Tennessee State Advice and Guidelines
Tennessee State Advice and Guidelines
Tennessee State Advice and Guidelines

Celebrate the Holidays at Historic Homes in Nashville!

The holiday season is a great time to visit one of Middle Tennessee’s many historic homes. Most of you know that I drag my kids to tour old houses everywhere I go! There are so many interesting things to see and learn. I never get tired of it. During the holidays, most of these historic homes put up lavish decorations.This is basically my favorite thing ever. I get all kinds of ideas to decorate my own home and, at the same time, I get the kids out of the house for an afternoon during their (far too long) school break. If you have out of town guests, definitely put a couple of these tours on your agenda. Another plus is that these tours are rarely crowded so they are a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of other holiday attractions.

***All times and dates were correct at the time of publication and are subject to change. Check your specific location before you head out!***

Holidays at The Hermitage – (Map)

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Hermitage.

  • Holiday Mansion Tours November 23 – December 31
  • Holiday Carriage Rides   Friday -Sunday November 22 – December 22 & Daily December 23 – 29  (Additional $12 Ticket required.)
  • Fireside With Father Christmas – Sunday November 24 – December 22 10AM – 3PM
  • Holiday Storytime  Saturdays November 24 – December 22  10AM – 3PM
  • Hermitage Holiday Cabin – Write letters to Santa, make a holiday card and more! Saturdays & Sundays  November 23 – December 22   10AM – 3PM
  • Carols by Candlelight – December 7 @ 6PM
  • Holiday Candlelight Tours – December 14 & 21  5-6:30PM

Belle Meade Plantation – (Map)

Belle Meade Plantation will be decorated throughout the holiday season.

Tickets :Adults: $24
Student (Ages 13-18) $13
Youth (Ages 6-12)  $10
Child (5 and under) Free

Daily  9AM – 5PM   Tours start at 9:30A.M.
Last tour starts daily at 4:00P.M.
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Christmas at Belmont Mansion – Nashville, TN – (Map) November 29 – January 5, 2010

The holiday season is a particularly wonderful time to visit Belmont Mansion. Each year, Belmont is magnificently decorated in complete yuletide splendor. In 2007, Southern Living noted that each year “this mansion is transformed into a Victorian Christmas Fantasyland.” This is the perfect time to get a little Christmas cheer. Christmas is the season we shine the brightest at Belmont Mansion. With multiple opportunities to visit and to celebrate you’ll want to put Belmont Mansion on your calendar.

Several special Holiday Events are scheduled in 2019. Find a complete list at this link.

Tours are given Monday – Saturday    10AM – 4PM
Sunday  11AM – 4PM
$15 Adult

$7 Youth (13 -18)
$5 Children (6 -12)
FREE (5 and Under)

Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes Oaklands Historic House (Map) December 7, 2019

Usher in the holiday season with an enchanting tour of historic homes and landmarks. The annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes is slated for December 7, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The tour, sponsored by Franklin Synergy Bank, will feature beautiful and historic private homes, distinctive churches, and as always, the graceful Oaklands Mansion.

In addition to the tour, Oaklands Mansion will host a Holiday Marketplace in Maney Hall. A selection of local artisans and craftspeople will feature their wares for holiday shoppers. It’s the perfect opportunity to make gift purchases for friends and family. Admission to the marketplace is included with tickets to the Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes. In addition to the marketplace, see a live nativity displayed by Southeast Baptist Church’s Bethlehem Marketplace. Be sure to stop by one of the food trucks for hot beverages and warm treats.

Saturday December 7  4PM – 8PM

Admission  – Adults $25  Students $10

Tickets may be purchased at any home on the tour or at Oaklands Historic House Museum. Tickets available online via this link.

Tennessee Christmas Open House 2019 (Map)

December 6-15, 2019

Guests are invited to join Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee in celebrating their first Christmas season at the Tennessee Residence with the home beautifully decorated for the holidays. Holiday tours will begin on Friday, December 6, 2019 and will conclude on Sunday, December 15, 2019.

This year’s theme will showcase Songs of the Season where tour guests will enjoy festive decor around the historical Governor’s home artfully inspired by the classic carols of the most wonderful time of the year. Families, friends, school groups, tour groups and individuals are all welcome to register for a tour of Tennessee’s home that is sure to bring all the delight and merriment of the holiday season.

Self-guided tours will be available at the Tennessee Residence during the dates and times indicated on the event sign up page. Tour reservations are required to attend. Parking will be provided at a nearby church parking lot at Woodmont Hills Church, 3710 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204 and guests will be shuttled onto the Tennessee Residence property for tours. For more information, please visit: www.tn.gov/residence.

Register at this link.

Holiday Open House Historic Rock Castle – (Map)  December 7, 2019

Join us for a cozy winter’s evening at the home of General Daniel & Sarah Smith…
Bring your family and friends to tour the 1784 Historic Rock Castle this holiday season and enjoy a taste of Christmas from a bygone era as we open our doors and our hearts to our supporters and friends, old and new. Rock Castle will be decked out for the holidays in all its splendor!

Join us for:
• A FREE tour of Rock Castle home and grounds
• Performances by the HHS Select Chorus and local A Capella group Verasity
• Refreshments, crafts, and a special appearance by Santa Claus!

Saturday, December 7, 2019 — 3:00pm – 6:00pm

This event is offered free with our compliments to our wonderful community of friends and supporters as a thank-you for helping us preserve this historical gem of Sumner County!

Saturday December 7  3PM-6PM

Admission : Free

Yulefest – Mansker’s Station (Map)  December 7, 2019

Yulefest kicks off the holiday season with musicians, storytellers, and demonstrators in the cabins of the fort and in the historic home. Visitors can take their time listening to the sounds of yesteryear as they tour the sites and take in the beauty of simple, natural decorations

Parking for Yulefest is available at the Visitor’s Center and in Moss-Wright Park.

Saturday December 7  5PM –  8PM


Christmas Open House – Historic Cragfont (Map) December 8, 2019

Sunday December 8  1PM – 4PM

Admission – Free

Holiday Historical Tours Two Rivers Mansion (Map)   December 9-15, 2019

Tour the Historic 1802 House and Two Rivers Mansion as you learn about the history of the property and the McGavock families.

View the Gingerbread House display and vote on your favorite for prizes that will be awarded on Sunday afternoon, December 15th.

Tours will be offered daily from 1 PM CST to 5 PM CST.

Monday, December 9th thru Sunday, December 15th.

Admission: $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 Children under 12.
Friends Members free with Membership card.

Historic Home Yuletide Tours – Nashville Zoo (Map)  November 30 – December 22, 2019

Guests visiting Nashville Zoo during four weekends in December will have an opportunity to step back in time for a traditional Victorian Christmas. The Grassmere Historic Home will offer yuletide tours Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22.

The home will be decorated for the holidays with greenery, ribbon, and vintage decorations that belonged to Margaret and Elise Croft, former residents of the Grassmere property whose family owned the land and home for five generations. The tour not only highlights these items but also explains some Christmas traditions that started during that time period that are still honored today.

Tours will start at 10:00 a.m. daily and run on the half-hour, with the last tour starting at 3:00 p.m. Tours of the home are included with Zoo admission. To take the tour, guests are asked to meet on the front porch of the historic home where their guide will meet them.


Saturday, Nov. 30: Caroling by the American Caroling Company, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 1: Ted Guillaum, Organ Grinder, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Ted Guillaum, Organ Grinder, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays November 30 – December 22  10AM – 3PM

Include with Zoo admission or membership

About Rachel Kline

Rachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)

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