Candlelight and Carriage Tours

Friday, December 4

5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street

The Robert Mills House will be open for lantern tours for one evening only. Costumed guides will lead tours and provide engaging stories of 19th- century holiday preparations for guests. After the lantern tour, visitors can tour the Robert Mills Historic Garden District on a horse-drawn carriage. The carriage ride will provide riders with views of decorated homes and information about the architecture and history of the neighborhood. Lantern Tours are $10, $5 for children and free for members. Carriage rides are $5 per person. Call 803.252.1770, ext. 24 for reservations or email Visit for more information.

Scout Day: Historic Holiday

Saturday, December 5

10 a.m. ' 1 p.m.

Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts are invited to tour three house museums and learn how families in Columbia celebrated the holidays during the 19th century. Participants will make a holiday craft, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and visit with a Victorian Santa. Call 803.252.1770, ext. 24 for reservations or email Admission is $8 per child, $5 per adult.

Choir Showcase and Free Tours

Saturday, December 5

Noon ' 4 p.m.

Local elementary schools will perform holiday music live at the Robert Mills House. As a gift to the community, Historic Columbia Foundation will offer complimentary tours of historic houses. For more information, call 803.252.1770, ext. 33 or visit