Looking for something unique and fun to do during the holidays? I’ve assembled a list of South Carolina’s best holiday home tours – great for a quick day trip or a weekend getaway with family or friends!

Upstate South Carolina:

Christmas in Olde Pendleton – Pendleton, SC – Dec. 9, 2017 (1 pm until 9 pm)

Enjoy the holiday season as you visit Ashtabula and Woodburn Historic Homes presented by the Pendleton Historic Foundation. These two antebellum homes will be dressed in their holiday finery, while you’ll learn more about life in the 1800s from guides dressed in period attire. Enjoy holiday music performed by local musicians and chorale groups. Ashtabula will be hosting the acapella group “Premium Blend” at 4 p.m., harpist Jamie Dean at 7 p.m., and the St. Andrew’s “ChoirChimes” hand bell group at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $12.50 per person, per house OR $20.00 per person to enjoy both homes! Please call (864) 646-7249, email pendleton.hf@gmail.com to secure your tickets personally OR pay via Paypal on the Pendleton Historic Foundation’s website.

Midlands South Carolina:

Historic Columbia’s Holiday Tour Of Homes – Columbia, SC  – (Nov. 17 – Dec. 31)

All historic house museums (Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons Cottage, and the Robert Mills House) will be open for the traditional tour. Decorated in natural greenery in wreaths and garlands, cones of apple and citrus fruits and cedar trees, the houses sparkle with the glow of the holiday season. For more information, visit – https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/annual-events

Homes for the Holidays – Columbia, SC – Dec. 7, 2017 – (2 pm until 6 pm)

Residents of the Shandon and Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhoods will welcome visitors to the annual Homes for the Holidays Tour. This event, held in some of Columbia’s oldest neighborhoods, will feature seven unique homes decorated for the Holidays. Proceeds from the tour, which is sponsored by the Shandon Neighborhood Council and the Hollywood-Rose Hill Neighborhood Association, will benefit the neighborhoods’ four schools, A.C. Moore Elementary, Rosewood Elementary, Hand Middle School, and Dreher High School, as well as other neighborhood projects.

41st Annual Candelight Tour of Homes – Camden, SC – Dec. 9, 2017 – (3 pm until 8 pm)

The 41st Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes offers a rare opportunity to enter Camden’s finest private homes and historic sites and admire Christmas decor, music, and special furnishings seldom seen by visitors.

The self-guided tour begins at the Camden Archives and Museum, 1314 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020, on December 9th, 2017. In addition to the walking tour, enjoy the exclusive hospitality stop for some of the best refreshments and hospitality the South has to offer.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of the Tour.

Christmas Candlelight Tours–  Brattonsville, SC – Dec. 2 (3 pm until 9 pm)

Light up your family’s holidays with a tour of classically-decorated historic homes during Historic Brattonsville’s Christmas Candlelight Tours. Costumed interpreters will depict holiday life, from the practices of the settlers in the 18th century to those living on antebellum plantations, in family-friendly theatrical scenarios.  Food available for purchase.

Please note that Brattonsville Road will be closed from 2:30-9:30pm.  Follow the detour signs.
Cost: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Youth 4-17 $6; 3 and under and CHM members free of charge.


Lowcountry/Coastal Region

Christmas in Charleston

See how Charleston’s most storied residences deck the halls, discover holiday traditions passed down from the city’s earliest families and hum along with Gullah spirituals and holiday tunes. Immerse yourself in Charleston’s history and holiday spirit with a holiday tour.


Edmonston-Alston House – Christmas 1860 – (Dec. 1 and 8, 2017)

Experience a Charleston Christmas as it was in the antebellum years. Discover the Edmondston-Alston House splendidly decorated for the holidays as living historians in period clothing give candlelight tours while retelling the story of Charleston’s opulent Christmas of 1860.


Joseph Manigault House – Charleston, SC – Dec. 6 – 31, 2017

The Garden Club of Charleston decks the halls of this magnificent house with creative arrangements made exclusively with live, historically accurate plant materials that would have cultivated in Charleston during the early 1800s. Learn about the holiday traditions enjoyed by the Joseph Manigault Family during special tours of the Adam-style dwelling.

Nathaniel Russell House

At the Nathaniel Russell House, the dining room table is laden with sugared fruits, syllabubs, cakes and sweetmeats — popular fare of the early 1800s, when religious services and family meals were the crux of holiday celebrations. Candelight tours are offered throughout December. Visit the website for more information.


Aiken-Rhett House

By the mid 1800s, the Aiken-Rhett House was one of Charleston’s most fashionable residences, and its owners embraced the budding popularity of decorated trees, a trend born of the Victorian Age, which is artfully recreated today.


Holiday Walking Tour of Historic Neighborhoods and Mills House Hotel, Charleston, SC

Charleston Strolls invites you to enjoy the holiday spirit and seasonal decorations! Tour where carriages and motor coaches are not allowed and take a fascinating stroll with stories and traditions revealing Charleston’s rich history and colorful past.