101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill - 2022 | Kids Out and About Research Triangle

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill - 2022

KidsOutAndAbout is the Triangle's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

Multiple dates starting Nov 1, 2022 Register for a Call From Santa - Selma, NC
Multiple dates starting Nov 5, 2022 Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's
Nov 19, 2022 78th ABC11 Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Christmas with the Kringles - Millstone Creeks Orchard - Ramseur, NC
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Christmas on the Farm - Phillips Farms of Cary, NC
Nov 25, 2022 Maggiano's Breakfast with Santa - Durham, NC
Dec 1, 2022 Franklinton Christmas Parade
Dec 1, 2022 Smithfield Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec 2, 2022 Santa Paws 2022 - Durham Parks and Recreation
Dec 2, 2022 2022 Mebane Christmas Parade
Dec 2, 2022 Christmas on First Avenue: Christmas Tree Lighting - Knightsdale, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2022 Brunch with Santa - The Carolina Inn
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2022 Santa's Reindeer Roundup Express at Triangle's Train: New Hope Valley Railway
Dec 3, 2022 Brier Creek Commons Letters to Santa
Dec 3, 2022 2022 Christmas on Main - Kenly, NC
Dec 3, 2022 Pancakes & PJs with Santa - Kenly, NC
Dec 3, 2022 Santa's Workshop - Town of Cary, NC
Dec 4, 2022 Afternoon with Santa - The Sutherland Estate & Gardens
Dec 7, 2022 Cookies with Santa (Ages 2-6) - Durham Parks and Rec
Dec 8, 2022 Christmas Smithfield Parade
Dec 10, 2022 Breakfast with Santa - Rollesville Chamber of Commerce
Dec 10, 2022 Santa is Coming to The Grocery Bag
Dec 13, 2022 Santa Cares: Sensory-Friendly Visit - Holly Springs, NC
Dec 17, 2022 Holiday Parade - Bull City Holidayz

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 19, 2022 Hometown Holiday Celebration - Destination Downtown Mebane, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 1, 2022 Holiday At The 1870 Farm
Dec 2 & 9, 2022 Christmas by Candlelight - Duke Homestead
Dec 3, 2022 Victorian Christmas at the Page-Walker
Dec 16, 2022  Christmas Candlelight Tour Program - Bennett Place Historic Site
Dec 17, 2022 Christmas in the Piedmont during the Civil War

 

Light Displays

Multiple dates starting Nov 18, 2022 Magic of Lights Raleigh
Multiple dates starting Nov 18, 2022 Meadow Lights - Benson, NC
Nov 18, 2022 Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration
Nov 19, 2022 Holiday Market & Lighting of the Trees - Lafayette Village - Raleigh
Multiple dates starting Nov 23, 2022 Lake Myra Christmas Lights
Multiple dates starting Nov 24, 2022 Fieldstream Farm Festival of Lights Drive Thru
Multiple dates starting Nov 24, 2022 Drive Thru Festival of Lights 2022 - Hill Ridge Farms
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Christmas Lights On The Farm - Middlesex, NC
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Lights On The Neuse 2022
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 WRAL Nights of Lights
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Lights On Cedar 2022
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2022 Piper Lights 2022 - Wake Forest, NC
Nov 26, 2022 Christmas Tree Lighting - Town of Franklinton, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 1, 2022 Holidays in the Park - Museum of Life + Science
Dec 1, 2022 Christmas Village & Tree Lighting - Clayton, NC
Dec 1, 2022 Holly Springs Tree Lighting
Dec 2, 2022 Annual Tree Lighting Cermony - Morrisville, NC Parks & Rec
Dec 2, 2022 Tree Lighting Ceremony - Brier Creek Commons
Dec 3, 2022 Tree Lighting Ceremony - Town of Garner, NC
Dec 3, 2022 Town of Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Reception 2022
Dec 6, 2022 Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting - Selma, NC

 

Holiday Races

Dec 3, 2022 2022 Reindeer Romp 5K
Dec 10, 2022 Reindeer Run 5k- Chatham County Partnership for Children
Dec 17, 2022 Jingle Bell Run Raleigh - Arthritis Foundation

 

