History, Arts, Music from Cultural Resources Add Bright Shine to the Holiday Season (Events)
History, Arts, Music from Cultural Resources
Add Bright Shine to the Holiday Season
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources offers a bounty of holiday celebrations this season. Families will find festive fun to fit any budget at art and history museums, historic sites and from the North Carolina Symphony. Events free unless fee is indicated. Please visit www.ncculture.com for more information.
Horne Creek Historical Farm. Dec. 3 and 5. 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Christmas by Lamplight. Experience a warm, rural turn-of-the-century Christmas with period music and food. Reservations required and being accepted at (336) 325-2298. 308 Horne Creek Farm Road, Pinnacle. Admission information a http://www.nchistoricsites.org/horne.
N.C. Symphony. Dec. 5.Holiday Pops in Lincolnton. 8 p.m. Holiday Pops is oh-so-nice when the N.C. Symphony comes to town! Hear favorites such as "Silver Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and more. James W. Warren Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St., Lincolnton. Admission information at www.ncsymphony.org.
Zebulon Vance Birthplace. Dec. 7. Christmas Candlelight Tour. 4 p.m. Experience an 1830s era Christmas as a mountain family may have had. Share a glimpse of the holiday customs and rituals of the Vance family and neighbors. 911 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville. Free.
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site. Dec. 7 and 8. Winter on the Western Frontier. 10 a.m. See camp life and how soldiers in 1755 labored through the harsh winter constructing a fort. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations. 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville. Free.
Mountain Gateway Museum. Christmas Nativity. Dec. 13 and 14. Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The grounds will be luminary lit as the museum hosts the community live Nativity scene on Mauney Field. Plans include sheep and other animals, depending on weather and animal temperament. Refreshments will be served in the museum. 501 S. Water St., Old Fort. Free.
President James K. Polk Historic Site. Dec. 14. Christmas in Mecklenburg County with the Polks. 11 a.m. Learn about the food and customs of Christmas 1902! Buildings will be decorated in 19th century style. 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. Free.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Dec. 14. Victorian Candlelight Christmas. 4 p.m. See Christmas traditions
from the Victorian Era, and how they remain part of celebrations today. Decorations to the hilt, live music and Santa. Plus, make a Victorian ornament to keep. 52 N. Market St., Asheville. Admission information at http://www.nchistoricsites.org/wolfe.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Dec. 21. Christmas on the Mountain with Sheila Kay Adams. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Enjoy Appalachian storytelling, banjo music and song from prize winning performer Sheila Kay Adams. 52 N. Market St., Asheville. Admission information at http://www.nchistoricsites.org/wolfe.
N.C. Transportation Museum. Santa Train. Nov. 29 and 30, Dec. 7. Dec. 14, Dec, 21. 10 a.m. Children and their parents make a daytime trip to the roundhouse shop as Ol' Saint Nick hands out candy canes and oranges - an old railroad Christmas tradition. Make a take-home craft and more. 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Admission information at http://www.nctrans.org.
N. C. Symphony. Nov. 29 and 30. Holiday Pops in Raleigh. Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. Enjoy traditional Christmas carols and a sing along. On Thanksgiving weekend bring food items to donate to the InterFaith Food Shuttle and the BackPack Buddies Programs. Meymandi Concert Hall 2 E. South St. Raleigh. Admission information at www.ncsymphony.org.
N.C. Transportation Museum. Cookies & Cocoa with Santa. Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 20, 21. 10 a.m. Children will hear a Christmas story aboard the train and before meeting Santa Claus in the Roundhouse. Cookies and cocoa will be served and children can make a craft and send a postcard to Santa. 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. Admission information at http://www.nctrans.org/.
N. C. Symphony. Dec. 3. Holiday Pops in Statesville. 7:30 p.m. Holiday Pops is oh-so-nice when the N.C. Symphony comes to town! Hear favorites such as "Silver Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and more. "Yule" be glad you did! 301 S. Center St., Statesville. Admission information at www.ncsymphony.org.
N. C. Symphony. Dec. 6 and 7. Bach's Christmas Oratorio. 8 p.m. Embrace the holidays with the N.C. Symphony and Music Director Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Master Chorale in a moving rendition of this holiday treasure. Meymandi Concert Hall 2 E. South St., Raleigh. Admission information at www.ncsymphony.org.
Duke Homestead. Dec. 6 and 13. Christmas by Candlelight. 7:30 p.m. Celebrate an 1870 Christmas during evening tours of Duke Homestead and enjoy period decorations, caroling, dancing and more. 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham. Free.
