Holidays at Historic Homes

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!***

Yulefest – Mansker’s Station (Map)  December 2, 2023

Yulefest is a cherished part of the holiday tradition for Goodlettsville, and with the exception of 2020 has been an annual start to the holiday season for over 35 years.

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, refreshments and unique shopping at the gift shop. This free event will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Goodlettsville Visitor’s Center and Historic Mansker’s Station. Overflow parking will be available inside Moss-Wright Park.

Yulefest is a free event and does not require advance reservations.

Saturday December 2  5PM –  8PM


Holiday Historical Tours Two Rivers Mansion (Map)   December 8-10, 2023

Tour the Historic 1802 House and Two Rivers Mansion, outfitted with holiday decorations, as you learn about the history of the property and the McGavock families.

Friday December 8 & Saturday December 9   6PM – 8PM

Sunday December 10  1PM – 5PM

Admission: $15

Belle Meade Plantation – (Map)

Belle Meade Plantation will be decorated throughout the holiday season.

Tickets : Adults: $26 – 30
Youth (Ages 6-17)  $15
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 2, 2023

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.

Tour Dates/Times/Tickets HERE

Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes Oaklands Historic House (Map) December 9, 2023 4PM – 8PM

You are invited to usher in the holiday season with an enchanting tour of historic Murfreesboro homes on Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 4:00PM -8:00PM. The tour, sponsored by First Bank, will feature a selection of private homes, churches and, as always, Oaklands Mansion. Attending the Candlelight Tour of Homes is an annual holiday tradition for the Murfreesboro community. To make the tour possible, private homeowners have volunteered to open their residences to the community for forty years and counting.

This special holiday tour will take you through Murfreesboro’s East Main Street Historic District, inside private homes on adjoining streets and then to Oaklands Mansion. The Middle Tennessee State University Raider Express will make the rounds at no charge to our guests. You are also welcome to drive yourself and park on the street sides following all City of Murfreesboro parking regulations. Free parking is also available at Oaklands Mansion and Oaklands Park. The historic buildings featured on the tour this year include:

  • Oaklands Mansion 900 North Maney Avenue
  • Central Christian Church 404 East Main Street
  • Additional buildings and private residences to be added

Tickets are $10 – 30 and can be purchased HERE

Holiday Open House Historic Rock Castle – (Map)  December 2, 2023

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 home 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 Historic Rock Castle
  • Refreshments, holiday gift shop, and a special appearance by Santa Claus for photos!

Saturday, December 2, 2023 — 3:00pm – 6:00pm

No tickets necessary. This event is offered free to our wonderful community of friends and supporters as a thank-you for helping us preserve this historical gem of Sumner County!

For information on how to become a community partner on this event, please email

Saturday December 2, 2023 3PM-6PM

Admission : Free

Christmas Through the Ages: An Early Tennessee Christmas at Cragfont (Map) November 25 & December 9, 2023 & A Victorian Christmas at Wynnewood (Map)December 2 & 16, 2023

Explore Christmas through the ages at Wynnewood and Cragfont on alternating Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

An Early Tennessee Christmas at Cragfont

November 25th and December 9th
Journey through an early 19th-century holiday and experience the Christmas traditions of the Winchester family as told through their letters and diaries. House tour and hot cider.
Ages 16 & up – $15
Ages 7 to 16 – $10
6 & under – Free
Members receive $2 off (with code)(call for the code or check your email)

A Victorian Christmas at Wynnewood

December 2nd & December 16th
Journey through a Victorian holiday at Wynnewood and learn about the Christmas traditions of the Wynnes, resort guests, and the enslaved as shared in diaries and letters. House tour and hot cider.
Ages 16 & up – $15
Ages 7 to 16 – $10
6 & under – Free
Members receive $2 off (with code)

Tickets – Ages 16 & up – $12 Ages 7 to 16 – $8 6 & under – Free

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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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