Holiday Theatre

Multiple dates starting Nov 1, 2022 Christmas Jubille LIVE@THE RUDY
Nov 22 & 23, 2022 Harry Connick, Jr: A Holiday Celebration
Nov 26, 2022 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Nov 29 - Dec 4, 2022 Elf: The Musical - Durham Performing Arts Center
Multiple dates starting Dec 2, 2022 A Christmas Story - The Cary Players
Dec 4, 2022 Nutcracker With A Twist - DanceArt
Dec 4, 2022 Holiday Theatre Performance – Oberlin Regional Library
Multiple dates starting Dec 10, 2022 The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet
Dec 14 - 18, 2022 Theatre in the Park's A Christmas Carol: Ira David Wood III's Hit Musical Comedy
Dec 16 - 18, 2022 The Nutracker - Cary Ballet Company
Dec 19, 2022 A Magical Cirque Christmas
Dec 23, 2022 The Hip Hop Nutcracker

 

Holiday Concerts

Multiple dates starting Nov 1, 2022 Christmas Jubille LIVE@THE RUDY
Nov 23 & 25, 2022 The Polar Express - NC Symphony
Nov 26, 2022 Holiday Enrapture III: A Night of Comedy & Smooth Grooves
Nov 26, 2022 A Drag Queen Christmas
Dec 2, 2022 Dave Koz and Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour
Dec 4, 2022 Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox - A Very Postmodern Christmas
Dec 7, 2022 RTOOT Presents: Celebrating the Holidays
Dec 9 & 10, 2022 Holiday Pops - NC Symphony
Dec 9, 2022 Winterfest '22 - Cary Town Band
Dec 10, 2022 Route 55 Jazz Orchestra Concert - Holly Springs, NC
Dec 11, 2022 Holly Springs Community Band Concert
Dec 11, 2022 The Snowman and other Holiday Favorites - Triangle Wind Ensemble
Dec 13, 2022 Joy of the Season - NC Master Chorale
Dec 14, 2022 ¡Feliz Navidad! - NC Symphony
Dec 14, 2022 The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - Trans Siberian Orchestra
Dec 17 & 18, 2022 Raleigh Ringers Holiday Concert
Dec 18, 2022 Raleigh Flute Choir Holiday Concert - North Carolina Museum of History
Multiple dates starting Dec 21, 2022 A Motown Christmas - Pure Life Theatre & Town of Cary 

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Starting November 2022 Medlin Farm - Wake Forest, NC
Starting November 2022 Phillips Farms of Cary, NC
Starting November 2022 Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm - Apex, NC
Starting November 2022 The Family Farm on Avent Ferry - Holly Springs, NC 

 

Ice Skating

Year Round  Orange County SportsPlex
Year Round Polar Ice Cary
Year Round Polar Ice Garner

 

Hanukkah   

Nov 5, 2022 Sparkle Night 2022 - Parkside Town Commons - Cary, NC
Dec 4, 2022 Handmade Hanukkah Market 2022
Dec 11, 2022 Mazel Tots Pre-Hanukkah Social - Temple Beth Or
Dec 14, 2022 History Adventures: Holiday Lights
Dec 18, 2022 Car Menorah Parade - Chabad Center of Raleigh
Dec 18, 2022 Menorah Lighting On The Green - Lafayette Village - Raleigh, NC 
Dec 18, 2022 Apex Chanukah Festival
Dec 18, 2022 Outdoor Chanukah Celebration at Streets of South Point Mall
Dec 18, 2022 Raleigh Community Chanukah Celebration
Dec 19, 2022 Hanukkah Menorah Lighting - Town of Cary, NC
Dec 21, 2022 Chanukah @ Fenton: Fire and Ice Spectacular
Dec 24, 2022 Menorah, Movie, & Chinese - Chabad Center of Raleigh

 

Kwanzaa

Dec 14, 2022 History Adventures: Holiday Lights
Dec 28, 2022 Together at Kwanzaa – African American Dance Ensemble
Dec 30, 2022 2022 Kwanzaa Celebration - Town of Cary
Jan 1, 2023 African American Dance Ensemble's 37th Kwanzaafest

