Tickets for the Candlelight Tour are available for online purchase by clicking here. You may also purchase tickets by calling the Chamber at 919-732-8156; visiting the Chamber at 1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 301, or visiting the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 150 East King Street.
- Information about Homes on the 26th Annual Hillsborough Candlelight Home Tour.
- Information about ticket purchase and other activities
The Hillsborough Candlelight Home Tour is a unique opportunity to visit historic buildings, churches, sites and private homes in Hillsborough. Tickets for the Candlelight Tour will be available for online purchase on Monday, November 12. In the meantime, purchase tickets by calling the Chamber at 919-732-8156; visiting the Chamber at 1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 301, or visiting the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 150 East King Street.
The Candlelight Tour is the culmination of the Historic Hillsborough Holiday Weekend, which kicks off the holiday season in Hillsborough. On Friday, November 30, at 6:30 pm, the Chamber is hosting the Lighting of the Town Tree on the lawn of the Old Courthouse. Carols will be sung, and a countdown will result in the lights blinking on to illuminate the season. In 2012, the Tree Lighting coincides with the Hillsborough Arts Council’s Last Friday Art Walk. The Downtown Merchants Association will also be hosting a Ladies Shopping Night, with activities for dads and kids available as well!
The Chamber would like to thank Karan Sjoberg and Donna Dutton of Fetch Antiques and Interiors, 383 Ja Maxx Drive in Hillsborough, 919-818-6455, for their assistance in decorating the Mann-Staab House on the Tour. Follow their blog at Karanatfetch.blogspot.com
The Chamber would also like to thank Michelle MacDonald of Envisage Interiors for her assistance in decorating the Cates-Reeves House. Michelle can be reached at 919-360-8778 or by email at email@example.com
Schedule for Happening Hillsborough Holiday Weekend:
Friday, November 30, 6:30 pm – Lighting of the Town Tree Ceremony including carols and stories presented by the Orange Community Players, followed by activities for ladies, gents, and kids throughout Historic Hillsborough.
Saturday, December 1, 10 am – Hillsborough Holiday Parade. The parade starts at Corbin Street and ends at East Margaret Lane
Sunday, December 2, noon to 6 pm – 26th Annual Hillsborough Candlelight Home Tour. Self-guided tour begins at the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 150 East King Street and includes mill houses in West Hillsborough as well as colonial homes.
On Saturday, December 1, at 10:00 am, the Chamber hosts the annual Holiday Parade with marching bands, cheerleaders, floats, and a cheery little man from way up north. The Annual Holiday Parade is supported by a grant from the Town of Hillsborough/Tourism Board. Following the parade, stay downtown to start your holiday shopping or grab a bite to eat at one of Hillsborough’s excellent restaurants.
Scheduled for Sunday, December 2, from noon to 6 pm, the 26th Annual Hillsborough Candlelight Home tour features private homes and public or historic buildings. Many of the houses that will be included have not been on the tour in several years. The tour is self-guided. Shuttle service will be provided in town; this year, most sites will be within walking distance.
In addition to the Tour, Sunday, December 2 is also the day of the 34th Annual Daniel Boone Craft Fair. Held in the Big Barn in the Shops at Daniel Boone, this show features a number of local and state-wide vendors selling hand-crafted items. The Craft Fair begins at 9:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm on Sunday. Santa and Mrs. Claus usually attend – Just sayin’! Visit www.theshopsatdanielboone.com/
for more information about the Craft Fair and about what shops are open special hours.
To find out more about the downtown shops and restaurants and what they are planning for the Holiday Weekend, visit shophillsboroughnc.wordpress.com/.