A historic celebration for all ages, featuring Victorian carolers, carriage rides, entertainment, St. Nicholas, home tours, American Flyer model train exhibit, and treats and food trucks, with over 600 candles lighting the paths
Make your holidays historic at Dallas Heritage Village’s 47th Annual Candlelight on December 8 and 9, 3 - 9 p.m., at 1515 South Harwood, Dallas, Texas 75215. See how holiday traditions were celebrated in the late 1800s at the Village’s largest public fundraiser, featuring carriage rides, holiday storytelling, Victorian carolers, musical entertainment on three stages, crafts, St. Nicholas, hand-weaving, blacksmithing, and many other festive activities such as the American Flyer model train exhibit in the Depot.
“Candlelight creates a magical experience for attendees of all ages,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village. “Guests enjoy this annual event’s unhurried pace as they stroll the paths – lit with more than 600 flickering candles – making stops along the way to explore, eat, or enjoy the entertainment. Carriage rides provide another view with the modern Dallas skyline as a unique contrast in the background.”
During Candlelight, pioneer and Victorian Texas is brought to life with costumed interpreters. At the 1860s Farmstead, attendees see how early Dallas pioneers enjoyed a modest Christmas as the country approached the Civil War. At the roaring bonfire, Cowboys tell tales, and at the Alamo Saloon, root beer and games of dominoes are available. The candlelit paths provide a perfect opportunity to take a stroll and tour the historic structures. At the Depot, kids tell St. Nicholas their Christmas wishes and see the American Flyer model train exhibit. Village Donkeys Nip and Tuck will be posing for pictures, and Mammoth Jack donkey team Willie and Waylon will offer guests carriage rides on the candlelit paths ($5). Hayrides, pulled by a vintage tractor, are also available ($3 per rider). Local musicians, dancers, bands, choirs, and storytellers will entertain at the Renner School (circa 1888), on the Main Street (circa 1900) stage, in the Pilot Grove Church (circa 1890). Festive foods will be available for purchase from food trucks as well as a bake sale, traditional kettle korn, nuts and more.
“This event is a perfect opportunity to see and experience history while making cherished holiday memories,” added Prycer. “With beautiful candlelit paths and activities across 20 acres, Candlelight offers a holiday experience like no other.”
All proceeds benefit museum programs at Dallas Heritage Village. General admission (gate) is $14/adults, $12/seniors 65+ and $10/children, ages 4-12. Children under 4 are free. Tickets purchased online at www.DallasHeritageVillage.org by December 7 are $12/adults, $10/seniors 65+ and $8/children. Visit http://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/candlelight for more details or call 214-421-5141. Self-parking is available for free.
Sponsors include: City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Mercury One, Siebler Inc., Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District. Sponsorships start at $500. Contact Preston Cooley at 214-413-3662, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New this year: Candlelight Program Ads start at $125. Ads will be seen by more than 4,000 event attendees. Contact Amber Oosterwaal at 214-413-3667, email@example.com.
The Village’s historic structures are open for touring during regular museum hours throughout December. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m. (Closed on Monday). Parking is free throughout the season.
Watch these videos produced by Mark Birnbaum to see Candlelight and the Trains exhibit by Ron Siebler in 2016: https://vimeo.com/244871419 and https://vimeo.com/243593681
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Dallas Heritage Village is an immersive history landscape that features a wide variety of authentic 19th century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas. The Village is set on 20 acres with over 25 historic structures depicting life in Dallas from 1840-1910. Dallas Heritage Village is one of only 5 nationally accredited museums in the Dallas area. The Village showcases a Victorian Main Street, a railroad complex, a log cabin, a pre-Civil war home, an 1860’s farmstead with livestock, a 19th century church, schoolhouse and more. Dallas Heritage Village has been recognized for multiple awards. It is located at 1515 South Harwood, in the Cedars area with urban living and restaurants, near downtown Dallas and the popular Farmer’s Market complex. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The Village is closed the months of January and August. General Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+ and $5 for children ages 4 through 12 years. Children under 4 and members of Dallas Heritage Village are admitted free of charge. There is special pricing for groups of 15 or more people. For more information call 214-421-5141, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.DallasHeritageVillage.org.