Merry Little Christmas Festival

Including two weekends in 2018, a Merry Little Christmas Festival is our way of showing our thanks to the community during the holiday season.  The grounds, outbuildings and Manor House of Poplar Grove will be lit up and twinkling as well as an Arts, Crafts & Gift Show, so bring family and friends, and spend a small part of your holiday with us! Friday from 5-9 PM, Saturday from 1-9 PM  and Sunday from 10-4 PM.


candles twilight evening Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Dec. 7th, 8th & 9th

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Dec. 14, 15th & 16th


Admission is $5.00 and includes a blazing bonfire for roasted marshmallows, activities for the family including a letter writing station to post those little wishes to the North Pole, visits with Santa, lawn games, a USO vignette to write letters to our US soldiers serving abroad, concurrent outdoors screenings of classic movie favorites, such as “The Polar Express,” “A Christmas Story,” and “Elf.”  If you dare, peek inside the Grinch’s Junk Shop in the Blacksmith Studio.

This is an opportunity to spend time with your family without waiting in long lines, but rather strolling our lighted grounds and playing midway games of the past. Remember ring toss? Come try your aim at our Shoot ‘Em Up booth, or see how well you can pitch a penny – watch out! Bring blankets and chairs, and plan to stay a while!

Local arts, crafts and gift vendors will be displaying unique and hand-made items for special gift giving surprises for those stockings, home and hearth. Vendor List Gift Shvictorian-christmas-presentsow 2017. So sing along to your favorite holiday music under the stars, or purchase s’more packets and hot chocolate to help support our barnyard crew at the Stables.  Come on out and meet your neighbors and friends, and glimpse out into the night sky for a sign of Santa’s sleigh…

In addition to this outdoor experience, Candlelight Tours will be offered through the eight rooms of the Manor House for $15 a person. Advanced tickets required for Candlelight Tours – includes admission to the Festival. The front and back parlors each feature a 12 ft. live tree, and each room of the Manor House is lovingly decorated by theme and color, including natural flora and greenery inspired by the Foys’ Colonial through Victorian family history – with a few contemporary flourishes to echo the family’s four centuries in coastal North Carolina. 

Fun for the entire family!  

All proceeds benefit historic Poplar Grove, a non-profit 501(c)3 since 1996.

Special thanks to the following sponsors!


Hendrick Toyota ILM

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