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.
Milledgeville Antebellum Christmas at the Old Governor’s Mansion
Milledgeville was once the capital of Georgia, and each December, the Old Governor’s Mansion transforms to a pre-Civil War Christmas for Antebellum 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.
Madison Holiday Tour of Homes
Madison is home to more than 100 antebellum homes and buildings, and each holiday season they are dressed in the best holiday finery and opened to the public. Madison’s Holiday Tour of Homes takes place mostly in the National Register Historic District. Houses on the day or candlelight tour are a mix of private homes, historic house museums and churches. Leave time before or after your tour to explore downtown Madison with its antique stores and sweet shops.
Hills & Dales Estate
Hills & Dales Estate
Celebrate the season at the Hills & Dales Estate in LaGrange. The halls of this Georgian Italian villa will be 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.
Athens Historic House Museums
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.
Christmas Tea at The Midway Museum
The Midway Museum in Midway, Georgia
For nearly 60 years, guests have been gathering to celebrate the holidays at the Midway Museum, enjoying tours, tea and locally made treats. Reserve your seat for the Annual Christmas Tea to celebrate in historic fashion as museum hosts dress in period clothing and share tales of colonial life in Liberty County on Georgia’s coast. Also on the grounds, visit the Historic Midway Congregational Church and cemetery, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.