Eve of Revolution: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration

Merriment, drama, and romance will fill the air this holiday season when Tryon Palace reaches the “Eve of Revolution.”

Experience 300 years of Christmases past as families and soldiers come together on the eve of war. Dance the night away with characters in stunning costuming, tour through historic homes adorned with 18th-, 19th, and 20th-century decorations, and be amazed as performers entertain you with fire eating, magic, slack-rope walking and the heart-moving rhythm of Jonkonnu. The “Eve of Revolution” comes to a magnificent end each night with black powder fireworks on the South Lawn.

This famed North Carolina tradition returns in 2014 with beautiful, new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. Join costumed characters in the Governor’s Palace, Stanly House, Hay House, and the Commission House as each home is brought to life with families sharing the precious moments of being together during the holidays, and times of war. 

Visitors will be introduced to families and uniformed soldiers from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, and World War II. In the spirit of bringing families together during times of war, visitors are invited to write letters to soldiers who are deployed during the holidays.

2014 Candlelight Dates

Saturday, December 13, 4:30-9:30 p.m.

•    Tickets will be sold for specific tour time slots and are good for evening activities only.

Saturday, December 20,  4:30-9:30 p.m.

•    Tickets will be sold for specific tour time slots and are good for evening activities only.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 and discounts are available if purchased before Dec. 1. For tickets purchased before Dec. 1, adults are $18 and youth (grades 1-12) are $8. After Dec. 1, adult tickets are $20 and youth are $10. Tryon Palace Foundation members can purchase tickets while supplies last at a cost of $15 for adults and $6 for youth. 

Festive Holiday Kick-Off Weekend

Friday, November 28 - Sunday, November 30,

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday - Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Join us as we kick off the holiday season on Thanksgiving weekend. Christmas decorations are up in the North Carolina History Center, Governor’s Palace, and in our three historic houses. Special performances, craft activities, and holiday tours officially launch us into the Christmas season.