Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours

Make Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours part of your 2015 holiday season celebration by bringing some Holiday Cheer to your December!

Page updated on Dec 12, 2015 at 7:49 PM

Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours - 2015

One Weekend Only!

December 12, 2015, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - AND - December 13, 2015, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Adults $25; Seniors (65 years and older) and Active Military $20; Children (ages 6-17) $5

Tickets can be purchased at shop.alexandriava.gov.  All sales are final. This is a rain or shine event! Sites can be toured in any order. A complimentary shuttle runs between the sites on both days.

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Travel through three centuries of history as you learn more about Alexandria and foodways during the holiday season at Carlyle House, Gadsby's Tavern Museum and the Lee-Fendall House.  Special guest site this year is Lloyd House on Washington Street.  Enjoy each site by candlelight, smell seasonal greenery, sip on drinks and taste period inspired food. Seasonal libations will be available for sale.

Carlyle House Historic Park

You are invited to the home of Colonel Carlyle as he and his family celebrate the holidays. Built in 1753, it is one of the grandest dwellings in Alexandria and served as the headquarters of Gen. Edward Braddock in the early days of the French and Indian War.  During the Christmas season, Alexandrians like the Carlyle family would enjoy festive entertainments with family and friends to ward off the cold winter air. 

Lloyd House

Celebrate the holidays in the 1930s as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Smoot at their grand home. Constructed in 1796-1797, Lloyd House is one of Alexandria’s best examples of late 18th-century Georgian style houses. William Albert Smoot, Jr., and his family moved into this home in 1918. Smoot, who successfully operated sand, gravel, coal and lumber businesses, served as Mayor of Alexandria when the city manager form of government was implemented in 1922. Lloyd House remained in the Smoot family until 1942. 

Gadsby's Tavern Museum  

Consider this your home away from home and enjoy the warm hospitality of the tavern made famous by John Gadsby from 1796 until 1808.  Let the scent of fresh greens and sight of lovely candlelit rooms enhance your tour of the historic buildings known today as Gadsby's Tavern Museum. Enjoy the entertainments of the season, including 18th-century music and English Country dance demonstrations held in the same room where George Washington danced the minuet. 

Lee-Fendall House 

Immerse yourself in the sights and smells of a Victorian Christmas. Celebrate the season with the Fleming family, who lived in this home from 1870-1879.  Mr. and Mrs. Fleming trim the tree and prepare for the arrival of friends and family while the youngest children look for a visit from Santa Claus.