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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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Signature Events

Phantoms of the Orchestra

November 1, 2014

Each year around Halloween the "Phantoms of the Orchestra" return to haunt the concert hall. The conductor and his terrified assistant must use the power of the baton to control this ghoulis...


Raleigh Fall Brew Fest

November 1, 2014
  • Times: 4-8pm
  • Venue: Cardinal Hall
  • Area: North Raleigh
  • Admission: VIP $45-$50; GA $35-$40

The Raleigh Fall Brew Fest will celebrate craft beverages from around N.C. and beyond and features; live local music, food and other vendors. This event benefits N.C. Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC...

The Boogeyman Bar Crawl

November 1, 2014

The most Spooktacular nightlife tour of Raleigh's Hottest Halloween Haunts on your Favorite Fiendish Fiasco of a holiday, complete with games and free drinks! Why choose just one Halloween party this ...

Young Associates Members’ Halloween Bash

November 1, 2014
  • Times: 8-11pm
  • Venue: North Carolina Museum of History
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: Advance: $40 Members, $50 Non-Members; At the door (if available): $50 Members, $60 Non-Members

Museum members in their early 20s to early 40s will hold their second annual Halloween costume bash. Join at the event or visit ncmuseumassoc.com for information.


The First Thanksgiving

November 4, 2014

Carolina Puppet Theatre presents The First Thanksgiving. Using a variety of puppet styles, the characters come to life with engaging personalities and close interaction with the audience.


The Muppets Christmas Carol (Kids Movie Morning)

November 6, 2014

Rated: G. Part of the Heart of the Holidays Celebration! The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.


A Side of History: Veterans Day

November 11, 2014

On Veterans Day the U.S. honors the men and women who serve and have served our country. Learn about this important holiday and make pretty firework cards to send to some of our veterans. For all ages...


Gobble Gobble Turkey Talk

November 13, 2014

Come join us to learn about the wild turkey that live in the park. We will have a brief discussion about wild turkeys and then do a turkey themed craft. This program is geared toward children up to 12...


Kids Get Crafty: T is for Turkey

November 15, 2014

Turkeys have very colorful feathers! Celebrate this Thanksgiving season with crafts all about this important bird! Use recyclable materials and feathers to fashion a rafter of turkeys and make a t...

Mistletoe Madness Holiday Market

November 15, 2014

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Mistletoe Madness holiday market! This is our holiday showcase event with a variety of unique vendors and crafters to liven up your holiday shopping expe...

Mistletoe Market Holiday Fair

Starting November 15, 2014 (Recurring on the 3rd Saturday of November)
  • Times: 9am-4:30pm
  • Venue: Wakefield High School
  • Area: North Raleigh
  • Admission: $5 ($1 off with donation of canned/non-perishable food item)

The Mistletoe Market Holiday Fair at Wakefield is one of the largest shopping extravaganzas in the Triangle area with over 200 vendors each season. This is our 14th year. There is always a wonderful ...


Holiday Open House

November 20, 2014
  • Times: 5-8 pm
  • Venue: Cameron Village
  • Area: Midtown Raleigh
  • Admission: Free

Cameron Village Holiday Open House will take place on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 5-8 pm (always the Thursday before Thanksgiving; the area's longest continually existing holiday celebration). This is a F...


Seasonal Programs: Pilgrims at Play

November 21, 2014

Ever wonder what it was like to be a kid at the first Thanksgiving? Come to the park to find out! Play 17th century games, talk like a pilgrim and try some original Thanksgiving treats. For all age...


70th Annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade

November 22, 2014
  • Times: 9:40am
  • Venue: -- NA --
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: Free

The WRAL Raleigh Christmas parade is the largest Christmas parade between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Over 250,000 will watch the parade live from home and over 60,000 will attend the parade in pers...

Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents "The Christmas Attic"

November 22, 2014
  • Times: 3pm & 8pm
  • Venue: PNC Arena
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Admission: $30-$71.50

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will wrap up 2014 by performing their rock opera The Christmas Attic live for the first time in arenas across the nation on their upcoming winter tour. While 1998's The ...

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