The Raleigh City Museum is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, this museum is a must-see when touring downtown Raleigh.

On Saturday, Dec. 17th, mix holiday spirit with learning and exploration during the museum’s Holiday Customs in Raleigh event. Come out and learn about the early days of modern Christmas in the mid-19th century, including the origin of some of our favorite holiday staples, such as Christmas trees, cards, presents and sweets.

Also, delve into the facts and enjoy the display of artifacts from celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years from the 1850s to the 1950s in Raleigh. You’ll even get a chance to try some delicious Victorian wintertime treats and play with the same toys people of that era would have enjoyed.  This event is free.

For more holiday fun, stop by the museum to purchase your tickets for the 2011 Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour. For the past 40 years, the Oakwood neighborhood has held a holiday tour highlighting residential Victorian architecture by candlelight. Tickets for this event are $15 in advance.

For more events at the Raleigh City Museum during the holidays, visit this site.If you’ve had the opportunity to attend one of these holiday events in years past, what was your favorite part?