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These are the best holiday historic home tours in the U.S.

Ever wondered how Thomas Jefferson spent his holidays or what a Gilded Age Christmas tree might have looked like? These historic houses – voted the best in the U.S. by 10Best readers – pull out all the stops for their holiday tours.

10. The Breakers & The Elms - Newport, Rhode Island

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The 2020 season will add a new outdoor experience at The Breakers, illuminating the historic grounds in thousands of lights.

9. Filoli Historic House and Garden - Woodside, California

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During Holidays at Filoli, visitors can stroll the illuminated grounds by night or see the decorated home by day. Take a socially distanced selfie with Santa on select Saturdays.

8. George Washington's Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon, Virginia

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Holiday celebrations include a host of family-friendly activities – fireworks, candlelight tours and visits with Aladdin the Christmas camel – scheduled throughout the holiday season.

7. Meadow Brook Hall - Rochester, Michigan

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During the Winter Wonder Lights celebration, guests can take a self-guided tour of the illuminated historic grounds.

6. Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour - New Orleans, Louisiana

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You don’t have to be in NOLA to tour these homes this year. The 2020 event will take place through a virtual video series.

5. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum - Norwalk, Connecticut

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The historic Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum opens this holiday season with an exhibit celebrating antique toys, dolls and trees.

4. Crane House and Historic YWCA - Montclair, New Jersey

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Visitors can experience period decorations (designed by the Garden Club of Montclair) and learn about the holidays from the 1700s to the 20th century during a candlelight tour.

3. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - Akron, Ohio

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On select days throughout the holiday season, Deck the Hall showcases the first floor of the manor house and grounds adorned with nostalgic decorations and more than a million holiday lights.

2. Wildwood Manor House - Toledo, Ohio

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A team of volunteers decorate the 30,000-square-foot estate during Holidays in the Manor House. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the house and Shipman Garden where they’ll find 32 seasonal displays.

1. Graceland - Memphis, Tennessee

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Visitors can tour the home decorated for the season with traditional lights, a life-size nativity scene and Santa. Presley family Christmas artifacts are on display during this special time of year.

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