Take a historic journey of the roots of our holiday tradition! Annapolis Tours℠ by Watermark® is happy to announce the return of its Holiday Candlelight Stroll for the 2016 holiday season. On this walking tour, a Colonial period-dressed guide leads guests by candlelight through the historic district – trimmed in holiday greenery and lights – and shares the origin of many holiday customs. The tour culminates with a guided tour inside the historic Hammond Harwood House decorated for the holidays, included in the ticket price. Holiday Candlelight Stroll is a pleasant remembrance of Christmas past.
Heather Skipper, Director of Land Operations for Watermark says, “The holidays are rooted in family traditions. At Watermark, one of our traditions is the Holiday Candlelight Stroll! The tour warms you up for the season by sharing the origin of holiday customs. The historic district – decorated beautifully for the season – serves as a perfect backdrop for an evening stroll. Ending the night inside the Hammond Harwood House, one of our most treasured homes, is the perfect touch for the season.”
On the tour, glowing lanterns light your way as you take an evening stroll around Maryland’s historic State Capital, all trimmed in holiday greenery. During the jolly 1 ½ hour 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. The Hammond Harwood House will be decorated for the season according to this year’s theme, “At Home with the Harwoods: An 1835 Christmas.” As is tradition, garden clubs from around the region decorate the home. This special tour takes guests back to the early 19th century when the Harwoods lived in the home. The tour will include time in the home’s gift shop and holiday greenery sale.
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.
Offered on Friday and Saturday evenings from December 2-17 (except December 10). Tickets are $21/Adults, $12/Children 3-11, Free 2 & Under. Tours depart from the City Dock Information Booth at 7 p.m. 1 ½ hour tour. Advanced reservations are recommended and available online at annapolistours.com. Private tours are available anytime.
Celebrate the holidays on the water with a Jolly Express Cruise! Cruises on the Bay℠ by Watermark® offers Spa Creek sleigh rides on weekends in December. Captain Santa, hot cocoa, holiday music and beautiful Spa Creek at night! $23/Adults, $13/Children 11 and under. For more information about the Jolly Express, visit cruisesonthebay.com. Private charters are available.