Join us for a candlelit guided tour and learn about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia.

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Add to Calendar 11/26/2021 17:30:00 11/26/2021 20:30:00 America/New_York Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Join us for a candlelit guided tour and learn about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia.

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Members: $26 adult, $18 youth
Non-members: $36 adult, $28 youth

Merrymaking at Mount Vernon

Visit with Mrs. Washington and other 18th-century residents of Mount Vernon in a 45-minute candlelit tour of the Mount Vernon estate.

Arrive at the Ford Orientation Center 15 minutes before your ticket time to:

  • View themed Christmas trees in the Ford Orientation Center.
  • Warm-up with light concessions sold in the Ford Orientation Center.
  • Enjoy shopping for holiday gifts at The Shops at Mount Vernon (open until 9:00 p.m.)

Guided Tour of the Estate by Candlelight

Learn about holiday traditions of 18th century Virginia, and hear stories of Christmases past from costumed character actors portraying Washington’s family, friends, and enslaved or hired staff.

  • Walk through the lantern-lit historic area, stopping at the Slave Quarters, outbuildings, and inside Washington’s Mansion.
  • Greet Aladdin, the Christmas camel, on the 12-Acre Field.
  • Learn about 18th-century dining and hospitality in the Greenhouse.

18th Century Hospitality

Finish the evening listening to 18th-century musicians and carolers while enjoying complimentary ginger cookies and spiced cider in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center Lobby.


Mount Vernon by Candlelight is an interior Mansion Tour and outdoor walking tour at night. 

Please dress for the weather conditions. Be prepared for low temperatures, varying levels of light, and uneven walkways. The 12-Acre Field has no paved paths and some uneven ground.

The first floor of the Mansion is accessible by wheelchair.

Pet Policy

Please note, while we enjoy our four-legged friends during the daytime, pets are not allowed on the grounds for evening events.


Please contact for more information.

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Face masks are recommended indoors for all persons, vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Face masks are required for all unvaccinated guests.

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