Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides

Enjoy the decorated halls of our historic houses!

Visit the decorated, candlelit halls of our historic Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Enjoy musical entertainment and children’s activities while celebrating the holidays with HC. Before or after your house tour, enjoy a carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district. Carriage rides run from 5:30 until 8:30 and the house tours start at 6:00!

Stop by the Gift Shop’s holiday open house throughout the evening for a last minute storewide sale as well as refreshments, holiday tunes, and giveaways.

Please note: Carriage Rides are considered an 'add-on' to the Candlelight Tours, so guests need to purchase the Candlelight Tour in order to book a Carriage Ride.

Historic Columbia member only registration until November 30.

General admission guest ticket sales begins December 1.

Join author Patricia Moore-Pastides, the First Lady of the University of South Carolina, at a personal holiday book signing!

Meet the First Lady and pick up a personalized copy of her new book At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe for every Gamecock in your life on Friday, December 15th, 6:30-8:30pm. The perfect holiday or wedding gift for alumni, parents and fans alike, Moore-Pastides’ book shares poignant stories of USC’s historic President’s House and life in the heart of the Horseshoe.

Thanks to our 2017 Holiday Sponsors!