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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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.

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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 Wednesday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 9.

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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.

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