Candlelight Tours

Let the season's warm glow fill your heart with holiday cheer on one of these festive Maryland candlelight tours.

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State Circle, Annapolis
State Circle, Annapolis
Image Credit: Jennifer Casey
Maryland Monument Illumination Antietam
Maryland Monument Illumination Antietam
Photo of Mansion decorated for the holidays
Spencer Silver Mansion
Image Credit: Adam Rybczynski

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at Parades and Festivals, great holiday Train Events , dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows, and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations. Make this year special with a Home for the Holidays hotel package.

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1 Holiday Candlelight Stroll, Annapolis

December 1-22, 2019
Fridays & Saturdays (except Dec. 8) 7-8:30pm
Stroll through Annapolis alongside a festively attired colonial guide and learn about holiday traditions. Includes tour inside the historic Hammond Harwood House for additional seasonal spirit. Departs from Infomation Booth at City Dock.


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1 Dock Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-268-7601


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Antietam Illumination

2 Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination, Sharpsburg

December 7, 2019
More than 23,000 luminaries are placed on the battlefield to represent each soldier who was killed, wounded, missing, or captured during the battle on Sept. 17, 1862. Open to public at 6pm. The driving tour is five miles long.


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Location:
5831 Dunker Church Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
301-432-5124


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Candle in church window Image Credit: VisitFrederick.org

3 Candlelight House Tour of Frederick

December 7-8, 2019
Saturday 5-9pm, Sunday Noon-4pm
Delight in the architectural nuances and historic significance of this tour featuring historic private Frederick homes elaborately adorned with holiday décor.

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4 Solomons Christmas Walk

December 7, 2019
Solomons Christmas Walk is traditionally the first weekend in December. It’s a festive time of children’s activities, a live puppet show and open-house at many local businesses. Highlights include Santa’s arrival and the Lighted Boat Parade! Stroll through Solomons luminaria streets and enjoy the sights and the sounds of the season.


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Throughout Solomons
Solomons, MD 20688
410-535-4583


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Photo of Mansion decorated for the holidays Image Credit: Adam Rybczynski

5 Candlelight Tour of Havre de Grace

December 14, 2019 4-8pm
Visit beautiful, historic Havre de Grace to see some amazing homes ready for the holidays! Join us for our annual tour and Holiday Boutique at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House.
 


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Susquehanna Museum
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
410-939-5780


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candles and greens

6 Candlelight Tour, Historic Chesapeake City

December 8, 2019
Experience old-fashioned yuletide hospitality and take the holiday tour of Chesapeake City’s historic district. Tour will guide you through twenty 19th-century homes, B&Bs and churches. Horse and carriage rides and strolling Victorian carolers will put everyone in the Christmas spirit. 


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Franklin Hall
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
443-553-0071


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Historic Thomas House in Frederick Image Credit: Monocacy National Battlefield

7 Museums by Candlelight, Frederick County

December 14, 2019
Once a year, Frederick County’s numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of this area's splendid past. During Museums by Candlelight, special programming and hands-on fun will delight visitors of all ages, and special children's activities are featured at most locations. 

This is a FREE self-guided event.  Visit many locations, or just a few, in any order.  Enjoy period demonstrations, living history vignettes, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations and historic settings by candlelight as night falls.


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Location:
151 S East St.
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-1650


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People attending the Festival hold lights. Image Credit: Bill Adkins

8 Festival of Lights, Historic Frederick

December 20, 2019
Holiday greetings, carols and an inspirational messages highlight the meaning of the holiday season. Join a moving candle lighting ceremony, filling the City Hall Courtyard with magnificent light.
Frederick City Hall


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Frederick City Hall
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-2489


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Frederick Church

9 Candlelight Tour of Frederick's Historic Houses of Worship

December 26, 2019, 4-9pm
As the sun begins to set, visitors can tour many of Frederick’s famous clustered spires and other historic houses of worship by candlelight. Guests will be welcomed with special programs, angelic choirs, and nativity scenes. 


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19 E. Church St.
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-4048


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10 Riversdale House Museum by Candlelight, Riverdale Park

December 28, 2019
Residents from Riversdale’s past welcome guests to the candlelit museums for tours, refreshments, live music, and children’s activities.
 


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4811 Riverdale Rd
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
301-864-0420


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Featured Places
colonial guide
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Location:
1 Dock Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination
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Location:
5831 Dunker Church Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Calvert Marine Museum in winter
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Location:
Throughout Solomons
Solomons, MD 20688
Spencer Silver Mansion
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Location:
Susquehanna Museum
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
candles and greens
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Location:
Franklin Hall
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
people in museum
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Location:
151 S East St.
Frederick, MD 21701
People attend the Festival hold lights.
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Location:
Frederick City Hall
Frederick, MD 21701
Church in Frederick
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Location:
19 E. Church St.
Frederick, MD 21701
A Fireplace at Riversdale By Candlelight
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Location:
4811 Riverdale Rd
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
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