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      December 20, 2019

      Friday   5:45 PM

      130 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest
      Atlanta, Georgia 30305

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      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 craftsmen.


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

      2. Sunavworld – home goods, art items imported from Nepal

      3. Mingei World Arts – Vintage treasures and fine craft from artisans and markets of the world

      4. Ivy Abena – imported African baskets and pillows from African fabrics

      5. Rachel Campbell and Mimi Bradberry – paintings and stained glass

      6. Gina Renay – crochet décor and clothing

      7. Kristin Replogle – art with spiritual bent

      8. Celena Schoen – folk pottery

      9. Tortured Pine Pottery – pottery bowls and platters

      10. Gina Kirlew – artist-created stickers

      11. Gina Nolte – handmade baskets

      12. Mary Boyle – jewelry

      13. Olivia Thomason – paintings and prints

      14. Polly Sherrill – pottery

      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!
      6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm

      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
      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
      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
      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 Laura Coyle Trio
      6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

      Step back in time with the Laura Coyle trio as they perform old standards of the holidays.

      One of the most sought-after singers on the Atlanta jazz scene, Laura Coyle brings a timeless voice and masterful sense of swing to her performances. She collaborates with many of the best musicians in the city and sings with a genuine love for the lyrics, and the traditions of jazz music

      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

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

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