Join the Festivities!

Experience a historical North Carolina holiday season with Duke Homestead! Take an evening and join us as we celebrate Christmas by Candlelight. Costumed interpreters will lead you on a candlelit tour through the historic area festooned with period decorations as we celebrate Christmas in the 1870's.

Enjoy the live music and historic dancing in the Third Factory, then move through to the Duke's Historic Home where you will be welcomed with Christmas carols, story telling, hot apple cider, and other holiday goodies.


Tour Times: 

7:00 pm      8:00 pm

7:10 pm      8:10 pm

7:20 pm      8:20 pm

7:30 pm      8:30 pm

7:40 pm      8:40 pm

7:50 pm      8:50 pm

9:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight
Friday December 4th & 11th
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Doors open at 6:45 pm
Tickets purchased at the Door
Tickets: $6.00 Adults and $3.00 Kids 10 & under

Christmas by Candlelight FAQ:

Do I have to buy tickets? 

Yes, you must have a ticket to go on tour.

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets cost $6.00 for Adults and $3.00 for kids age 10 & under.

When and where can I buy tickets?

Tickets can only be purchased the day of the event at the visitor's center. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

How early should I line up to get tickets?

You may begin lining up as early as 6:30 pm outside of the Visitor's Center to purchase tickets.

When do the tours go out? How many tours will there be?

Tours will be going out every 10 minutes starting at 7:00 pm, with the last tour leaving at 9:00 pm. Your ticket will be purchased for a specific tour time. Please see above for a list of tour times.

I am bringing a large group. How do we get tickets?

There is a purchase limit of 5 tickets per individual. This limit applies to groups of all sizes. Please have the majority of your party with you when purchasing tickets.

Will it be dark or hard to see?

The tours take place at night in the Historic Area. Visitors will be led by guides with lanterns and candlelight luminaries along their path. Please be aware that this will make for limited visibility. The pathway to the Historic Area is not paved. 

What should I wear? Will it be cold?

The tours take place at night, outside in December.  Plan on it being chilly and please keep an eye on the weather and dress accordingly. 

I am bringing an elderly person or a person who has limited mobility. Will they be able to do this tour? How?

When purchasing tickets, please inform the front desk and we will do our best to accommodate you based on your needs. The Historic House is wheel chair accessible. The Third Factory is not. The pathway through the Historic Area is not paved. The walk to the Historic Area and back to the Visitor's Center is about 300 yards total distance. Visitors will be standing or walking a majority of the time. 

Duke Homestead State Historic Site
2828 Duke Homestead Road
Durham, North Carolina 27705
(919) 477-5498