Christmas by Candlelight

Friday December 6 & 13

5:15 PM TO 9:15 PM

Tickets purchased Online in Advance or At the Door starting at 5:15 pm the night of, if available.
 $6.00 Adults and $3.00 Kids age 3-12
Tickets are subject to tax

For the city’s 150th anniversary, Durham’s three State Historic Sites invite you to join our Christmas programs, “Spirit, Sacrifice, and Celebration.” See how the lives of past Durhamites transformed dramatically in the decade leading up to Durham’s founding. Visitors can discover the spirit and culture of enslaved people at Christmas at Historic Stagville in 1860, learn of the sacrifices and compromises local families made in the midst of the American Civil War in 1864, and the post-war celebration and growth at the start of Durham’s famed industrial founding at Duke Homestead in 1870.

Come to Duke Homestead for evening candlelight tours and celebrate an old-fashioned traditional Victorian Christmas with the Duke Family in 1870. As the Dukes switched from growing to manufacturing bright leaf tobacco, they enjoyed the start of soaring wealth just a few short years after the hardships of war. Visitors will be invited to join in the celebration with dancing, decorating the house and the Christmas tree with historic decorations, listening to Christmas stories, playing Christmas games, singing along to beloved Christmas songs, drinking some hot cider, and even meeting Santa Claus!  

Purchase tickets here, or below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-by-candlelight-tickets-72533466551

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 3-12 (plus tax). 

WHEN AND WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS?

Tickets can be purchased in advance online. This is the only way to pre-purchase tickets. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance. If there are remaining tickets on the night of each event we will sell them at the door.

We usually line up to purchase tickets at the door. Will you have tickets available at the door?

If there are remaining tickets on the night of each event we will sell them 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.

WHEN DO THE TOURS GO OUT? HOW MANY TOURS WILL THERE BE?

Tours will be going out every 15 minutes starting at 5:30 pm, with the last tour leaving at 9:15 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 no limit on how many tickets you can purchase at one time, aside from the maximum capacity for each tour (25 people). Christmas by Candlelight tickets make fabulous holiday gifts! 

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?

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 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 Third Factory is not wheel chair accessible. 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. 

What if my plans change and I need a refund? 

We are unable to offer refunds on purchased tickets. All cancelled tickets will be considered a donation to the site and will be used for future educational programming.