(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill - 2021 | Kids Out and About Research Triangle

(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill - 2021

KidsOutAndAbout is the Triangle's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! Typically we list (MORE than) 101 ideas for holiday family fun, but. . . it's 2021, which means there's still a bit less is happening than usual. 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 6, 2021 Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's
Nov 20, 2021 77th ABC11 Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Christmas with the Kringles - Millstone Creeks Orchard - Ramseur, NC
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Christmas on the Farm - Phillips Farms of Cary, NC
Nov 27, 2021 Polar Express Movie & Santa Too! - Hubb's Farm - Clinton, NC
Dec 2, 2021 Franklinton Christmas Parade
Dec 3, 2021 Santa Paws 2021 - Durham Parks and Recreation
Dec 3, 2021 2021 Mebane Christmas Parade
Dec 3 & 4, 2021 Christmas on First Avenue - Knightsdale, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2021 Christmas Carriage Rides and Santa Visits
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2021 Santa's Downtown Smithfield Workshop
Dec 4, 2021 Santa Cares: Sensory-Friendly Visit
Dec 4, 2021 Brier Creek Comons Letters to Santa
Dec 4, 2021 Christmas on Main - Kenly, NC
Dec 4, 2021 Santa's Workshop - Town of Cary, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 4, 2021 Believe in the Magic of the Season - North Carolina Zoo
Multiple dates starting Dec 4, 2021 Brunch with Santa - The Carolina Inn
Multiple dates starting Dec 4, 2021 Santa's Reindeer Roundup Express at Triangle's Train: New Hope Valley Railway
Dec 8, 2021 Cookies with Santa (Ages 2-12) - Durham Parks and Rec
Dec 9, 2021 (virtual) Calls From Santa - Selma, NC
Dec 9, 2021 Christmas Smithfield Parade
Dec 11, 2021 Breakfast with Santa - Rollesville Chamber of Commerce
Dec 11, 2021 Cookies with Santa - The Grocery Bag
Dec 11, 2021 Polar Express Movie Night - The Grocery Bag
Dec 18, 2021 Breakfast with Santa - Selma, NC
Dec 18, 2021 Holiday Parade - Bull City Holidayz

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 20, 2021 Hometown Holiday Celebration - Destination Downtown Mebane, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 2, 2021 Christmas at Historic Oak View County Park
Dec 3 & 10, 2021 Christmas by Candlelight - Duke Homestead
Dec 4, 2021 Sleigh Rides and Cider - Historic Oak View County Park
Multiple dates starting Dec 4, 2021 Holiday At The 1870 Farm
Dec 18, 2021 Christmas in the Piedmont - Bennett Place Historic Site

 

Light Displays

Nov 19, 2021 Meadow Lights - Benson, NC
Nov 20, 2021 Holiday Market & Lighting of The Trees - Lafayette Village - Raleigh
Multiple dates starting Nov 24, 2021 Lake Myra Christmas Lights 2021
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2021 Fieldstream Farm Festival of Lights Drive Thru
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2021 Drive Thru Festival of Lights 2021 - Hill Ridge Farms
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Christmas Lights On The Farm - Middlesex, NC
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Piper Lights 2021 - Wake Forest, NC
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Lights On The Neuse 2021
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 WRAL- TV Nights of Lights
Nov 30, 2021 Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting - Selma, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 1, 2021 Holidays in the Park
Dec 2, 2021 Christmas Village & Tree Lighting - Clayton, NC
Dec 3, 2021 Tree Lighting & Fireworks Show - Brier Creek Commons
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2021 Lights On Cedar 2021
Dec 4, 2021 Town of Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Reception 2021
Dec 7, 2021 Holiday Tree Lighting - Rolesville, NC
Dec 11, 2021 Laser Light Show - Bull City Holidayz

 

Holiday Races

Dec 4, 2021 Jingle Bell Run Raleigh - Arthritis Foundation
Dec 11, 2021 Reindeer Run 5k- Chatham County Partnership for Children
Dec 13, 2021 Holiday Cheer Celebration Run

 

