There is no more magical or romantic way to start the Holiday Season than with Illumination Night! Begin the celebration with a cocktail hour and holiday jazz in glorious Live Oak Hall. Stroll the grounds or take wagon tours. Come early to explore the gorgeous riverside plantation grounds before dark when ancient oaks will be transformed into a Starry Night fairyland.
In the twilight just before dinner, guests will be given candles before gathering on the Riverside Lawn for caroling and the lighting of our enormous 24' Christmas tree. From there, revelers will be led through an avenue of lighted trees to the river. Then, the candles, representing holiday hopes and dreams, will be set free on the tide to illuminate the night and begin the holiday season.
Returning to Live Oak Hall, enjoy a concert, usher in the ceremonial boar's head and sing the traditional Boar's Head Carol signaling the beginning of the feast!
After dinner, enjoy wagon rides through the beautiful Starry Forest and throughout the illuminated grounds. Stops include Palmyra Cottage, Palmyra Barn B&B and the majestic Cathedral Oak Grove, a fire pit and with hot cocoa and marshmallows for roasting, and the Holiday Shop featuring unique gifts and decorations.
Schedule of Events
- 4:00 p.m.
Grounds open to ticket-holders. Wagon shuttles stop at Live Oak Hall, Gift Shop, Palmyra Barn B&B and Historic Palmyra Cottage
- 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with holiday jazz: Includes one drink ticket. A cash bar will remain open for additional wine service and cocktails throughout the evening.
- 5:45 - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner, Holiday Harmonies Concert and Riverside Candle Ceremony
- 8:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Visit the crèche flanked by angels and lighted by the Christmas Star. Wagon stops include the charming Victorian Cottage, the fire pit where embers glow as you join caroling and sip coffee, the Country Barn, and the plantation Gift Shop where ticket-holders receive a 20% discount on all gifts and holiday merchandise including Dunham’s gorgeous Christmas decorations and ornaments. Or…just enjoy sitting by the Live Oak Hall fire where coffee, wine and music will continue until closing.
- Adult (18 - 64)- $60
- Child (8 - 12) -$50
- Teen (13 - 17) $55
- Senior (65+) $50
- Military - $50
- Table of 10 - $500
CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online!
... for going green
Dunham Farms is known for being conservation focused. Our Holiday Festival is "green" as well as festive! We use environmentally-friendly LED lights, decorations are recycled for years to come, and many are handmade or are made from found materials.
... for giving back
Festival proceeds benefit the non-profit, award-winning Seabrook Village Foundation. Seabrook Village is a unique, African-American living history museum on the Georgia coast.
The Seabrook community was established through federal land grants made possible by General Sherman's "forty-acres-and-a-mule" policy. Freedmen settled as landowners on the lands they had worked as slaves. Armed with little but their freedom, a plot of land, and the determination to build a brighter future, the freedmen of Seabrook represent the African-American Pioneer Experience.
Courtesy of americantowns.com.
The Spirit of Christmas and friends take a moment to pet one of the farm's horses.