Raleigh

Holiday Events

This page lists Holiday events for families in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.
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11/17 - 12/22  The Polar Express Train Ride at NC Transportation Museum

The N.C. Transportation Museum will begin service to the North Pole onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride starting Nov. 17 and running on select days ...

Nov 17,18,14,25,26; Dec 1-3,8-10, 14-22
$30+
411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, NC, 28159
11/18 and 12/02/2017 - Baby's First Christmas Event - Toys R Us

Join us in store for a festive Baby’s First Christmas celebration! Enjoy fun holiday activities, photo ops, giveaways & more. Plus, create Baby’s Firs ...

November 18th and December 2nd
Hours: 10 am - 11 am (11/18) and 12 pm - 1 pm
Free
Area Toys R Us Stores
11/18/2017 73nd Annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade

The WRAL Raleigh Christmas parade is the largest Christmas parade between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

November 18th
Hours: 9:40 AM
Free
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
Corner of Hillsborough St. at Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC
11/18/2017 Annual Tree Lighting - North Hills

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, located in the Commons of North Hills, is a beloved holiday event. This year’s Tree Lighting event wil ...

November 18th
Hours: 3:30 - 7:30 pm
Free
Area: Midtown & N Raleigh
4321 Lassiter at North Hills Ave, Raleigh, NC, 27609
11/18/2017 Holiday Open House - Waverly Place Cary

Enjoy horse and carriage rides, trackless train rides, in-store specials, tastings and holiday ideas while enjoying the musical performances by Oakwoo ...

November 18th
Hours: 11 am - 4pm
Free
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
302 Colonades Way, Cary, NC, 27518
11/18/2017 Lighting of the Tree - Lafayette Village

Ready to kick off that Holiday Spirit? We are on during our spectacular Tree Lighting ceremony in North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village. There’s is sure t ...

November 18th
Hours: 3-6 pm
Free
Area: Midtown & N Raleigh
8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27615
11/18/2017 Sparkle Night - Parkside Town Commons Cary

Join us for a night of FREE fun, music and celebration with SNOW! Join us as Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht flips the switch for the Parkside Town Comm ...

November 18th
Hours: 4pm - 7pm
Free
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
7129 Okelly Chapel Road, Cary, NC, 27519
11/22-12/31 Lake Myra Christmas (Spectacular Light Show)

Lake Myra Christmas Lights will start its 2017 show at 6 p.m., Nov. 22, at 10 S. Cypress St., in Wendell. Admission is free for this display, which is ...

11/22-12/31
Hours: 6pm-10pm (Mon-Thur); 6pm-11pm (Fri & Sat)
Free
Area: Knightdale & Wendell & Zebulon
10 S. Cypress St., Wendell, NC, 27591
11/22/2017 Polar Express - NC Symphony

Listen for the sound of silver bells and climb aboard in your jammies for a first-class journey on the Polar Express! You’ll see the paintings from th ...

November 22nd
Hours: 3:00pm
$25
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
2 East South Street - Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, NC, 27601
11/23-12/31/2017 Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms

During our Festival of Lights, Hill Ridge Farms will be transformed into a magical celebration of Hometown Christmas Cheer! We will have plenty of gr ...

11/23-12/31/2017
Hours: Sun-Thur 5pm-9pm; Fri & Sat 4pm-10pm
Ages 2-64 $12 includes Hayride; Seniors 65+ $11; Groups...
Area: Wake Forest & Rolesville
703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville, NC, 27596
11/23/2017 Just Think First 5K/1 Mile/ Kids Run & Skinny Turkey Half Marathon

The JUST THINK FIRST 5K Road Race, held each year in the fall, is the major fundraiser for the program. This year the road race is funding a new video ...

November 23rd
Hours: 7:15 am
$10-$70
Area: Midtown & N Raleigh
2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27601
11/24-12/24 Lights on the Neuse - Boyette Family Farms Clayton

Event is closed on select dates. See schedule online. Bring your family and celebrate Christmas at Lights on the Neuse. This down home Christmas ...

