Join us for the 32nd Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes® in Jefferson, Texas, as we share the warmth of an old-fashioned Christmas through tours of lavishly decorated homes adorned with natural greenery and filled with the soft glow of candlelight.
The fragrance of fresh fir trees drifts through a stately southern colonial plantation, a 19th century Greek revival home, a lovely 1890 Victorian home, and Atalanta, millionaire Jay Gould’s private rail car, a true rolling palace of the “Downton Abbey” era. Ladies in hooped skirts and gentleman in top hats guide visitors and add to your holiday experience.
Charming, historic Jefferson also offers many other holiday activities including an Enchanted Forest, with more than 100 lighted and decorated Christmas Trees, and special Christmas music at the historic Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In addition, visitors can enjoy an antique train ride, horse-drawn carriages, riverboat tours, shopping, museums, gourmet restaurants, romantic bed-and-breakfasts, and more.
The Historic Jefferson Foundation has, for 31 years, taken the first two weekends of December to present a tour of private residences, presenting the best of Jefferson. The city is astir with all things Candlelight. The famous tour of homes displays residences generously decorated to reflect the grandeur of the elaborate Victorian theme or to match the period of the house itself.
Adding to your holiday experience during your visit, there are many special attractions. This year, the historic First United Methodist Church will be open for performances of Christmas music free to the public during Candlelight Tour of Homes® hours. The City of Jefferson and the Lions Club partner with the Historic Jefferson Foundation in presenting the Enchanted Forest featuring more than 100 trees decorated for Christmas.
Churches, public and other private homes, and businesses adorn the historic city of Jefferson with beautiful holiday décor. Several museums are available for delving into history and archaeology of the area. Train enthusiasts will delight in exhibits like the J.R. Moses modl train extravaganza, a tour of the Jay Gould private railroad car, and rides on the Historic Jefferson railway. One of four theater production groups is likely to have a play for Christmas season enjoyment. There are many excellent dining establishments serving the most causal meals or truly fine dining available for your pleasure. Stay in one of our renowned, high–quality Bed and Breakfast establishments or one of our historic hotels, many in walking distance of the houses on Candlelight Tour of Homes®.