Christmas at Callanwolde

Your home for the holidays!

  1. Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House & Christmas Village
  2. Schedule of Special Events
  3. Extended Holiday Tour Hours
  4. Sponsors

Christmas at Callanwolde: Designer Show House & Christmas Village

November 24th to December 12th, 12 PM to 8 PM every day of the week!

The joy of the holiday season begins at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center with The Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House– an Atlanta holiday tradition for 40 years! Visitors of all ages will enjoy touring the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion elaborately decorated by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers, as well as professional holiday displays, an expansive artists’ market, and themed events for all ages. Every room inspires and captures the spirit of the season. Callanwolde holds something for every member of the family.


Cindy Brusco, Director of Christmas at Callanwolde.

By evening, see the 12 acre campus of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in a new light- every building on the grounds will shine with professional light displays by Illuminating Design.

Christmas at Callanwolde offers a variety of opportunities to celebrate the season with daily events including:

  • Tours
  • Live Entertainment
  • Holiday Shopping
  • Family Activities

Please be sure to bring a donation for Toys for Tots, and make young dreams come true this holiday season!

Click here to meet last year’s designers! 

Photos of Christmas Past

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Schedule of Special Events

School of Visual Arts Market, daily. Held in the Petite Hall Gallery, instructors and students of the Callanwolde School of Visual Arts will showcase and sell their unique works of fine arts and crafts- including ornaments, jewelry, pottery, photographs and paintings.

Group Tours with High Tea, by advance reservation only. We will be offering Tours With Tea in collaboration with Zest Atlanta Catering. This incredible package offers a docent guided tour of the mansion, along with a High Tea menu served in the Winter Living Room of the Candler Mansion. RSVP required. For inquiries, please contact

VIP Holiday Gala, November 30th, 6 PM to 9 PM. Join us for a magical holiday evening of live entertainment from world-class performers, catering and event planning from Callanwolde’s sponsors, and a thrilling silent auction hosted by 501 Auctions. Performing this year: the Atlanta Pops Orchestra with The Joe Gransden Big Band and other special guests!

Breakfast with Santa, December 2nd and 9th, 9 AM. This event features a kid-friendly breakfast and admission to tour the decorated estate, as well as picture-perfect moments with Santa when children share their secret wish lists are all included with a ticket purchase.

Teddy Bear Tea, December 3rd and 10th, 2 PM. Guests will enjoy tea, hot cocoa, tea sandwiches, charming desserts, and holiday sing-a-longs. Callanwolde Teddy Bears for sale at this event. Tickets include admission to tour the decorated home. Santa will make a special visit to deliver special gift bags to all the children.

The Nutcracker, December 2nd, 2:00, 5:00, and 8:00 PM. The Callanwolde School of Dance presents the complete Act II of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker– choreographed by Jillian Mitchell. There will also be performances by Callanwolde School of Dance selected faculty and Prime Movers Performance Group. Performances are open to the public and will be held at Druid Hills High School.

Tour with Champagne and Performance of The Nutcracker, December 4th thru 7th, champagne and dance performances at 6 PM. Tour includes a glass of champagne and excerpts of The Nutcracker, performed by the Callanwolde School of Dance and choreographed by Jillian Mitchell.

More special events to be announced closer to the Christmas season!

After Christmas at Callanwolde- Extended Holiday Tour Hours

December 17th to December 29th, 12 to 8 PM, Sunday through Friday (closed Saturdays)

After The Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House wraps up, the Candler Mansion will stay open for self-guided tours with extended hours for the holiday season. Learn about a unique slice of Atlanta history and see a local treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Admission will remain the same as our regular self-guided tours:

  • General Admission: $8
  • Students: $5
  • Seniors: $5
  • Groups of 10 or more: $5 (per person)
  • Children under 11: Free
  • Members: Free

Our outdoor holiday lighting displays will stay for the duration of the season. Callanwolde is closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

With help from the following sponsors, Callanwolde is able to accomplish its mission of preserving the historic Candler Estate and offering fine arts and outreach to the community. Follow these links to learn more about our classes and community outreach efforts.

Annual Diamond Level Sponsor

Dekalb County Georgia
Illuminating Design
The Candler Family
The Coca-Cola Company

Annual Platinum Level Sponsor

Estes Services
Geri Sims
Zest Catering

Annual Gold Level Sponsor

57th Fighter Group Restaurant
Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces
Audi Atlanta
Baker Donelson
Cooper Piano
Elite Event Rental
Epps Aviation
Fidelity Bank
Georgia Council for the Arts
Georgia Power
Holland & Knight
Home Depot
National Endowment for the Arts
Red Light Management
Rock to the Rescue

Silver Level

Atlanta Metro Catherdral
Audi Atlanta
Discover Dekalb
Sun in my Belly
WABE 90.1 Atlanta
Warren Averett

Bronze Level

Dana Barrett Show
Event Audio
Faith Flowers
Sherwin Williams
Wall Street Business Network

Friends of Christmas at Callanwolde


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