The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will host the annual Christmas at Callanwolde celebration Nov. 30 through Dec. 15. A tradition for more than 40 years, the 16-day event will see the historic Candler mansion decorated by professional interior and floral designers.

There will be rooms themed especially for children with a LEGOLAND Discovery Center Room and a Coca-Cola Company Room with Haddon Sunblom’s original paintings of Santa and other Coca-Cola memorabilia. Taking place both weekends are the Teddy Bear Tea and the LEGOLAND Breakfast with Santa. These events give kids the chance to meet Santa and share their holiday wish lists.

The Callanwolde Holiday Gala on Dec. 3 will feature an evening of holiday music from the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band, American Idol Celebrities Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, and Michelle Malone. The Atlanta Film Festival Family Movie Night featuring “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and entertainment from Callanwolde’s Prime Movers Children’s Dance Performance will be Dec. 11.

The Artisan Market is open daily in the mansion so visitors can shop for handmade gifts from Callanwolde’s instructors and students. The Holiday Flower Inspiration Demo and Workshop on Dec. 4 will allow attendees to take home their own creations.

Hours for Christmas at Callanwolde are weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased in advance at or at the door. Callanwolde is located at 980 Briarcliff Road.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.