Date Time Event
November 27th -28th


Thanksgiving Weekend: Holiday Pops

Meymandi Concert Hall

Join us for all your holiday favorites and our popular sing-a-long, plus, new this year, enjoy selections from Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express and Frozen! Be sure to visit Santa in the lobby before the performance.

You can also Warm a child's tummy by donating Soup-to-Go and receive a coupon for $20 off a pair of tickets to one of North Carolina Symphony's January 2016 concerts (some restrictions may apply). All donations support the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's BackPack Buddies program, which provides healthy weekend meals for schoolchildren in need.

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November 27th - 29th Hours

The Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival

NC Fairgrounds

Going strong for 28 years, The Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market one of the largest collections of arts, crafts & holiday gifts assembled in one location. As you stroll through the 2015 event, you’ll meet over 250 exhibitors from all across the Southeast, showcasing thousands of one-of-a-kind items and unique gifts! Santa will be there all three days!

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November 27th - December 30th Showtimes Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Fletcher Opera Theater

The original television classic comes to life!

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius  and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.  It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.  Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage.  Script adaptation by Robert Penola.  Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.

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December 3rd - 6th

December 10th - 13th

Holiday Express

Pullen Park

Join us at Pullen Park as it is transformed into a Holiday Wonderland. The park will have holiday lights and displays, a lighted train ride, local entertainment, concessions, antique carousel ride, crafts and a visit with Santa.

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December 4th 6:00pm - 8:30pm

An Evening With Elves

Marbles Kids Museum

The twilight, twinkle and tradition of An Evening with Elves bring families and friends to Marbles year after year. Enjoy museum play, holiday activities, s'mores outdoors and other festive treats! Celebrate with Marbleous elves and visit with the Snowflake Fairy. Kids, wear your pajamas. New in 2015...based on your feedback, we're replacing the sit-down dinner with snack stations throughout the museum!

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December 5th 11:00am-4:00pm

“A Colonial Christmas” Open House

Joel Lane House

The Joel Lane Museum House, “The Birthplace of North Carolina’s Capital,” will sponsor its annual Colonial Christmas Open House celebration on Saturday, December 5, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are requested. Colonel Joel Lane was a founding father of North Carolina’s capital city and an officer in the Militia during the American Revolutionary War.

The house will be decorated with traditional greenery and will reflect the very different way in which colonists and early Americans celebrated the Christmas holiday. Information about the house and grounds will be offered by costumed docents; re-enactors will demonstrate scenes of 18th-century life; the sounds of live music will fill the air; and other interpreters will entertain children using colonial games and crafts through the “Hands-on History” program.

The museum store will be open with a great choice of gifts under $10 for both young and not so young, and the annual bake sale will feature delicious local specialties and traditional delights.

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December 5th 3:00pm-10:00pm

Raleigh WinterFest

Downtown Raleigh

Experience the merriment and excitement of downtown Raleigh's winter wonderland featuring the Official Mayor's Holiday Tree Lighting along with a cornucopia of outdoor festivities, including the new and exciting Taste of Downtown and Gingerbread House Competition

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December 5th 8:30am-12:00pm

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

St. Mary's School

Chosen as one of the 21 Most Incredible Themed Races by The Greatist website, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others!

Wear a holiday themed costume (you could win the costume contest!). Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route or a 1-mile route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Elves under 10 can join us in the Reindeer Dash.

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