Candlelight Waiting to see decorated Palace

Candlelight 2022

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December 17, 4:30 – 9:30 PM


This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace with beautiful decorations inspired by the four seasons. Come see the Governor’s Palace, royally decorated under the magical glow of candlelight, and discover the tale of a mysterious princess who once visited there.

Our Candlelight holiday event includes tours of the Governor’s Palace, Stanly House, Dixon House, and lots of holiday festivities and activities on the historic site grounds. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. on both nights of Candlelight, and be sure to plan your visit with enough time to enjoy all the festivities before and after your tour the Palace. You will want to spend time exploring the historic homes, participating in various activities, watching Jonkonnu and Fife and Drum performances, and being entertained in the Performance Tent with magic and circus performers. At the end of your enchanted evening enjoy a show of black powder fireworks that bring cascading color to the skies above the Palace!

Food will be available to purchase from food trucks located outside the Palace gates. And don’t forget to stop by the King’s Arms Tavern for adult libations. At Mistletoe Corner, you can enjoy drinks and delicious snacks in a festive holiday setting. Don’t forget to end your enchanted evening with a show of black powder fireworks!

Gates open to all ticket holders at 4:30 p.m. and please feel free to come early before your Palace tour and stay after. Your Palace tour time is indicated on the ticket. Please be in line to enter the Palace prior to that time.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Candlelight is a rain or shine event, but fireworks may be cancelled during extreme weather conditions.

To ensure a more historically accurate experience and fully immerse you in the joy, mystery, and magic of Candlelight, we request no photography or videography within the historic buildings. Tripods, lights, and drones are not allowed on Tryon Palace grounds at any time.

Early Bird Discounted Tickets are on sale now through September 30th. On October 1, ticket prices increase.

Gates open to all ticket holders at 4:30 p.m., and ticket times indicate Palace tour times only, so please