Holiday Theatre

Dec 4, 2021 Nutcracker With A Twist - DanceArt
Dec 15 - 18, 2021 Ira David Wood III's A Christmas Carol - Durham Performing Arts Center
Dec 17 - 19, 2021 The Nutracker - Cary Ballet Company
Multiple dates starting Dec 17, 2021 The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet
Dec 26, 2021 The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Multiple dates starting Dec 28, 2021 A Christmas Story: The Musical - Truist Broadway at Durham Performing Arts Center

 

Holiday Concerts

Multiple dates starting Nov 18, 2021 2021 Christmas Jubilee Live Music
Dec 7, 2021 Joy of the Season - NC Master Chorale - Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts 
Dec 9, 2021 Winterfest '21 - Cary Town Band
Dec 10-11, 2021  Holiday Pops from North Carolina Symphony Orchestra
Dec 11, 2021 Holiday Pops on the Town - Concert Singers of Cary - NC
Dec 12, 2021 Tis The Season: The Snowman - Triangle Wind Ensemble
Multiple dates starting Dec 12, 2021 A Motown Christmas - Pure Life Theatre & Town of Cary 
Dec 15, 2021 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - PNC Arena
Dec 18, 2021 (Virtual) A Virtual Laurie Berkner Family Holiday Concert
Dec 19, 2021 Raleigh Flute Choir Holiday Concert - North Carolina Museum of History

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Starting November 2021 Medlin Farm - Wake Forest, NC
Starting November 2021 Phillips Farms of Cary, NC
Starting November 2021 Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm - Apex, NC
Starting November 2021 The Family Farm on Avent Ferry - Holly Springs, NC 
Starting November 2021 Hubb's Farm - Clinton, NC
Starting November 2021 Perkins Orchard - Durham, NC 

 

Ice Skating

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

 

Hanukkah   

Dec 5, 2021 Menorah Lighting On The Green - Lafayette Village - Raleigh 
Nov 30, 2021 Menorah Lighting - Town of Cary, NC

 

Kwanzaa

Dec 30, 2021 27th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 6, 2021 On the Mend Holiday Craft Fair
Nov 13, 2021 Christmas Outdoor Market at Millstone Creek Orchards
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2021 Merry Moore Market
Nov 20, 2021 The Holiday Mill Market
Nov 20, 2021 Market in the Grove
Nov 20, 2021 Selma Holiday Village Market
Nov 20, 2021 Holiday Market & Lighting of the Trees - Lafayette Village - Raleigh
Nov 20 & 21, 2021 The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market
Dec 4, 2021 Craft Market - North Carolina Botanical Garden
Dec 4, 2021 Third Annual Christmas Craft Fair - Pace Family Farms
Dec 4, 2021 Christmas Vendor Event at The Leaning Tree
Dec 10, 2021 Jingle Bells Holiday Bazaar
Dec 11, 2021 Carlee Farm Holiday Marketplace
Dec 12, 2021 Durham Craft Market Holiday Fair 2021
Dec 18 & 19, 2021 A Very Merry Cary Holiday Market

  

Miscellaneous

Multiple dates starting Nov 8, 2021 2021 Annual Marine Corps Toys For Tots Campaign
Multiple dates starting Nov 14, 2021 Made 4 the Holidays Marketplace
Nov 19, 2021 Needle Felted Ornament Class (For Beginners)
Multiple dates starting Nov 22, 2021 Letters to Santa: Santa's Mailbox 2021 - Town of Cary, NC
Dec 3, 2021 Drive Through Christmas Village 
Dec 4, 2021 Heart of The Holidays Gingerbread House Competition - Town of Cary NC
Dec 4, 2021 Christmas Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy - The Carolina Inn
Dec 5, 2021 Mosaic Holiday Ornament Class
Dec 10, 2021 Friday Farm Christmas Movie Night - Pace Family Farms
Dec 10, 2021 Evening With Elves - Marbles Kids Museum
Dec 11, 2021 Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade
Dec 11, 2021 Live Nativity Scene
Dec 12, 2021 Holiday Open House at West Point on the Eno
Dec 17, 2021 A Frosty Family Affair - Bull City Holidayz
Dec 18, 2021 Eric S. Swindell's An Unexpected Christmas (STAGEPLAY)
Dec 18 & 19, 2021 Gingerbread Jamboree - Marbles Kids Museum
Multiple dates starting Dec 18, 2021 Make Your Own Gingerbread House - The Carolina Inn
Dec 22, 2021 Teddy Bear Tea - The Carolina Inn

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