Holiday Candlelight Stroll
Welcome the holidays with an evening stroll and a pleasant remembrance of Christmas past. Glowing lanterns light your way as you stroll around Maryland’s historic State Capital, all trimmed in holiday greenery. Walk along the streets of Annapolis, past colonial mansions, Victorian townhouses and quaint shops. Includes an interior tour of the historic Hammond Harwood House.
During this festive 1 and 1/2 hour walking tour you will learn about the origin of many holiday customs. From the significance of evergreens, yule logs and even Christmas trees to the song "sing a song of sixpence, pocketful of rye..." there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than a glimpse into what made Christmas what it is today. After your 1-hour walk through the historic district, enjoy a guided visit inside the Hammond Harwood House.
Your Candlelight Stroll guide will lead you on a half hour tour of the beautifully decorated house. Garden Clubs around the region decorate the house for the holidays each year with a different theme. You'll end the tour in the home's seasonal gift shop and greenery sale.
This year's decorative theme is "At Home with the Harwoods: An 1830's Maryland Christmas." The rooms and interpretation will highlight what the holidays would be like for the young Harwood family living in the mansion. William and Hester Ann Harwood were married in November 1834 and William's birthday was Christmas eve so it would be a very festive time of year for them. In terms of decorations think Charles Dickens- minimal decorating with greens and holly berries. This was the time when traditions like Christmas trees and Santa Claus were just being developed. In Annapolis Twelfth Night (January 6th) was celebrated as the big celebration with friends. Christmas was a time for charity towards others and to be with family.
1 and a half hour walking tour
Free 2 & Under
|Schedule 2015||Day of the Week||Time||Departs From|
|December 4-19||Fridays & Saturdays
except Dec. 12
|7-8:30pm||Information Booth at City Dock
1 Dock Street
ABOUT THE HAMMOND HARWOOD HOUSE
The Hammond Harwood House is a landmark of Colonial architecture. The Hammond-Harwood House is a museum of 18th century architecture and art standing as a testament to the importance of preservation to the residents of Annapolis, and America. Built in 1774, this National Historic Landmark presents a window into the lives of the people who built the house, lived in it, and ensured that it would be enjoyed by future generations for years to come. Tours of the House highlight its refined design, unique history, and incomparable collection of paintings by Charles Willson Peale and furniture by John Shaw. Learn More about Hammond Harwood House.
Enjoy even more holiday cheer on a Jolly Express Cruise! Offered in December on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Join us for this Annapolis holiday tradition.
Photos by Sabrina Raymond