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Annual Lamplight Tours Offered In Columbia
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Columbia State Historic Park and Friends of Columbia are proud to present this year’s Lamplight Tour, “The Ladies’ Gift.” Participants will be guided through the decorated town during the walking play while listening to snippets of the town’s happenings. Docent-led Lamplight Tours will run Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and leaving every 15 minutes. Tickets are on sale now.

This year’s program titled, “The Ladies’ Gift” revolves around the year 1861 where a friendly competition between the two newly formed fire engine companies has developed. Rumor has it that a special gift of appreciation is to be presented to one of the fire companies and is anxiously anticipated at any moment. Participants will be led by kerosene lantern down the streets of Columbia to visit various vignettes in a walking play. A little history and, of course, a little competition, make this year’s performance sure to be a hit. The tour will end with music, dancing, and refreshments in Angelo’s Hall.

Each vignette was created by the Docent Archives and Library Committee with input from other volunteers and park staff. The script takes hours of time and thoughtfulness to create a work that all ages and backgrounds can enjoy during the holiday season.

Tickets for the family-friendly event and may be purchased online at Tours leave every 15 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for adults (18 and over) are $25, Junior (9-17) $15, and children 8 and under are free.

Lamplight weekend packages are also available and include a one night stay in the City or Fallon Hotel, two tickets for the Lamplight Tour, and a bottle of wine. Call (209) 532-1479 to book a package.

All proceeds from the event and weekend packages will benefit the cooperating association Friends of Columbia in the funding of interpretive and educational events and programs at Columbia State Historic Park.


For questions about the event, contact (209) 588-9128, visit or stop in at the Columbia museum on Main Street.