Santa: Photos
Select Dates from 11/25-12/24: Check schedule online
Hours: 6-9 pm except 12/24 7-9 pm
$9; Ages 2 & Under FREE
Area: SE Raleigh & Garner
1620 Loop Rd, Clayton, NC, 27527
11/24/2017 Hip Hop Nutcracker at DPAC

A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, sets out on its second ...

November 24th
Hours: 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
$35-$55
123 Vivian Street - DPAC, Durham, NC, 27701
11/24/2017-01/14/2018 NC Chinese Lantern Festival - Cary

The Festival will include more than 20 ALL NEW displays, each one comprised of hundreds of parts, and thousands of LED lights. In what proved to be a ...

November 24th - January 14th
Hours: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kids 2 & Under Free; Ages 3-17 $10; Adults $15
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary, NC
11/30/2017 Christmas Village & Tree Lighting - Clayton

Ring in the holiday season with the Town of Clayton’s festive and ever-popular Christmas Village and Tree Lighting. Come downtown Thursday, Dec. 1, 20 ...

November 30th
Hours: 5:30 pm
Free
Area: SE Raleigh & Garner
Main Street, Clayton, NC
11/30/2017 Ticketed Sleigh Rides - Downtown Fuquay-Varina

Fuquay-Varina Downtown will host a TICKETED Sleigh Ride on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:55 pm during the Town Christmas Tree Lighting. Th ...

November 30th
Hours: 6:00 pm - 7:55 pm
$3 per ticket- 2 & under ride free
Area: Holly Springs & Willow Springs & Fuquay-Varina
120 S. Main St. - TR Ashworth, Fuquay-Varina, NC, 27526
12/01-03/2017 Infinity Ballet Theatre's "Dances of the Nutcracker"

FRIDAY: Come join the fun at the Halle’s 10th Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Exhibit and Auction Reception from 5-8pm, enjoy the lighting of the Town ...

December 1st - 3rd
Hours: Hours vary by day, check schedule online
$8.00
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
237 N. Salem Street - The Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex, NC
12/01-12/03/2017 Walk Through Bethlehem

As a Christmas gift to our community and surrounding area, Wake Forest Presbyterian Church delivers the true Christmas story in a stirring virtual "wa ...

December 1st - 3rd
Hours: 6-9 pm Friday, 5-9 pm Saturday; 5-8 pm Sunday
Free; Monetary and non-perishable donations accepted to...
Area: Wake Forest & Rolesville
12605 Capital Blvd. - WF Presbyterian Church, Wake Forest, NC, 27587
12/01-12/04/2017 A Christmas Story - Cary Players

Back by popular demand, Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story, written by Philip Grecian, will delight audiences of all ages this holiday season. Join Ral ...

December 1st - 4th
Hours: See website for showtimes
$20 Adults; $18 Students & Seniors, $17 Groups of 10+ |...
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
101 Dry Avenue - Cary Arts Center, Cary, NC
12/01/2017 13th Annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting

Join us at the American Tobacco Amphitheater as count down to the start of the holidays with the annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting celebration. T ...

December 1st
Hours: 6 pm
Free
300 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC
12/01/2017 An Evening with Elves at Marbles Museum

The twinkle, twilight and tradition of An Evening With Elves bring families and friends to Marbles year after year. Museum play, holiday activities, s ...

December 1st
Hours: 6-8:30 pm
Advance Tickets: Members $12; Non-members $15 Week-Of T...
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC, 27601
12/01/2017 Christmas on First Avenue & Tree Lighting - Knightdale

The 2017 Christmas Tree Lighting will include letters to Santa, visiting with Mrs. Claus and the head elves, activities, food trucks, music, performan ...

December 1st
Hours: 6-8 pm
free!
Area: Knightdale & Wendell & Zebulon
810 North First Avenue - Knightdale Station Park, Knightdale, NC, 27545
12/01/2017 Christmas on Salem Street - Tree Lighting, Sleigh Rides, Kiddy Christmas Train Ride

The Annual “Christmas on Salem Street” events begin at 5:00 PM on Friday December 1st with Christmas Carols at the Depot, followed by the Lighting of ...

December 1st
Hours: 5-9 pm
Free; Sleigh Rides $10 (2 & Under Free); Train Ride $5 ...
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
Downtown Apex, Apex, NC
12/01/2017 Christmas Tree Lighting - Morrisville

Join us as we kick off the Holiday season with our Town of Morrisville Christmas Tree Lighting! This annual event will be held at Indian Creek Trailhe ...

