44th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas

On Dec. 12 &13, 2020, The Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood, in partnership with Visit Mississippi, will celebrate the 44th 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. This year, due to Covid-19, we will not offer carriage rides or home tours; however, we will offer virtual home tours.


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.



2010 Victorian Christmas Carriage ride from Andrea Saffle on Vimeo.

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