NEW BERN — Tryon Palace is ready for the holiday season.
The historic site will host a Candlelight Holiday Celebration on Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. The site-wide event includes tours of the Governor’s Palace, Stanly House, Dixon House and numerous activities on the grounds.
The tour begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. with a black-powder fireworks display from the Palace’s South Lawn.
Candlelight tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth, and can be purchased at the North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front St., New Bern, or on the Tryon Palace website. When purchasing a ticket, be prepared to select a reserved time for touring the decorated palace. To not miss your tour, be on time and in line, on or before your reservation.
In addition to visiting historic homes, ticketholders can join in various activities, be entertained in the performance tent and stop by the King’s Arms Tavern for adult libations or Mistletoe Corner to enjoy drinks and snacks in a festive holiday setting. Food will be for sale from food trucks outside the Palace gates. The evening closes with a show of black powder fireworks.
Maps of the grounds are to be available with performance schedules. Planned are Tryon Palace’s Fife and Drum Corps and Jonkonnu performances and, under the big tent on the North Lawn, circus acts, fire eating, sword swallowing, acrobatics and 18th century magic tricks.
While the event is rain or shine, the fireworks may be canceled for extreme weather conditions.
In the weeks leading up to the candlelight events, Holiday Décor and Traditions of Christmas tours are planned.
Call the ticket desk at 252-639-3525 for more information.