Brrrr!  It’s getting cold out there and it’s time to don those winter mittens, heavy coats and head out for a weekend of family fun happening around town.  From parades, Gingerbread House decorating to a Bull Riding event there is something in store for your Holiday celebrations and your weekend outing enjoyment.  Take a peek at some our favorite events happening in and around Raleigh.


screenshot-84Before you start your weekend come join us at the Vend Raleigh 5th Annual Sip & Shop on Friday, December 9th at Bombshell Beer Company in Holly Springs from 6pm-10pm.  A FREE entry holiday shopping event with raffles and prizes.  Get there early and get a free swag bag for the first 100 shoppers.  We are very excited to be one of the major sponsors of this Raleigh Christmas Shopping tradition.

Gingerbread Jamboree

Saturday, December 10th.  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh 

Create those lasting memories by making your very own keepsake gingerbread house as a family. Enjoy your sweet treat masterpiece and leave the clean-up to the Marbles team. Bring one Gingerbread house back to decorate. Cost:  $12 per member, $15 per non-member, $20 per house

Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 10th.  Starts at 2:00 p.m.  Downtown Cary

The Cary Jaycees have sponsored the Christmas Parade in Downtown Cary for the past thirty-eight consecutive years. Enjoy this joyful celebration which includes bands, mascots, local businesses, community groups, and churches.

Wake Forest Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 10th.  Starts at 1:00 p.m.  Downtown Wake Forest

Enjoy Wake Forest’s annual Christmas Parade with over 100 colorful floats, entries from local businesses, churches, schools, marching bands, civic groups and more. Food Trucks will also be on site from 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Holiday Book Drive at Brier Creek & North Durham Orthodontics

Entire month of December. Brier Creek Orthodontics, Raleigh and North Durham Orthodontics, Durham

Take time to clear out cluttered shelves of books your kids have outgrown to give those books a second life with a child who needs them. Kindly donate NEW or Gently USED books to promote literacy in our local community. In the spirit of the Holiday Season, Dr. Gina Lee will give YOUR SCHOOL a $1 donation for each book that you donate during the whole month of December 2016.

Family Fun Saturdays: Fine Lines

Saturday, December 10th.  1:00 p.m.  NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

Families with children 5-11 years old.Thick and thin, straight and wavy, short and long: explore lines and marks in art across the Museum. Then, create your own drawings inspired by what you see. This program includes a Gallery tour plus a studio workshop for families.  Workshops sell out quickly get your tickets early.  Cost: $5 for Members, $8 for Nonmembers.

39th Annual Santa Train at Museum of Life & Science

December  8th-11th and 15th-21st. Museum of Life & Science, Durham

Take a train ride through the North Pole through thousands of twinkling lights. At the end families can enjoy face painting, “Science of Santa”, “Skate in your Socks”, complimentary hot chocolate and more. This event sells out quickly so grab your tickets fast.

“Nutcracker Storytime” from Carolina Ballet

Saturday, December 10th.  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh

For ages 4 years & up. Join the Carolina Ballet as one of their principal dancers weaves holiday magic with a reading of The Nutcracker.  Enter a drawing to win a family four-pack of tickets to the Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker and a souvenir.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

Runs until Saturday, December 24th.  Bass Pro Shops, Cary

Bring your family out to play at Santa’s Winter Wonderland. Enjoy games, crafts, activities and a FREE photo with Santa.

Durham Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 10th.  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Downtown Durham

Bring your family out for a Holiday Parade. Watch dynamic floats and cheer on hometown bands, drill teams, schools, community groups, and more as they make their way through downtown Durham!

Family Wildlife Series: “It’s Strictly for the Birds!”

Saturday, December 10th.  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Blue Jay Point County Park, Raleigh

Family program for ages 5 years & up. Create yummy winter treats for the birds in your yard during this hands-on “holiday baking” session that is strictly for the birds. Allergy Note: Peanuts will be involved!  Cost: $1. Register in advance.

Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia 3-Day Show

Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 11th.  Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Over 80 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia, NASCAR, etc. on over 225 tables. Meet Denny McLain, former major league baseball world champion who will be signing autographs Saturday-Sunday from 10am-4pm. Cost: $5 Daily, $7 Weekend Pass. Free admission for 15 years and under.  Check out their website for a discount admission coupon.


Friday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 18th.  Raleigh Little Theatre

Add some sparkle & magic to your holiday season with this annual musical from RLT.

Christmas All Over The Place/Ten Minutes Till Christmas/Bring On The Snow

Friday, December 9th, Saturday, December 10th & Sunday, December 11th.  Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex

Christmas All Over the Place, an engaging mini-play from the famous Paper Bag Players, is about a merrily mixed up misunderstanding between the Huffenpuff and Wigglebee families. Ten Minutes Till Christmas, by Roger Clark, takes us to the North Pole where Santa has decided not to deliver presents and the Elves have only ten minutes to convince him! Bring On the Snow, by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher, is a hilarious variety show chock-full of one-liners, wintertime puns and catchy holiday tunes!

Bulls, Bells & Barrels – Bull Riding Event

Friday, December 9th & Saturday, December 10th.  State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Carousel Farms is bringing championship bull riding – barrel racing – western and equestrian riding, Christmas shopping and more to local families. Visit their website for ticket prices.

Special Photo Nights with Santa at Crabtree Valley Mall

Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh

Come out on these special nights to celebrate the season with a visit with Santa.  Pet Night on Sunday, December 11th and Grandparents Day on December 12th.

Visits with Santa at the Shepherd’s Way Farms Tree Lot

Sunday, December 11th.  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  North Hills, Raleigh

Pick out your family Christmas Tree at the Shepherd’s Way Christmas Lot and have your picture taken with Santa.

Posada Navideña 2016 

Sunday, December 11th.  3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Dorton Arena at State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

FREE event. A Hispanic holiday celebration with international bands performing and booths offering health professional services as well as traditional Christmas-related items.

Family Feature: Microscope Mania

Sunday, December 11th.  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Crowder District Park, Apex

For all ages with an adult. Bring it into focus! Have fun observing living and non-living natural objects under the microscope and with a magnifying glass. Discover ice and crystals and then sketch what everyday objects look like under the scope in a special science journal. Registration required. Limited spaces. Cost: $1 per person. fee: $1/Person.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Broadway Series

Runs until Saturday, December 24th.  Fletcher Opera Theatre, Raleigh

The original television classic comes to life on stage during this Broadway series performance. Come start off your holiday season with a special visit to this magical show.



Keep up to date on more Holiday Fun happening around town for the family. 

Raleigh’s Outdoor Ice Rink

Open until January 29th.  City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh

Have you added ice skating to your Holiday plans, yet? Come out and skate at Raleigh’s only outdoor natural ice skating rink. Visit their website to check the skating schedule. Cost: $10 (includes skate rental). $5 for children 4 and under.


kiddillyfbcoverpicture-1Save the date & grab your FREE tickets for the KidDilly Expo on Saturday, January 21st, 2017.

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