Victorian Candlelit Christmas Tradition Continues to Grow

 

Hattiesburg Christmas Tradition Continues to Grow

UPDATE AS OF 12 NOON-12/7/18  ALL SATURDAY ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELED DUE TO HEAVY RAIN ALL DAY.  SUNDAY ACTIVITIES WILL PROCEED AS SCHEDULED.

November 16, 2018 (Hattiesburg, Miss.)–On Dec. 8-9, 2018, The Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood, in partnership with Visit Mississippi, will celebrate the 42nd Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas event as a part of Olde Time Christmas in Hattiesburg. Local residents and visitors are invited to attend the weekend filled with holiday festivities and events downtown. 

The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas event is a longtime, two-day holiday favorite that draws hundreds of visitors from across the region to explore the spectacle of 18,000 white bags with flickering candles, lining the sidewalks of the Historic Neighborhood and the Downtown District. Guests experience the nostalgia of a simpler time as they walk along streets lined with luminaries and see more than 300 homes and businesses decorated for the holidays. In the neighborhood, visitors can enjoy the popular horse-drawn carriage rides, the Holiday Tour of Historic Homes, refreshments at the Walthall, and carolers throughout the district. 

Carriage rides will circle through the neighborhood leaving the Walthall (600 Rebecca Ave.) starting at 5 p.m. and continuing until 9 p.m. Each tour will take 15-20 minutes. Tickets for the carriage rides will be $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and no charge for babies being held in an adult’s arms. Tickets can only be purchased on-site and will be sold only at the Walthall during the event both days. No pre-purchased tickets or reservations will be available.

Open House tickets will be on sale in the Walthall as well. Tickets

Background History of Victorian Candlelit Christmas

Candlelighting began in the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood District in 1976 as a way to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial as well as to draw attention to the renovation going on in the district, characterized by homes built between 1884 and 1930. The neighborhood has changed from a declining section populated mostly by older residents to a lively, attractive neighborhood that is home to a vibrant mix of families with young children to retirees and everything in between.

Candlelighting has grown from a one-day display of a few thousand candles to a two-day event with about 18,000 luminaries and other activities. Each year as dusk falls and the candles are lit, hundreds of local and out-of-town visitors flow into the neighborhood, strolling or driving along the streets lined with the glowing candles. Neighborhood residents and visitors walk from house to house, stopping to chat and admire decorations. Many house parties are held to celebrate the season in the glow of thousands of candles.