43rd Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas

On Dec. 14 & 15, 2019, The Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood, in partnership with Visit Mississippi, will celebrate the 43rd Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas event as a part of Downtown Candlelit 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 carolering throughout the district.

Carriage rides will circle through the neighborhood on Saturday night, 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 in being held in an adult’s arms. Hayrides will be offered on Sunday starting at 5pm and will follow the same route as the carriage rides. Hayride tickets will be $5 for everyone over 5 years old.  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.


Carriage Ride Tickets: (Saturday Only) $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12, babies in lap are free

Hay Ride Tickets: (Sunday only) $5 for everyone 5yrs and up.

Historic Home Tour tickets: $10- 3 homes on tour

Grove Transit will provide a FREE shuttle between open houses and other downtown locations.

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.

Click Here to download the 2019 Victorian Candlelit Christmas Events program (Coming Soon)

2010 Victorian Christmas Carriage ride from Andrea Saffle on Vimeo.

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