December 1st
Hours: 7-9 pm
Free
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
101 Town Hall Dr, Morrisville, NC
12/01/2017 Holiday Magic Tree Lighting - Brier Creek Commons

Join us at Brier Creek Commons for a tree lighting party, including train and carriage rides, face painting, and Santa!

December 1st
Hours: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Free
Area: Brier Creek & NW Raleigh
8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh, NC, 27617
12/01/2017 Light Up Main - Garner

Light Up Main, the annual Downtown Garner Christmas tree lighting. Join your friends and neighbors for great food, crafts and entertainment from our ...

December 1st
Hours: 6-8 pm
Free
Area: SE Raleigh & Garner
Main Street, Garner, NC
12/01/2017 Lighting of Wake Forest

Area residents are invited to experience the full magic of the holiday season at the 2017 Lighting of Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 1. Sponsored by T ...

December 1st
Hours: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Area: Wake Forest & Rolesville
Wake Forest Town Hall 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC, 27587
12/01/2017 Wendell Wonderland

Kick-off the holiday season the first Friday in December with Wendell Wonderland. Visit with Santa Claus; experience historic downtown with a trolley ...

December 1st
Hours: 5:00pm-11:00pm
Free
Area: Knightdale & Wendell & Zebulon
J. Ashley Wall Town Square and throughout Downtown, Wendell, NC, 27591
12/02, 09 & 12/16/2017 Breakfast with Mrs. Claus - Garden Supply Company

We invite you to join us for one of our favorite traditions, Breakfast with Mrs. Calus. This is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and ma ...

December 2nd, 9th and 16th
Hours: 9am-10am
Free
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
1421 Old Apex Road, Cary, NC, 27513
12/02-12/10/2017 New Hope Valley Train: Holiday Santa Train

New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR) continues its annual holiday tradition with Santa Trains. Santa Claus will be on board each train passing through from ...

December 2nd - 10th
Hours: Hours vary by day, check schedule online
$12-$14; children under 2 ride free on all trains
Area: Holly Springs & Willow Springs & Fuquay-Varina
3900 Bonsal Rd, New Hill, NC, 27562
12/02/2017  "The Christmas Story in Art, Words, and Music" - NC Museum of Art

With families in mind, Curator of European Art David Steel masterfully weaves art history with poems, literature, and soul-stirring music by the Churc ...

December 2nd
Hours: 2:30 pm
Free
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, 27607
12/02/2017 100 Years of Christmas at Stagville

A holiday open house at Historic Stagville! Explore our site and learn about holiday traditions for all different families at Stagville. You’ll visit ...

December 2nd
Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission Free; Lantern Tours: $5/Adult, $3/Child
5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham, NC, 27712
12/02/2017 Breakfast with Santa - Sunrise United Methodist Church

Everyone is welcomed to the free event! Upon arriving, each family will be given a schedule allowing them to go around to different stations includin ...

December 2nd
Hours: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Free
Area: Holly Springs & Willow Springs & Fuquay-Varina
5420 Sunset Lake Rd., Holly Springs, NC, 27540
12/02/2017 Breakfast with Santa - WF Boys & Girls Club

Come enjoy a pancake breakfast, photo ops with santa, letters to santa and Santa's workshop!

December 2nd
Hours: 10am - 12 pm
$5/Person; $20 max per family
Area: Wake Forest & Rolesville
325 S. Wingate Street, Wake Forest, NC, 27587
12/02/2017 Christmas on Salem Street - Pancake Breakfast

The Salem Street firehouse serves a pancake breakfast for families.

December 2nd
Hours: 7-11 am
Not specified
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
210 N Salem Street, Apex, NC
12/02/2017 Christmas on Salem Street Parade

Join us as we watch the Christmas parade as part of the Salem Street celebration in Apex.

December 2nd
Hours: 5pm
Free
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
Salem Street, Apex, NC
12/02/2017 Christmas Parade - Knightdale

The 2017 Christmas Parade in downtown Knightdale route will begin at Knightdale Elementary and ending at Knightdale Station Park. A free shuttle will ...

