Candlelight Tour of Joy


Nov. 20 – Dec. 20            Virtual Artists’ Market

Nov. 30 – Dec. 12             House decorating contest

Dec. 12, 6pm                      Traveling Band of Holiday Music (Grant St.)

Dec. 13, 5pm                      Virtual Candlelight Christmas Concert

For nearly 40 years. St. Paul United Methodist Church has hosted the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes, two evenings of holiday splendor, art, music and family fun, all in the historic Atlanta neighborhood of Grant Park. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 event will look different, but still reminiscent of this favorite holiday tradition which has drawn more than 1000 visitors each year. On Dec. 12, 2020 St. Paul is hosting the Candlelight Tour of Joy, complete with a house decorating contest, virtual artists’ market, (socially distanced) traveling band of holiday music and a virtual Christmas concert.

So, neighbors, string up some lights, inflate some Santas, and deck the halls! There’s room for every decorator in our house decorating contest with awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus honorable mentions that may include classic decorations, the Griswold award, best use of lights, and if you haven’t gotten over Halloween, The Nightmare before Christmas! Information to register will appear here soon.

For artists and shoppers everywhere, St. Paul UMC is also hosting a Tour of Joy Virtual Artists’ Market. Because the market is virtual, we are excited to feature at least twice as many artists as in typical years, and extend it beyond the weekend. It will still offer all the various items you have come to love and count on for your holiday shopping – from jewelry and soaps to handmade toys and pottery.

Finally, what is a holiday event without music? To really get you in the holiday spirit, the Candlelight Tour of Joy brings you a traveling band of holiday merrymakers the evening of Dec. 12. Starting at 6pm at St. Paul UMC (601 Grant St.), a small band of musicians and singers in a parade-style vehicle will head south down Grant St. to Atlanta Ave. and back. Also, the St. Paul choir will hold its annual Candlelight Christmas Concert virtually on Sunday at 5pm.

The Candlelight Tour of Joy is also a reminder that though many things we love and hold dear has been canceled this year, the church’s mission has not. St. Paul UMC continues to hold weekly services on our website,, and our Facebook page (@stpaulgrantpark) and do service work in the community, particularly for those neighbors that have been hit hardest by the current economic conditions. Therefore, we ask that you consider a small donation to help replace the proceeds of what is typically our largest fundraising event of the year. Please donate by following the link below, or call the office at 404-688-7501 to find out about other methods of giving. Thank you very much.

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