Celebrate Christmases Past at N.C. Historic Sites
Step back in time to learn how families observed the holiday season centuries ago. Find out how colonists and early Americans celebrated the Christmas holiday at A Colonial Christmas at the Joel Lane Museum House in Raleigh Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Costumed re-enactors demonstrate scenes of 18th-century life, and kids can play colonial games and crafts. To learn more, visit joellane.org.
Duke Homestead's Christmas by Candlelight event Dec. 7 and 14 from 7-9 p.m. takes visitors on evening tours of the historic site and showcases period decorations, caroling and dancing, as well as hot apple cider.
Bennett Place State Historic Site's living history program, Christmas in the Carolinas, focuses on Christmas during the Civil War and takes place Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This event depicts holiday festivities on a Piedmont farm. Enjoy a visit from St. Nick and 19th-century traditions.
Visit ncculture.com for more information about these and other historic events at sites beyond the Triangle.