Holiday Kickoff Weekend Begins Holiday Season at Tryon Palace

NEW BERN, NC - November 25, 2016

The weekend after Thanksgiving marks the start of holiday tours through the Governor's Palace and historic homes, as well as many other activities for the whole family at Tryon Palace Holiday Kickoff Weekend Nov. 25-27.

To make sure Santa knows who is on his nice list he and Mrs. Claus will be at the North Carolina History Center Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the day children will also be able to listen to Mrs. Claus read Christmas stories.

On Saturday, Down East Dulcimers will set the holiday spirit by performing from
10 a.m. to noon inside Mattocks Hall.

At both noon and 3 p.m. there will be showings of the children's holiday favorite, "The Polar Express," in Cullman Performance Hall. After each showing, Santa and the Conductor from "The Polar Express" will hand out bells to the children in attendance. Tickets are $3 for children ages 12 and under, and $6 for adults. Seating is limited, please reserve your seat ahead of time.

To help the Salvation Army deliver toys to children in need, there will be a Toys for Tots donation drop off at the North Carolina History Center from Nov. 21 through Dec. 17.

Visitors will also be able to write and sign Christmas cards that will be sent to members of the U.S. Military serving overseas during the holidays.

All Holiday Kickoff Weekend activities included with One Day Pass with the exception of "The Polar Express" showings, which require separate ticket.

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