As the holiday season revs up, many of us are planning for the fun things we’d like to do during the holidays. In the North Carolina Triangle, the possibilities are nearly endless. Read on for a sampling of the great activities happening in Raleigh, Durham, Angier, Cary and Crayton.
Raleigh Holiday Events
As Christmas nears, consider stopping by and soaking up the fun of the Lafayette Village Tree Lighting and Santa’s Trolley. The trees light up on December 1st from 5-8pm, and promise to bring plenty of activities for all ages. From 6-8, kids can hop up on Santa’s lap and whisper their holiday desires and listen to Christmas carols throughout the evening by the Peace College Carolers while mom and dad enjoy deals and raffles from countless merchants (including Gigi’s Boutique, Savory Spice Shop and Upper Crust Pie & Bakery). Of course, let’s not forget the tree lighting ceremony itself, taking place in the middle of it all at 7pm, and opportunities to support those who need a little help this year with donations to Toys for Tots and Shoe Box Recycling.
Santa’s Trolley will also make a few appearances in Raleigh this year, on December 15th and 22nd from 5-7pm. For a small fee ($10), riders will start off at Mordecai Historic Park and travel throughout Raleigh with Santa and his elf. A wintery tour may just be the ticket to getting you in the holiday spirit this year, and is a great way to explore our beautiful city. Reservations must be booked in advance.
Durham For the Holiday
Head on over to Durham this year for a fun-filled festival! The Holiday Fun Fest will take place on December 1st from 1-5pm at Durham Central Park’s Farmer’s Market Pavilion and is host to a myriad of exciting activities. Most definitely a family-friendly event, parents and children may enjoy activities like the petting zoo, peppermint plunge snow sledding, a tricycle race, mini-parade and more! Make your way to the Durham Armory to hang out with Santa, too!
Angier Holiday Events
The town of Angier celebrates in a big way right after Thanksgiving with Christmas on the Square and the Annual Christmas Parade. Beginning at 6:30 on November 29th, Christmas on the Square kicks off at the Depot downtown. Visitors will start the night at the gorgeous Tree Lighting ceremony, and then the wild rumpus starts! Crafts, hay rides, and the Polar Express (both the story and the train ride!) will certainly appeal to children, as will a visit with Santa Claus. Grown-ups will surely enjoy the arts at this event, including a choral ensemble, Celtic cloggers and a caroling quartet.
Take a day to cool down from the dizzying activities at the Square, and come back on December 1st for the Christmas Parade at 10am. Numerous bands will play as clowns and dancers amuse spectators. Participants can enjoy the sights of fun floats and throughout the morning and wave as Santa and Mrs. Claus pass by.
Christmas in Cary
Each year, Cary is home to the St. Nicholas European Christmas Market and Open House. December 1st from 10am-4pm at Saints Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church, Cary will host the 5th annual market for all to enjoy. Celebrating Christmas the way we ought to, the church will feature suggestions for celebrating the holiday, showcase art of religious icons and educate participants about the Eastern Catholic religion. No holiday market would be complete, however, without loads of shopping opportunities and great food! Interesting items from different parts of the world, such as ornaments and linens, will appeal to a variety of tastes, as will mouth-watering dishes like kielbasa, nut rolls and pierogi. The sounds of the season will surely lift the spirit as well, provided by the Little German Band.
Clayton Holiday Events
If you aren’t paraded out yet, take a trip to Clayton on December 8th for the Clayton Christmas Parade. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will begin their parade at 3pm on Main Street downtown. The usual cast of characters will all be present and accounted for, including church organizations, marching bands, crazy floats and Mr. Ho-Ho-Ho himself!
These are just some of the things to look forward to this holiday season in North Carolina’s Triangle (and it’s a lot to take in!). Keep an eye out for all holiday happenings in your community to get the most out of the season. Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown or whoever you may be. Enjoy the season!