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Christmas by Candlelight

December 7, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 9:15 pm

You’re invited to join us at Christmas by Candlelight – Experience an 1870s North Carolina Christmas with Duke Homestead!

Kick off your holiday season with this annual favorite. You will enjoy storytelling, cookies and cider, live music, singing, dancing, and a whole lot of history as costumed interpreters lead you on a candlelit tour through our historic area. This is a unique opportunity to see the Duke family home brought to life as it might have been when the Dukes lived here!

Buy tickets here:

December 7 and December 14, 2018


Doors open at 6:30pm

Tours depart from the Visitor Center every 15 minutes. You will purchase tickets for a specific tour time. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

Each tour is limited to 25 people total.

Ticket Prices:

$6 + tax for adults

$3 + tax for kids

(Babies under 1 do not require tickets)

Tickets will not be refunded within 24 hours of event, or in the case of inclement weather unless the event is canceled.



Do I have to buy tickets?
Yes, tickets are required to participate in this program.

When and where can I buy tickets?
We strongly encourage you to buy your tickets in advance via Eventbrite. This is the only way to pre-purchase tickets. It is possible that tickets will sell out before the day of the event. Please call us if you have questions or need help using Eventbrite: 919-627-6990.

We usually line up to purchase tickets at the door. Will you have tickets available at the door?
We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door. Please consider pre-purchasing your tickets online to guarantee your spot.

I am bringing a large group. Can I purchase tickets for everyone?
Yes. And tickets to Christmas by Candlelight make fabulous holiday gifts…

Will it be dark or hard to see?
The tours take place at night in the historic area of our site, which does not have electric lighting. Guides with lanterns will walk you through the site, and some of your path will be illuminated with candle light. Visibility will be limited, and the paths are uneven.

What should I wear? Will I be cold?
This program takes place mostly outdoors in December. Some years it has been 70 degrees, and some years it has been 30. Please keep an eye on the weather and dress accordingly.

I am bringing an elderly person or someone with limited mobility. Will they be able to do this tour?
If this is the case for your group, please call the staff in advance of the event and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. The paths utilized on this tour are unpaved and uneven. One building on this tour is not wheelchair accessible. The entire tour is approximately 300 yards in distance, and visitors will be standing or walking most of the time.


December 7, 2018
6:45 pm - 9:15 pm


Duke Homestead State Historic Site