Christmas tree at Hills and Dales in LaGrange, Georgia

Christmas tree at Hills and Dales in LaGrange, Georgia

Celebrate Christmas Past with These Holiday Home Tours

Travel back in time to the Christmases of yesterday at some of Georgia’s holiday home tours. With unique architecture and gorgeous seasonal decorations, these tours should be on your list of things to do this holiday season.

Christmas tree at the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville. Photo by Maryann Bates
Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville. Photo by Maryann Bates

Milledgeville Christmas at the Old Governor's Mansion

Milledgeville was once the capital of Georgia, and each December, the Old Governor’s Mansion transforms for Christmas at the Mansion. Every room is dressed with authentic period decorations, from streamers in the children’s room to poinsettias, holly branches and ribbons in the parlor. For an especially unique experience, candlelight tours are available on select nights.  Nov. 11-18 and Nov. 28 - Dec. 22, 2023

Holiday Tour of Homes in Madison, Georgia
Holiday Tour of Homes in Madison, Georgia

Madison Holiday Tour of Homes

A true walking tour, Morgan County Historical Society gives visitors access to a charming collection of some of Madison’s finest, most architecturally significant historic homes through the self-guided Holiday Tour of Homes. Guests can choose a daytime tour or candlelight experience, and explore the beauty and architectural brilliance of a mix of private homes, historic house museums and churches. Complete your visit with a stroll through the festively decorated downtown, sampling holiday treats at local restaurants and perusing antiques and specialty stores that add to the town’s charming character. Dec. 1-2, 2023

Christmas tree at fireplace at Marietta Pilgrimage Home Tour in Marietta, Georgia
Marietta Pilgrimage Home Tour in Marietta, Georgia. Photo by Mason Jordan

The Marietta Pilgrimage - A Christmas Home Tour

Make plans to attend the annual Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour in Marietta, Georgia. Glimpse inside five private homes in the Cherokee Heights neighborhood. Each home has been lovingly restored and will be decorated for the holiday season. Visit Marietta and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society organize this annual tour, which has been featured in "Southern Living" and named a Top 100 Event in North America. Dec. 1-3, 2023

Dining room at Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia, decorated for the holidays
Hills & Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia

Hills & Dales Estate

Celebrate the season at the Hills & Dales Estate in LaGrange. The halls of this Georgian Italian villa are decked with fresh plants, flowers and evergreens. In the living room is a Christmas tree decorated circa 1940s, and a special display adorns the Palm room. Tour the home, and learn to make your own greenery at wreath workshops. Dec. 5 - 30, 2023

Home decorated for the holidays in St. Marys, Georgia
St. Marys, Georgia, holiday home

St. Marys Christmas Tour of Homes

At this biannual event, tour beautifully decorated private homes, historic churches, and at least one historic bed and breakfast or historic hotel in St. Marys. Enjoy the self-guided tour and refreshments throughout the evening. Dec. 9, 2023.

Home decorated for the holidays on Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes
Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes in Atlanta

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes

Save the dates for Dec. 9-10, 2023, for the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes in one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods. In addition to touring the homes, guests can enjoy a winter wonderland, artists market, candlelight concert and children's Christmas pageant dress rehearsal.

For more ideas for a weekend away during the holidays, try one of these Drivable Weekend Getaways in Georgia.

Published: September 2023
Written by: Sue Rodman
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