Holiday Events

Feel the magic of all the holidays in Raleigh, N.C., 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 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 the Raleigh area 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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A Christmas Carol

December 07 – 11, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Ira David Wood III's beloved musical comedy, A Christmas Carol, celebrates its 42nd Anniversary this year. The show has been performed annually since 1974 and has been named one of the "Top 20 Ev...

A Pink Martini Holiday

December 09 – 10, 2016 (Recurring daily)

China Forbes returns! One of the world's favorite Cocktail, Jazz, and World Pop ensembles returns to Meymandi Concert Hall. Pink Martini delivers a festive holiday concert featuring beloved songs from...

Arbolito de la Esperanza: Tree of Hope Lighting

December 9, 2016

The lighting of the Arbolito de la Esperanza (Tree of Hope) kicks off the Estrella de la Esperanza (Star of Hope) campaign, which collects food, toys, and money for families in need. The tree lighti...

Governor's Mansion Holiday Open House

December 08 – 11, 2016

Take a tour of the N.C. Executive Mansion this holiday season. Visitors are invited to tour the home, take in the decorations and enjoy seasonal musical entertainment by local performing groups. The f...

Holiday Express

December 01 – 11, 2016 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: 4-9pm
  • Venue: Pullen Park
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Admission: $10

Holiday Express will roll into Raleigh, Dec. 1-4 and Dec.7-11, from 4-9pm nightly. Children and adults alike will enjoy this Triangle tradition as Pullen Park is festively decorated with thousands of ...

Jeanne Jolly & The Mistletoes in The Jolly Holiday Revue

December 9, 2016
  • Times: 8pm
  • Venue: Southland Ballroom
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: Advanced standing $15, advanced seated $20

Jeanne Jolly & The Mistletoes will be performing The Jolly Holiday Revue live at the Southland Ballroom.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

November 25 – December 24, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including...

Songs of the Season - Men's Acapella Chorus

December 9, 2016
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Venue: Cary Arts Center
  • Area: Cary
  • Admission: Adults $15; 17 and under $10

It is time once again for your favorite holiday tradition as The General Assembly Chorus and Quartets present a wonderful evening of holiday harmony in their unique a capella style! This year's p...

The Santaland Diaries

December 09 – 18, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Crumpet the Elf relives his tale of his brief stint working at Macy's "Santaland" attraction in New York City. The play, based on David Sedaris's short story, chronicles the holiday season a...

Three Christmas Plays at The Halle

December 09 – 11, 2016

Christmas All Over the Place, an engaging mini-play from the famous Paper Bag Players, is about a merrily mixed up misunderstanding between the Huffenpuff and Wigglebee families. Ten Minutes Till Ch...

On-Going Events

Christmas at Oak View Farm: How they Celebrated from 1850 to 1950

December 05 – 09, 2016 (Recurring every week day)
  • Times: Mon.-Fri. group tours 10am and 11:30am; individual tours 1:30 pm, some Sat. and Sun. times available
  • Venue: Historic Oak View County Park
  • Area: East Raleigh

Ice Raleigh

November 19, 2016 – January 29, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Wendell Wonderland

November 23 – December 31, 2016
  • Times: Sun.-Thur., 6-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 6-11pm
  • Venue: Town of Wendell
  • Area: Wendell



2016 Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

December 10, 2016

For the past thirty-six consecutive years the Cary Jaycees have sponsored the Cary Jaycee Christmas Parade in downtown Cary. The parade is a joyful celebration which includes bands, mascots, local bus...

45th Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

December 10 – 11, 2016
  • Times: 1-7pm
  • Venue: Tucker House
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $22-$30

There's a feeling of a small town community right in the middle of downtown Raleigh. Historic Oakwood is a community of homes most of which are dated from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. There's a...

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