Cape May Christmas Candlelight House Tour

Cape May's Victorian inns, homes, churches and hotels will be decked out in holiday finery for the annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 and 16.

CAPE MAY — On three Saturdays in December, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities will present its annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours through the city's historic district and surrounding areas. 

The self-guided walking tour will feature a selection of Victorian inns, homes, churches and hotels that have been decked out in holiday finery.

The tours have been an annual tradition since 1974.

Guests will be welcomed with holiday hospitality and cheer. There will be Christmas carols by candlelight, and strolling musicians along the historic streets of Cape May as participants walk from site to site, stopping at hospitality centers for warm beverages and holiday treats. Free heated shuttles make limited stops along some routes.

Tours will be offered 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16. The properties on the tour include Angel of the Sea, 5 Trenton Ave; Beauclaire's B&B Inn, 23 Ocean St.; The Bedford Inn, 805 Stockton Ave.; Cape Island Baptist Church, Columbia Avenue and Gurney Street (restrooms only); Cavalier Cottage, 1109 Washington St.; The Colonial House Museum, 653 ½ Washington St.; The Dormer House, 800 Columbia Ave.; Franklin's Key, 313 Franklin St.; The Harrison, 613 Columbia Ave.; The Henry Sawyer Inn, 722 Columbia Ave.; The Hotel Macomber; 727 Beach Ave.; The Mainstay Inn, 635 Columbia Ave.; The Mason Cottage, 623 Columbia Ave.; The Mission Inn, 1117 New Jersey Ave.; and Pharos at The Harrison, 617 Columbia Ave.

Christmas Candlelight House Tours also include admission to the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., where the exhibit "An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years" will be open at the Carriage House Gallery.

The exhibit's main attraction is a display featuring a Dept. 56 Dickens Village, model trains and vintage Christmas memorabilia, all beneath the boughs of a giant Christmas tree. Letters to Santa can be deposited for mailing to the North Pole.

The hospitality centers are the Carriage House at the Physick Estate and Episcopal Church of the Advent, 612 Franklin St.

Admission is $35 for adults and $20 for children age 3-12 and can be purchased at capemaymac.org or reserved in advance by calling 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. Any tickets remaining on the day of the tour can be purchased at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington and Ocean Streets. Properties on the tour are subject to change.

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the preservation, interpretation and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region. See capemaymac.org.

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