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The History of The Candlelight Tour

PEP’s annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes was preceded by the Historic Home Tour sponsored by the Review Board. By 1996, PEP sponsored the first annual Candlelight Tour which became PEP’s largest fundraiser over the years. Each Candlelight Tour typically consists of five or six residences, one church, and one business over two days on the first weekend of December. There were several years that PEP was unable to procure properties for the tour and a couple of years during the height of the COVID pandemic that tours were not offered. Preserve Historic La Porte will be reinstating the Candlelight Tour in 2023. 

The Candlelight Tour offers visitors the opportunity to tour a number of La Porte’s unique historic properties. The properties are decorated for Christmas and feature live musical entertainment. Also featured is a Victorian carriage ride. Each homeowner is presented with a hand-drawn framed sketch of their home’s exterior. And a history of the property is included in the tour brochure. 

The Candlelight Tour has proved to be very popular with the public, with visitors coming from outside the La Porte area, with as many as 1,500 visitors on a single weekend. Many thanks to member Pam Ruminski who has chaired the Candlelight Tour committee for many years; and to member, artist, and Landscape Architect Don Bowman for drawing pen and-ink sketches of the over 100 buildings that have been showcased on the Christmas Candlelight Tours.

how to get your tickets

Advance tickets

available from October 1st, through December 1st, at the following locations:

La porte

  • Coachman Antique Mall
  • CO-OP Shoppes
  • LP County Hist. Society Museum
  • Meridian Title
  • Town & Country Florist
  • Thode Floral

michigan city

  • The Antique Market
  • Hoity Toity

New Carlisle

  • Historic New Carlisle


  • Red Cup Cafe & Deli

New Buffalo

  • Meridian Title


  • Indie Indie Bang Bang

Send your check

send your check ($25 per person) postmarked by november 27th to:

Preserve Historic La Porte
PO Box 853
La Porte, Indiana 46532-0853

at-the-door tickets

may be purchased at La Porte First United Methodist Church (cash or check), during tour hours ONLY, for $30.


purchase your tickets online by clicking the button below

purchase the Candlelight Tour book

If you are interested in purchasing the book, 
Historic Architecture of La Porte, Indiana: The First 20 Years of The Candlelight Tour
use the link below to contact us.

purchase 2023 Candlelight Tour Tickets

If you’re interested in buying 2023 Candlelight Tour tickets, please visit the link below.

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