Last-Minute Tour Tips

Advanced online tickets for the 39th annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes are no longer available for purchase. Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased at the ticket table at St. Paul United Methodist Church (UMC) beginning at 5:45 p.m on Saturday, December 14 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 15.  

If you purchased advanced online tickets, you may pick up your tour booklet, which serves as your ticket, at the ticket table at St. Paul UMC beginning at 5:45 p.m on Saturday, December 14 or 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 15. We have a list of everyone who purchased advanced tickets.

Although some of the tour stops are close enough to walk from one to another, you will need to drive from some tour stops to others.

If you are unable to visit all the tour stops on Saturday, you may return on Sunday and visit the remaining tour stops by showing your tour booklet.

Tour History

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 1960s, 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!



Saturday, December 14: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Sunday, December 15: 6:00 – 10:00 PM 

Read about one of our featured homes in the AJC.


This year our community partner, the Historic Oakland Foundation, hosts the Holiday Tour of Eternal Homes at Victorian Holiday to coincide with the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes.  The combo ticket provides admission to both events as well as a special tour that begins at 3:15 p.m. at the fountain near the Bell Tower at Oakland Cemetery and lasts about 75 minutes. 


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. All sales are final and refunds cannot be given, but tickets are transferable.


Saturday, December 14: Open 5:45–10:00 PM
Sunday, December 15: Open 5:30-9:00 PM


The Mad Greek will once again offer gyros, baklava, Greek lemonade imported from Greece, and delicious sides for purchase.  The food truck will be parked outside of St. Paul UMC, so be sure to treat yourself when you pick up your tour booklet and visit the Artists’ Market.


Restrooms are available at St. Paul UMC (tour check-in). 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!


Experience Grant Park! 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!


WINTER WONDERLAND St. Paul United Methodist Church GYMNASIUM Saturday, December 14 4:00-6:00 PM Free
Families are invited to attend Winter Wonderland! Created by the Grant Park Parent Network (GPPN), Winter Wonderland is an afternoon filled with holiday entertainment! 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 slots go quickly! 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 14 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.
Candlelight concert St. Paul United Methodist Church Sanctuary Sunday, December 15 4:30 PM Free
The St. Paul UMC Choir presents a special holiday concert to spread the Christmas spirit.
4:00-9:00 PM
5:30-8:00 PM
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.


Presenting Sponsor

Silver Bell Sponsors

Leja LeBar Logo

Mediterranea Logo


  The Neighborhood Ballet

Six Feet Under Logo

Snap Fitness Logo

Evergreen Sponsors

Adams Realtors Logo

Agave Restaurant Logo

Cake Hag Logo

Intown Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, PC

ParcLife Homes Logo

ParcLife Homes Logo

Your Pie Grant Park Logo

Community Partners

Atlanta Preservation Center Logo


Historic Oakland Foundation Logo


Photos courtesy of Melanie Jones, official photographer of the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes. Melanie started learning photography over ten years ago when her first son was born. She started buying books and taking self-paced online classes so she could capture him they way she saw and experienced him. Her real passion is shooting black and white film with antique cameras and printing by hand in the darkroom (the old fashioned way)! 


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