Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas

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38th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas in the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Take a step back in time during the 38th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas, presented by the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association and Mississippi Power, Saturday, Dec. 13th and Sunday, Dec. 14th. Experience a simpler time as you travel along streets lined with more than 15,000 luminaries and more than 400 homes and businesses decorate their porches and store fronts with garlands of greenery trimmed with bright bows and twinkling lights.

The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas is a longtime holiday favorite event that draws hundreds of visitors from throughout the region, featuring the popular horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday tour of historic homes and strolling carolers throughout the district.

The center of activities will be The Walthall Center at the Walthall Condominiums, one block west of Bay Street on Rebecca Avenue, between Court and Walnut streets. The carriage rides and parking shuttle will leave from this location. All entertainment, refreshments, and tickets for both the carriage rides and Tour of Homes will be available at Walthall Center from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each night. Tickets for the carriage rides will be $5 and will be sold only at the Walthall both days. Tickets for the Tour of Homes will be $10 and they will be available for sale at the Walthall on Saturday from 5-9pm and Sunday from 5-7p.m.

“We are so excited to announce that on the this year’s Holiday Tour of Homes we are including apartments in Walnut Square, The American Building and the Carter Building downtown,” said Andrea Saffle, President of the Historic Neighborhood Association. The tour will also feature The Bay, a new Bed and Breakfast on Short Bay and the Yore-White House on Bay Street. The Tour of Homes will run Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm.

Other neighborhood activities include:

Saturday :

  • Carriage rides leaving from the Walthall starting at 5pm- 9pm, and circling thru the neighborhood. (carriage rides takes about 15-20 minutes)
  • 15,000 luminaries will light the sidewalks throughout the neighborhood
  • FREE Grove Transit Shuttle between parking lots, Walthall, Open Houses and Holiday Art Walk Downtown
  • Refreshments will be for sale in the Walthall- Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Chili, baked goods
  • FREE Music Under the Tent featuring:  Miranda Nixon, Wes Lee, and O Jeremiah

  • Court Street United Methodist Church, 609 Southern Ave. presents the Victorian Christmas Café on Saturday, December 13th  from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.; featuring caroling by our chancel choir and children’s choir, instrumental music by the WCU wind ensembles, nativity scene by our youth and children, and Santa Claus pictures .They will also offer homemade chili and red beans and rice in the Candlelight Café. Tickets are $5.00 for singles and $20.00 for family of 5. Contact courstreetumc@bellsouth.net or call 601.583.1711 for ticket information.
  • Bay Street Presbyterian Church, 202 Short Bay St., the oldest surviving church structure in the city will host an “Old Fashioned Carol Sing” with the pipe organ on Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 6 p.m. carol singing on the front porch.
  • Holiday Tour of Homes will feature two historic homes and several apartments, including apartments in the Carter Building, American Building, and Walnut Square. The Tour of Homes will run Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm.

Sunday:                 

  • Carriage rides leaving from the Walthall starting at 5pm- 9pm, and circling thru the neighborhood. (carriage rides takes about 15-20 minutes)
  • 15,000 luminaries will light the sidewalks throughout the neighborhood
  • Refreshments will be for sale in the Walthall- Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Chili, baked goods
  • FREE Movies Under the Tent: in conjunction with Hattiesburg American and Little Dog Cinema: The Grinch, The Night Before Christmas, and Ice Age Christmas
  • FREE Grove Transit Shuttle between parking lots, Walthall, Open Houses.

  • Bay Street Presbyterian Church, 202 Short Bay St., Sunday at 6 p.m. carol singing on the front porch.
  • Holiday Tour of Homes will feature two historic homes and several apartments, including apartments in the Carter Building, American Building, and Walnut Square. The Tour of Homes will run Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm.

Candlelighting started in 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 15,000 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.

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2010 Victorian Christmas Carriage ride from Andrea Saffle on Vimeo.

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