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 Sep 9, 2016 at 12:12 PM

Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours - 2016

One Day Only!

December 10, 2016, 4 p.m. to 9 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 throughout the evening. 

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Bring Holiday Cheer to your celebrations this year! Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours, the city’s premier historic holiday event, blends history, food, and drink through special tastings, seasonal decorations, music, and tours highlighting festive traditions. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, and the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. Special seasonal libations may be purchased along the tour.

Carlyle House Historic Park

You are invited into 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. 

Gadsby's Tavern Museum  

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. Play a period game as you share stories of 12th night celebrations or join in the 18th-century music and English Country dance demonstrations held in the same room where George Washington danced. 

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. 

Old Presbyterian Meeting House

Guides in period dress welcome you to the historic candlelit sanctuary, dating back to 1837, decorated with Christmas greenery and filled with seasonal music.  The Church, still active today, has a history that reaches back to the arrival of Scottish settlers in the 1700s.  The church yard, which contains the grave of the unknown soldier of the American Revolution, will also be open to guests.