The Historic Jefferson Foundation will host its 38th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes on Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12 in downtown Jefferson.

JEFFERSON — The 38th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes, hosted by the Historic Jefferson Foundation, will kick off Dec. 3.

This year’s tour features the Culberson House, the Heron House, the Dotson-King House and Union Missionary Baptist Church.

The event allows guests from all over to come take a step back in time as they follow their Victorian era docent through a tour of some of Jefferson’s most iconic homes and buildings.

Candlelight casts a lambent gleam on yards and yards of fragrant, fresh pine garland and red ribbon as guests make their way from room to room while learning the history of each property from their docent.

While some things will look a little different this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, guests will still have a chance to enjoy the Christmas beauty of each property featured while practicing social distancing in a safe environment, Historic Jefferson Foundation member Mary Nash recently said.

“We are suggesting our guests wear masks and we are also doing everything we can to practice social distancing, both while guests are in line outside and while touring the homes,” Nash said.

“One of the things we will do differently this year is have our docents give their presentations outside the home while on the front porch and then we will have one docent inside guiding the group of guests from room to room, instead of having a docent stationed in each room as we’ve done in the past,” she said. “We will also have a docent on the back porch of each home to answer guests’ questions after they’ve finished the tour. This way, we don’t have docents talking inside during the tour and we have more room inside for guests to spread out and social distance.”

Guests are asked to show their receipt on their phone or via a printout once they arrive to the event, or tickets may be purchased at the Candlelight Tour of Homes headquarters at 116 W. Austin St., in downtown Jefferson.

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