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Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours 

One Weekend Only!

December 14, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - AND - December 15, 2013, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Adults $20; Senior Citizens (65 years and older) $15; Children (ages 6-17) $5

UPDATE: Online sales for this event are now closed. If you purchased tickets for Saturday and would prefer not to attend due to the weather, we will honor your tickets on Sunday as well.  

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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Make Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours part of your 2013 holiday season celebration. To honor this year as the Year of the Virginia Historic Home, come Home for the Holidays with Historic Alexandria!  Travel through time as you learn more about Alexandria's history and domestic life 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, hear live musical performances, smell seasonal greenery, and taste warm apple cider.  

Carlyle House: 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 – Special Guest Site This Year Only: 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. Unpack your trunk and enjoy 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.  Traditional handcrafted Christmas decorations will be available for sale in the gift shop.


Historic Alexandria Administration
Lloyd House
220 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6451

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.