Candlelight Nights

Candlelight Nights

Experience Christmas past with a candlelit stroll through our beautifully decorated gardens and grounds, and be transported into the warm glow of the holidays. Guests are welcomed by a lively Christmas Market filled with local crafts and artisanal creations. Visit our three historic houses to experience how Southerners celebrated Christmas during the pioneer days, the Civil War era, and the 1930s. Holiday traditions of years past come alive with interpreters, music, and special activities. Enjoy food for purchase and visit one of several cash bars for your favorite holiday libation.

This special holiday program is $20 for not-yet members, $15 for members, and $10 for children.

Schedule of Activities

Main Building

Holiday Market

Not done with your holiday shopping yet? Purchase special one-of-a-kind gifts from local artists and craftspeople.


1. Johari Africa – jewelry and other artsy items made by Clarkston refugee women and African female artists

2. Mingei World Arts – vintage treasures and fine craft from the artisans and markets of the world

3. Atlanta Artist Collective – drawings, paintings, prints, hand-painted ornaments

4. Kristin Replogle – art with spiritual bent

5. Celena Schoen – folk pottery

6. Tortured Pine Pottery – pottery bowls and platters, plus paintings

7. Gina Kirlew – artist-created stickers

8. Bev Dittmer – purses and other knitted items

9. Gina Renay – crochet décor and clothing

10. Gina Nolte – handmade baskets

11. Mimi Bradberry – stained glass

12. Kristin Davis – paintings, three-dimensional creations

13. Mariah Hope – pet and people portraits

14. Blabla Kids – plush dolls

15. Jimella’s Bakery – cookies

Visit with Santa Claus

Ho-ho-ho! Grab your camera and get ready to photograph the family while your crew visits with Old Saint Nick.

Mama Koku’s Holiday Stories
5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm

Mama Koku helps us celebrate a diverse December with stories that highlight the traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa mixed in with a few winter tales that will leave you feeling warm inside.

All Aboard!
6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Enjoy a special holiday story at our newly restored Texas locomotive and become immersed in the spirit of the holidays as you get ready to board a train to the North Pole!

6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm

Enjoy Atlanta’s favorite female a cappella singing group performing holiday favorites. Octave was founded in 1996 and has since grown and changed its membership. Each new addition has added something amazing to the group. Their members are teachers, writers, executives, pharmacists, athletes, dancers, grammar geeks, attorneys, and moms—all brought together for great music, great friendships, and great fun.

Reindeer Games with Aurora Theatre

Aurora Theatre produces more than 800 events each year for guests of all ages and tastes. With the Lawrenceville troupe’s Reindeer Games, talented performers engage guests in amusing, interactive improv comedy and sing joyful holiday tunes.

Smith Farm

Travel to Christmastime during the Civil War and be welcomed into the holiday traditions on Smith Farm. Encounter characters from 1861 and participate in traditional crafts and activities as you help them decorate for a very special Christmas.

1861 Christmas tree lighting
6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm

The sounds of caroling greet you as you gather round to light the candles on the Christmas tree.

Behind the Scenes: A Christmas Feast

6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm

Learn about the special Christmas dinner being cooked for the Smith family and see open hearth demonstrations of traditional Civil War era delicacies.

The Yule Log
6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:00pm

Listen to stories and songs by the fire as the enslaved community celebrates Christmas and hopes for the end of slavery. Afterward, visit with interpreters as they discuss resistance and the history of holidays for the enslaved.

Stephen, Meet the Past Museum Theatre Performance
6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm

Meet Stephen, an enslaved woodworker who must face a crucial decision regarding his future and that of his family during the holiday season. This decision will impact the lives of those closest to him, for better or worse.

Ongoing Activities

  • Popcorn and garland making
  • Salt-dough ornament activities
  • Candle-dipping
  • Blacksmithing
  • Open-hearth cooking

Swan House

Revel in the holiday season of 1930 as you are transported to a Jazz Age Christmas party at the lavishly decorated Swan House while the Inman family and their staff celebrates Christmas.

The Francine Reed Trio
6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Step back in time with the Francine Reed trio as they perform old standards of the holidays.

Francine Reed is an American blues singer, solo artist, regular singing partner of Lyle Lovett since the 1980s, and member of Lovett's Large Band. Reed has also recorded duets with Willie Nelson and Delbert McClinton and others.

Ongoing Activities

  • Make a 1930s holiday postcard! Create your own holiday postcards to send to your family and friends.
  • Get ready for the Inman holiday party by making a fun headband—either for yourself or as a gift!

Wood Cabin

Stop at our bonfire and enjoy some cider and s’mores!

Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers
7:00pm & 8:00pm

The Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers are a group who perform historic a cappella shapenote hymns from The Sacred Harp, a collection of hymns first published in Georgia in 1844. Their performances entertain and inspire listeners through the active tradition of community sacred singing, which originated in early 19th century Georgia.

Food and Drink

Lovies BBQ will be vending their delicious barbecue and sides.

Cash bars are located throughout the campus for some holiday cheer!

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