Raleigh
Date Time Event
November 23rd- 25th Hours

The Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival

NC Fairgrounds

Going strong for 25 years, The Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival provides one of the largest collections of arts, crafts & holiday gifts assembled in one location. As you stroll through the 2012 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 and  December 4th 6:00pm-9:00pm

Pet Night With Santa

Crabtree Valley Mall

 SPCA Wake is excited to bring joy of puppy love to the Holidays at Crabtree Valley Mall. During the Pet Nights (Tuesday, November 27th and Tuesday, December 4th from 6:00pm-9:00pm) the SPCA will have adoptable dogs and a puppy playpen set up with adoptable puppies. For a minimum $5 donation, you can get 10 minutes of pure puppy bliss by playing in the pen with the litter of puppies.

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November 30th 6:15pm

WRAL Tower Lighting

2619 Western Boulevard

WRAL will light the transmission tower outside the WRAL-TV Studios, at 2619 Western Blvd. in Raleigh, on Nov. 30 in an annual holiday tradition that dates back more than half a century.

The lighting transforms the station's tower into a 300-foot Christmas tree wrapped in more than 2,800 multi-colored lights. Three 5-foot stars adorn the top of the tower, which will glow nightly through New Year’s Day. The tower is a beacon of the holiday season for many.

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December 1st 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 1, 2012 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.

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December 1st 3:00pm-9:00pm

Raleigh WinterFest

Downtown Raleigh

Grab your mittens and scarves and make your way to the heart of the center city for Raleigh's premier holiday event—the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest. Winterfest is a two-month long extravaganza featuring an outdoor skating rink with natural ice. This family-friendly celebration of fun-filled activities at the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest Ice Rink kicks off with a memorable event in City Plaza on Saturday, December 1.

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December 1st 12:00pm-5:00pm

Holiday Open House

The Cupcake Shoppe

The Cupcake Shoppe, located in the heart of Glenwood South, is happy to announce their annual Holiday Open House is happening again! Join us Saturday December 1st from 12-5pm for complimentary mini cupcakes, special holiday flavors and gift packages, and good cheer!

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December 1st 8:00pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra "The Lost Christmas"

PNC Arena

"The Lost Christmas Eve" has been called "a story of loss and redemption" and features a diverse soundtrack fusing elements of rock, classical, folk, Broadway, and R&B, which takes you on a journey into the "Capra-esque" world of TSO creator / producer, Paul O'Neill. Encompassing a rundown hotel, an old toy store, a blues bar, a Gothic cathedral, and their respective inhabitants all intertwined during a single enchanted Christmas Eve in New York City, this year's show is sure to start any TSO fan's holiday season off right. "The Lost Christmas Eve" will be performed in its entirety and will feature the hit single, "Wizards in Winter", as well as longtime crowd favorites, "Christmas Nights in Blue" and "Siberian Sleigh Ride." It will be followed by brand new songs from TSO's Fall EP release from Lava/Republic, "Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)", classics from TSO's debut album, "Christmas Eve & Other Stories" and the rest of the heralded catalogue of rock operas.

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December 1st 8:30am-12:30pm

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

St. Mary's School

Be there with bells on! Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. Fun, food, music, prizes for age group winners and best costume! $25 entry fee. This race is part of the Second Empire Grand Prix Series.

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December 1st 10:00am-5:00pm

Scandinavian Christmas Fair

 Holshouser Building

The Scandinavian Christmas Fair is an annual celebration of the rich cultural traditions of the Nordic countries.

Join us December 1 for an unforgettable Christmas experience featuring homemade Scandinavian food, live music, authentic folk dancing, children’s activities, Nordic crafts and imported items, a stunning traditional Lucia Procession (3:30pm) and more!

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December 1st 4:00pm-8:00pm

Lafayette Village Holiday Festival

Lafayette Village

Enjoy a festive holiday celebration as we light the Lafayette Village Holiday Tree on our Village Green. There will be activities for the whole family: carolers, games, music. Perhaps Santa will even visit!

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December 5th-9th 4:00pm-9:00pm

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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