Celebrate the Season

From holiday-themed tours and candlelight celebrations, to concerts and childrens' programs, there's no better way to celebrate the holiday season than a visit to North Carolina's colonial capitol, located in historic New Bern. Which events will you choose? 


Festive Holiday Kick-Off Weekend | Nov 24-26, 2017

Fri-Sat, 9am-5pm | Sunday, 1pm-5pm

Tryon Palace officially opens for the holiday season with a weekend of holiday tours, decorations, and movies. Visitors can receive a 10% discounted admission on One Day Passes and Galleries Passes with an unwrapped toy donated to Toys for Tots during Holiday Kick-Off Weekend. 

Visitors will also be offered a 15% discount in the Museum Store throughout Holiday Kick-Off Weekend (excludes sale and consignment items).


Holiday-Themed Tours | Daily Nov. 24 Through Jan. 3

Fri-Sat, 10am-3pm |  Sunday, Noon to 3pm

Take in the sights and smells of the Governor’s Palace and historic homes while they are decorated for the holiday season with different eras represented at each stop. (Tours continue through Jan. 3). Click here for details.

$20 adults, $10 youth (grades 1-12), free for children 5 and under (ONE DAY PASS).  


Polar Express | Nov. 25, 2017 | Noon and 3pm

Join us for a showing of the children’s holiday favorite, “The Polar Express,” in Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center. After each showing, Santa and the Conductor from “The Polar Express” will hand out bells to the children in attendance. Seating is limited. Click here for Noon showing. Click here for 3pm showing

$3 for children ages 0-12, $6 for adults ages 13 and older

Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 30, 2017. 


Christmas Vacation | Nov. 25, 2017 | 7pm

Celebrate the holidays with the Griswolds and join us for a showing of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Randy Quaid. Light refreshments are included and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Click here for more details.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is rated PG-13. 

$5 for children ages 0-12, $10 for adults ages 13 and older

Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 30, 2017. 


Holiday Decor Behind the Scenes | Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2017 | 9:30am

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the Palace Candlelight decorations. Gardens and Greenhouse Manager Hadley Cheris will lead a tour of the first floor of the Palace, describing the special items used in the decorations and the theming of the pieces. Click to find out more: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18.

$12 Adults, $6 Youth (or $6 for Adults, $3 for Youth if purchased a One Day Pass), Free for Tryon Palace Foundation Members 


Council Chamber Performance | Dec. 1, 2017 | 7pm

UNCW’s Early Music Consort will perform in the Palace Council Chamber, lit by candlelight. Reception following with light desserts, coffee, wine, in Commission House. Click here for more details.

$50 for adults, children, and Foundation members


Garden Series Lecture | Dec. 2, 2017 | 10am | Cullman Performance Hall 

Experienced in decorating the White House for two years during the holidays, Claire Jones will present a program of behind the scenes work done to transform the White House into a winter wonderland. Concluding the presentation, Ms. Jones will demo a “Williamsburg” type of wreath that can be created with natural materials. (10-15 minutes) Click here for more details. 

Admission is free.


Seasons of Giving: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration | Dec. 9 and 16, 2017

This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace in 2017 with beautiful, new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. Tours are held each Saturday night from 4:30-9:30pm. Click here details.


Toys for Tots Dropoff

Beginning Nov. 24 and running through Dec. 11, visitors can bring an unwrapped toy as a donation to Toys for Tots. 

10% discounted admission on One Day Passes and Galleries Passes with an unwrapped toy donated to Toys for Tots will be offered ONLY during Holiday Kick-Off Weekend (Nov. 24-26)

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