Christmas is the perfect time to visit our magical town. With events happening almost daily, there is something for everyone! When planning your trip don’t forget to plan somewhere to stay too! Throughout the Holiday Season: November 24th through December 24th: Santa House and SNOW! November 24th through January 2nd: Gingerbread Contest & Display November 24th through January 3rd: Holiday Tours at Tryon Palace Week of December 15th to December 21st: December 15th: Live Window Displays December 15th & 16th: Home & Holiday Gift Show December 15th & 16th: A Christmas Carol December 16th: 19th Annual Cookie Walk December 16th: Candlelight Christmas Celebration at Tryon Palace December 16th: Santaland Diaries and Santa Responds December 18th: Holiday Décor Behind the Scenes at Tryon Palace December 22nd to December 24th: December 22nd to 24th: Living Nativity December 23rd: Trolley Polar Express Ride
Enjoy holiday themed tours throughout the Tryon Palace grounds through Jan. 3, 2018. Holiday tours offer a chance to see the Governor’s Palace, Dixon House, and Stanly House decorated for different eras of holiday traditions, ranging from the 18th to 20th centuries. Monday-Saturday: The Governor’s Palace has guided tours every half hour, beginning at 10 a.m. and the last tour is at 3 p.m. The Kitchen Office is a self-paced building open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Dixon and Stanly houses have guided tours from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday: The Governor’s Palace has guided tours every half hour, beginning at 12:30 and the last tour is at 3 p.m. The Kitchen Office is a self-paced building open from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The Dixon and Stanly houses have guided tours from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Admission: Included with One Day Pass
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. 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 37thyear with 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 Margret 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,...
Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the Palace Candlelight decorations. Gardens and Greenhouse Manager Hadley Cheris will lead a tour of the first floor of the Palace, describing the special items used in the decorations and the theme of the pieces. Meet at Palace Front Steps at 9:30 a.m. Admission:$12 adults, $6 youth / Free for Tryon Palace Foundation members / With the purchase of a One Day Pass, tickets are an additional $6 adults, $3 youth
Rob Jones, Tryon Palace Multi-Media Coordinator, will take visitors on a tour inside the technology that operates the interactive exhibits inside the North Carolina History Center. Get an in-depth look into making history come alive and learn how Tryon Palace combines modern technology with meeting educational goals inside the Pepsi Family Center and Regional History Museum. Admission: $6 Adults, $3 youth
Our 2018 garden lecture series kicks off, Saturday, January 6th with a presentation from the Twin Rivers Camellia Club. Members of the club will present a lecture on a visit to Massee Lane, the mecca for camellias, and provide information on the various bloom types, and review the “cheat sheet of do and don’ts” on camellias. “Camellias are one of those quintessentially Southern plants I love and they don’t get the appreciation they deserve for their role in the winter garden.” said Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager. “This lecture is a great way to introduce people to the amazing beauty camellias can bring into your yard!” This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center. Admission: FREE & Open to the Public!
Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center
Engage with local history and friends while imbibing a selection of alcoholic beverages at Palace Pours: History After Hours, held every other month at rotating locations around Tryon Palace. The January Palace Pours will feature entertaining games to make a spin on Resolutions and the New Year. The champagnes being featured during this Palace Pours are being determined. Palace Pours is open to ages 21 and over. Ticket price includes flight of champagne (3 4oz samples), additional alcohol available for purchase. Non-alcoholic beverages also available. Admission: $12 (must be 21 and over)
“Lumbee Tribe Cultural Performance by Ryan Dial-Stanley” is an installment of the Tryon Palace Performing Arts Series. Ryan Dial-Stanley is from the Lumbee Tribe of NC and a student at UNC Chapel Hill. He is Majoring in Clinical Laboratory Science with minors in Chemistry and American Indian Studies. At UNC, Ryan serves as the Powwow Co-Chair of the Carolina Indian Circle and the Vice President for Phi Sigma Nu Fraternity Inc, the Nation’s oldest and largest Native American Fraternity. For most of his life, Ryan has travel across the state of North Carolina to perform Native American Powwow dancing. Six years ago, he took up playing the Native American flute and since then has incorporated that into his performances. He is also a traditional storyteller, taught by his mother who has been as a storyteller for 20 years. During his performance, Ryan will describe and demonstrate different Indigenous performing arts such as flute and drum, storytelling and dancing. Through his performance, he will educate guests about North Carolina’s native peoples, their traditions and how they live. Admission: Adults $12, Youth $6, Foundation Member (adult) $10, Foundation Member (youth) $5
Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center
More details will be posted as they become available. Friday and Saturday, February 16th and 17th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday, February 18th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Admission: $8 in advance, $10 show days (both prices include all three days of the show)
New Bern-Craven County Convention & Visitor Center