Körner's Folly is one of North Carolina's best-kept secrets.

By Meghan Overdeep
December 13, 2019
Korner's Folly
Credit: Korner's Folly Foundation

There is truly no other house quite like Körner’s Folly. On any given day, the historic Victorian just east of Winston-Salem is a sight to behold. But come Christmastime, this Kernersville, North Carolina, landmark becomes a one-of-a-kind holiday wonderland.

The circa-1880 mansion was originally designed to serve as interior designer Jule Körner’s studio and showroom. Korner packed seven levels, and 22 rooms into the three-story maze-like house that would come to be known as his folly. Amazingly, there isn't a single door, window, or room that's the same in this 5,600-square-foot architectural playground.

During the holiday season, Körner’s Folly adds another dimension of wonderment with its annual Victorian Christmas celebration. Each year, all 22 rooms are decorated by local volunteers. The decorators offer their skills as a gift to the community and adorn every quirky nook and cranny of the Folly’s seven different levels with wreaths, garlands, lights, trees, beautiful ornaments, and exquisitely wrapped gifts.  Following this year’s “A Gilded Christmas” theme, the decorators have embraced the sparkle and glamour of the Gilded Age.

Korner's Folly Christmas
Credit: Korner's Folly Foundation

Pay a visit the evening of Saturday, December 21 to experience Christmas by Candlelight. Costumed guides from Kernersville Little Theatre will be stationed throughout the house receiving visitors as well as caroling and reading from Clement C. Moore’s poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” The magical affair concludes with hot cider and Moravian cookies on the porch. Tickets ($15 for adults and $6 for children) available here.

Holiday tours are also available Wednesdays through Sundays from now through January 4. Tickets ($10 for adults and $6 for children) available here.

Korner's Folly Christmas Tree
Credit: Korner's Folly Foundation

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“We hope to surprise visitors with our dedication to creating beautifully-decorated rooms they can wander through, slowing down during this hectic season to appreciate the experiences that bring us closer together,” Executive Director Dale Pennington said in a news release. “We invite everyone to find their favorite spot in the house, vote for their favorite decorations, and perhaps enjoy some hot cider and cookies during our Candlelight events.”

For tickets and information, visit KornersFolly.org.