?
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 14 & 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you purchase an evening tour ticket, you can also attend the evening tour on Saturday, December 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
All tickets include a tour of each home, a keepsake tour booklet, and complimentary cookie with cider at the Gift Shop.
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 8:00 p.m. The evening tour includes a tour of each of the properties as well as a Cocktail Party from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Tickets can only be purchased in advance of the tour 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.
Is there additional entertainment on the days of the tour?
Holiday entertainment will be in the neighborhood of 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 or at the HFFI office in the Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg from 12 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
Tickets can also be purchased at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center and Spotsylvania Visitor Center during their normal operating hours. Only non-member, daytime tour tickets are available at those locations. HFFI member tickets and evening tickets must be purchased directly from HFFI.
On the days of the tour, tickets will be available at the Candlelight Tour Gift Shop if we haven’t sold out.
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 or snows?
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. Safety is our number one concern, so if conditions are too poor (such as slippery steps) then houses will be closed if needed. All sales are final, so please pay attention to the weather and plan accordingly as to when to attend.
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 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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.
Can I take pictures or video?
Taking pictures and video recording are not allowed inside the tour homes for any reason. Photos/video of the exterior of the homes are okay, but never the inside.
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.