December 2nd
Hours: 2 pm
Free
Area: Knightdale & Wendell & Zebulon
Downtown, Knightdale, NC
12/02/2017 Colonial Christmas Open House 2017

The Joel Lane Museum House hosts its annual Colonial Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and ...

December 2nd
Hours: 11am - 4pm
free; donations are requested
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
728 W. Hargett St. - Joel Lane Museum House, Raleigh, NC
12/02/2017 Downtown Merchant's Holiday Open House - Wake Forest

Area residents are invited to visit historic downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, Dec. 2, and experience a hearty dose of holiday cheer during the Downto ...

December 2nd
Hours: 10:00 am
Free
Area: Wake Forest & Rolesville
Downtown, Wake Forest, NC, 27587
12/02/2017 Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration

Save the Date for the Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration, presented by Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, on Saturday, December 2 from 4 pm - 8 pm. This ...

December 2nd
Hours: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
400 Block of Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC, 27601
12/02/2017 Holiday Fun Fest - Durham

Festival Activities: Peppermint Plunge – Snow sledding for children and adults (sleds will be provided, please do not bring a sled) + two snow play a ...

December 2nd
Hours: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
750 Stadium Dr. - Durham County Stadium Practice Field, Durham, NC, 27704
12/02/2017 Holiday Open House - Lafayette Village

Enjoy Festive Activities and Shopping to Complete your Holiday Shopping with Unique, One-of-a Kind Gifts. Make sure to write your Letters to Santa at ...

December 2nd
Hours: 11am - 8pm
Free
Area: Midtown & N Raleigh
8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh, NC, 27615
12/02/2017 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure A ...

December 2nd
Hours: 9:00 am - 11:45 am
Area: Holly Springs & Willow Springs & Fuquay-Varina, SE Raleigh & Garner
900 Hillsborough St. - St. Mary's School, Raleigh, NC, 27603
12/02/2017 Ole Time Winter Festival

Get in the spirit of the holidays with caroling and live music performed by the Cary School of Music and others while visiting local artisans and vend ...

December 2nd
Hours: 12 pm - 4 pm
free!
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
Chatham Street, between Academy Street and Harrison Avenue, Cary, NC
12/02/2017 Page-Walker Holiday Open House

Get into the holiday spirit with some old-fashioned Christmas fun at the Page-Walker’s Holiday Open House. Learn about Victorian holiday traditions wh ...

December 2nd
Hours: 4-6 pm
Not specified
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC, 27513
12/02/2017 Santa’s Workshop (Ages 10 & Under) - Town of Cary

To participate, please bring two non-perishable food items or a cash donation to support the Cary Teen Council’s food drive. Children enjoy a variety ...

December 2nd
Hours: 10am - 12:30pm
Free + 2 Non-Perishable Food Items
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
101 Wilkinson Ave. - Herbert C. Young Community Center, Cary, NC, 27513
12/02/2017 Scandinavian Christmas Fair

The Scandinavian Christmas Fair in Raleigh, North Carolina is an authentic celebration of the traditions of the Scandinavian countries, Sweden, Norway ...

December 2nd
Hours: 10am-5pm
Adults $7; Children under 13 Free
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
1025 Blue Ridge Road - NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
12/02/2017 Sleigh Rides & Cider at Historic Oak View Park

Horse-drawn carriage rides, hot apple cider, live music, Ol’ Saint Nick, holiday activities, handmade crafts and much more!

December 2nd
Hours: 5 - 7:30 pm
No cost indicated
Area: SE Raleigh & Garner
4028 Carya Drive - Historic Oak View County Park, Raleigh, NC
12/02/2017 Town of Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Welcome in the holiday season with the official Christmas tree lighting for the Town of Cary. This festive night features actors, singers, and musicia ...

December 2nd
Hours: 6 pm
Free
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
316 N. Academy St. - Town Hall Campus by the Town Tree, Cary, NC, 27513
12/02/2017 Town of Garner Christmas Parade

Grab a front-row seat and join the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department as marching bands, floats, classic cars, Santa Claus and ...

December 2nd
Hours: 2:00 pm
Free
Area: SE Raleigh & Garner
Main Street, Garner, NC