Each year, the historic settlement of Rugby, Tennessee, comes alive with Christmas spirit and celebrates the holidays as if it were still 1880, the year the town was settled.

The living Victorian-era village will bustle with children’s activities, caroling, holiday shopping and much more on two Saturdays:  December 5 and 12, for “Christmas at Historic Rugby.” Highlights of the Victorian Christmas celebration include holiday music, hot drinks and cookies in the decorated historic buildings, a visit from Father Christmas and the sounds of carolers performing throughout the village.

Christ Church Episcopal will present a choir concert of seasonal music both Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. EST (3:30 Central) in the 1887 church.

Festivities run from 4 until 8 pm.  Admission is $10 adults ($6 for Historic Rugby members), $4 children K-12.

And don’t forget about our traditional Christmas Dinner at the Harrow Road Cafe on Saturday, December 5 and Saturday, December 12. Cost is $30 per person.  Be sure to make reservations at: 423-628-2441.

Christmas At Rugby Dinner Menu
Featuring Guest Chef Dustin Kennedy

Course The First
Assorted British Tarts

Three different British-inspired tastes

Course The Second
London Particular

A thick and creamy ham and split pea soup

Course The Third
Entree Choice

Dijon mustard and brown sugar glazed pork loin with garlic mashed potatoes and lemon green beans.


Slow-roasted beef with winter vegetables, with garlic mashed potatoes and lemon green beans.

Course The Fourth

Bread Pudding. An 11th century traditional dessert served with raspberries and whipped topping.