Christmas at Callanwolde

Your home for the holidays!

  1. Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House & Christmas Village
  2. Callanwolde Holiday Gala
  3. Schedule of Special Events
  4. Callanwolde School of Dance: Nutcracker and More!
  5. Extended Holiday Tour Hours
  6. Sponsors

Christmas at Callanwolde: Designer Show House & Christmas Village

**We will be accepting donations for Toys For Tots during all of the CAC season. Donations can be left at front desk.**

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.

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

Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door (credit or debit card only).

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

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Photos of Christmas Past

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Callanwolde Holiday Gala

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Callanwolde Holiday Gala, November 30th, 6 PM to 9 PM. Join us for a magical holiday evening of live entertainment from world-class performers, catering by Zest Atlanta, event planning from Geri Sims Weddings and Events, and a thrilling silent auction hosted by 501 Auctions. Performing this year: John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra with The Joe Gransden Big Band, and Katie Deal! Tickets are available by advance purchase only!

John Driskell Hopkins

John Driskell Hopkins is best known for his role as a founding member, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for the Grammy Award Winning group Zac Brown Band. In late summer, 2015, Hopkins fulfilled a dream when he collaborated with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra on a Christmas album, titles “In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays,” recording 12 tracks of timeless holiday tunes with soaring arrangements and wonderful special guests such as the Indigo Girls, Balsam Range, and actress/singer extraordinaire, Laura Bell Bundy.

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra is a premier provider of live orchestral music programming for the state of Georgia, the Southeastern U.S. and beyond. With a rich history spanning more than seven decades, the orchestra has captivated audiences throughout the world. Equally adept performing pop, jazz, folk, hip-hop, light classical, country and more, the Atlanta Pops challenges the expectation of what an orchestra is capable of delivering.

Joe Gransden

The Joe Gransden 16 Piece Big Band is quickly becoming one of the busiest groups on the jazz scene. Originally formed in 2009 Joe and the guys have continued to build momentum and are performing numerous shows around the country. The bands new release entitled “It’s A Beautiful Thing” has sold incredibly well and is getting radio air play all over the world! The CD was recorded live at Cafe 290 in Atlanta Georgia where the band holds a steady gig twice every single month.

Katie Deal

Katie Deal earned critical acclaim touring nationally in her show Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline as well as two national tours of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Other theatre credits include: multiple productions of Always, Patsy Cline (Patsy Cline), Ring of Fire (June Carter), Keep on the Sunny Side (Sara Carter),The Road: My Life with John Denver, 9 to 5 (Doralee), and The Spitfire Grill (Percy—Ostrander Award nominee). Film: Let’s Be Cops and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Concerts: Classic Nashville Roadshow, I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, and Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams of You. As a singer-songwriter Katie was awarded the 2016 Georgia Country Artist of the Year, the 2016 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the Year, and is also an Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Honoree.

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Schedule of Special Events

Callanwolde Artists’ Market, daily. Held in the Conservatory, 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 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. Group Tours with High Tea must be booked in advance of October 29th. High Tea is held between noon and 2 PM, and has a minimum guest count of 20. For inquiries and booking, please contact

The Rick Baker School of Music and Music Recording Winter Recital, November 17th.

Rick Baker School of Music and Music Recording Winter Recital: On November 17th, our students will perform for an audience of family, friends, and fans of the students of the Rick Baker School of Music and Music Recording.

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 by Zest Atlanta, event planning from Geri Sims Weddings and Events, 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! Tickets are available by advance purchase only!

Breakfast With Santa, December 2nd and 9th!

Breakfast with Santa, December 2nd and 9th, 9 AM. This event features a kid-friendly breakfast by Zest Atlanta Catering 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. Tickets are available by advance purchase only!

Breakfast With Santa: Dec. 2   Breakfast With Santa: Dec. 9

Teddy Bear Tea, December 3rd and 10th!

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. Catering provided by Zest Atlanta. Tickets are available by advance purchase only!

Teddy Bear Tea: Dec. 3   Teddy Bear Tea: Dec. 10

Callanwolde School of Dance: The Nutcracker & More

Polar Express & The Nutcracker: A Callanwolde School of Dance Event

Polar Express & The Nutcracker: A Callanwolde School of Dance Event: December 2nd, 2:00 & 5:00. Accompany our Callanwolde dancers along with Atlanta professional performers on an entrancing, full of all kinds of dancing, excursion to the Land of Sweets. A Holiday treat where you can meet Callanwolde’s Polar Princess!


  • The Nutcracker, Act II choreography by Jillian Mitchell
  • Prime Movers Dance Company with works by Jerylann Warner and Corian Ellisor
  • Mark Little as the Conductor
  • Art and Design by Michelle Kimmons
  • Photography by Emily Forro

This year’s show will be held at Agnes Scott College’s Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall, 1375 McDonough Street, Decatur.

Tickets to The Nutcracker, December 2nd 

Tour with Champagne and Performance of The Nutcracker: December 4th thru 7th, champagne begins flowing and dance performances start at 6 PM.  After arriving at the Candler Mansion to a warm welcome and a cold glass of complementary champagne, you’ll be given a map and set free to tour the Tudor-Revival Mansion impeccably decorated by Atlanta’s top interior designers. Throughout the historic home, you will be treated to different selections of The Nutcracker performed by the Callanwolde School of Dance.

Finally, retire to the indoor Courtyard for delicious desserts provided by Murphy’s Restaurant. On the way out, don’t forget to stop by The Callanwolde Artist’s Market to peruse thoughtful gift ideas handcrafted by Callanwolde teachers and students.

All desserts and drinks are included with admission. ID must be presented to be served alcoholic beverages.

Tickets now available on our events calendar! 

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

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
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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