CAPE MAY – Celebrate the holiday season during Cape May’s Christmas Candlelight House Tours sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Every year since 1974, Victorian inns, homes, churches, and hotels open their doors and welcome visitors to share the warmth and hospitality of the season on these popular self-guided tours. The first of three Christmas Candlelight House Tours, is planned for Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy Christmas carols by candlelight, strolling musicians and beautiful vintage holiday decorations. Travel from site to site on board a heated trolley shuttle and stop at hospitality centers for warm beverages and traditional treats.
Featured properties include the following: Beauclaire’s B&B Inn, 23 Ocean St.; The Bedford Inn, 805 Stockton Ave.; Congress Hall Hotel, Congress Place; The Dormer House, 800 Columbia Ave.; The Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.; First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, Hughes & Decatur Streets; The Henry Sawyer Inn, 722 Columbia Ave.; The Mason Cottage, 623 Columbia Ave.; The Mission Inn, 1117 New Jersey Ave.; The Primrose Inn, 1102 Lafayette St.; The Summer Cottage Inn, 613 Columbia Ave.; The Thomas Webster House, 933 Washington St.; and the Victorian Lace Inn, 901 Stockton Ave.
Christmas Candlelight House Tours also include a visit to Cape May’s authentically decorated Victorian house museum, the Emlen Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St., and the exhibit “An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years,” in the Carriage House Gallery located on the grounds of the Physick Estate. The exhibit’s main attraction is a model train display that includes plenty of favorite Christmas toys, all beneath the boughs of a giant Christmas tree, and much more.
Two hospitality centers, the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., and the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Franklin and Washington streets, will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., allowing visitors to rest and enjoy warm beverages and traditional goodies. Free shuttle service on heated trolleys is provided throughout the evening.
Admission to the Christmas Candlelight House Tour is $25 for adults and $20 for children (ages 3 to 12). The tour is limited; it is strongly recommended that tickets be reserved in advance by calling 1-609-884-5404 or 1-800-275-4278 or visiting www.capemaymac.org. Any remaining tickets on the day of the tour may be purchased at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington and Ocean streets. Properties on tour are subject to change.
Additional Christmas Candlelight House Tours will be held on Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.