Palace Begins Holiday Season with Tours, Decorations and Father Christmas

Kick-Off Weekend Takes Place at Historic Site and N.C. History Center, Nov. 28-30

NEW BERN, NC – Nov. 28-30

Black Friday will mark the beginning of Holiday Kick-Off Weekend at Tryon Palace. Events will be held Nov. 28-30 and include holiday-inspired tours, colonial decorations, crafts for children, a performance by Jonkonnu and a visit from Father Christmas.

Events begin on Friday with holiday-themed tours of the Governor’s Palace, Dixon House and Stanly House. This ticketed event includes tours through the historic site, where visitors will see decorations inspired by traditions from colonial America, native plants and Eastern North Carolina’s coastal heritage. Among the decorations inside and outside of each building are boxwood garland, fir wreaths and decorative pieces made from fruits, seashells, cotton and more.

Decorations will be on display for daily tours during Holiday Kick-Off Weekend and continue through Jan. 4 during normal business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday). Tickets are available at the North Carolina History Center at a cost of $20 for adults, $10 for youth (grades 1-12) and free to children five and younger. Members of the Tryon Palace Foundation will also be admitted at no cost.

Holiday Kick-Off Weekend continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free events at the North Carolina History Center. Children will have a chance to meet Father Christmas and make holiday crafts, while visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy musical performances by Craven Consort. Weekend activities continue on Sunday with drumming, dancing and singing in the African-American tradition of Jonkonnu. Performances will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on the Daves House Lawn and this is a ticketed event.

The Tryon Palace Museum Store will complement the weekend’s activities with an open house that includes a 15-percent discount (may not be applied to any other offer) on all items and free giftwrapping.

Tryon Palace will also be a drop location for the Toys for Tots campaign sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps. Donations of unwrapped toys may be delivered at the North Carolina History Center and the Waystation from Nov. 28 through Dec. 20 and at Tryon Palace’s front gate during Eve of Revolution: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration on Dec. 13 and 20.

For more information about Tryon Palace call 252-639-3500 or visit

Upcoming events at Tryon Palace include:

Nov. 23: Eastern Youth Orchestra Concert

Nov. 28-30: Holiday Kickoff Weekend at Tryon Place

Dec. 11-12: Celtic Christmas Concert

Dec. 13 and 20: Eve of Revolution: A Candlelight Celebration

Tryon Palace Media Contact
Craig Ramey
Marketing and Communications, Manager
Phone: (252) 639-3511

About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit