Enjoy the holiday season with Historic Columbia Foundation's guided holiday house tours and holiday events. The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, and Mann-Simons Cottage are all decorated for the season. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations in each house and stunning details of our faux food on display.

November 19 - January 2
Tuesday - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Last tour begins at 4 p.m.)
Closed on Mondays, Christmas and New Years

General admission rates per house:
Adults $6; Youth (6-17) $3; ages 5 and under Free
Members Free, AAA adults, over 65, college students with I.D., and active military $5
AAA youth $2.59
Purchase Tickets at the Robert Mills Museum Shop

Holiday events throughout the season:
Family Day: Historic Holidays

December 11, 10 a.m. - Noon
Enjoy the holidays in the decorated Robert Mills House and learn how the Christmas tree appeared in South Carolina and how a South Carolinian made the poinsettia a well-known holiday decoration.

Choir Showcase and Free Tours

December 11, Noon - 4 p.m.
Local elementary schools will help us celebrate the season by demonstrating their talent and providing musical entertainment for the community.


Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides

December 15 (members only) 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
December 16 (open to the public) 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy our house museums by candlelight as costumed interpreters prepare for a 19th-century holiday season.


Breakfast with Santa
December 18, 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Enjoy a continental breakfast with our Victorian Santa and enjoy carriage rides.


Tiny Tot Tuesday: Santa's Little Helpers
December 21, 11 a.m. - Noon
Toddlers are invited to play games, make crafts, listen to a Christmas story and visit our Victorian Santa.


Historic Columbia Foundation Would Like To Thank Bronze Sponsors:

Palmetto Health Richland Total Joint Center

Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A.


To schedule school or group tours, call 803.252.1770, ext. 24 or email aposner@historiccolumbia.org.