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December 02, 2004|By Sam Sessa

Decatur House

See Washington's 1818 Decatur House in the same light the original residents did through Holiday Candlelight Tours: Parties and Politics. Today and for the next two Thursdays, get a taste for the society life of naval hero Stephen Decatur and his family by touring the house and learning about the VIPs who frequented it.

The Decatur House, 1610 H St. N.W., Washington, offers candlelight tours at 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. today, Dec. 9 and 16. Admission is $5, and the Museum Shop is open until 8 p.m. for the holiday season. Call 202-842-0920 or visit

Mount Vernon

Find out how the Washington family celebrated the holiday season. Holidays at Mount Vernon runs through Jan. 6. See interpretations of holiday entertaining, visit the rarely seen third floor and have ginger cookies and hot cider around a bonfire near a mock Valley Forge military encampment.

Visitors can also tour the home by candlelight and meet historic figures tomorrow through Sunday and Dec. 10-12.

Holidays at Mount Vernon runs through Jan. 6 (including Christmas and New Year's Day) at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. The estate is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. every day. Candlelight tours run 5 p.m.-8 p.m. this weekend and Dec. 10-12. Call 703-780-2000 or visit www.

Cape May

A host of Cape May establishments open for visitors during Christmas Candlelight House Tours.

Starting Saturday and continuing Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, about 40 hotels, bed and breakfast inns, guesthouses and churches will display their Victorian interior designs to the public. The tour is self-guided, but a trolley service and refreshments will be provided. The cost is at $22 for adults and $11 for children.

While in town, visitors can catch the Dickens Christmas Extravaganza, which starts at 8 p.m. Sunday with a staged reading of A Christmas Carol and continues until Tuesday with a series of lectures and discussions. The event concludes with a feast at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Washington Inn, 801 Washington St.

The tour runs from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday and continues Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Trolley and refreshments are $22 per adult and $11 per child (ages 3-12). The Dickens Extravaganza starts at 8 p.m. Sunday and continues through Dec. 7. For both events, call 800-275-4278 or visit

-- Sam Sessa

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