Experience Christmas past with a candlelit stroll through our beautifully decorated gardens and historic houses, and be transported into the warm glow of the holidays. Come share your holiday wish list with Santa Claus and shop in the lively Holiday Market filled with local crafts, artist creations, and vintage holiday decor. Then explore each of the three historic houses to experience holiday traditions from the Civil War era, 1930s, and pioneer days. Timeless holiday music fills the air and interpreters bring characters from the pages of history to life at these historic homes.
Enjoy food for purchase and visit one of several cash bars for your favorite libation.
This special holiday program is $20 for adults; $15 for members; $10 for all children.
Not done yet with your holiday shopping? Purchase special one-of-a-kind gifts from local artists and craftspeople.
Ivy Abena, African-made baskets, mud cloth pillows
Mimi Bradberry, stained glass, glass ornaments
Dana Burrell, pottery
Rachel Campbell, paintings, prints
Kristen Davis, decorative tiles, paintings
Sandy Eckstein, vintage Christmas décor and gifts
Gwen Fryar, “reimagined” jewelry
Courtney Johnson, jewelry
Eryn March, Squirrel Brand Preserved Goods Co.
Caleb Morris, printmaking
Kate Pak, pottery
Yesha Panchal, pottery, ceramic jewelry
Gina Renay, crochet clothing
Kristen Replogle, faith-inspired paintings
Celena Schoen, pottery
Polly Sherrill, pottery
Celebrate the Hispanic Christmas traditions of Nochebuena and Three Kings Day with bilingual stories, toys, and crafts! This is our last month to check out the award winning exhibition Nuevolution: Latinos in the New South.
Funding for Santa’s Workshop is provided by the Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Foundation.
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.
Reindeer Games with Aurora Theatre
Aurora Theatre produces more than 800 events annually 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.
6:00 PM, 7:00 PM and 8:00pm
Enjoy a special holiday story at our newly restored Texas Locomotive and become immersed in the spirit of the holidays as your board a train to the North Pole!
Nate Barker, Meet the Past Museum Theatre Performance
6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Journey through our Turning Point: The American Civil War exhibition and encounter Union soldier Nate Baker. As a visitor you will become a new recruit in the African American 54th Regiment as Barker shares with you his person hopes for the future and the challenges you regiment for the challenges you will encounter in the Civil War during the holiday season of 1863.
Mama Koku’s Holiday Stories
5:45pm, 6:45pm and 7:45pm
Mama Koku helps us celebrate a diverse December with stories that highlight the traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa mixed in with a few winter tales that will leave you feeling warm inside.
6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm
Enjoy Atlanta’s favorite female a cappella singing group performing holiday favorites. Octave was founded in 1996 and since then has grown and changed its membership, and 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.
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.
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.
Behind the Scenes: A Christmas Feast
Smith Farm Kitchen
7:15pm, 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
Enslaved People’s Cabin
6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm
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
Slave Cabin Porch
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.
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.
Joe Gransden Trio
6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Step back in time with the Joe Gransden trio as they perform old standards of the holidays.
Joe Gransden has performed worldwide and released 14 CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.
Due to inclement weather, Wood Cabin is closed tonight.
Souper Jenny will be serving up her famous soups and salads.
Cash bars are located throughout the campus for some holiday cheer!
Barbecue plates will be available for purchase by Lovies BBQ.