N.C. Museum of Art. Dec. 7. The Nativity in Art, Words and Music. 2:30 p.m. Musicians from the Church of the Nativity and the North Carolina Symphony join Curator David Steel in presenting a special Christmas story. Enjoy musical and poetic interpretations of magnificent works from the museum's contemporary and Old Master collections. East Building Auditorium, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Free, ticket from box office required.
Historic Stagville. Dec. 7. Christmas at the Big House. Christmas at the Quarters. 10 a.m. Performers, vendors, Seagrove potters and Chapel Hill woodturners demonstrate old traditions. Watch handcrafters and artisans at work, purchase unique holiday gifts and enjoy music by folk artists and the Mallarme Chamber Players. Enjoy African drumming and storytelling. 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham. Free.
Bentonville Battlefield. Dec. 7. A Civil War Christmas and Holiday Open House. 10 a.m. Costumed interpreters will decorate the kitchen festively with natural materials including holly, magnolia and fruit. Costumed military interpreters will discuss how Civil War soldiers spent furloughs with family and friends. 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. Free.
Town Creek Indian Mound. Dec. 7. Christmas for the Birds. 11 a.m. Create a handmade pinecone bird feeder to hang in trees on site or take home for your feathered friends. 509 Town Creek Mound Road, Mount Gilead. Free.
Reed Gold Mine. Dec. 7. A Golden Christmas. 10 a.m. Choirs, music and crafts to celebrate the season. Special underground daytime tours by candlelight. Refreshments. Food drive. 9621 Reed Mine Road, Midland. Free.
Museum of the Cape Fear. Dec. 8. Holiday Jubilee. 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. This annual holiday event features concerts by the local group, Coventry Carolers. Victorian Christmas Stories, cooking on the Poe House stove, a Victorian Santa and the chance to weave a Christmas bracelet or bookmark will add to a joyous holiday season. 801 Arsenal Ave., Fayetteville. Free.
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum. Dec. 8.Christmas Open House at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum. 1 p.m. Celebrate the season with choirs, children's crafts, visits with Santa, refreshments and holiday family fun. 6136 Burlington Road, Gibsonville. Free.
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum. Children's Activities at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum. Dec. 10 to 21. 9 a.m. Readings of Christmas favorites, "Elf on a Shelf"and "How the Grinch StoleChristmas." Crafts available upon request. Call 336-449-4846 to make reservations. 6136 Burlington Road Gibsonville. Free.
State Capitol .Dec. 12. State Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Festival. 5 p.m. Luminaries and musical performances will launch the holiday season on the State Capitol grounds as the governor and first lady light the state Christmas tree. The Junior Woman's Club of Raleigh will host a festival with music and children's activities on Union Square, and also available in museums and on Bicentennial Plaza. One E. Edenton Street, Raleigh. Free.
State Capitol. Dec. 12-14. Holiday Open House. 10 a.m. The gaily decorated State Capitol will host performing groups sharing concerts of holiday music during the open house. One E. Edenton Street, Raleigh. Free.
N.C. Museum of History. Dec. 12. Capitol Tree Lighting. 5 p.m. Make a paper angel chain at the craft table at the museum until 7:30 p.m, before the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Also take advantage of $5 admissions that night for The Tsars' Cabinet and Windows into Heaven exhibits. Ages six and under free to the exhibits. Program free.
Alamance Battleground. Dec. 14. A Gingerbread Christmas. 11 a.m. Learn about the seasonal uses of gingerbread and enjoy light refreshments, including hot, spiced cider. 5803 South N.C. 62, Burlington. Free, but donations are welcome.
House in the Horseshoe. Dec. 14. Colonial Christmas at House in the Horseshoe. 11 a.m. Visit the decorated Alston House for a wonderful spread of food, apple cider and refreshments to the sound of period music. Musket and cannon demonstrations also. 288 Alston House Road, Sanford. Free.
Bennett Place. Dec. 14 and 15. Christmas in the Carolinas During the Civil War. 10 a.m. A traditional 19th century Christmas with decorations, caroling, cooking, games and a visit by Ole St. Nick will be shared by civilians and soldiers. 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. Free.
N.C. Museum of Art. Dec. 15. Holiday Concert featuring the Raleigh Flute Choir. The annual performance by the Raleigh Flute Choir beautifully blends the entire flute family, piccolo to contrabass. Enjoy classic holiday tunes and pieces selected to appeal to the entire family. East Building Auditorium, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Admission information at http://www.ncartmuseum.org.
Duke Homestead. Dec. 15. Family Christmas Festival. 1 p.m. A perfect Christmas event for families with young children. Spend the afternoon celebrating at Duke Homestead. 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham. Free.
