Seasons of Giving: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration

This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace in 2017 with beautiful, new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight.

Saturdays, Dec. 9 & 16, 4:30-9:30 p.m. 

Experience the beauty, joy, and magic of the holidays as Governor and Mrs. Tryon invite you to their new home for “Seasons of Giving: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration.” Inspired by traditions of giving that date back to the colonial period, Seasons of Giving brings Candlelight to Tryon Palace for its 37th year with Palace decorations inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas, historic characters in period clothing, and holiday vignettes spanning across three centuries.  

Candlelight is a site wide event for Tryon Palace that includes tours of the Governor’s Palace, Stanly House, Dixon House, Commission House, and numerous activities on the grounds.

Inside the Governor’s Palace, the year is 1770, and William and Margaret Tryon are hosting their first party at the new government house. Join Mr. William Haywood at the Dixon House as he presents Mrs. Haywood with a special gift for the Christmas of 1839. Knowing that the Christmas spirit needs to be felt even during times of strife, the Sisters of Mercy welcome the citizens of New Bern to their convent in the Stanly House. At the Commission House, enjoy a visit with Santa, listen to Christmas music and write a Christmas card to New Bern’s first responders surrounded by decorations inspired by Christmases past.

While walking around the candlelit grounds, be sure to catch the entertaining circus acts, fire eating, sword swallowing, and acrobatics of the Pickled Brothers Circus, the mysterious magic of 18th-century magician Rodney the Younger, the thrilling balancing act of Signora Bella, the joyous sights and sounds of the Tryon Palace Jonkonnu troupe, and much more.

Food will be available to purchase from food trucks located outside the Palace gates. You can then stop by The Plucked Peacock Tavern to grab a seat and enjoy beer, wine, and delicious baked goods in a festive holiday setting. Also, warm up with hot cider and cookies from Mack’s Cider House in the Trades Building. Don't forget to end your enchanted evening with a show of black powder fireworks on the Tryon Palace South Lawn!

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

Governor’s Palace, historic grounds, Commission House, Stanly House, Dixon House. Tryon Palace Gardens will be closed during Candlelight. 
The last tours for the Commission House, Stanly House, and Dixon House will begin at 9:15 p.m.
Event Price:
Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 ($20 adults, $10 youth),
Beginning Nov. 1 ($25 adults, $15 youth)
Tryon Palace Foundation Members ($18 adults, $8 youth)

Title Sponsor

Premier Sponsor


Proud Patriots

Andrews Graphics, LLC

Coastal Carolina Health Care, P.A.

DoubleTree - New Bern


Spirited Supporters

Trader Construction Company

White & Allen, P.A.

Hyundai of New Bern

Craven County Insurance Agents Association, Inc.

Dr. Andrew D. Mylander


2017 Sponsors

Candlelight Christmas has become a holiday tradition like no other and enjoyed by generations, but the magic of Candlelight is only possible with the generosity of donors like you. Please join us in making 2017 a year to remember with a contribution to Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Christmas Celebration.

Click here to become a sponsor of our 2017 Candlelight Celebration, or contact the Tryon Palace Development Office for more information by calling 1-800-767-1560.

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