2016 Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes

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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.  Children 5 and under do not require a ticket.
After Dec. 9th, 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.

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About Us

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 Info


Saturday, December 10
Sunday, December 11
6:00 – 10:00 PM

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 ticket table for $25.  Children 5 and under do not require a ticket.  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 Sunday, December 4, where you can purchase tickets with cash or credit.


You can make the Candlelight Tour a very special Parents Night Out with two convenient options for child care:

Option #1 Intown Stars Gymnastics Saturday Night Promotional Package
(December 10th Only)

$70 package includes:
– Two tour tickets
– Up to five hours (6 PM–11 PM) of reliable child care with fun activities in the gym
– Coupon for Buy-One Get-One drink special at a local restaurant
– Convenient pick-up of your tour brochure at Intown Stars Gymnastics (no waiting in the ticket table line!)
– Plus, each additional sibling is just $20 extra

Intown Stars Gymnastics is a proud sponsor of the Tour each year, and is conveniently located at:
Pencil Factory Lofts
349 Decatur Street SE, Atlanta

Online sales closed Dec. 9th.  Contact Intown Stars directly.

Option #2  Grant Park Cooperative Preschool Child Care

Child care is available to both tour visitors & volunteers:
– Saturday and Sunday evenings, December 10 & 11
– 5:30 PM–10:30 PM both nights
– Cost includes healthy dinner/snack, holiday crafts and movie
– Child must be able to sit unassisted to attend
– Space is limited, so sign up as soon as possible!

– For tour-goers/non-volunteers: $35 for one child, plus $24 for each additional sibling
– For tour volunteers: $20 for one child, plus $15 for each additional sibling

                         SIGN UP NOW 

The Grant Park Cooperative Preschool is located on the ground floor of St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Grant Street, Atlanta.


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.

Season’s Greeter

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!

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.


Tour Stops


Saint Paul United Methodist Church

Tour Stop A


327 St. Paul Avenue

Tour Stop 1


551 Broyles Street

Tour Stop 2


622 Grant Street

Tour Stop 3


709 Cherokee Avenue

Tour Stop 4


720 Delmar Avenue

Tour Stop 5


547-A Boulevard

Tour Stop 6


486 Park Avenue

Tour Stop 7


474 Park Avenue

Tour Stop 8


511 Cherokee Avenue

Tour Stop 9


543 Cherokee Avenue

Tour Stop 10




Winter Wonderland

St. Paul United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 10, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

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 more information about Winter Wonderland, contact Jessica Rayborn.

Children’s Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal

St. Paul United Methodist Church Sanctuary
Saturday, December 10, 5:00 PM

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 11, 5:00 PM

The St. Paul Chancel Choir and Grant Park’s own Paulines will perform some of our favorite songs of the season. 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.


Artists’ Market

St. Paul United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 10, 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, December 11, 6:00 – 9:00 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.

For more information about the Artists’ Market, email us.

Our Featured Artists


Clue Town Books

Clue Town Books


Crafter in a Cottage

Crafter in a Cottage


Doublefly Design

Doublefly Design


Eden Easy Beds

Eden Easy Beds


Enzor Studio

Enzor Studio


Georgia Jams & Preserves

Georgia Jams


Glass 4 His Glory

Glass for His Glory


Housemade Goods & Artifacts

Housemade Goods & Artifacts


Mandy Patterson

Mandy Patterson


Pink Sheep Design

Pink Sheep Designs


Purple Cat

Purple Cat





Southern Charm Textiles

Southern Charm Textiles


Spare Time Artisan

Spare Time Artisan


Spurge Smith

Spurge Smith



A Big Thanks to Our 2016 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Star Sponsors

Round Here Renovations


Silver Bell Sponsors

Adams Realtors


Dakota Blue Logo

The Little Tart Bake Shop



Evergreen Sponsors


Intown Pediatrics

ParcLife Homes

Verde Home by Laura Walker

Angel Sponsors

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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