N.C. Museum of Art. Dec. 20. Holiday Family Fun Friday. 5:30 p.m. Join in an Alpine-themed holiday extravaganza for family fun at a Weihnachtsmarkt, a traditional German holiday market. Enjoy games, crafts, stories, tunes and a real alpenhorn. Visit St. Nicholas too! The Porsche Biergarten is open for family dining; children enter the Porsche By Design exhibit free with paying adult. East Building, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Admission information at http://www.ncartmuseum.org.
N. C. Symphony. Dec. 20 and 21. N.C. Symphony Holiday Magic: Cirque de la Symphonie. Dec. 20 at 8 p.m., Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. This hit holiday production features fresh acts and music as well as favorites. Watch in awe as aerialists fly overhead performing stunning acrobatic feats to classical and seasonal works. Meymandi Concert Hal, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. Admission information at www.ncsymphony.org.
N.C. Museum of History. First Night Raleigh. Dec. 31. 2-6 p.m. Children's Celebration; 6 p.m. People's Procession. Nighttime events in the auditorium, including Russian entertainers Moscow Nights. Part of downtown celebration, First Night button required. Admission information at www.firstnightraleigh.com.
N. C. Symphony. Dec. 31. N.C. Symphony New Year's Eve: Vienna with a Twist. 8 p.m. Start 2014 with big band classics and unforgettable melodies from Vienna. Great music, great friends, and fireworks in downtown following the concert. Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. Admission information at www.ncsymphony.org.
Tryon Palace. Nov. 29-Jan 5. Seasons of Delight. Enjoy the changing drama of the four seasons during daily tours of the palace and gardens from wheat and fall fruits, winter hoarfrost, spring fantasia to fresh fruits and greens in and out of the palace and historic homes. 610 Pollock St., New Bern. Admission information at www.tryonpalace.org.
Somerset Place. Dec. 1. Somerset Annual Christmas Open House. 1 p.m. Be inspired by the fresh greenery decorations that adorn the buildings at Somerset Place. Enjoy seasonal music on the self-guided tour and sample old fashioned black-eyed peas cooked over the open fire along with "Somerset cornbread" and other seasonal sweets. 2572 Lake Shore Road, Creswell. Free.
Charles B. Aycock Birthplace. Dec. 3. Christmas Candlelight Tours. 6:30 p.m. A festive feast as was served on the late 19th century Aycock farm will blanket the dining room table. Music in the auditorium, a shadow play in the Oak Plains School, and costumed guides who explain post-Civil War Christmas traditions will highlight the evening. Free.
Museum of the Albemarle. Dec. 4. History for Lunch: Deck those Walls. 12:15 p.m. Learn about Christmas decorating traditions in the U.S., and make a tree ornament with museum staff. Bring your lunch, beverage will be provided. 501 S. Water St., Elizabeth City. Free.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum - Hatteras. Dec. 7. 3rd Annual Holiday at the Museum. Noon. Celebrate the holiday season and enjoy live music by local artists while viewing the exhibits. Activities for the children, complimentary hot soup and holiday cookies. Bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry and receive 5% discount in the Museum Store. 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras. Free.
Tryon Palace. Dec. 7. Crafting Christmas Ornament Workshop. 10a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. The workshop for ages five to 10 will inspire them with fun ways to make, decorate, and take home an ornament that connects historical toys with holiday ornaments. 610 Pollock St., New Bern. Free.
Historic Bath. Dec. 8. Christmas Open House. Noon. Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmases past with decorated Colonial and 19th century buildings and live music on harpsichord and recorder, as well as fresh pressed apple juice and hearth baked gingerbread. 297 Carteret St., Bath. Free.
Museum of the Albemarle. Dec. 7. Holiday Open House: A Polar Express. 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Visit Santa 1 to 2 p.m. Children and adults will delight in the Albemarle Railroad Club's O-scale train display of the village from the film, Polar Express. Junior docents will lead activities including making a Polar Express ornament. Carriage and pony rides available for fee. Shop for Christmas gifts. 501 S. Water St., Elizabeth City. Free.
N.C. Maritime Museum-Beaufort. Dec. 7.Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla. 5:30 p.m. The watercraft parade features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks, and commercial vessels decorated for the season. Parade can be seen at 5:30 p.m., on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m., on the Beaufort waterfront. Presented by the Maritime Museum. Boats must register at (252) 728-7317. 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Free.
N.C. Maritime Museum-Southport. Dec. 7. A Victorian Holiday. 1 p.m. Learn about Germanic influences on the Victorian Christmas observance and have a festive afternoon at the museum. Make creative and unconventional ornaments while enjoying egg nog and cookies. Learn about a gilded age shipwreck that almost destroyed Christmas from an exhibit. 204 E. Moore St., Southport. Free.
