CAPE MAY – The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities is sponsoring festive walking tours of Cape May's historic district and surrounding areas starting Saturday, Dec. 3.
Christmas Candlelight House Tours have been taking place since 1974, according to a press release. The self-guided tours feature a large selection of Victorian inns, homes, churches and hotels. There will be Christmas carols by candlelight, strolling musicians and holiday decorations.
Participants can walk from site to site, stopping at hospitality centers for warm beverages and holiday treats, or ride in free heated shuttles that make limited stops along some routes.
The first of three Christmas Candlelight House Tours of the season is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Featured properties include The Abbey at Columbia and Gurney streets; Angel of the Sea at 5 Trenton Ave.; Beauclaire's B&B Inn, 23 Ocean Street; The Bedford Inn, 805 Stockton Ave.; The Breakers, 24 Ocean St.; The Colonial House Museum, 653 ½ Washington St., The Dormer House, 800 Columbia Ave.; Franklin's Key, 313 Franklin St.; The George Ogden House, 737 Washington St.; The Harrison, 613 Columbia Ave.; The Henry Sawyer Inn, 722 Columbia Ave.; The Mainstay Inn, 635 Columbia Ave.; The Mason Cottage, 623-625 Columbia Ave.; Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 525 Washington Street Mall; and The White Dove Cottage, 619 Hughes St.
Hospitality centers will be open at the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., and the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 612 Franklin St.
Christmas Candlelight House Tours include admission to the Emlen Physick Estate and the exhibit "An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years" in the Carriage House Gallery. The exhibit's main attraction is a display featuring a Dept. 56 Dickens Village, model trains and vintage Christmas memorabilia. Donations are being accepted to support the Jersey Cape Military Spouses Club, and letters to Santa can be deposited for mailing to the North Pole, according to the release.
The second Christmas Candlelight House Tour is Saturday, Dec. 10, and the final tour is Saturday, Dec. 17.
Admission to the Christmas Candlelight House Tour is $30 for adults and $20 for children age 3-12. Reservations are recommended. Tickets 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.
MAC is a nonprofit that promotes the preservation, interpretation and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region. For information about tours, festivals and special events call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or see capemaymac.org.