I think most of us, love the upcoming holidays, with its sparkle and fun events, designed to gather friends and family.

Here are some events you might want to ‘calendar’ in advance. We are trying to keep this updated.Please double check times and dates 🙂


December-Jan 2018 Koka Booth Amphitheater- Chinese Lantern Festival to end of year (not to be missed)

Nov 18  Raleigh Christmas Parade– Downtown Raleigh

Nov 22 Polar Express  | Duke Energy Center

Nov 24 Jim Graham Bldg, Holiday Gift Market 9am

Nov 24 Durham Hip Hop Nutcracker, DPAC

Dec 1, Morrisville Tree Lighting, Town Hall 7-9pm

Dec 1, Cary Christmas in Conneticut, Cary Theatre

Dec 1-4 A Christmas Story, Cary Arts Center

Dec 2 Cary  Ol’Time Winter Festival noon,Downtown Cary

Dec 2, Raleigh, Sleigh Rides & Cider,Raleigh City Farm

Dec 3 Hannuka Market, Temple Beth Or 10 am

Dec 2 Wake Forest Downtown Open House 10am start

Dec 2, Breakfast with Mrs Claus, Garden Supply 9-10am Cary

Dec 2 Outdoor Winter Farmers Market 9:30-12 East Center Street, Holly Springs

Dec 2, Santa’s Workshop, 10 am-12:30 101 Wilkinson Ave, Cary

Dec 2 Page Walker Holiday Open House,4-6pm 119 Ambassador Loop Cary

Dec 4 Raleigh, Rialto Theatre, ELF, the movie 7pm

Dec 6 Durham Fantasia Christmas, DPAC

Dec 7 Raleigh Disney on Ice, PNC Center

Dec 9 (rescheduled to Dec 11) Holiday Express, Pullen Park due to weather , this was rescheduled to Dec 11

Dec 8, 9 Holiday Gingerbread Contest-Billiam’s Cafe

Dec 9 Cary Christmas Parade, 2pm Academy Street

Dec 9 Holly Springs Christmas Parade 11am Main Street

Dec 9 Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade 10 a.m. at Morehead Planetarium on E. Franklin Street 

Dec 9 Gingerbread Jamboree, Marbles Museum Raleigh

Dec 9 Cary, Bond Park Grinch Candy Cane Hunt, 1-2 pm 

Dec 9 Durham DPAC, The Nutcracker

Dec 8-9, Raleigh,Holshouser Building, European Christmas Market

Dec 9 Raleigh Ringers Concert, Duke Performing Center

Dec 9 Mordecai Holiday Tour 10-4 Open House, free

Dec 9, Raleigh Santa at North Hills 1-3pm Christmas Tree Lot

Dec 9 Garner Great Gift Show 

Dec 9 Wake Forest Christmas Parade

Dec 9 & 10 Historic Oakwood Tour Tucker House Sharon Lewis favorite


Dec 10 Concert Singers Present Holiday Pops 304:30 101 Dry Ave, Cary

Dec 12 Chapel Hill, Classic Holiday Pops, Memorial Hall 7:30

Dec 13, Trans Siberian Orchestra, PNC Arena

Dec 13 & 14 Durham- Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Carolina Theatre, 7pm

Dec 15 & 16 Holiday Pops, with Callaway Sisters, Mehmandi Hall, Raleigh

Dec 15 Holly Springs Suggly Sweater 5 K Run, Sugg Farm

Dec 15, Raleigh Museum of Art,Holiday Family Fun

Dec 15-17 Cary Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite 101 Dry Ave,Cary

Dec 15 Durham Holiday Pops Concert

Dec 19 Menorah Lightingv5:30-7pm101 Dry Ave, Cary

Dec 21 Its a Wonderful Life, Cary Theatre

Dec 23, Raleigh  Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Duke Performing Arts Centre

Dec 31 The Avett Brothers, PNC arena

Dec 31, Chapel Hill Ring in the New Year, Morehead Planetarium 4-6 pm moreheadplanetarium.org

Dec 31 First Night Raleigh Super fun event. In Raleigh the city drops the Acorn for little ones at 9 and adults at midnight 

Raleigh is known as The City of Oaks-hence the Acorn Drop!