Celebrate the Holidays Across North Carolina

There’s a holiday happening to suit every taste at venues of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Fireworks over Tryon Palace, a “Christmas Flotilla” at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, “Christmas by Candlelight” at a state historic site and “Holiday Pops” or other performances with the North Carolina Symphony at home or on tour, are a few of the unique holiday experiences awaiting families at modest or no cost.

State parks offer wonderful ways to experience nature during the holidays, and the “First Day Hike” to start the New Year off right. 

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Executive Mansion Holiday Tours

North Carolina’s Executive Mansion, the “people’s house,” will open its historic doors again for the beloved annual Holiday Open House from Thursday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 15.

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Have an Artful Holiday

Are you on the hunt for authentic locally made gifts this holiday season? Support artists in your own community by visiting open studio tours or your local arts council gallery to find distinctive gifts made right here in North Carolina!

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