Deck the halls with boughs of holly! The halls of the State Capitol building, that is. The halls, the rooms and the grounds of Raleigh’s State Capitol will be beautifully decorated and open to the public during the building’s annual Open House, from Dec. 9th to 12th.

Holiday cheer will fill the capitol as local groups perform traditional and contemporary holiday music in the rotunda throughout the weekend. Civil War buffs will enjoy a special treat on Saturday, when re-enactors from the 6th North Carolina State Troops will set up camp and conduct Civil War-era military drills.

The Christmas encampment will serve as a fun way to compare the holiday during the early war period with the latter period of the war, when many things had become scarce.  There will be fun hands-on activities to enjoy, such as candle dipping and making Civil War-era Christmas ornaments just like they used to.

The State Capitol Open House is truly one of the best times to explore the historically rich building, with the added bonus of live entertainment. Even better, the event is free and requires no advance reservation, although it’s wise to arrive at least one hour before it closes. Check out the hours for this event and learn more about the Capitol building here.