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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!***

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

Candlelight Holiday Open House
November 8th, 5-8pm: A free event open to the public.
Activities include: A walk thru tour of the candlelit mansion, Free Activities for Children, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Belle Meade Gift Shop and Winery will be Open, Live Music and Strolling Carolers, Boxed dinners available to purchase from Jim and Nick’s Bar-B-Q


Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays 2018(Map)

Make plans to tour the Governor’s home this holiday season.  December 6-16, 2018

Governor and First Lady Haslam will host the 8th annual holiday open house at the Tennessee Residence December 6 – 16, Thursday- Sunday.

This year’s theme will depict ‘Tennessee Tourism,’ showcasing the many successful businesses, attractions and destinations that draw millions of visitors to our state and provide education, entertainment, hospitality and beauty to our citizens throughout the year.

Self-guided tours will be available at the Tennessee Residence during the dates and times indicated on the event sign up page as well as on our website. You must sign up for a tour time to attend the open house. Parking will be provided from a nearby church parking lot at Woodmont Hills Church, 3710 Franklin Rd, Nashville, TN 37204 and guests will be shuttled onto the Tennessee Residence property for tours. Please check our website for more information. 

For assistance registering for a tour or for any questions you may have about Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays, please contact the Office of the First Lady by emailing Crissy.Haslam@tn.gov or calling 615-741-7846.


Tickets are free but must be purchased in advance via this link. 


Christmas at Belmont Mansion – Nashville, TN – (Map) November 28 – December 23, 2018

Holidays at Historic Homes in Nashville - Belmont Mansion
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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 shines at Belmont Mansion. November 17th through January 2nd, the mansion is gloriously decorated to celebrate the season and welcome our visitors. Buy your tickets now to ensure a tour time that fits your group’s schedule.

Several special Holiday Events are scheduled in 2018. Find a complete list at this link.

Tours are given Monday – Saturday    10AM – 4PM
Sunday  12PM – 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 1, 2018

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 1, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The tour, will feature beautiful and historic buildings, and as always, the historic 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 holiday purchases for friends and family. Admission to the marketplace is included with tickets to the 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 Baker’s Dozen Cookie Cabin, Cousins Maine Lobster and Something Southern Food Truck for hot beverages and warm treats.


Saturday December 1  4PM – 8PM

Admission  – Adults $15  Students $10

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

Special Christmas Tours at Oaklands from December 2 – 23, 2018  10AM – 4PM Tuesday -Saturdays  & 1- 4PM on Sundays


Holiday Open House Historic Rock Castle – (Map)  December 1, 2018

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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 1  3PM-6PM

Admission : Free


Yulefest – Mansker’s Station (Map)  December 1, 2018

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 1  5PM –  8PM




Christmas Open House – Historic Cragfont (Map)  December 2, 2018

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Saturday  December 2   1PM – 4PM

Admission – Free





Historic Home Yuletide Tours – Nashville Zoo (Map)  December 1,2,8,9,15 & 16

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Guests visiting Nashville Zoo during three 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 December 1-2, 8-9, and 15-16.

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.

Weekends December 1-16  10AM – 3PM

Include with Zoo admission or membership

Holiday Historical Tours Two Rivers Mansion (Map)   December 7-16, 2018

Holidays at Historic Homes in Nashville - Two Rivers Mansion
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Come by and enjoy the Mansion all dressed up for the holidays. Be sure to tour the Mansion with your guide in period costume…such fun!

Tours will be given on :

December 7,8,9,14,15,16
1PM – 4PM
Admission – $10



About Rachel Kline

Rachel Kline
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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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