GRANT PARK WELCOMES YOU TO THE THIRTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES!
*** WEATHER UPDATE ***
The weather forecast says the sun will be out at noon and the rest of the day is clear, so we are proceeding with the Candlelight Tour as normal.
The Oakland Cemetery VIP Experience Holiday Victorian Walking Tour will proceed as planned at 4:00 p.m.
Don’t miss one of Atlanta’s best and most eclectic holiday home tours!
Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December, 10, 6:00–10:00 PM
Buy your tickets now! Advance tickets for the 2017 Candlelight Tour of Homes are $20 each through Friday, Dec. 8. Ticket prices increase to $25 each beginning Saturday, Dec. 9. Children 5 and under do not require a ticket. After Dec. 8, tickets must be purchased at the door. See “Tour Info” below for details.
To inquire about special group rates (10+ people), e-mail Sarah Burgher.
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 conforms 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!
The Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes is excited to offer an optional hop-on, hop-off trolley shuttle service for the first time in the history of the tour! Two trolleys buses – generously provided by Presenting Sponsor, Floor & Décor – will make a continuous circuit of the tour stops from 6:00 – 10:15 PM each night. Drop-off and pick-up will be available at designated stops, allowing easy access to all the homes and points of interest on the Tour. The shuttle service is included with your tour ticket, so you can catch a trolley for FREE at St. Paul UMC, 501 Grant St., SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, or at any of the stops along the tour! A tip for the trolley drivers is encouraged but not required. With fewer cars expected on the tour route, parking at St. Paul UMC will be extremely limited, so tour-goers are encouraged to carpool or use a transportation service (such as Lyft or Uber) to travel to the Tour, or park at any of the tour stops and ride the shuttle from there.
Saturday VIP Experience
Kick off your Candlelight Tour of Homes experience with a stroll through Historic Oakland Cemetery, a Victorian garden cemetery, and treasured Atlanta landmark. Discover the history, gardens, and Victorian architecture that give Oakland Cemetery its distinctive character with a guided tour. Hear the stories of the men and women who shaped Atlanta, and learn about a few Victorian holiday traditions along the way! The Oakland Cemetery Victorian Holiday Walking Tour is on December 9 only. It begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Visitors Center in Oakland’s Bell Tower Building. The Saturday VIP Experience Ticket is $30 each and includes the Oakland Cemetery Victorian Holiday Walking Tour and the Candlelight Tour of Homes. The Saturday VIP Experience ticket must be purchased online by Friday, December 8.
Sunday VIP Experience
Enjoy a festive holiday party with award-winning craft beer and savory heavy hors-d’oeuvres from Cake Hag at Grant Park’s own Eventide Brewing from 4:00-6:00 PM on Sunday, December 10. This is a great way to socialize and relax with friends, family, and neighbors before the Candlelight Tour. Take some selfies at the Sunday VIP Experience and post them to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter during the Candlelight Tour with the tag #Eventide or #CandlelightTour for a chance to win your own free Eventide Lounge Experience, a $500 value! The Sunday VIP Experience Ticket is $30 each and includes the Eventide Brewing Holiday Experience and the Candlelight Tour of Homes. The Sunday VIP Experience ticket may be purchased online by Friday, December 8 or at the door of Eventide Brewing at 4:00 p.m on Sunday, December 10.
Tree Topper Total VIP Experience
If you’d like to partake of both VIP Experiences, purchase the Tree Topper Total VIP Experience, which includes the Oakland Cemetery Victorian Holiday Walking Tour on Saturday and the Eventide Brewing Holiday Experience on Sunday as well as admission to the Candlelight Tour of Homes on Saturday and Sunday. The Tree Topper Total VIP Experience Ticket is $40 each and must be purchased online by Friday, December 8.
We’re excited to announce Meatballerz food truck will be parked beside St. Paul UMC on Sydney Street for both nights of the Candlelight Tour. If you feel peckish before or after the tour, feed your hunger while you wait for the trolley.
Instead of recreating the meatball, they decided to improve the way you eat it. Hence, the ball-in-a-hole concept. A fresh baked Italian boule is cut to create a lid on the top and stuffed with a giant meatball. It is then topped with their signature Italian red gravy and shredded mozzarella cheese and baked to crispy perfection. Say goodbye to messy, soggy, meatball sandwiches. The unique design of the ball-in-a-hole makes this meatball sandwich easy to eat unlike the meatball subs of the past. In addition to meatball sandwiches, Meatballerz offers a variety of homemade Italian style street foods like hand-stretched Sicilian pizzas, pasta bowls, and more. Check out their menu!
