Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour

Welcome to a timeless journey through the heart of Wilmington as we embark on a cherished tradition: “Old Wilmington by Candlelight.” We invite you to step back in time and experience the warmth, nostalgia, and enchantment of the holiday season as it graces some of our region’s most historic and beautifully adorned homes and places of worship.

As we traverse the cobblestone streets and winding alleys in a festive tapestry of lights, decorations, and timeless charm, each site has its own unique tale to tell, from colonial elegance and antebellum grandeur to art deco beauty and beyond.

We invite you to not only admire the architectural splendors, but also to immerse yourself in the enchanting tales of those who once called these houses home. From the twinkling ornaments on towering Christmas trees to the aroma of freshly baked treats, “Old Wilmington by Candlelight” promises to awaken the magic of the season in the heart of even the most seasoned holiday traveler.

Tickets for the Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour for December 2nd and 3rd, 2023 go on sale now.


The Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour begins at Latimer House, where you receive your ticket booklets that provide the tour map, detailed site descriptions, and on-site holiday festivities.

  • The tour is self-guided and sites may be toured in any order.
  • Tickets grant admission to tour sites on both days of the event.
  • Street parking is available near each site and several parking decks and lots are available in downtown Wilmington.
  • Smoking, eating, and drinking are not allowed inside any of the sites.
  • Photography and videotaping is prohibited inside any of the tour sites.
  • Visitors may have to navigate several flights of stairs and removal of shoes may be required.
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather and walking between the tour’s sites. Warm coats and comfortable shoes will make a beautiful tradition even more enjoyable!