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CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS t The site’s grand entrance floor was reconstructed using white Italian and black Belgian marble and was designed based on evidence of the original flooring found during excavations. When not celebrating the holidays, the niches hold allegorical figures denoting the four quarters of the earth — Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe. The site opens its doors daily to visitors throughout the year. While most tourist destinations see an uptick in visitation during the summer months, Tryon Palace’s big-gest month is December. “There are two separate things for visitors to be aware of,” says Craig Ramey, mar-keting and communications manager. “People can come to Tryon Palace anytime in December and they can see the grounds transformed into Christmas. The holi-day decorations are up for the entire month and are included in the regular admis-sion price. But we also have a Candlelight Christmas cel-ebration that is traditionally held two Saturday evenings in December and allows guests the chance to go a little deeper into the colonial celebration.” This year, four of the his-toric structures on the site will come to life with tales of Christmas past, as volunteers and staff members in period costumes perform scenes in each of the buildings that set the scene for holiday celebra-tions. Candlelight Christmas will take place December 12 and 19 from 4:30 - 9:30 p.m. In the Stanly House, the family searches for their missing daughter Elizabeth, who eloped in 1814. In the Commission House, a 1950 Christmas Eve is enacted as the homeowners busily prepare for their children and grand-children to visit the next day. Preparations are underway 30 WBM december 2015


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