Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Marietta Pilgrimage?
The Marietta Pilgrimage is a Christmas Home Tour that takes place in the historic districts around the Marietta Square. The tour, a favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years, showcases six private historic homes all lovingly restored and decorated for the season.
When will the Pilgrimage take place this year?
The Pilgrimage is always held the first full weekend in December.
Where will the Pilgrimage take place this year?
This year the home tour will showcase homes in the Forest Hills Historic District.
What houses will be on tour this year?
Click here to see them!
Are only houses on the tour?
No. In addition to the 6 private homes, a number of Historic Public Buildings will be open for tour as well. Please visit our “Public Buildings” page for a description of these buildings.
What types of tours are offered?
The Marietta Pilgrimage offers either a Day Tour or an evening Candlelight Tour. The tour showcases 6 homes and public buildings and Candlelight hours feature 4 of the 6 homes.
What times are the tours?
The tour runs Saturday 9am-6pm with candlelight homes open 7pm-9:30pm. Sunday from 10am-6pm. Check the Schedule page for details.
How much are tickets?
Are there group discounts?
Yes, we do offer discount group tickets in advance for groups of 15 or more. The tickets must be purchased before December 1 and paid for in one payment. Please call (770) 429-1115 for group rates.
Do you offer children’s tickets?
No we do not. Due to the nature of the tour, children under 8 are not permitted.
How can I purchase tickets?
You may purchase tickets in person at either the Marietta Welcome Center or William Root House Museum & Garden. We can not place ticket orders over the phone.
Will you mail my tickets to me?
No tickets will be mailed. All tickets purchased by mail or online will be held at the Marietta Welcome Center. You may pick them up in advance or the day of the tour.
Is transportation provided for the tour?
Shuttle transportation is provided and shuttles run about every 15-20 minutes in a continuous route. The shuttle bus picks up at Mill Street & the William Root House Museum. Most of the tour is walkable. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
Where do I park?
Parking is available at the lots off Mill Street and at the Cobb County Parking Deck off Cherokee Street. There is street parking available around the Square, but it fills up quickly.
Do I have to see all of the homes in one day?
Tickets are good for either Saturday or Sunday.
Do I have to tour the homes in a certain order? Do I have to stay with a group?
No. You are free to tour in homes in any order you chose, and all tours are self-guided. There will be docents inside the homes pointing out special features and the history of the homes.
Who sponsors the tour?
The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour is sponsored by the Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society. We are also proud to have corporate sponsorship.
How can I volunteer to be a docent?
Please visit our Volunteer page or you can call the Marietta Visitors Bureau at 770-429-1115 or Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society at 770-426-4982.