Holiday Events

Feel the magic of all the holidays in Greater Raleigh with family fun outdoor events in the spring, patriotic Fourth of July events in the summer, spooky Halloween events in the fall and warmhearted holiday celebrations in the winter. The cool air of spring is perfect for Raleigh Easter egg hunts, where family and friends make precious memories. Get spooked at haunted attractions, screenings of classic horror movies and kid-friendly corn mazes around Halloween.

The winter holidays are celebrated joyously in Greater Raleigh with the Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest, the lighting of a beautifully illuminated tree in downtown Raleigh's City Plaza and much more. The annual Kwanzaa celebration in the Town of Cary, Christmas events and Hanukkah celebrations are always popular. Welcome the New Year at First Night Raleigh, complete with festivities and the annually-anticipated acorn drop. Celebrate the holidays in style, Raleigh style.

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12-20-2014

Signature Events

A Pink Martini Christmas

December 19 – 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Back by popular demand after numerous sold out performances with the North Carolina Symphony, the "little orchestra" returns to Raleigh for the holidays. Don't miss it!

The Nutcracker

December 19 – 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Hundreds of thousands have been captivated and fascinated by the awe-inspiring grace, grandeur and mysterious illusions of Carolina Ballet’s holiday classic. This season will prove to be no less...

Events

"Handel's Messiah - Christmas Section"

December 20, 2014

An intimate performance of Part I of Handel's Messiah in a setting not unlike where Handel gave the first performance in Dublin in 1742. Written for small chorus and orchestra, the Messiah of Handel's...

An Irish Christmas with Seamus Kennedy

December 20, 2014
  • Times: 7-10pm
  • Venue: Tir na nOg
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $12

Join us for our Annual Irish Christmas Dinner and a show. Saturday, December 20 at Tir na nOg. We serve a full menu, plus an Irish Christmas dinner special. Seating from 5:30pm for dinner. 7pm music ...

Deck the Halls With Wine

December 20, 2014

'Deck the Halls with Wine' at Chatham Hill Winery. Enjoy traditional holiday Hammered Dulcimer live from 2-5pm. Wine Tasting and Winery Tours with give-aways after each tour. Sample wine directly f...

Marvelous Music Family Series: A Mini Very Cary Christmas

December 20, 2014
  • Times: 10am
  • Venue: Cary Arts Center
  • Area: Cary
  • Admission: $8; Special Ballerina Tea $16

In A Mini Very Cary Christmas, audiences will be treated to exclusive holiday jazz works by dancers of The 3D Project, followed by a mini ballet demonstration presented by Cary Ballet's Artistic Direc...

The Birth of the Messiah

December 20 – 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

The Birth of the Messiah play production will be coming to Raleigh. Both shows are FREE and OPEN to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Glory of Christmas

December 18 – 20, 2014 (Recurring every 2 days)
  • Times: Thurs., 7:30pm; Sat., 3pm
  • Venue: The Longview Center
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: Suggested donation: Advance $20; Children $10

A spirited mix of traditional, classical and world music by Unity Choir with orchestra and professional soloists, directed by Maestro Scott McKenzie.

White Christmas - Movie Sing-A-Long

December 20, 2014

An interactive movie experience you won't want to miss! A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former comm...

On-Going Events

"The Holiday Collection": featuring Louis St. Lewis, Simon Griffiths, Katherine Maynard

November 30 – December 31, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: Tues.-Fri., noon-6pm; Sat., 11am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm
  • Venue: Gallery C
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh

7th Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Exhibition and Auction

December 05 – 22, 2014 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest

November 22, 2014 – February 1, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

November 28 – December 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Wendell Wonderland

November 22 – December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Sun.-Thur., 6-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 6-11pm
  • Venue: Town of Wendell
  • Area: Wendell

12-21-2014

Signature Events

The Nutcracker

December 19 – 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Hundreds of thousands have been captivated and fascinated by the awe-inspiring grace, grandeur and mysterious illusions of Carolina Ballet’s holiday classic. This season will prove to be no less...

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