Christmas at Callanwolde

There’s something essentially English about the Yuletide season with its sweets, Christmas trees, decorated fireplaces, music, dance and more. A wonderful place to celebrate this magical time of year is the annual Christmas at Callanwolde at 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE Atlanta 30306.


Originally built in 1920 for Asa Candler’s son Charles, Callanwolde is an English Tudor-style mansion and estate. Its name is derived from Callan Castle in Ireland. (Callan is Irish for Candler, and wold is Old English for woods.) Restored in the 1970s, Callanwolde is now a Fine Arts Center, so it’s a natural place for public celebrations. Christmas at Callanwolde is a more than 40 year tradition and a cherished holiday open event.


Callanwolde began Christmas season 2017 in late November but will continue through Dec. 12. There’s still time early this month to schedule a memorable holiday visit to this family-friendly place with tours and live entertainment that appeal to people of all ages. The interior courtyard has delicious deserts when you take a touring break.


The main highlight to me is the comprehensive Designer Show House: the entire lofty 27,000 sq. ft., 24-room interior (great staircases) is decorated by Atlanta’s best designers. Christmas displays are inspiring throughout. There’s an expansive artists market and it’s a fine place to shop for unique Christmas decorations. If you’re there when evening falls, the 12-acre campus (originally 27-acres), which includes a carriage house and formal gardens, is decorated with lovely lights.


There’s specific events such as a Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 9 and a Teddy Bear Tea on Dec. 10. From Dec. 4–7 tours with champagne offer the classic entertainment of selections from The Nutcracker by the Callanwolde School of Dance. There’s not much time if you get our issue late, but the Callanwolde schedule helps: hours are from 12 pm to 8 pm every day of the week through Dec. 12. Tickets are $20 if you get them online, and holiday memories may well make them worth the price of a unique Christmas experience. For further information, google: Christmas at Callanwolde 2017


-Dr. Paul Hudson

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