Carolina Colonial Christmas Weekend Escape Dec. 11-13


Enter to Win a Weekend Getaway to Edenton, Bath and New Bern through Nov. 29

RALEIGH, NC Nov. 30, 2015 – Start your Christmas holiday with an outstanding weekend escape with all the best of Christmas past during a “Carolina Colonial Christmas” Dec. 11-13 at three North Carolina state historic sites. A groaning board in Historic Edenton, harpsicord music in Historic Bath, and fireworks at Tryon Palace in New Bern are a few of the highlights of this spectacular weekend. You can even enter to win this outing at https://www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaCulture.
Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC

Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC

Friday afternoon visit Edenton, called the prettiest town in the South, to see a holiday table so heavily laden that it groans! Be sure to stop by the Roanoke River Lighthouse along Edenton Bay, the last of its kind still standing. You’ll find wassail in Cupola House, “Caroling in the Courthouse,” in the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, quaint restaurants and shops and interesting inns within walking distance.
Leave Edenton Saturday for Bath, North Carolina’s “First Town, First Port,” and one time home to the notorious Blackbeard. Historic Bath tells the tale of politics and pirates in the shadow of the state’s oldest extant church, St. Thomas Episcopal. Harpsichord music will highlight a morning of family activities in the Palmer Marsh House. Follow the smell of gingerbread to the Bonner House, where children will enjoy activities including a Children’s Christmas Art Show in the 1921 Bath High School building.
Find you way to Tryon Palace Saturday afternoon, check in at your lodgings by 5 p.m. and have a nice early dinner in preparation for an evening of spectacle. Merriment, drama and romance will fill the air at the “35th Annual Candlelight Christmas Celebration.” Travel back to 1733 at the home of colonial Gov. William Tryon, and experience the regal ball held for Princess Sophia Carolina Matilda. Join in the hunt for the eloped Elizabeth Stanley, take in the classic tale “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and enjoy an evening of fire-eating, circus acts, acrobatics and more. Top off the night with fireworks over the palace! Spend the night in New Bern and start Sunday with the warm glow of a weekend of wonder.
For additional information, please visit http://www.ncdcr.gov/colonialchristmas. The Division of State Historic Sites is within the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.