Tickets for Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Celebration Available Aug. 1

‘Eve of Revolution: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration’ to be held Dec 13 and 20

NEW BERN, NC – Aug. 1, 2014

Tickets for Tryon Palace’s annual candlelight holiday event went on sale today, Aug. 1. Held 4:30-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 and 20, “Eve of Revolution” will allow visitors to meet families in historical clothing and soldiers dressed in uniforms from four different wars, including the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War and World War II.

Candlelight celebrates 300 years of Christmases past with music and dancing, beautiful holiday decorations, and amazing performances of fire eating, magic, and slack-rope walking. Visitors will also be treated to a lively performance of Jonkonnu, an African American cultural celebration that has been celebrated in Eastern North Carolina for nearly 200 years. To cap off each night’s events, there will be a colorful display of black powder fireworks on the Palace’s South Lawn.

Tickets are available at the North Carolina History Center (529 South Front St., New Bern, NC), by phone at 252-639-3524 and online at Pricing is as follows:

Before Dec. 1
$18 (adults) and $8 (youth in grades 1-12)

After Dec. 1
$20 (adults) and $10 (youth in grades 1-12)

Tryon Palace Foundation members 
$15 (adults) and $6 (youth in grades 1-12) while supplies last

Discounts are also available for large groups and bus tours by calling Tryon Palace Group Services at 252-639-3524.

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

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 North Carolina 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 State Archives, 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