Celebrate the Holidays Across North Carolina

Experience the splendor a colonial Christmas with us in the eastern part of the state, join Gov. Pat McCrory as he lights the official state tree at the State Capitol in Raleigh, watch Santa climb down one of world's largest chimneys at Chimney Rock and much more with us this holiday season.

From late November through the early January, North Carolina's state historic sites, parks, aquariums, museums and other cultural destinations will be offering a host of programs to celebrate the holiday season and bring to life the seasonal traditions North Carolinians have celebrated in the past.

Join us as we spread good cheer from Murphy to Manteo!

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Carolina Colonial Christmas

See how North Carolinians celebrated the season during the Colonial era with a trip to Bath, Edenton and New Bern where you'll find caroling in one of North Carolina's oldest courthouses, holiday open houses, candlelight tours, fireworks and much more.

Plan Your Colonial Christmas Trip Today

Executive Mansion Holiday Tours

Though not officially one of the institutions under our umbrella, the State Capitol helps organize a holiday open house at the Executive Mansion, the "people's house." The mansion will be open to recieve visitors this year between December 10 and 13. 

Learn More About the Mansion's Holiday Open House 

People browsing at an artist's stall at the Big Craft in Asheville

Have an Artful Holiday

Celebrate authentic North Carolina for the holidays by supporting artists in your community. Across the state communities large and small offer the unique opportunity to visit artists in their studios, at holiday fairs or in local arts council’s galleries.

Find Amazing Art and Arts Experiences Near You