Article originally appeared on Explore Georgia's Blog. By Sue Rodman. 

Travel back in time to the Christmases of yesterday at some of Georgia’s holiday home tours. With unique architecture and gorgeous seasonal decorations, these five tours should be on your list of things to do this holiday season.

Milledgeville Antebellum Christmas at the Old Governor’s Mansion

 

The Christmas tree in the rotunda of the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville.

The Christmas tree in the rotunda of the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville.

 

Milledgeville was once the capital of Georgia, and each December, the Old Governor’s Mansion transforms to apre-Civil War Christmas. Every room is dressed with authentic period decorations, from streamers in the children’s room to poinsettias, holly branches and ribbons in the parlor. Tours are offered Nov. 19 – 23, 2016, and Nov. 29 – Dec. 23, 2016. For an especially unique experience, candlelight tours are available Dec. 10, 17, and 20.  

Madison Holiday Tour of Homes

 

 

Madison is home to more than 100 antebellum homes and buildings, and each holiday season they are dressed in the best holiday finery and opened to the public. Madison’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes takes place on Dec. 2 and 3, 2016, mostly in the National Register Historic District. Houses on the day or candlelight tour are a mix of private homes, historic house museums and churches. Leave time before or after your tour to explore downtown Madison with its antique stores and sweet shops. 

Washington-Wilkes Christmas Tour of Homes

 

Mercer Harris Photography

Mercer Harris Photography

 

Celebrate the holidays with a weekend of events Dec. 9 – 10, 2016, in Historic Washington-Wilkes. On Friday night, toast the season at a Champagne Soiree. Then, board a trolley for an evening stained glass tour of the Washington Historic District. On Saturday, tour three house museums, learn about the town square that dates back to the 1700s with a historian-led tour, or catch a living history performance at the Robert Toombs House. Cap the evening with an elegant candlelight dinner with live entertainment in the historic Fitzpatrick Hotelballroom.

Hills & Dales Estate

 

Dec. 5-26, 2015

Dec. 5-26, 2015

 

Celebrate the season Dec. 3 – 26, 2016, at the Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange. The halls of this Georgian Italian villa will be decked with fresh plants, flowers and evergreens. In the living room is a Christmas tree decorated circa 1916. And in the Palm room is a scaled version of the home made out of gingerbread. Learn to make your own greenery at two wreath workshops on Dec. 2 and 3.

Athens Historic House Museums

 

 

Celebrate period holiday traditions spanning the 19th century with a tour of four unique historic houses from the Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian periods in Athens as part of the Holiday Spirits Museum Mile tour. The tour culminates with a glorious Victorian Christmas at the Ware-Lyndon House.