Historic Bath. Dec. 7. Bonner House Candlelight Tour. 5 p.m. View the 1830 Bonner House by candlelight decorated in its Christmas finery. Guided tours given on the half-hour. Admission information at http://www.nchistoricsites.org/bath.
N. C. Symphony. Dec. 10. Holiday Pops in New Bern. 7 p.m. We made the list, checked it twice. Holiday Pops is oh-so-nice! Don't miss the sure to sell out concert. Enjoy favorites such as "Silver Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and more. "Yule" be glad you did! New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S. Front St., New Bern. Admission information at www.ncsymphony.org.
Fort Fisher. Dec. 10. Holiday Open House. 10 a.m. Enjoy seasonal refreshments, decorations and entertainment throughout the day, all of which are sure to delight. 610 Fort Fisher Blvd. South, Kure Beach. Free.
N.C. Symphony. Dec. 11.Holiday Pops in Tarboro. 8 p.m. Holiday Pops is oh-so-nice when the N.C. Symphony comes to town! Hear favorites such as "Silver Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and more. Keihin Auditorium, Edgecombe Community College, 2009 W. Wilson St., Tarboro. Admission information at www.ncsymphony.org.
Historic Halifax. Dec. 12. Holiday Lantern Tour. 6 p.m. Enjoy a lantern-lit tour of two historic buildings decorated in the style of two centuries ago. Visit the 1760 Owens House and the Tap Room tavern. Refreshments in the tap room are $15 and space is limited. Proceeds benefit the historic site. Information at (252) 583-7191. 25 St. David St., Halifax. Free.
N. C. Symphony. Dec. 12. Holiday Pops in Jacksonville. 7 p.m. Holiday Pops is oh-so-nice when the N.C. Symphony comes to town! Hear favorites such as "Silver Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and more. "Yule" be glad you did! 365 Commons Dr. S, Jacksonville. Admission information at www.ncsymphony.org.
Historic Edenton. Dec. 13. Carolina in the 1767 Courthouse . Dec. 13 and Dec. 14. 6 p.m. Join in an evening of community Carolina at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse on East King Street. Free.
Museum of the Albemarle. Dec. 13. Jingle Bells are Rocking. 10 a.m. For ages 3-5 with adult. Preschoolers will decorate houses with adult supervision from 10 to 11 a.m. and learn some architectural terms and the history of gingerbread at Christmas. $22 per house. Register at (252) 335-1453. Supply fee.
Museum of the Albemarle. Dec. 13. Gingerbread Workshop. Children of All Ages. 3:30 p.m. Children from aged one to 100 can decorate houses from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and learn some architectural terms and the history of gingerbread at Christmas. $22 per house. Register at (252) 335-1453. Supply fee.
CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center. Dec. 14. Deck the Halls - Christmas Open House. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join our costumed interpreters in decking the halls in traditions of Christmas past. Visit with Santa and learn about Christmas Traditions during the Civil War. Light refreshments provided. 100 N. Queen St., Kinston. Free.
Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson. Dec. 15. An 18th Century Christmas. 5 p.m. This seasonal program shares period life for Brunswick residents at Christmastime. Costumed interpreters will provide tours of St. Phillips Church and Historic Brunswick Town. Learn to craft a Moravian star, create stenciled ornaments and enjoy colonial era refreshments. 8884 St. Phillips Road SE, Winnabow. Free.
Tryon Palace. Dec. 14 and 21. A Candlelight Masquerade. 5 p.m. An 18th century candlelight celebration to delight visitors and transport them to a world of costumed performers, magicians, daring feats of agility, dancing, the palace by candlelight, and a fireworks finale. 610 Pollock St., New Bern. Admission information at www.tryonpalace.org.
N. C. Symphony. Dec. 17. Holiday Pops in Weldon. 7:30 p.m. We made the list, checked it twice. Holiday Pops is oh-so-nice! Don't miss the sure to sell out concert, Enjoy favorites such as "Silver Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and more. "Yule" be glad you did! The Centre at Halifax Community College, 100 College Dr., Weldon. Admission information at www.ncsymphony.org.
N. C. Symphony. Dec. 19. Holiday Pops in Wilmington. 7 p.m. Holiday Pops is oh-so-nice when the N.C. Symphony comes to town! Hear favorites such as "Silver Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and more. "Yule" be glad you did! Kenan Auditorium, UNC-Wilmington, 601 College Rd., Wilmington. Admission information at www.ncsymphony.org.