Choose from Three Options
- $20 for a historic Alexandra candlelight tour for two (a $40 value)
- $40 for a historic Alexandra candlelight tour for four (a $80 value)
- $60 for a historic Alexandra candlelight tour for six (a $120 value)
During the holiday-themed candlelight tour, groups learn about Alexandria's history and domestic life while savoring the scents of seasonal greenery, sipping on warm apple cider, and enjoying live musical performances. Illuminated by flickering candlelight, tours explore Gadsby's Tavern Museum, the 1753 home of Colonel Carlyle, and the 1870s-era abode of the Fleming family, known as the Lee-Fendall House. Groups will also tour this year's special exhibit, the Georgian-style Lloyd House, decorated to evoke a 1930s Christmas.
When America's first six presidents needed a place to celebrate, they headed to Gadsby’s Tavern. Home to Thomas Jefferson's inaugural banquet and two of George Washington's Birthnight Balls, the tavern also hosted plenty of community dances, musical performances, and meetings for local organizations.
These days, the circa-1780s tavern—plus its neighboring 1792 hotel—comprise Historic Alexandria, where costumed actors teach visitors about 18th-century decorative arts and social customs. Visitors can also learn about the tavern's recently restored historic subterranean ice well. Designed along with the buildings by architect John Wise, the well could store up to 68 tons of ice, enough for the tavern plus Alexandria's citizens and vacationing polar bears.
In addition to regular guided or self-guided tours, the museum plays host to frequent programs and events throughout the year. Along with lectures and candlelight tours, these include an annual recreation of George Washington's ball, complete with costumed actors filling in for George and Martha.