Christmas Activities and Tours at Callanwolde

Every room in this breathtaking Atlanta Tudor-Gothic mansion inspires and captures the spirit of the season.

Photo by: J and D Images This is just an example of the unique and whimsical decorations you'll experience on the holiday mansion tour. 

As if Callanwolde wasn’t magical enough, imagine the former home of Coca-Cola heir Charles Howard Candler all dressed up for Christmas. Okay, now stop imagining and go see for yourself how Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers decorated the 27,000-square-foot historic Gothic-Tudor mansion for the holiday season. Not only is it dripping with sparkling lights and bursting with red and green decorations for you to enjoy on the special tour, but there are also several family-friendly events taking place this weekend.

This Friday evening, December 13, world-renowned trumpeter, Joey Summerville will provide entertainment at the indoor courtyard of the storied estate. Refreshments will be provided and wine and beer will be available for purchase.

On Saturday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. kids can have breakfast with Santa.

Photo by: J and D Images Children enjoy an Old School tea with hot chocolate, treats as well as their favorite Teddy Bear. 

Then on Sunday, December 15 an exclusive “Teddy Bear Tea” will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for kids both young and old. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their festive best and bring a special Teddy Bear for an Old School traditional-style tea. The afternoon promises plenty of tea and hot chocolate, sandwiches, pastries as well as live entertainment. Santa will make a special visit along with time for the kids get in one good last word. Bringing your camera is strongly encouraged.

Callanwolde is located in the Emory-Briarcliff area near the neighborhoods of Morningside and Virginia-Highlands. It was completed in 1920 and the Candler family resided there for close to 40 years. When Mr. Candler died his wife remained in the home for nine years and then, in a spirit of goodwill, she donated the property to Emory University with many of its furnishings intact.

Proceeds from Christmas at Callanwolde benefit Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, a historic architectural estate serving the community as a non-profit educational center for the visual, literary and performing arts. Tickets can be purchased at Callanwolde's web site

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