6 great Atlanta home and garden events in December

Tour homes and celebrate the holidays
gingerbread house
Photograph by iStockphoto.com

December 5
Holiday Workshops at Barnsley Resort
Create gingerbread houses with the resort’s famous Fairy Godmother (a sort of magical concierge), or make handcrafted wreaths with horticulture and decor experts.

December 5–6 
Marietta Pilgrimage
This annual tour of homes has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. Visit decorated residences and historic buildings by daylight or candlelight, including colonial-style houses, a Craftsman bungalow, and a midcentury-style ranch.

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes
Photograph by Tracy Cox Photography

December 5–6
Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes
See six of the neighborhood’s historic abodes, including a Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired home, a contemporary Craftsman, and a 1925 bungalow. There will also be a special history tour by the authors of Images of America: Virginia-Highland. Bonus: food tastings from local restaurants like Fontaine’s Oyster House, Highland Tap, and Murphy’s.

Photograph courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Photograph courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Through December 15
Christmas at Callanwolde
Completed in 1920 for Charles Howard Candler, the oldest son of Coca-Cola Company founder Asa Griggs Candler, this Tudor Revival mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An educational center for the visual, literary, and performing arts, it is transformed every year with professional holiday displays, an artisan market, and themed events like Santa visits and the Teddy Bear Tea.

Through January 9
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
In its fifth year, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s display will include a new Tunnel of Light. Returning are oversized musical orbs, glittering trees and plants, and model trains.

Also this month
Serenbe Art Farm
Serenbe’s new artists cottages, designed in collaboration with Auburn University’s Rural Studio 20K House line of affordable residences, are scheduled to open mid-month for public viewing before visiting artists move in. Come see how designers Steve McKenzie and Kerry Howard decorate these tiny houses.

This article originally appeared in our Winter 2015 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.