Now in its twenty first year, The Carolina Inn will once again celebrate the Christmas season with enchanting decorations inspired by the traditional holiday song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. A vision of seasonal wonder will be displayed throughout the Inn including magnificently decorated trees, beautifully appointed holiday décor, shopping at the Holiday Market and events to
keep you and your little one’s entertained.
Come and enjoy the holiday season with us for three magical Sundays between December 2nd and December 16th. Don your Santa hat, bundle up your kids, and get into the festive spirit because it is going to snow every Sunday in December at The Carolina Inn. With vendors from all over the state, our market will be a wonderful place to shop for hand crafted yuletide gifts from chocolates, to jewelry, to garlands and ornaments.
If you get hungry there will be plenty of goodies to choose from. We have an outstanding lineup of local food trucks and exceptional offerings from our own culinary team. You’ll be able to feast on everything from soft pretzels to pulled pork. Your sweet tooth won’t be disappointed either. Dig into some fried dough, donuts, or caramel apples. Better yet, cuddle up to the fire and enjoy some s’mores.
Whether you want to relax with a hot chocolate or opt for something a little stronger like a mulled wine or a craft beer, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the season.
Holiday Afternoon Tea
It is said that Anna Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, invented Afternoon Tea in 1840. This was to satisfy her peckishness during the long wait between lunch and dinner. We are proud to continue this custom.
Prepared and served fresh each day, our menu faithfully follows the traditional combination of sweet and savory treats and homemade scones with clotted cream and jam. The ingredients include specialties from our pastry team that reflect our southern roots as well as time-honored British influence. At the heart of the experience is the drink itself. Choose from a variety of loose leaf teas including English blends and herbal infusions that will complement your food perfectly. Enjoy the company of family and friends and delight in the wonder of the holiday season.
Make Reservations at least 48 hours in advance by calling 919.918.2777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited Seating. Reservations Required. Please call 48 hours in advance of your existing reservation to cancel and to avoid charges on your credit card. Prices listed are per person. A 20% gratuity and tax added separately.
CLASSIC HOLIDAY TEA $45
Indulge in three assorted tea sandwiches, savories and sweets per person, house-made chocolate confections and scones.
Royal Holiday Tea $58
Add a special touch to your afternoon respite by treating yourself to a glass of sparkling wine with a tantalizing selection of sweets, tea sandwiches, scones and tea.
Little Prince & Princess Holiday Tea $29
Our tea hostess will gladly adjust the menu to flatter the tastes of our young patrons. We welcome children to experience the grace and charm of our Afternoon Tea and partake in this cherished tradition. For children ages 4-12.
Hand Lettering and Holiday Tags with All She Wrote Notes
1:00PM – 3:00PM
Come and enjoy an afternoon of Hand Lettering with All She Wrote Notes at The Carolina Inn. Grab your friends, a cocktail and a festive treat while learning how to improve your own handwriting with Maghon’s techniques and tricks. Before you leave, use your newly learned lettering to customize your holiday tags and then head on out to our 2nd Annual Holiday Market to pick up some gifts! No experience necessary.
$45 per person. Reservations Required. Limited Seating. Ideal for adults and children 13 and up.
All Aboard! Join our holiday elves for a special reading of The Polar Express. There will be cookie decorating, ornament making, an afternoon snack, and of course a train ride around the Inn.
$30 per child, 5% of all proceeds from this event will be donated to the Toys for Tots.
A festive Carolina Inn breakfast or brunch will undoubtedly usher in the Christmas magic for young and old alike. Magicians and face painters will be on hand to entertain everyone. Each child is welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas wish list. Every child will leave with a holiday treat.
Christmas Tea with The Sugar Plum Fairy
1:30 PM or 4:00 PM
Enjoy the warmth of the holiday season with our traditional Carolina inn Christmas tea, while visions of sugar plum fairies twirl around your table creating a magical experience. This is the perfect holiday tradition for the entire family. Grab your nutcracker souvenir from the boutique shop or snap a picture with the dancers before roaming the halls, in search for our Twelve Days of Christmas items.
Limited Seating Available at 1:30pm and 4:00pm.
Ideal for children 12 and under.
Suzuki Academy of North Carolina
Enjoy a holiday performance by academy students ranging in ages from 5 to 10 years old. Holiday classics will be performed by this talented string ensemble.
Limited Seating. Reservations not Required. Children Must be Accompanied by an Adult. Complimentary.
December 21st, 22nd, 23rd
2pm - 4pm
Just in time for Christmas, The Carolina Inn is hosting a children's Gingerbread House Making Class. Join us for a cozy afternoon that begins with a story of Christmas magic. Each child will then be able to assemble and decorate their very own Gingerbread House complete with an apron, chef's hat and all the holiday sweets and goodies that their imaginations can hold. At the end of class, each child will take home a completed Gingerbread House and accessories.
Limited Seating. Reservations Required. Children Must be Accompanied by an Adult.
$45 Per Child Ages 5-12
Join us for a lively presentation by Footnotes Tap Ensemble, a professional tap company based in Durham.
Reservations Not Required.