Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours 2017

An Old Town Christmas Tradition

Photo © Office of Historic Alexandria

See historic Alexandria in a whole new light this holiday season! Three of Old Town Alexandria’s finest historic sites will welcome guests and open their doors for the festive Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour program. This year’s tour will include Carlyle House Historic Park, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, and Lee-Fendall House. The 2014 event blends chocolate and history through special tastings, seasonal decorations, period music, and tours highlighting chocolate through time.

Historic chocolate is woven throughout the experience. Carlyle House highlights chocolate during the French and Indian War, including American Heritage Chocolate® samples produced by Mars Chocolate North America. An 18th century coffee house comes to life at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. See how chocolate goes from bean to beverage, “take” chocolate, and enjoy 18th-century music and dancing in the same room where George and Martha Washington danced. For the sights and tastes of a Victorian Christmas, the Lee-Fendall House will feature the latest 19th-century chocolate delicacy, fudge.<br/>The tour is self-guided, and the sites may be visited in any order. A free shuttle service will link the sites.

Tour Dates and Times

Saturday, December 9, 2017 , 6-9 p.m.


Ticket prices are $20 for adult and $15 for seniors, $5 for children (ages 6-17). You may purchase tickets at shop.alexandriava.gov or call (703) 838-4242.


  • Carlyle House Historic Park -121 North Fairfax Street
  • Gadsby’s Tavern Museum - 134 North Royal Street 
  • Lee-Fendall House - 614 Oronoco Street

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Old Town Alexandria is easily accessible by public transportation, including the free King Street Trolley. Public parking is available at the Tavern Square and Market Square parking garages. See a guide to parking in Alexandria

The holiday season is a great time to explore Old Town Alexandria with its historic streets decorated for the holidays and lots of special events. Read more about Christmas in Old Town Alexandria.

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