GRANT PARK WELCOMES YOU
TO THE 36th ANNUAL
CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES!
Don’t miss one of Atlanta’s best and most eclectic holiday home tours!
Saturday, December 10
Sunday, December 11
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Buy your tickets now! Advance tickets for the 2016 Candlelight Tour of Homes are $20 each through Friday, Dec. 9. Ticket prices increase to $25 each beginning Saturday, Dec. 10.
To inquire about special group rates (10+ people), e-mail Sonia Fuller.
Featured Special Events
Are you an artist? Email us to apply for the Artists Market!
One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the holiday season in Atlanta, Historic Grant Park’s Candlelight Tour of Homes first began in 1980 as a benefit for a pioneering community daycare center. Over the years, the tour has grown and evolved into a fundraiser for three cherished community organizations: St. Paul United Methodist Church, the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool, and the Grant Park Parent’s Network.
The Candlelight Tour traditionally takes place on the second weekend in December, and provides an intimate and charming way to experience both the past and present of the historic Grant Park neighborhood. And you’ll soon realize that “Candlelight Tour” isn’t just a slogan, as you’ll be enchanted by the warm glow of candles and holiday lights at every stop.
There is hardly a more delightful way to experience the Grant Park neighborhood, which was founded by Col. Lemuel P.Grant in 1885, and consists largely of original Victorian, Queen Anne and Craftsman homes that were constructed between 1885-1910.
The Grant Park story is one of urban decay and renewal, as the neighborhood suffered catastrophic decline after the construction of I-20 in the early 1960’s, which required the demolition of over 300 homes and businesses and divided the neighborhood North and South.
A restoration trend began in the 1970s and gathered momentum in the 80s. In 1979, a portion of the neighborhood south of I-20 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was then expanded north of I-20 in 1986. As the neighborhood rebounded into the 1990s, demolition of older homes was largely halted, and many large homes that were once subdivided into apartments were restored to single family use.
In 2000, the Grant Park neighborhood became Atlanta’s largest Historic District, bringing additional zoning protections, incentives for historically sensitive renovations, and the requirement that new construction conform to the character of the old neighborhood.
Grant Park today is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood with a mixture of long-time and new residents of every background. Come join us as we celebrate the holidays in Grant Park style!
Tour Check-In & Ticket Table
To begin the tour, all tour-goers must check in at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Grant Street to exchange a ticket for a tour brochure. A tour brochure is required to enter the stops on the tour.
Tickets may be purchased at the check-in table on the days of the event for $25. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
Ticket Table Hours
Saturday, December 10: Open 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Sunday, December 11: Open 4:00-5:00 pm, and 6:00-10:00 pm
Other Ticket Sales Events
Find us at the Grant Park Farmers Market on Sundays in November, where you can purchase tickets with cash or credit.
Details coming soon.
Because of the large area to be covered on the tour, driving and carpooling is recommended. Free street parking is available throughout Grant Park, but be mindful not to block driveways or alleys, pay attention to parking signage, and stay away from fire hydrants and crosswalks.
Restrooms are available at St. Paul UMC (tour check-in), at Saint John the Wonderworker, and at Park Avenue Baptist Church. Restrooms are not available in homes on the tour.
Make a Day of It!
Grant Park is home to a wide variety of wonderful restaurants and coffee shops. Plan to come early and stay late. See the tour brochure for special offers from our local sponsors.
Kids and parents are invited to visit Winter Wonderland – a free event specifically for the kids which magically appears for one night only!
Created by the Grant Park Parents Network (GPPN), Winter Wonderland is a delightfully fun place where children of all ages can enjoy winter activities such as holiday crafts, games, cookie decorating, and more!
Santa has promised to stop by for photos. Since this is his busiest time of year, he’ll only be able to meet with a LIMITED number of families from 4pm to 6pm. Be sure to arrive early should you wish to see Santa – visits with Santa are on a first-come, first-serve basis and available times go fast!
For a chance to win a guaranteed time slot with Santa, be sure to do whatever it is you have to do to enter our drawing. The winner will be selected at random and will be given a reserved time slot to visit Santa.
For more information about Winter Wonderland, contact Jessica Rayborn.
For more information about the Artists’ Market, email us.
Enjoy a festive, holiday concert by the amazingly talented St. Paul UMC Choir.
Details coming soon.
A Big Thanks to Our 2016 Sponsors:
Gold Star Sponsors
Silver Bell Sponsors
Diane J. Hewitt: Design Concierge
You can be an Angel! Make a donation of any amount $1 or more when you pick up your tour book and get a “I’m an Angel” sticker to wear on the tour.
Become a sponsor
Download our sponsor package.
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