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Experience a full year of enchantment in a single night with "Seasons of Delight: A Candlelight Masquerade." Held on the Saturdays of Dec. 14 and 21, this 18th-century candlelit celebration will surprise Tryon Palace visitors with a new perspective on holidays past and present. Be carried away with costumed performers, magicians, daring feats of skill and agility, dancing and a rare glimpse of the Governor's Palace by candlelight.
This year it is the eve of Revolution, and the world is topsy-turvy as the Governor's Palace is transformed for the holidays into a vivid tableau of the four seasons. Governor Josiah Martin welcomes guests to a grand masquerade ball, where winter follows summer, autumn yields to spring, and Jack Frost might dance the minuet with the Queen of the Harvest under a snowy sky. Join the music, dancing, and revelry on a candlelit tour through the Palace and the Kitchen Office.
Entertainment continues all across the historic site and gardens with acrobatics, agility and magic inspired by the 18th century. Both nights include our traditional Jonkonnu celebration of music and dancing just outside the Palace gates, a performance by the Fife and Drum Corps. Other performers include Levram the Great on Dec. 14, the Pickled Circus Brothers on Dec. 21, and Signora Bella the slackrope walker on both nights.
As always, our Candlelight celebration comes to a spectacular end each night with black powder fireworks on the South Lawn. This rare combination of waterfront views, the historic Governor's Palace and the illumination of fireworks is truly one of the most beautiful and exciting holiday events in all of Eastern North Carolina.
Download the brochure for a complete schedule of events and activity map.
Tickets will be sold for specific tour time slots and are good for evening activities, only. $20 per adult, $18 (tickets purchased before Dec. 1), $15 (Foundation Members ); $10 (Students Grades 1-12), $8 (student tickets purchased before Dec. 1), $6 (students with Foundation members).
Visitors do not need to wear costumes to "Seasons of Delight: A Masquerade Ball." You are attending as an observer of Governor Martin's holiday celebration, so your everyday clothes are completely appropriate. If you want to arrive in costume, that is certainly welcome, but it is not necessary. We'll also offer mask making during the event, so everyone can join in the fun."
We would like to thank our generous sponsors for making our holiday celebrations possible.
To learn how you can become a Candlelight sponsor, call us at 252-639-3500.
Tryon Palace's awe-inspiring décor, costuming and entertainment helps inspire a new Candlelight theme every year. For a glimpse of last year's, "Splendors from Afar," check out our photo albums on Facebook and Pinterest.