Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Christmas Celebration
December 11 - December 18
Experience the beauty, joy, and magic of the holidays at North Carolina’s first State Capitol, as Tryon Palace invites you to the Governor’s Mansion for its Candlelight Christmas Celebration.
Please join us for this wonderful annual holiday celebration. Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, welcomes Christmastime decked out with 18th century inspired décor, with a splash of traditional 19th-century. Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Christmas Celebration takes place on the grounds of Tryon Palace with an array of festivities to please attendees of all ages, and includes tours of the Governor’s Palace and historic homes; Stanly House, Dixon House, and Commission House.
Begin your evening with a tour through the dazzling Palace and a visit with historic colonial characters in period dress as you witness holiday vignettes. Afterward, spend the evening exploring the historic homes, participating in various activities, and being entertained in the Performance Tent. Enjoy the marching rhythms of Tryon Palace’s Fife and Drum Corps and the celebratory fusion of music and dance from a Jonkonnu troupe, as well as circus acts, fire eating, sword swallowing, acrobatics, and 18th-century magic tricks. The festivities conclude with a dazzling black powder firework display on the Palace South Lawn.
Throughout the event, the delicious fare can be purchased from food trucks located outside the Palace gates. Inside the gates at the “tavern,” you can grab a seat and enjoy beer, wine, and delicious baked goods in a jovial holiday setting, or warm-up sipping on hot cider and holiday cookies.
Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Christmas Celebration takes place on two consecutive Saturdays in December. In 2021, it returns on the Saturdays of December 11th and 18th, from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth. Candlelight is a rain or shine event, and fireworks may be canceled during extreme weather conditions.
For more information on Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Christmas Celebration: www.tryonpalace.org or call 1-800-767-1560.