Discover holiday traditions of the past this weekend at Historic Richmond Town!

Saturday, December 21st



Discover holiday traditions of the past this weekend at Historic Richmond Town! Step back through time to taste, smell, and touch the holiday pleasures of centuries past. Enjoy sweet holiday treats all along the way! Evening tours illuminated by candlelight showcase more than three hundred years of yuletide on Staten Island, where culture and foodways from many countries combine to create something that is uniquely New York.

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An inside look at Candlelight Tours: Courtesy of the Staten Island Advance


  • Visit the historic Guyon-Lake-Tysen farmhouse and taste freshly made Dutch holiday treats called olycokes!

  • Celebrate the season with traditional Methodist Hymns in the quiet and quaint Basket Maker’s house.

  • Ancient Chanukah traditions come to life in the Bennett House with stories, songs, and games.

  • Discover the holiday shopping traditions of the 19th century with a visit to the Stephens-Black General Store, lit by flickering kerosene lamps.

  • Visit the beautifully appointed Stephens-Black house, where you can meet the “Stephens” family as they celebrate that trendy new custom – the Christmas tree!

  • End your evening with a wassail reception in the historic Third County Courthouse and try your hand at English Country Dancing, a favorite social past-time of Jane Austen!


This program typically sells out. We recommend making a reservation for your entire party in one transaction. Tours last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Source: Candlelight Tours — Historic Richmond Town