Holiday decorations at Hay House in Macon, Georgia

Holiday decorations at Hay House in Macon, Georgia

7 Holiday Wonders on Georgia's Antebellum Trail

Home for the holidays? Grab your family and friends and travel 100 miles from Macon to Athens to celebrate the holidays in Georgia. Here are seven must-see Christmas spectaculars found on Georgia's Antebellum Trail.

Antebellum Mansions

Broughton Hall at Madison's Holiday Tour of Homes. Photo courtesy Southern Lady Magazine

Broughton Hall at Madison's Holiday Tour of Homes. Photo courtesy Southern Lady Magazine

Madison's Holiday Tour of Homes

With more than 100 antebellum homes and buildings in Madison, enjoy some of the extravagantly decorated mansions that occupy one of the South's best small towns at Madison's Holiday Tour of Homes. Tours are available from November 30 to December 1, 2018.

Macon's Hay House

One of Georgia's most historic houses and distinguished structures, Macon's Hay House, a property of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, will also be beautifully draped in white lights and garland for the holidays.

Holiday Spirits Museum Mile Tours in Athens

Celebrate period holiday traditions spanning the 19th century with a tour of four unique historic houses from the Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian periods in Athens as part of the Holiday Spirits Museum Mile tour. The tour culminates with a glorious Victorian Christmas at the Ware-Lyndon House.

Grand Holiday Displays

Christmas Tree at the Old Governor's Mansion. Photo courtesy Milledgeville CVB

Christmas Tree at the Old Governor's Mansion. Photo courtesy Milledgeville CVB

Antebellum Christmas at the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville

Trek to Milledgeville for an unforgettable Christmas wonderland at the Antebellum Christmas at the Mansion. The Old Governor's Mansion's grand Christmas tree stands 28 feet tall in the foyer to welcome visitors. The extravagant tree is a must-see during the holidays, along with the intricately decorated rooms of the home. View the breathtaking beauty from November 18 to December 21, 2018.

 

Elder Mill Covered Bridge in Watkinsville, Georgia. Photo by Mackenzie Taylor Photography
Elder Mill Covered Bridge in Watkinsville, Georgia. Photo by Mackenzie Taylor Photography

Elder Mill Covered Bridge in Watkinsville

Also witness the Elder Mill Covered Bridge decorated in Christmas lights in Watkinsville. The lighted beauty is a sight-to-see at night while driving across the historic 1897 bridge that sits above Rose Creek.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Holidays at Stepback in Eatonton, Georgia

Holidays at Stepback in Eatonton, Georgia

Christmas at Stepback in Eatonton

The small community of Stepback in Eatonton allows visitors to step back in time to experience the way of life of middle Georgians in the 1890s and early 1900s. Walk the grounds and visit fully furnished buildings, including a windmill, general store, one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop and more. The community's Christmas at Stepback open house will take place December 8.

Old-fashioned Christmas at Jarrell Plantation in Gray

In Gray, take a leisurely stroll by candlelight and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at the Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site gently dressed in natural greenery and homemade décor. The historic site invites families for an intimate holiday celebration with warm cider and cookies alongside a campfire.

Published: October 2018