The Holidays at Cultural Resources

The holidays are a wonderful time to experience the diverse of offerings of the 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. We've featured a few of them below by region, but you can see the full list here.

East:

  • Visitors can learn about Germanic influences on the Victorian Christmas observance during a festive afternoon Dec. 7 at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport. Guest can try making creative and unconventional ornaments while enjoying egg nog and cookies. Click here for more info.
  • Tryon Palace will host its annual an 18th century candlelight Christmas celebration Dec. 14 and 21. 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. Click here for more info.
  • Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson will bring Christmastime in the Colonial era alive for visitors Dec. 15. Costumed interpreters will provide tours of St. Phillips Church and Historic Brunswick Town, while visitors can learn to craft a Moravian star, create stenciled ornaments and enjoy colonial era refreshments. Click here for more info.

Central:

  • Duke Homestead will celebrate an 1870 Christmas with evening tours of the site complete with period decorations, caroling and dancing. Click here for more info.
  • Luminaries and musical performances will launch the holiday season on the State Capitol grounds Dec. 12, as the governor and first lady light the state Christmas tree. The Junior Woman's Club of Raleigh will also host a festival with music and children's activities on Union Square. Click here for more info.
  • Throughout December, the N.C. Transportation Museum will host Old Saint Nick in its roundhouse shop as he hands out candy canes and oranges--an old railroad Christmas tradition. Crafts and train rides will also be offered. Click here for more info.

West:

  • 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. Click here for more info.
  • See camp life and how soldiers in 1755 labored through the harsh winter at Fort Dobbs Dec. 7 and 8. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations will also be featured. Click here for more info.
  • Thomas Wolfe Memorial will give visitors the chance to see Christmas traditions from the Victorian Era, and how they remain part of celebrations today Dec. 14. Decorations to the hilt, live music, crafts and visit from Santa will be featured. Click here for more info.


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