2017-11-10 / Events

Spend your holidays with Historic Columbia

Contributed by Historic Columbia

Spend your holidays with Historic Columbia. The season will officially kick-off at Historic Columbia on Friday, November 17 with historic holiday festivities taking place through Sunday, December 31. Take holiday tours of the Robert Mills House and the Hampton- Preston Mansion, enjoy holiday themed special events, find the perfect gift at the Gift Shop and rent a historic property for your holiday event. Holiday activities include:

• Holiday House Tours, Friday, November 17–Sunday, December 31— Historic Columbia will kickoff the holiday season on Friday, November 17 when holiday tours of the Robert Mills House and the Hampton- Preston Mansion begin. Guests are invited to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience traditions in both historic homes between Friday, November 17 and Sunday, December 31. Tour guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Tours of the Robert Mills House will be offered Tuesday– Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and tours of the Hampton-Preston Mansion will be offered Tuesday–Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Visit The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, located at 1616 Blanding Street, to purchase tickets. Tours are free for members and $8/adults and $5/youth for non-members.

• Santa Signing, Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.—To kick-off the holiday season, Historic Columbia will host its annual Santa Signing from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 18 at The Gift Shop at Robert Mills. This free, family-friendly event is the perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit, visit with Santa, enjoy holiday activities, and begin checking off your shopping list. During the event, guests are invited to explore the cooking spaces and kitchen inside the Robert Mills House and see how holiday meals were prepared and served in the past. Guests will receive 30 percent off their entire gift shop purchase (some exclusions apply) and light refreshments. Santa Signing will take place at The Gift Shop at the Robert Mills House, located at 1616 Blanding Street. Registration for this free event is strongly encouraged. To register, please call 803-252-1770 ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

• Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides, Friday, December 15, 6–9 p.m.— Visit the decorated, candlelit halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Robert Mills House and on a guided tour. Enjoy live music entertainment and children’s activities while celebrating the holidays with Historic Columbia. Before or after your house tour, take a carriage ride through the Robert Mills Historic District. Stop by the Gift Shop’s holiday open house throughout the evening for a last-minute storewide sale as well as refreshments, holiday tunes, and giveaways. Candlelight Tours are free for members and $12/adults and $8/ youth for non-members. Carriage Rides are an additional $8/person. There is limited space on the carriage rides and guests are encouraged to purchase advance tickets by visiting historiccolumbia.org, calling 803-252- 1770 ext. 23, or emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

• Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 16, 8–11 a.m.—Enjoy a continental breakfast in the cozy Robert Mills Carriage House while listening to seasonal music. After the meal, guests can view the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree, make holiday crafts to take home, and take a picture with Santa. While Santa is hard at work gathering lists, the gift shop elves will also be hard at work providing great values on purchases. Enjoy shopping and activities throughout the day at the gift shop. Breakfast with Santa is $15/adults and $7/youth for members, $18/adults and $9/youth for non-members and free for kids three and under. Please note: This year, Breakfast with Santa participants will choose a specific breakfast time of 8, 9, or 10 a.m. Space is limited and guests should purchase tickets in advance by visiting historiccolumbia.org, calling 803-252-1770 ext. 23, or emailing reservations@his toriccolumbia.org.

• The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, through December 24—Special events aren’t the only way to celebrate the season. Find the perfect gift and support Historic Columbia by shopping at The Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

To learn more about Historic Holiday programs and events, visit HistoricColumbia.org/Holidays.

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