Republican Pat McCrory will become North Carolinas 74th governor on Jan. 5 in a low-key ceremony in the old Senate chamber in Raleigh.
McCrory will deliver his inaugural address in a more public forum a week later, when other festivities are scheduled.
A source with the governor-elects transition team said McCrory wants to be sworn in before the legislature opens its new session Jan. 9.
The former Charlotte mayor defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton on Nov. 6.
With the election of Dan Forest as lieutenant governor confirmed Monday when Democrat Linda Coleman decided to forgo a recount North Carolina will have Republicans in solid control of state government for the first time in more than a century.