Candlelight Nights at Atlanta History Center

‘Tis the season to twinkle! At Candlelight Nights, step back in time as you experience Christmas past with a candlelit stroll sure to transport you into the warm glow of the holidays.
Event Details
Friday Evenings
December 14th & 21st, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The candle-lit stroll guides guests through the beautifully adorned grounds and gardens of the Atlanta History Center. Holiday traditions of years past come alive as guests explore how Southerners celebrated Christmas during the pioneer days, the Civil War era, and the 1930s through the three historic houses.
Whether you want to hear tales of old, hear caroling and live Christmas music, create something special, or finish your holiday shopping – There is something for everyone!

Program Highlights

Holiday Market
The lively Christmas Market welcomes guests with artisanal and local creations. Finish up your holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind gifts from jewelry to mosaic-glass, pottery, sculptures, and more!

Visit with Santa Claus
Grab your camera, bring your list, and get ready to photograph the whole family with Old Saint Nick.

1861 Christmas Tree Lighting
6:00 p.m. | 7:00 p.m. | 8:00 p.m. | 9:00 p.m.
Gather round to light the candles on the Christmas tree while enjoying the sweet sounds of caroling!

Reindeer Games with Aurora Theatre 
8:00 p.m.
Talented performers engage guests in amusing, interactive improv comedy and sing joyful holiday tunes.

All Aboard!
6:00 p.m. | 7:00 p.m. | 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy a special holiday story at the newly restored Texas locomotive and become immersed in the spirit of the holidays as you use your imagination to board a train to the North Pole!

Nate Barker, Meet the Past Museum Theatre Performance
6:30 p.m. | 7:30 p.m. | 8:30 p.m.  

Visitors will become new recruits in the African American 54th Regiment as Barker shares his personal hopes for the future and discusses challenges regiment recruits will face in the Civil War during the holiday season of 1863. 

Mama Koku’s Holiday Stories
5:45 p.m. | 6:45 p.m. | 7:45 p.m.  

The storyteller, an Atlanta History Center favorite, helps celebrate a diverse December with stories that highlight the traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa mixed in with a few winter tales that will leave you feeling warm inside.    

6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm

Enjoy Atlanta’s favorite female a cappella group performing holiday favorites. Octave was founded in 1996 and has grown and changed its membership, and each addition has added something amazing. Members are teachers, writers, executives, pharmacists, athletes, dancers, grammar geeks, attorneys, and moms — all brought together for great music, great friendships, and great fun.

Ongoing Activities

  • Popcorn and garland making
  • Salt-dough ornament activities
  • Candle-dipping
  • Blacksmithing
  • Open-hearth cooking

Food & Libations

Enjoy food for purchase and visit one of several cash bars for your favorite libations. Holiday-themed drinks will be available at each bar on campus, and Souper Jenny will be serving up delicious healthful fare. 


  • $20 for Non-Members
  • $15 for Members
  • $10 for Children