Saturday, December 2nd 

4pm - 8pm

Sunday, December 3rd

1pm - 5pm

Carolers and luminaries guide your way through Wilmington's oak-canopied neighborhoods during the Lower Cape  Fear Historical Society's 43rd Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour. Meander through the parlors and gardens of the 1852 Latimer House Museum, headquarters of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society since 1963. Learn about Victorian Christmases and witness the beauty of the Latimer House decked in holiday flora. Seven private homes and two houses of worship in downtown Wilmington, the trolly suburb of Carolina Heights, and the historic South Oleander neighborhood are opened to the public. Join the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society for this staple of Wilmington's holiday season and to continue our organization's mission of disseminating knowledge of the region's rich historical significance. 

Tickets may be purchased at the Latimer House Museum, Monday-Saturday from 10am - 4pm, or at a Wilmington Harris Teeter Store. Tickets are $40 or $38 using your VIC Card at Harris Teeter.

Additionally, tickets may be purchased online by clicking here.

Planning Your Tour

Things to Know


The tour requires driving and parking in three historic Wilmington neighborhoods:

Downtown: Park in the First Presbyterian Church Parking Lot at 125 South Third Street

Carolina Heights: Street parking in the 500 block of North Fifteenth Street

South Oleander: Street parking in ____ block of South Oleander Drive

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Once parked in each of the three historic neighborhoods, the tour sites are within a few blocks. Unfortunately, the tour is not handicap accessable. 


Photography is only permissible in the Latimer House Museum. Photography inside the private homes is prohibited.  


The time required to complete the tour varies between individuals and their physical abilities. 

Our Sponsors 

The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society would like to recognize the generosity of these sponsors:

Contact Us


126 South Third Street

Wilmington, NC 28401


(910) 762-0492

[email protected]


Mon-Fri: 10am - 4pm
Sat: 9 am - 3pm 
Sun: Closed