Raleigh, N.C. – This is a great weekend for the Christmas holidays in the Triangle! So get ready, take a friend and see these shopping markets, festive events and performances.
Lighting of the WRAL tower – The annual tradition continues on Friday night at the WRAL studios. There will be musical performances and special guests. Watch it live on WRAL News.
American Tobacco Tower Lighting – Enjoy performances by local choral groups and a visit from Santa on Friday night during this annual event.
Raleigh Tree Lighting Center Celebration – This year's celebration includes a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, a 40-foot Snowzilla slide, other entertainment and activities, holiday refreshments and Gingerbread House and Holiday Hound Costume Competition. The fun ranges from 4 to 8 p.m. in City Plaza.
Durham Christmas Parade and Fun Fest – The parade will begin at 11 a.m. m. Saturday in the center of Durham. After the parade, there will be a Fun Fest with Santa, train rides, bounces and more. The parade will begin at the Health Department (Main and Dillard streets) and end near the Duke University East Campus (Main Street and Buchanan Boulevard).
Downtown Cary Ole Time Winter Festival – Buy local artisans and businesses downtown, enjoy live music and carols and drinks and be happy with local local food and beer trucks on Saturdays. Santa Claus will be at The Matthews House for pictures and cookies.
Four Oaks Christmas Festival – The Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by free activities for children, including crafts and farewells, a visit from Santa, a selling village and more.
Christmas on Salem Street – This annual celebration begins on Friday at 5 p.m. m. Enjoy tree lighting, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and horse-drawn carriage rides. On Saturday, the fun continues with a breakfast of pancakes, photos with Santa Claus and the Apex Christmas Parade.
Garner Christmas Parade – Marching bands, floats, clbadic cars, Santa Claus and many other tickets will tour the Garner Center at Garner's annual Christmas Parade on Saturday. The annual lighting of the tree is Friday night.
Morrisville Tree Lighting – The city will kick off the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Indian Creek Trailhead on Friday. It will be a night of musical entertainment, crafts for children, a visit from Santa and refreshments.
NC Chinese Lantern Festival – This annual light exhibit is on the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary until January 14. There are more than 20 screens with thousands of LED lights. There are also nocturnal performances.
Jingle Bell Run – The Jingle Bell Run from The Arthritis Foundation is a fun way to get dressed while running to raise funds and raise awareness. This 5K is Saturday at Saint Mary's School.
Person Street Holiday Shop Hop – Each business in Person Street plaza will offer a special holiday activity, an agreement or event on Friday night.
Merry Makers Market – Shop at Raleigh Beer Garden on Saturday afternoon. There will be vendors, live music and games, as well as a dog adoption event. Admission is free.
Activa Good Shop for Good – During the day, enjoy buying exclusive products sold by sellers with a portion of the proceeds benefiting to local charities. There will also be a relaxation area with free chair mbadages and hot drinks, a wine tasting, food and entertainment at Marbles Kids Museum and Vintage Church in downtown Raleigh. The fun continues from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with Christmas shopping, a silent auction, an open wine and beer bar, hors d'oeuvres, music, dance and entertainment at the Marbles Kids Museum. Day tickets cost $ 12 and night tickets cost $ 55.
Scandinavian Christmas Fair – Enjoy the rich traditions of the Nordic countries – Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland – during this fair in the building Holshouser at the NC State Fairgrounds this weekend. Tickets are $ 7 for adults and children 13 and younger are free.
The Carolina Inn Holiday Market – The Carolina Inn will host this market for three magical Saturdays between December 2 and 16. Sellers will include hand-made gifts of yuletide, from chocolates to jewelry, garlands and ornaments. Vendors across the state will be part of the holiday magic that includes Mama Dips, Woof Gang Bakery, Moon and Lola, Honeygirl Meadery, Chirba Chirba Food Truck and Cocoa Forte Food Truck.
Boylan Heights ArtWalk – Take a walk through the historic Boylan Heights in downtown Raleigh and buy special holiday gifts on Sunday. More than 100 artists will show and sell their work on porches and lawns, in homes and in artist studios. There will be a variety of works of art from new and established artists, including ceramics, jewelry, home accessories and more.
Locally Made Market – Head to The Mayton Inn in downtown Cary on Sunday for this local market with more than 35 vendors.
The Market – Quail Corners will host this monthly market on Saturday. Buy jewelry, crafts, home decoration, pet treats, baked goods, children's books, bath products, art, clothing, personalized gifts, products, green micro and more.
Rudolph Holiday Food Truck Rodeo – The RDU Mobile Food Association hosts this food truck rodeo on Sunday at Knightdale Station Park. The profits will benefit Meals on Wheels.
International Tasting Festival – Raleigh Beer Garden hosts this event on Saturday. Selection of samples of more than 200 beers from all over the country and the rest of the world.
Exchange of cookies for a cause – Cornerstone Tavern organizes this event on Sunday afternoon. Bring 12 cookies and bring 12 cookies home. The event will also be a supply unit for The Carying Place, which needs personal hygiene and household items.
Hot Nuts and Cider – Raleigh City Farm is the host of this event on Saturday. There will be a nut cracking competition, a cider with hot spikes, live music and more fun.
School of Rock – The musical based on the popular movie plays DPAC through Sunday.
Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theater presents this musical with the right mix of comedy and romance to add the flash of magic to your vacation. The show opens on Friday night. Opening night benefits WRAL's Coats for the Children, with $ 10 of each ticket to provide warm coats for children in need. Cinderella runs until December 17.
Cliff Cash – A Raleigh favorite returns for his own show on Friday night in Neptunes, in the center of the city. The comic will be accompanied by Drew Harrison and presenter Adam Cohen.
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer: the musical – The Christmas clbadic comes alive as a musical at the Fletcher Opera Theater. The show will run until December 24.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among all during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become the director of the Christmas contest of the school. Charlie Brown accepts, but this turns out to be a frustrating effort. Watch this Theater in the Park production from Friday through December 10.
David Crosby – Twice member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is playing the Carolina Theater of Durham on Saturday. He will be accompanied by five musical friends: James Raymond on the keys, Mai Agan on the bbad, Steve Di Stanislao on the drums, Jeff Pevar on the guitar and Michelle Willis on the keys and the voice.
The Great Xscape Tour – One of the most beloved bands in the history of R & B, Xscape, they are back and on tour. See them on Sunday at PNC Arena.