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Multiple dates starting Nov 5, 2022 The Holiday Market at NCMA
Nov 5, 2022 The Southern Bostonian Holiday Open House
Nov 12 & 19, 2022 Christmas Outdoor Market at Millstone Creek Orchards
Nov 13 & Dec 4, 2022 MADE 4 the Holidays Marketplace 
Nov 19, 2022 Christmas Market in the Grove
Nov 19, 2022 Moore For the Holidays: Lunch & Shop Market at Moore Square
Nov 19, 2022 Holiday Market & Lighting of the Trees - Lafayette Village - Raleigh
Nov 19, 2022 Holiday Arts & Craft Fair - Cary, NC
Nov 19 & 20, 2022 The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market
Nov 26, 2022 NC Eat & Play’s Hot Chocolate Festival & Night Market – Phillips Farms of Cary, NC
Nov 27, Dec 4 & 18, 2022 The Carolina Inn Holiday Market
Dec 3, 2022 Fourth Annual Christmas Craft Fair - Pace Family Farms
Dec 4, 2022 Winter Craft Market - North Carolina Botanical Garden
Dec 10, 2022 Holiday Market at Boxyard RTP
Dec 10, 2022 Carlee Farm Holiday Marketplace
Dec 10, 2022 Merry & Bright: A North Pole Market – Paper & Stars Studio
Dec 11, 2022 Art-n-Soul Christmas Market - Phillips Farm of Cary, NC
Dec 11, 2022 Durham Craft Market Holiday Show 2022
Dec 17, 2022 Fenton Holiday Maker's Market

  

New Year's Eve

Dec 29, 2022 Noon Year’s Eve – Holly Springs Community
Dec 31, 2022 New Year’s Noisemaker in Little Red Schoolhouse – High Point Museum
Dec 31, 2022 Noon Year’s Eve – Leesville Community Library
Dec 31, 2022 Noon Year’s Eve Celebration – Kidzu Children’s Museum

 

Miscellaneous

Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2022 The Dessertery: A Holiday Dessert Cafe 
Nov 19, 2022 2022 Wake Forest Cares Holiday Kick-Off
Multiple dates starting Nov 21, 2022 Santa's Mailbox - Holly Springs, NC
Multiple dates starting Nov 21, 2022 Letters to Santa: Santa's Mailbox 2022 - Town of Cary, NC
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Christmas Wreath Making Workshops - Millstone Creek Orchards - Ramseur, NC
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2022 It's Snowing in Mebane
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2022 Christmas Ornament Paint Party - Triangle Cultural Art Gallery
Nov 27, Dec 4 & 18, 2022 Bier Garten at the Carolina Inn
Multiple dates starting Dec 1, 2022 Holiday Express at Pullen Park
Dec 1, 2022 Holiday Card Creations - Durham Parks and Recreation
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2022 The Gifting Tree Project - Cary, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2022 The Gingerbread Build - The Carolina Inn
Dec 3, 2022 Bull City Holidayz Reels on Wheels
Dec 3, 2022 Wood Slice Ornaments – Southeast Regional Library
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday Block Party - Garner, NC
Dec 3, 2022 Cary's Gingerbread House Competition Display 
Dec 3, 2022 A Civil War Christmas: Holiday Open House - Bentonville Battlefield
Dec 4, 2022 Winter Carnival – North Regional Library
Dec 9, 2022 Rolesville Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Party
Dec 9, 2022 Evening With Elves - Marbles Kids Museum
Dec 10, 2022 Knightdale Christmas Parade
Dec 10, 2022 Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade
Dec 10, 2022 2022 Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade
Dec 10, 2022 Live Nativity Scene - CSHC Raleigh
Dec 11, 2022 Holiday Open House - West Point on the Eno
Dec 14, 2022 A Frosty Family Affair - Durham Parks and Recreation
Dec 16, 2022 Tacky Christmas Party - The Mill
Dec 17 & 18, 2022 Gingerbread Jamboree - Marbles Kids Museum
Dec 17, 2022 Holiday Extravaganza at Durham Central Park
Dec 17, 2022 Holidays at Hogwarts – Paper & Stars Studio

Below are items that have been posted to our calendar. If you are affiliated with a business hosting a holiday event that should be on our calendar, we'd love to see it there... it's free to postClick here for instructions about how to add your organization to our list and easily post your events to our calendar!


 

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