Date Time Event
November 26th 3:00pm

The Snowman

Meymandi Concert Hall

Take a break from preparing the feast the day before Thanksgiving and bring the whole family to see The Snowman come to life on the big screen with the orchestra performing Howard Blake’s stunning soundtrack live! Emmy Award-winning WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner narrates the performance.

Relive the classic story of the snowman who comes to life and shares his frozen secrets with one little boy, taking him along for the ride of his life. The Snowman is perfect for families with children; show up early for our ever popular Instrument Zoo, starting one hour before show time.

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November 27th 8:00am

Ridgewood Turkey Trot

Ridgewood Shopping Center

Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving Dinner and help fight Multiple Sclerosis! You'll find fun for the entire family and a great time for visiting relatives.

Wear your favorite Thanksgiving theme hat to be included in the Best Hat competition with CASH prizes!.

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November 28th - 30th Hours

The Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival

NC Fairgrounds

Going strong for 27 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 2014 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 28th - December 24th Showtimes Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Fletcher Opera Theater

The original television classic comes to life!

First airing in 1964, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER has become a beloved Christmas classic – capturing the hearts and wonder of generations of fans. Now, 50 years later, something magical is happening as the beloved classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Join us in celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television and 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, the Misfit Toys and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in the all new 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. 

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December 4th - 7th

December 11th - 14th

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 5th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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 a festive family dinner provided by Moe's Southwest Grill, museum play, holiday activities and s'mores outdoors! Celebrate with Marbleous elves and visit with the Snowflake Fairy. Kids, wear your pajamas!

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December 6th 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 6, 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 6th 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 6th 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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