Saturday, December 9: 6:00 – 10:00 PM Sunday, December 10: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Tour Check-In & Ticket Table
To begin the tour, all tour-goers must check in at the ticket table at St. Paul United Methodist Church,501Grant St. SE, to exchange their ticket or e-ticket for a tour booklet. The tour booklet includes a map and descriptions of the homes on the tour and is your passport for entry to each of the tour stops. Tickets may be purchased on the days of the event at the ticket table for $25. Children 5 and under do not require a ticket. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Tour tickets include free trolley service, though tips for the drivers are encouraged. VIP Event tickets are $30 each and include the Candlelight Tour and either the Oakland Cemetery Victorian Holiday Walking Tour on Saturday or the Eventide Brewing Holiday Party on Sunday. The VIP ticket for the Saturday event must be purchased online no later than Friday, December 8; the VIP ticket for the Eventide Holiday Party can be purchased in advance for $30 online or at the door on Sunday for $35. See “What’s New” for more information about the VIP Events. If you want to do it all, the Tree Topper Combo Package includes an entry for one person to BOTH VIP events PLUS the Candlelight Tour for $40, but the Combo Package must be purchased online no later than Friday, December 8. All sales are final and refunds cannot be given, but tickets are transferable.
Ticket Table Hours
Saturday, December 9: Open 5:00 – 10:00 PM Sunday, December 10: Open 6:00-9:00 PM
Other Ticket Sales Events
We plan to be at the Grant Park Farmers Market and at Eventide Brewing at select times for onsite ticket sales in the weeks prior to the Candlelight Tour. Sign up for our e-newsletter below for updates regarding exact dates and times for ticket sales events in the neighborhood.
In the past, tour-goers typically drove to each of the tour homes and stops along the tour route, but with the new trolley shuttle service in 2017, we expect parking at and around St. Paul United Methodist Church (tour headquarters and origination point) to be extremely limited. Please consider carpooling or using a ride share service to the Tour. You may also consider driving to one of the tour stops after you pick up your tour booklet at St. Paul UMC; you can catch and ride the shuttle from there and then back to your car after you complete the tour.
The Grant Park Cooperative Preschool (GPCP) offers affordable childcare during the Candlelight Tour on both evenings. GPCP is conveniently located on the ground floor of St. Paul UMC. Spaces are limited, so sign up as soon as possible. Hours: 5:30-10:30 PM Cost: $40 for one child, $30 for siblings (Special pricing for tour volunteers: $25 for each child, $20 for siblings) Read more details and sign up here.
Restrooms are available at St. Paul UMC (tour check-in) and at Saint John the Wonderworker. Restrooms are not available in homes on the tour.
You can join our tour family by becoming a Season’s Greeter! Choose the Season’s Greeter ticket package at checkout and you’ll get two tour tickets and a special Season’s Greeter yard sign recognizing your support. We deliver the sign (within a five miles radius) and after the tour, we’ll come pick it up again. Help spread the joy!
Make a Day of It!
Experience Grant Park! Take advantage of one of our VIP Experience ticket packages before the Tour, or sample the wide and growing variety of wonderful restaurants and coffee shops in the neighborhood before and after the Tour. You’ll also find special food and drink offers from our local sponsors in your tour booklet, so plan to come early and stay late!
Consider volunteering for a two-hour shift for the Candlelight Tour and receive a free ticket. You can sign up here.
St. Paul United Methodist Church Saturday, December 9, 4:00 – 6:00 PM Free Families are invited to attend Winter Wonderland, which is a special event for kids that appears for one evening only! Created by the Grant Park Parent Network (GPPN), Winter Wonderland is a delightfully fun place where children of all ages can enjoy winter activities such as holiday crafts, family entertainment, face painting and more! Santa has promised to stop by for photos. Since this is his busiest time of year, he will only be able to meet with a LIMITED number of families. Be sure to arrive on time if you wish to see Santa. Visits with Santa are on a first-come, first-served basis and available times go fast! For more information about Winter Wonderland, please visit the GPPN Facebook Page.
Children’s Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal
St. Paul United Methodist Church Sanctuary Saturday, December 9, 5:00 PM Free The children of St. Paul perform an original Christmas Pageant each year. A special dress rehearsal has been arranged for Saturday afternoon and is free and open to the public. Come hear and see the Wonder of Christmas through the eyes and hearts of our children.
St. Paul United Methodist Church Sanctuary Sunday, December 10, 5:00 PM Free The St. Paul Chancel Choir and Grant Park’s own Paulines, along with a string ensemble, will perform sacred and contemporary holiday music. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful St. Paul UMC sanctuary, this annual concert is always a wonderful way to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season.
St. Paul United Methodist Church Saturday, December 9, 4:00 – 9:00 pm Sunday, December 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Free to browse The Artists’ Market takes place in Chester Commons, adjacent to the St. Paul church sanctuary, which is where all attendees pick up their programs for the tour. If you’re interested in participating in our Artists’ Market, please download the application here. For more information about the Artists’ Market, email us.
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