Holiday Happenings in the Triangle 2020
Although the holiday season looks a little different this year there are still many ways we can enjoy typical traditions and spread joy while staying safe! From drive-thru light shows with the family, donating your time or gifts back to the community, supporting local at the Holiday Market or even viewing virtual shows like The Nutcracker, there is something for everyone!
Luminaria Nights | now through Thurs. Dec. 17 | 5–8 p.m. | Cameron Village | Free | Enjoy 3600+ lighted candles displayed throughout the village. Shops and restaurants will be offering various sales and specials. https://shopcameronvillage.com/.../merry-bright.../
Nights of Lights | Wed., Dec. 16–Thurs. Dec. 31 | 5:30–11 p.m. | Dorothea Dix Park | $15+ | WRAL and the City of Raleigh are hosting Raleigh’s first-ever drive-thru light show. Art pieces will be displayed over a 1.3 mile route through the park for viewers to enjoy during 30-minute time blocks. https://www.wral.com/WRAL-presents-Nights-of.../19317026/
Hill Ridge Farms Festival of Lights | now through Sun. Dec. 27 | 5:30-10 p.m. | 703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville | $20 per vehicle | This annual display is more than one mile long and showcases 1+ million different lights.
Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm | 4533 Inwood Road | Tues.–Thurs. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. + Fri.–Sun. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. | Family-owned since 1978. Trees from 6-12 feet. This year there will be limited cut-your-own options, but they always have a great selection of fresh-cut firs + garland, wreaths, and fresh mistletoe. ProTip: $5 discount with military ID. https://www.backacherschristmastreefarm.com/
Boyce Farms | 2813 Mount Vernon Church Road | Mon.–Fri. 12–7 p.m. + weekends 9 a.m.–7 p.m. | Family-owned since 1982. This year there will be limited cut-your-own options + pre-cut, N.C.-grown Fraser fir trees and fresh wreaths. ProTip: They also offer flocking, if you want that snow-dusted look. https://boycefarms.com/
○Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC | 1924 Capital Blvd. | Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. | Opportunities to volunteer or donate food + financial contributions will be matched through the holiday season.
○ Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum | 220 Fayetteville Street | Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. + Sun. 1–4 p.m. | 100% of annual membership dues support the museum’s exhibitions and programming, plus members receive a 30% discount on all ticketed events.
○ Holiday Bazaar | Sat., Dec. 12–Sun. Dec. 13 | Times vary | Moore Square, 226 E. Martin Street | Cost of purchase | Raleigh Night Market is throwing a 2-day holiday shopping event, featuring 40 different local artisan vendors to shop from, plus The Brew Box coffee trunk + live entertainment.
○ Durham Craft Market Holiday Fair | Sun., Dec. 13 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m. | 501 Foster Street | Cost of purchase | More than 70 different artist and craft vendors will be located in Durham Central Park for the ultimate present shopping experience.
○ History at High Noon: Moravian Christmas Traditions | Wed. Dec. 16 | 12–1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Hosted by the NC Museum of History, Johanna Metzgar Brown will share her own experience as Moravian + discuss items from the museum’s collection.
○ Solstice Stroll | Mon., Dec. 21 | 2–3:30 p.m. | 8500 Camp Durant Road | Free | Watch the sun go down at Durant Nature Preserve on the shortest day of the year. There will be a campfire for socializing and reflection after the short hike. The barcode to access the class is 261135.
○ Holiday Favorites with Brass & Organ | Wed. Dec. 23 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | $21 | The NC Symphony brass section and guest organist David Jernigan will play Christmas carols and other classic holiday songs.
○ The Nutcracker | Fri., Dec. 25 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Carolina Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker will air on WRAL-TV Christmas night. Check your local listings or tune into channel 5 to watch.