Published on November 10th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Celebrate the Holidays with Historic Columbia!

COLUMBIA, S.C. —The holiday season is nearly upon us, and Historic Columbia is pulling out all the stops. Starting Friday, Nov. 20, view a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Historic Holiday Tours are free for HC members, $5 for youth and $8 for adults, and tours run through Jan. 3 with special events and programs happening along the way:

  • Santa Signing. Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills for a storewide one-day sale of 30% off, including holiday décor and gift items! Our Victorian Santa will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to sign free holiday greetings for the little ones and take photos. Families will be able to buy a Santa Key and Reindeer Treats to help Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve and enjoy cookies and drinks while shopping. During this free event, register for giveaways for a great holiday stocking packed with goodies or for a beautiful holiday wreath for Mom or Dad.
  • Happy Hour History Program | Seibels House. Friday, Dec. 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. One Part Happy Hour, Two Parts History. Celebrate the season with Historic Columbia’s Holiday Happy Hour! Come dressed in festive attire and enjoy historic cocktails and holiday games!
  • Early Adventures | Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas. Thursday, Dec. 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Enter the world of Charles Dickens and his famous A Christmas Carolas we learn about Victorian Christmas traditions! Make a Christmas cracker, an ornament, sing some carols, and listen to a ghost story, just like Victorian children traditionally did on Christmas Eve during the late 19th Century. Our Early Adventures program introduces children from ages 3-5 to history through games, crafts and stories in monthly one-hour events. Reservations are suggested.
  • Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides. Friday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit the decorated halls of our historic house museums on a guided candlelight tour. Enjoy musical entertainment and children’s activities while celebrating the holidays with Historic Columbia. Before or after your house tour, enjoy a carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district. Stop by the Gift Shop’s holiday open house throughout the evening for a last minute storewide sale as well as refreshments, holiday tunes, and giveaways. [There is limited space on the carriage rides and guests are strongly encouraged to make reservations in advance. Remaining seats for the carriages rides will be sold on a first come basis at the event.]
  • Breakfast with Santa. Saturday, Dec. 19, from 8 to 11 a.m. Join HC for a holiday treat to remember! Enjoy a continental breakfast in our cozy Carriage House while listening to seasonal music. After your meal, view the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree, make a holiday craft to take home, and don’t forget to take a picture with our Victorian Santa Claus! While Santa is hard at work gathering lists, the Gift Shop elves will also be hard at work providing great values on purchases. Enjoy shopping and activities throughout the day during our storewide sale during Breakfast with Santa!

For more information on these events or to reserve your spot, please call 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or email

Events aren’t the only way to celebrate with HC this season. Give a one-of-a-kind present and support Historic Columbia by shopping at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills; visit to find more about upcoming sales and events.

Thinking about renting a Historic Columbia property for your event this winter? Schedule your event between Nov. 25 and Jan. 1 to save 15 %! For more information, contact Suzanne Brooks at, and learn more about the properties available for rent at

About Historic Columbia:

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.




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