2018 Tour Dates: December 8 & 9, 2018

47th Annual
Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour®

December 8 & 9, 2018
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM both days

Get ready to take a walk through history this holiday season, as about a dozen homeowners in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood open their doors to visitors during the 46th Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour®.

There's a feeling of a small town community right in the middle of downtown Raleigh. Historic Oakwood is a community of homes most of which are dated from the mid- 1800s to the early 1900s. There's a continuing effort to preserve the Victorian, Queen Anne and Craftsman architectural styles of these homes from a century ago. The immaculate care of the exterior of a home is only a prelude to the beauty and attention to detail given to the interiors.

Your annual opportunity to tour the interior of some of these homes happens each December during the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour®. Homes are staffed with docents to enlighten you on the rich history of each property. Tour the properties at your own pace in any order. View our Gallery for a glimpse into past tours or view pictures on Facebook



Save by purchasing your tickets in Advance!
Advance Rate ticket sales end Sunday, December 2nd.

Starting 2018, tickets are available for advance purchase online ONLY. On the days of the tour, tickets may be purchased at The Tucker House, 418 North Person Street. Tour held rain or shine.


After December 2nd - available online or in person on Tour Days at The Tucker House (418 N. Person St.)

ADVANCE:  $25  

Through December 3 - available online and at select retail locations.


Groups of 8 or more purchased in a single transaction online thru December 3rd.
$25 after December 3.

All tickets are valid for entry on either day. You may also attend the tour both days
but re-entry into the tour properties is not permitted.

Sorry, no refunds. All ticket sales final. Tour held rain or shine. 
Tickets are not tax deductible or refundable. 


  • The tour ticket lists all the properties open for the tour and includes a map of the neighborhood to help you find your way around. Online ticket purchasers are provided a physical ticket when checking in at The Tucker House, 418 N. Person Street, on tour days.

  • You may tour the properties in any order at your own pace. Walking from house to house is encouraged as on-street parking is very limited.

  • You will be greeted by porch hosts at the tour properties that will also provide some history of the home while you wait to enter.

  • Depending on the size of the property, attendees will enter the homes in small groups, typically 8-12 people at a time. Homes are staffed with interior docents to enlighten you on the rich history of each property.

  • We suggest allowing at least 3 hours for the tour. Time to complete the tour can vary from year to year and depends on the distance between houses, tour home layouts, time of day and the weather.

Accessibility & Comfort

In an effort to make the tour an enjoyable experience for all, we want to remind you that, in many cases, these homes have very limited access for disabled persons. For your comfort and the protection of the homes, we suggest you refrain from wearing shoes with hard soles. High heel shoes, strollers, photography, and smoking are not permitted inside properties.

Portable toilets and a restroom trailer will be located at The Tucker House and a portable toilet will be located next to The Oakwood Common. Comfort station locations are marked on the map in the tour ticket. Use of tour home restrooms is not permitted.

Enjoy complimentary refreshments of cookies and tea served by volunteers at The Tucker House. 


Children UNDER 6 years of age are admitted without a ticket when accompanied by a paying adult (maximum two children per adult). You are reminded that strollers are not permitted in the tour homes and we ask that children be strictly supervised inside the tour properties. Children 6 years of age and older require a ticket.


Parking is available at the State Government parking lots #14 and #35 bounded by Blount, Polk and North Streets. Overflow parking may also be available in the North Carolina Medical Society parking lot located behind Side Street Restaurant on Bloodworth Street.

Tour parking is also available along most streets of Historic Oakwood; however, please be aware on-street parking is limited and occupied by Oakwood residents, as most homes do not have garages.

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

2017 Silver Sponsors

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home


Trevor Lawson

Betsy Buford & Donald Mathews

2017 Brass Sponsors

Bob Riedlinger

Carmen Ritz State Farm

Deborah Owens

Fischer Clinic

Jack & April Taylor

Kiernan McGorty

Leanne Pruett

Nancy & Barry Kitchener

Richard Callahan - Raleigh Homes Realty

Robert B. Byerly

Susan Garrity and Jeff Basham

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