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!***

Holidays at The Hermitage – (Map)

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Hermitage on December 4, 2020

“Tis the season! Join Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage for Christmas at The Hermitage, an evening of merry-making the whole family will love. With Christmas carols led by choirs on the back lawn of the mansion, holiday shopping in our Museum Store, tours of the Hermitage mansion, photos with Father Christmas, children’s activities, a bonfire and food and drinks, this is the perfect way to start the Christmas season. After-hours tours of the Hermitage mansion will allow you a more personal look into the home of the Jackson family and many of their Christmas traditions.

Start a tradition of your own by visiting the home of the 7th president for Christmas at The Hermitage with your family and friends!

Proudly presented by Queener Law

**Please note that social distancing from anyone not in your party, as well as wearing masks while checking in at the ticket office, in line for food and activities and while in all buildings, including the Hermitage mansion will be required.** 

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, 2021

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
$16 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

For the past 36 years, Oaklands has presented the Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes as its largest fundraising event of the year. In order to, once again, share some of our favorite homes in downtown Murfreesboro with our friends and supporters, you are invited to usher in the holiday season with an enchanting virtual tour of historic Murfreesboro homes. The tour, sponsored by First Bank, will feature a selection of private homes and, as always, the historic Oaklands Mansion.

Saturday December 7  4PM – 8PM

Admission  – Donations of $5 and up

Tickets may be purchased online via this link.

Christmas at Oaklands: Evening Holiday Tours

Oaklands is once again ready to welcome you to the mansion for Christmas at Oaklands on December 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2020. Usher in the holiday season with an enchanting tour of this historic home and landmark.

These special holiday evening openings of the mansion at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. with admission of $20 for adults and students ages 12 & up and $10 for children ages 6-11.

“Visiting Oaklands Mansion has been an annual community tradition for over fifty years. Ring in the holiday season by experiencing the magic of Christmas. Your ticket purchase supports education and preservation right here in our community,” said James Manning, Executive Director of Oaklands.

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all tickets must be purchased in advance at There are a limited number of tickets available for each night. When purchasing your tickets you will also be required to reserve your time. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Be prepared to show proof of payment at check-in. All staff members will wear masks and follow all state, local and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Adult Admission (ages 12 & up) $20
Student Admission (ages 6-11) $10
Children ages 5 & under are free.

For your safety, Oaklands’ main drive will be limited to those being dropped off at the entrance or for ADA accessible parking in front of the Visitors Center. All other parking will be located at Oaklands Park Picnic Pavilion, 427 Roberts Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 37130.

Limited tickets are available only at Find Oaklands Mansion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Holiday Open House Historic Rock Castle – (Map)  December 5, 2020

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 home

• Performances of Christmas carols by the HHS Select Chorus

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

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 5, 2020  4PM-7PM

Admission : Free

Christmas Through the Ages: An Early Tennessee Christmas at Cragfont – Historic Cragfont (Map) December 5 & 19, 2020

Explore Christmas through the ages with an early 19th century Christmas at Cragfont and a truly Victorian Christmas at Wynnewood.
An Early Tennessee Christmas at Cragfont
December 5th & 19th
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 – $12
Ages 7 to 16 – $8
6 & under – Free
Members receive $2 off & a vintage Cragfont Christmas postcard
Face masks will be required on tour
Tour size is limited
Please do not attend if you have a temperature or feel unwell

Saturday December 5 & 19  10AM – 4PM

Admission – Adults (16 & up) $12 Children(age 7-15) $8

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

Include with Zoo admission or membership

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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