Christmas in Granville kicks off this weekend

Staff Reports • Updated Nov 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Historic Granville will hold the grand opening of Christmas in Granville with a two-day celebration, “Garland & Gifts Galore,” on Friday and Saturday.  

This year’s Christmas season will feature a 1930s Country Christmas, which will include a festival of trees, antique toy show, 1880 Sutton Historic Home, featuring “A White House Country Christmas,” Christmas of Yesteryear in Pioneer Village,

Mayberry Family Christmas Dinner Theatre, Christmas bluegrass shows, Christmas lunch served at Sutton General Store daily, Christmas musicals, Andy’s Diorama Display and more.

 Garland and Gifts Galore is the annual Christmas open house at all the shops and stores in Granville. The 1880 Sutton General Store was recently chosen as one of the 13 most charming general stores in America by Country Living magazine. The store is decorated at Christmas in a grand fashion and features Christmas lunch daily, location for Christmas parties and dinners, shopping and a special Christmas shop.

The store will feature an appetizer holiday sampler Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and a dessert Christmas sampler from 2-3 p.m. 

The Granville Gift Shop and Granville Antique Shop will offer a Christmas open house of merchandise, gifts and Christmas decorations. The two stores are known for unique shopping at great prices with some of the latest in fashions. Whether visitors seek Christmas decorations, the latest in clothing, jewelry, home décor or something else, Antiques Granville is the place to shop.

The festival of trees at Granville Museum will feature 20 Christmas trees, which tell the Christmas story in a unique way. The new Granville Exhibition Center in the museum is a location for nine large Christmas trees, which will feature a 1930s tree, teddy bear tree, music tree, nature tree, red bird tree, Santa flocked tree, handmade ornaments of our past tree, through the eyes of a child tree and the tree of the season. The festival of trees will be open Wednesday through Friday from noon until 3 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. through the end of December.

The 1880 Sutton Homestead will be transformed into the Little White House for the holiday season. Visit the dining room and marvel at china used by various presidents and a tree adorned with presidential ornaments. Visitors will be reminded of the 1930s while viewing the tree representing the Roosevelt’s White House tree. The Blue Room will take visitors to the Kennedy era with a nutcracker tree and the story of First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s traditions. Learn the story of the gingerbread traditions as visitors visit the kitchen with a grand gingerbread House.  Visitors may also visit the Oval Office as it is decorated for Christmas in a grand White House fashion, as well as the green room and craft room of the White House.  A guided tour will be given of each room as visitors can see a White House Christmas come to life in Granville. The tours cost $5, which include the entire Sutton Homestead Home, Village and Antique Car Museum with all of them open Wednesday through Friday from noon until 3 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 5 p.m.

The Antique Car Museum will feature an antique toy show from Friday through Dec. 31 with a special display of 1930s toys. The museum will also feature a new diorama display, which contains 13 dioramas created by Andy Roderick. They are themed around cars and the car industry. The display was featured on Tennessee Crossroads and recently on display at the Lane Car Museum in Nashville. The museum is also currently featuring automobiles of the 1930s. 

 The Sutton General Store will also hold its dinner theatre, where “A Mayberry Family Christmas” will be performed Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 7-9.  The play is based on the Andy Griffith Show and will feature two shows with a Christmas theme. Granville has all the Mayberry characters who will perform in the play. Reservations are required and a Christmas meal will be served.

The Sutton Ole Time Music Hour, a bluegrass dinner show that takes place each Saturday night year round, will feature three Christmas bluegrass dinner shows Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.  Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. with music beginning at 6 p.m. and radio taping at 7 p.m. Reservations are required for the show. 

Granville Country Christmas will be held Dec. 10 with a full day of Christmas musicals, all of the Christmas events, a Christmas parade, Santa, Santa workshop, children’s events, shopping, food and more. 

The Sutton General Store will offer a venue for Christmas parties with dinner, as well as Christmas lunches each day. For groups of 10 or more, reservations are required.

To make reservations or for more information, call 931-653-4151 or visit granvilletn.com.

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