Celebrate the Season

From holiday-themed tours and candlelight celebrations, to concerts and family-friendly programs, there's no better way to celebrate the holiday season than a visit to North Carolina's colonial capitol, located in historic New Bern. Which events will you choose? 

First Friday: Candlelight - A Décor Sneak Peek! | Friday, Nov 1, 2019 | 2 p.m.

Candlelight is a magical time at Tryon Palace. Join Gardens and Greenhouse Manager Hadley Cheris for a behind the scenes glimpse of the inspiration and work that goes into making Candlelight such a treasured part of Tryon Palace since 1979. Click here for more details.

Tickets are $6 per person and free for Tryon Palace Foundation members.

Holiday-Themed Tours | Beginning Nov. 23

Take in the sights and smells of the Governor’s Palace and historic homes while they are decorated for the holiday season with different eras represented at each stop. 

"Holiday-Themed Tours" are included with your One-Day Pass and free for Foundation Members. The One-Day Pass includes admission to Governor’s Palace, historic homes, museum galleries in the North Carolina History Center, and more than 16 acres of breathtaking gardens.

Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Décor | Wednesdays - Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2019 | 9:15 a.m.

Join us on a tour of the Governor's Palace and focus on the decorations for the upcoming "Christmas Belles: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration." Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, will lead a tour of the first floor of the Governor's Palace, describing the special items used in the decorations, sharing design tips, and explaining themes inspired by an 18th-century fascination with the East.

Click to find out more: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the North Carolina History Center or Waystation.

Holiday Kick-off Movie: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 | 9 a.m.

Just in time for the holidays, here comes Rudolph in the most beloved special of all time! Join Tryon Palace for this holiday classic as you've never seen it before - on the big screen in the North Carolina History Center's Cullman Performance Hall!

Doors open at 9 a.m., when guests will have the chance to make and take their very own, one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornament. The movie will begin at 10 a.m., and its runtime is approximately 47 minutes. Click here for more details.

Tickets: Adults (13+) $6; Youth (ages 0-12) $3

Tryon Palace Cultural Arts Series Presents Chamber Music by Candlelight | Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 | 7 p.m.

Start your 2019 Christmas Season in a memorable way by joining Tryon Palace for the third annual Chamber Music by Candlelight, featuring the Briarwood Ensemble. Join your fellow audience members and musicians for a post-concert reception at the Commission House, featuring festive beverages and delicious eats. Palace doors will open at 6:30PM. Click here for more details. 

Tickets are $50 for adults, children, and Foundation members.

Tryon Palace Foundation Member pre-sale will take place Monday, September 30 - Friday, October 4. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Monday, October 7 and will end Sunday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Christmas Belles: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration | Dec. 14 and 21, 2019

This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace in 2019 with beautiful, new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. Tours are held each Saturday night from 4:30-9:30pm. Click here for more details.

  • Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 ($20 adults, $10 youth),
  • Beginning Nov. 1 ($25 adults, $15 youth)
  • Tryon Palace Foundation Members ($18 adults, $8 youth)

Toys for Tots Dropoff

Beginning November 1, Tryon Palace will serve as a Toys for Tots donation location, with boxes for drop-off donations in the Waystation and at the North Carolina History Center. Through December 14, donate a new, unwrapped toy at either of these locations, and receive a 10% off coupon to the Tryon Palace Museum Store! (Offer not valid on food or beverages.)

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