A Merry Little Christmas Festival

Join us over two weekends in December for a twinkling arts, crafts and gifts bazaar. Let the kids run around & join in the reindeer games. A Merry Little Christmas Festival is our way of sharing a little of the holiday spirit with our neighbors, families and friends.  The grounds, outbuildings and Manor House of Poplar Grove will be specially lit with interactive experiences, so bring family and friends, and spend a small part of your holiday with us!

Friday, December 6 from 5-8 PM (plus evening Candlelight Tours with advanced reservation)

Saturday, December 7 from 10-8 PM (self-guided daytime tours of Manor House;

plus evening Candlelight Tours with advanced reservation)

Sunday, December 8 from 10-4 PM (self-guided daytime tours of Manor House)


Friday, December 13 from 5-8 PM (plus evening Candlelight Tours with advanced reservation)

Saturday, December 14 from 10-8 PM (self-guided daytime tours of Manor House;

plus evening Candlelight Tours with advanced reservation)

Sunday, December 15 from 10-5 PM (self-guided daytime tours of Manor House)

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, 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 “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”  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. Plan to stay a while and enjoy a Southern December day in the sunshine!

Manor House Candlelight Tours are also available by advanced reservation. Please visit our page devoted specifically for these lovely evenings by clicking here: Candlelight Tours.

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So sing along to your favorite holiday music under the stars, and come on out and meet your neighbors and friends, and glimpse out into the night sky for a sign of Santa’s sleigh…

To compliment the daytime outdoor experience, self-guided tours will be offered through the eight rooms of the Manor House for $7.00 a person. The front and back parlors each feature a 12 ft. live tree, and two 10 ft. live trees in the main floor morning room and upstairs hallway. 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. 

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

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