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101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Research Triangle - 2019

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Santa Sightings

Nov 9 Sparkle Night 2019 - Parkside Town Commons - Cary, NC
Nov 23 75th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade
Multiple dates starting Nov 29 Christmas with the Kringles - Millstone Creeks Orchard - Ramseur, NC
Nov 30 PHOTOS WITH SANTA - Duke Homestead
Nov 30 Polar Express Movie & Santa Too! - Hubb's Farm - Clinton, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 1 Breakfast with Santa - The Carolina Inn - Chapel Hill, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 1 3rd Annual Holiday event! - 1870 Farm - Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 3 Selma Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Dec 6 MEBANE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Dec 7 CHRISTMAS ON FIRST AVENUE - Town of Knightdale, NC - Town of Knightdale, NC
Dec 7 SANTA'S WORKSHOP - Town of Cary NC
Dec 7 Christmas Parade - Town of Garner, NC
Multiple date starting Dec 7 Santa's Reindeer Roundup Express at Triangle's Train: New Hope Valley Railway
Dec 8 Chamber Christmas Parade & After Party - Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association, NC
Dec 13 Main Street Christmas - Town of Holly Springs, NC
Dec 13 Santa Paws - City of Durham, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 13 Christmas on The Farm - Hubb's Farm - Clinton, NC
Dec 14 Santa Train - Town of Selma, NC
Dec 14 Holiday Parade and Fun Fest 2019 - City of Durham, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 14 Believe in the Magic of the Season - North Carolina Zoo

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 23 Hometown Holiday Celebration - Destination Downtown Mebane, NC
Nov 30 PHOTOS WITH SANTA - Duke Homestead
Multiple dates starting Dec 1 Holiday Afternoon Tea - The Carolina Inn - Chapel Hill, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 2 Christmas at Historic Oak View County Park
Dec 5 Downtown Sleigh Ride - Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association, NC
Dec 6 & 13 CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT - Duke Homestead
Dec 7 Sleigh Rides and Cider - Historic Oak View County Park
Dec 14 Christmas in the Piedmont - Bennett Place Historic Site
Dec 14 Civil War Christmas Candlelight Tour Program 

 

Light Displays

Nov 16 Lighting of The Tree 2019 - Lafayette Village - Raleigh
Multiple dates starting Nov 28 2019 Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms
Dec 3 Holiday Tree Lighting - Town of Rolesville, NC
Dec 6 LIGHT UP MAIN - Town of Garner, NC
Dec 6 Annual Tree Lighting - Morrisville, NC Parks & Rec
Dec 7 Town of Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2019
Dec 7 WinterFaire - Belle Vie Farm - Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 7 Winter in the Garden - North Carolina Botanical Garden

 

Holiday Races

Dec 1 2019 RUNNING OF THE ELVES - Hillsborough Running Club - NC
Dec 7 2019 Jingle Bell Run - Raleigh 
Dec 7 Reindeer Run 5K - Chatham County Partnership for Children - NC 

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 14 Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour - Durham, NC
Multiple dates starting Nov 29 RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL
Nov 30 The Hip Hop Nutcracker - Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)
Multiple dates starting Nov 30 NC Theatre's A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS 
Dec 1 A Magical Cirque Christmas - Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) 
Multiple dates starting Dec 6 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Cary Players Community Theatre Company - NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 7 The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet
Multiple dates starting Dec 11 A Christmas Carol - Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Multiple dates starting Dec 13 Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet: A Holiday Tradition
Dec 14 & 15 The Nutcracker - Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) 
Multiple dates starting Dec 18 A Christmas Carol - Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) 
Dec 20 Cary Ballet presents "The Nutcracker Suite" - Cary Arts Center - NC 

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 20 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - PNC Arena
Multiple dates starting Nov 26 Statewide Holiday Pops - North Carolina Symphony Orchestra
Nov 27 SiriusXM Presents The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 16th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour
Multiple dates starting Nov 27 Cirque de Noel - North Carolina Symphony Orchestra
Dec 6 & 7 Handel's Messiah - North Carolina Symphony Orchestra
Dec 14 Holiday Pops - Concert Singers of Cary - NC
Dec 17 Joy of the Season - NC Master Chorale - Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

 

Christmas Tree Experience

November  DJ's Berry Patch - Apex, NC
November Medlin Farm - Wake Forest, NC
November  Perkins Orchard - Durham, NC 
November  Phillips Farms of Cary, NC
November Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm - Apex, NC
November  The Family Farm on Avent Ferry - Holly Springs, NC 

 

Ice Skating

Year Round  Orange County SportsPlex
Year Round Polar Ice House - Cary, NC
Year Round Polar Ice House - Garner, NC
Year Round Raleigh Center Ice 

 

Hanukkah

Nov 9 Sparkle Night 2019 - Parkside Town Commons - Cary, NC
Dec 3 Time for Tots: Holiday Lights (Ages 3-5) - Museum of Life and Science - Durham, NC
Dec 22 MENORAH LIGHTING & GELT DROP ON THE GREEN - Lafayette Village - Raleigh 
Dec 23 Menorah Lighting - Town of Cary, NC 

 

Kwanzaa

Dec 3 Time for Tots: Holiday Lights (Ages 3-5) - Museum of Life and Science - Durham, NC
Dec 27 25th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration - Town of Cary NC 
Dec 30 Kwanzaa Celebration - Durham Parks and Recreation 

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 9 Christmas Craft Fair - Millstone Creeks Orchard - Ramseur, NC
Nov 10 Early Elf Holiday Market at Locopops
Nov 16 The Annual Holiday Craft Show - Town of Cary, NC
Nov 16 Holiday Jamboree at Walker Acres - Hillsborough, NC
Dec 1 Holiday Bazaar in Carrboro
Dec 7 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & LIVE NATIVITY - Lafayette Village - Raleigh
Multiple dates starting Dec 8 Holiday Market - The Carolina Inn - Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 14 2019 Durham Craft Market Holiday Craft Fair 

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31 New Year's Eve Dinner - The Carolina Inn - Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 31 New Year's Eve: Vienna with a Twist - North Carolina Symphony Orchestra

 

Miscellaneous

Multiple dates starting Nov 18 LETTERS TO SANTA: SANTA'S MAILBOX - Town of Cary NC 
Multiple dates starting Nov 29 A Millstone Creek Christmas Hayride
Dec 1 The Holiday Express - The Carolina Inn - Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 3 Time for Tots: Holiday Lights (Ages 3-5) - Museum of Life and Science - Durham, NC
Dec 6 EVENING WITH ELVES - Marbles Kids Museum
Dec 7 Heart of The Holidays 9th Annual Gingerbread House Competition 2019 - Town of Cary NC
Dec 7 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & LIVE NATIVITY - Lafayette Village - Raleigh
Multiple dates starting Dec 7 Gingerbread House Workshop (Family) - Taste Buds Kitchen - Apex, NC
Dec 9 Calls from Santa - Town of Selma, NC
Dec 14 Hands-on History: Holiday Ornaments - Museum of Life and Science - Durham, NC
Dec 14 & 15 GINGERBREAD JAMBOREE - Marbles Kids Museum
Multiple dates starting Dec 20 Make Your Own Gingerbread House - The Carolina Inn - Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 21 Polar Express Movie on The Green - Lafayette Village - Raleigh 
Dec 26 Free Holiday Family Program - Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University 
Dec 30 An Evening of Chevy Chase following a Screening of Christmas Vacation - Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts 

 

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