Travel back in time this holiday season with Historic Columbia

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Historic Columbia’s annual lineup of holiday programming, from candlelight tours to breakfast with Santa, begins Friday, December 15.

The events run through the end of the month.

Holiday House Tours

Guests are invited to see holiday decorations and experience traditions in both the Robert Mills house and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Tour guides will tell stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • Robert Mills House tours: Tuesday – Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. 
  • Hampton-Preston Mansion tours: 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 St., to purchase tickets. Tours are free for members and $8/adults and $5/youth for non-members.

Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides

Friday, Dec. 15: 6 – 9 p.m.

Visit the decorated, candlelit halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Robert Mills House 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.

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.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 16: 8 – 11 a.m.

Enjoy a continental breakfast in the cozy Robert Mills Carriage House while listening to seasonal music. After your meal, guests can view the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, make holiday crafts to take home and take a picture with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa is $15/adult and $7/youth for members,$18/adult and $9/youth for non-members and free for kids 3 and under. This year, Breakfast with Santa participants will choose a specific breakfast time of 8 a.m, 9 a.m or 10 a.m. Space is limited and guests should purchase tickets in advance.

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Find the perfect gift and support Historic Columbia by shopping at The Gift Shop at Robert Mills. The shop has everything from locally made merchandise and food products, to books and jewelry. Save 20 percent off your entire Gift Shop purchase (some exclusions apply) and receive a free gift when you spend $25 through Dec. 24.


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