The holidays are a wonderful time to experience the diverse of offerings of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
From Vance Birthplace in the west to the Maritime Museums in the east, the majority of our sites and museums put on special events to help you get in the spirit of the season. Here are few perennial favorites:
- Candelight Christmas, Tryon Palance, New Bern, Dec. 13 & 20: costumed performers, magicians, daring feats of agility and dancing will all be set against the backdrop of the palace by candlelight and a fireworks finale.
- 1830s Candelight Chistmas, Vance Birthplace, Weaverville, Dec. 6: Visitors to Vance Birthplace Dec. 7 can experience an 1830s era Christmas as a mountain family may have had. The site will offer a glimpse of the holiday customs and rituals of the Vance family through candlelight tours.
- An 18th Century Christmas, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, Winnabow, Dec. 14: costumed interpreters will provide guided tours of the site, while visitors can learn to craft a Moravian star, create stenciled ornaments and enjoy colonial era refreshments.
- State Tree Lighting, State Capitol, Raleigh, Dec. 11: Luminaries and musical performances will launch the holiday season as the governor and first lady light the state Christmas tree. Music and children's activities will be featured on Union Square.
- A Civil War Christmas, Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks, Dec. 6.: Military interpreters discuss what the holidays were like for a common solider, while the Harper House will be a decorated in a festival style and filled with period music.
- Cocoa and Candlelight in Canary, Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, Sedalia, Dec. 6: Refreshments, carols and examinations of past Christmas traditions in Canary Cottage, Dr. Brown's on the former Palmer Memorial Institute campus.