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Is there anything better than spending the holidays at Smith Mountain Lake? There are so many great winter festivals near Smith Mountain Lake, from carnivals to winery events. Two of our favorite celebrations takes place at one fantastic location: Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Which once served as the former president’s retreat now is a National Historic Landmark and popular attraction. Discover what is so special about holidays at Poplar Forest!

Holidays at Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest are just one of the fantastic Smith Mountain Lake events to take advantage of during your stay! Download our free Vacation Guide to get a full list of festivals in the area. You’ll also get the inside scoop on the best restaurants, historic sites, and museums in the Blue Ridge. Discover the best of Smith Mountain Lake when you download our free Vacation Guide!

Enjoy Holidays at the Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest

Holiday Candlelight Tours

Every Thursday through Saturday from the first of December until the 16th, the staff at the Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest will lead after-hour tours of the estate. The villa will be decorated as it would have been in the 19th century, giving the visitor a better glimpse of how this Founding Father would have spent evenings with his families at the estate. During the tour, you’ll be treated to personal anecdotes that were gathered from Thomas Jefferson’s letters and diaries.

Admission to the Candlelight Tours is just $20 per person. You can purchase the ticket on the website or by calling the museum. These tours are very popular and often sell out so be sure to buy your tickets well ahead of time!

Plan Ahead

If you’re not able to make it to this year’s candlelight tours, they’ve already announced the dates for the 2018 Holiday Candlelight Tours! The tours will be held from November 30 to December 14 and will outline the Jefferson family’s celebration as well as Christmas in the slave quarter. In 2018, the Poplar Forest will also host a Holiday Candlelight Wine Dinner. On December 15, 2018, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., join visitors in a holiday feast! After the tour, guests will be seated in the dining room and enjoy a multi-course meal with wine pairings. Tickets for the Candlelight Wine Dinner and House Tour are $125 per person and $225 per couple.

Stay on Smith Mountain Lake with Premier Vacation Rentals

When you’re spending the holidays at Poplar Forest, be sure you’re staying in the most incredible rental homes around Smith Mountain Lake. Premier Vacation Rentals has the best selection of properties, from cabins to luxurious homes.

Consider staying at the beautiful Hickory Hill Cottage. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom house is one of our newer additions. You’ll love roasting marshmallows in the backyard fire pit or snuggling in front of the world-burning fireplaces in the home. Whip up a feast at the open, fully-furnished kitchen, which adjoins the well-lit living room.

Check out the rest of our rental homes and book today! We look forward to having you.