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Hillsborough Candlelight Tour


Each year, the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the Hillsborough Candlelight Tour. 

A self-guided tour, Hillsborough Candlelight Tour invites guests to create family holiday traditions while exploring the town’s many historic treasures, visiting the local merchants, and becoming a “citizen for the day”! Visitors should expect to find more to do than can be accomplished in one afternoon, so relax and enjoy the stroll!

 

Hillsborough Candlelight Tour: Books By Candlelight
Rescheduled To Sunday, December 16, 2018
1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Make your reservations online now.  Regular price for admission December 3rd through the day of is $30.00 for adults and $18.00 for children ages 10 to 17.  Online reservations will end at 11:55 p.m. December 15th. “Will Call” and “Day Of” ticketing will be located at the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce office, 200 North Churton St., Hillsborough, NC starting at Noon.

Frances Mayes, a contributing author to “27 Views of Hillsborough” says of Hillsborough “On a stroll along the main street, you’ll likely pass the author of one of your favorite books…..Say hello. The natives are friendly.” Her description of life in Hillsborough is the basis of this year’s Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce candlelight tour plans.

The 32nd Annual Candlelight Tour, scheduled for December 16th from 1 to 7 PM, will feature “pop up” readings from local authors who have celebrated the charm of this small town in various writings as testimony of their love for the place they live and work. The tradition of opening a variety of homes and historic sites continues, where visitors will find festive holiday décor, local musicians, and readings from authors and local students during the afternoon.

A self-guided tour, the Chamber’s Candlelight Tour invites the guests to create family holiday traditions while exploring the town’s many historic treasures, visiting the local merchants, and becoming a “citizen for the day”! Visitors should expect to find more to do than can be accomplished in one afternoon, so relax and enjoy the stroll!  Check out an interactive Candlelight Tour map for Tour sites, parking, shuttle route and stops, and more.

Plans for this year’s tour include:

·         Intermittent candlelight readings given by local authors and teens, along with musical performances scattered around 10 festively decorated locations including private homes (open 3 to 7 PM) and historical assets of the community (open 1 to 7).

·         A complimentary miniature train, circling the downtown historic district

·         Visits and picture-taking with Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Visitor’s Center 1 to 3 p.m.

·         Gingerbread House exhibit at the Burwell School - Entries will be displayed Wed-Sat 11-4 and Sundays 1-4 (except Sunday, December 9th open 1 to 7 p.m.), November 29th through December 22nd (except December 19-21st, Burwell will be closed).

·         Caroling Hayrides to the West End

·         And new this year -- Our family-friendly “Hillsborough Passport” series, an exploration activity to discover some of our best kept secrets

Authors who have graciously agreed to read at random intervals in this year’s event include Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, Frances Mayes, Bob Burtman, Barry Jacobs, Carolyn Bass, Earl Mathis, Brooks Graebner, and actress Jane Holding.


Carriage rides will be available day of Tour departing from Burwell School, every 30 minutes, beginning at Noon with last ride departing at 4:30 PM. Ticketing for the carriage ride is separate, $10.00/person. Groups of up to 5 may reserve a time for a discounted price of $40.00, lap children are free. Reserve your carriage ride spots online now.  The Chamber will confirm your reservation time prior to the event. Reservation times will be strictly adhered to, and we will not be able to guarantee that a later time will be available in the event of a missed reservation.

“Wall Street Journal proclaimed Hillsborough as America’s Little Literary Town” says Kim Tesoro, CEO for the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce. “Our goal each year in offering the tour is to welcome new discovery of our community. We are fortunate to have so much talent and creativity in our small town, we feel that giving access to this talent base builds the experience that we are trying to create for the tour goer. The hope is that families discover an alternative for shopping and dining during the busy holiday season, while building new traditions and making great memories.”


For more information call the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce at (919) 732-8156.  Check out an interactive Candlelight Tour map for Tour sites, parking, shuttle route and stops, and more.

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