On Dec. 2, Historic Oakland Cemetery adds some history to the holiday season at the third annual A Victorian Holiday at Oakland.
Held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., A Victorian Holiday at Oakland is the final event of the year for Historic Oakland Foundation, and proceeds benefit HOF’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Atlanta’s oldest public burial ground.
During A Victorian Holiday at Oakland, visitors can take the Holiday Tour of Eternal Homes, which gives a “behind-the-stones” look at some of Oakland’s magnificent mausoleums. A costumed tour guide shares the histories of the families who lie in rest in each of the structures, which are decorated in holiday splendor.
In addition to the mausoleum tour, A Victorian Holiday at Oakland includes a wide range of activities for all ages. Visitors can take photos with Santa Claus and his sidekick Rudolph while enjoying a reading of A Visit from St. Nicholas. Kids can try their hand at Victorian crafts and ornament-making, and guitarist Matthias Young performs holiday standards throughout the afternoon. Members of HOF’s gardens team will be on hand to demonstrate how to design and decorate with holiday greenery.
The Holiday Market boasts unique gift items made from local artisans, and A Victorian Holiday at Oakland attendees can take advantage of a 10 percent discount on items purchased in Oakland’s Museum Shop. Douglas fir wreaths and bundles made with greenery harvested from Oakland’s gardens will also be available for purchase.
“We are looking forward to celebrating the season in traditional Victorian style, with sights and sounds that are sure to raise everyone’s spirits,” said HOF Executive Director David Moore.
A Victorian Holiday at Oakland is sponsored by Larkin on Memorial. The event is free and open to the public, but Holiday Mausoleum Tour tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available at www.freshtix.com.