The North Carolina Visitor Center




Tryon Palace Events



NEW BERN, NC                                                                           

For more information on Tryon Palace and the latest updates on its events and activities, please visit us online at or call 1-800-767-1560.



January 1 – February 28

Winter Garden Hours

Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.


Saturday, January 1

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens is closed in honor of the New Year’s holiday.


Sunday, January 2, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hands on History: Three Centuries of Holiday Traditions
North Carolina History Center

Free admission, all ages welcome

For three hundred years New Bern has been home to people from many cultures and countries. Stop by our hands-on gallery cart to learn how North Carolinians of different backgrounds have celebrated the holiday season through the centuries.


Monday, January 3, 12:00pm

Lunch and Learn: “Twelfth Night Traditions”

Speaker: Karen Ipock, Tryon Palace Curator of Education

North Carolina History Center

Free admission; bring your own lunch, beverages will be provided.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a well-known holiday carol, but in the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was much more. The twelve days following December 25th were marked by religious services, feasting and revelry — culminating in a grand Twelfth Night party that marked the end of the holiday season. Learn more about these traditions in this luncheon lecture.


Wednesday, January 5, 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.

Twelfth Night with the Stanlys

Stanly House

$10 per adult

The Stanly family cordially invites you to attend their grand Twelfth Night party – January 5th, 1803. Join in the festivities with traditional entertainments followed by light refreshments. Who knows, you may even be crowned the King and Queen of the evening!  This event is designed for adults; reservations and prepayment required by January 3. Payments received after December 17th by credit card only. Call 252-639-3524 to register. (Maximum enrollment:  20 per time slot, Minimum enrollment: 10)



For an updated listing of all calendar events,, visit or call 1-800-767-1560.





Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation. The North Carolina History Center complements and enhances this mission and revolutionizes the visitor experience through the use of the latest in interactive mobile technology, putting a personal navigator, guide and reference librarian at each visitor’s fingertips at the History Center and throughout the Tryon Palace landscape and gardens.


Tickets and visitor information are available effective October 22, 2010 at the Ticket Desk located at the entrance of the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, 529 South Front Street on the waterfront in downtown New Bern.   Prior to October 22, tickets and visitor information are available at the Tryon Palace Way Station, corner of George and Pollock streets in New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.