Enjoy the Warmth and Splendor of Historic Oakwood Homes at Christmas

Matt Lail

Enjoy the Warmth and Splendor of Historic Oakwood Homes at Christmas

46th Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour Lets You Step into Centuries Old Homes Dec. 9 & 10.


RALEIGH, N.C. — One of Raleigh's longest-held holiday traditions invites visitors on an intimate tour of Historic Oakwood residences during the 46th annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour® on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 & 10 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Homes featured in the tour date from mid-1800’s to early 1900’s, and range in style from Queen Anne cottages to Neoclassical Revival and Italianate residences. Attendees will witness a mix of holiday décor, either mirroring the home's yesteryears or matching the modern lifestyles of the homeowners. Docents at each stop offer insider information about the home’s unique features, the family lineage and surrounding community.  

“Historic Oakwood truly comes alive during the holiday season, and it is our pleasure to open up these beautiful homes to share both the history and holiday cheer of the neighborhood,” said Jennifer Phelan, Oakwood resident and tour chairperson. “We are grateful not just to the homeowners who open their homes for this event, but also to the public, whether they are first-timers or if they return year after year for one of Raleigh’s long-standing traditions.”

Ticket holders are welcome to tour the properties at their own pace, typically allowing three to four hours to view all the featured homes and the neighborhood. The annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour benefits the nonprofit Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood. Advance tickets are available for purchase for $25 online starting October 1st at www.historicoakwood.org, with group rates available. Day-of tickets will be available at The Tucker House, 418 N. Person St. (Note: Tickets will also be available for purchase in-person at select retail locations in early November.")

About the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

The 46th annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour offers a chance to walk back in time through some of Raleigh’s oldest and grandest homes. The self-guided tour features different homes each year, and visitors can tour them at their own pace. Get a glimpse of past tours on the Oakwood Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HistoricOakwood/) and by visiting www.historicoakwood.org.

About Historic Oakwood

Historic Oakwood is now one of Raleigh's tourist attractions – but it wasn’t always the case. A 1972 announcement of a major thoroughfare planned through the heart of the neighborhood united residents, and the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood, a non-profit corporation, was formed. The thoroughfare plan was thwarted, and the neighborhood revitalization continues to this day through events and activities such as the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour.