Candlelight Christmas Tours

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Discover the splendor of the holidays at James and Dolley Madison's Montpelier!

Learn about 19th-century Christmas customs in the early American republic with James and Dolley Madison. This year's festivities will feature Santa, children's crafts, holiday entertainment, refreshment, and special candlelight tours of the Madisons' beloved home. Don't miss our Museum Shop where you can find gifts, books, and wonderful stocking stuffers for loved ones of all ages!
 
December 5, 6, 12, & 13
Event Hours: 4:00 PM-8:00 PM 
First Candlelight Tour will begin at 4:30 PM.
Last Candlelight Tour begins at 7:30 PM.

 

Friday, December 5
4:00 PM-8:00 PM Visit with Santa Claus (Exchange Cafe)
4:30 PM-7:30 PM Candlelight Tours with Dolley Madison (mansion)
4:00 PM-8:00 PM Classical Guitar by Daniel McCarthy (mansion)
4:15 PM-4:45 PM Carolina Colonial Dancers (Grand Salon)
5:00 PM-5:30 PM Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble (Grand Salon)
5:45 PM-6:30 PM Anne and Her Checkered Past (Grand Salon)
6:45 PM-7:15 PM Carolina Colonial Dancers (Grand Salon)
7:30 PM-8:00 PM Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble (Grand Salon)

Saturday, December 6
9:00 AM-5:00 PM Confederate Christmas (Civil War Encampment)
4:30 PM-7:30 PM Candlelight Tours with Dolley Madison (mansion)
4:00 PM-8:00 PM Classical Guitar by Daniel McCarthy (mansion)
4:15 PM-5:00 PM Anne and Her Checkered Past (Grand Salon)
5:15 PM-5:45 PM Carolina Colonial Dancers (Grand Salon)
6:00 PM-6:45 PM Anne and Her Checkered Past (Grand Salon)
7:00 PM-7:30 PM Carolina Colonial Dancers (Grand Salon)

Friday, December 12
4:00 PM-8:00 PM Visit with Santa Claus (Grand Salon)
4:30 PM-7:30 PM Candlelight Tours with James and Dolley Madison (mansion)
4:00 PM-8:00 PM Classical Harp by Eve Waters (mansion)
4:15 PM-4:45 PM TBD (Grand Salon)
5:00 PM-5:45 PM Anne and Her Checkered Past (Grand Salon)
6:00 PM-6:30 PM TBD (Grand Salon)
6:45 PM-7:30 PM Anne and Her Checkered Past (Grand Salon)

Saturday, December 13
4:00 PM-7:45 PM Visit with Santa Claus (Grand Salon)
4:30 PM-7:30 PM Candlelight Tours with James and Dolley Madison (mansion)
4:00 PM-8:00 PM Classical Harp by Eve Waters (mansion)
4:15 PM-5:00 PM Anne and Her Checkered Past (Grand Salon)
5:15 PM-5:45 PM Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble (Grand Salon)
6:00 PM-6:45 PM Anne and Her Checkered Past (Grand Salon)
7:00 PM-7:30 PM Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble (Grand Salon)

Entertainment is subject to change. 

Please enter through the Main Gate on Route 20 and proceed to the Visitor Center to park and check in. For more information, call 540.672.2728 x 442.