Haven’t gotten these events in yet, there’s still time for Holiday family fun!  Check out a few of our favorites happening around town that all ages will enjoy.

 Things to Do with Kids Over the Holiday

NC Chinese Lantern Festival 

Runs until Sunday, January 15th. (Tuesday-Sundays) 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

This annual festival is mesmerizing visitors both young and old. Enjoy over 20 magical lights displays with over a thousand LED lights. Enjoy the craftsmanship, cultural significance and artistic beauty of the lantern festival.  Cost: Kids 2 and under are free, $10 for ages 3-17 years, $15 for Adults over 18 years

The Secret World Inside You Exhibit

Exhibit runs until Sunday, March 12th.  NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

Kids can enjoy this interactive exhibit exploring the world of those teeny-tiny microorganisms crawling on our skin, swimming through our gut and traveling throughout intestines.  Larger-than-life models, games, videos and more will keep kids learning.  Tickets can be purchased online or on site.

Happyland Christmas Lights

Runs until Friday, January 6th. Tuesday-Sunday. 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  5504 Huntingwood Drive, Raleigh, NC (Corner of Penny Rd. & Huntington Dr.)

Have you been watching ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight”? Then you know Happyland Christmas Lights was recently crowned the winner of the show’s finale.  Bring your family out to make some memories and be dazzled by the twinkling lights and displays by the Moore family.

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.


Friday, December 16th – Saturday, December 24th.  Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh

Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Carolina Ballet’s annual classic, The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition perfect for the whole family. The only Nutcracker in the country with real illusions, created by world-renowned magician Rick Thomas.

Chabad of Cary’s Fire On Ice: A Chanukah Celebration 

Monday, December 26th.  Starts at 4:15 p.m.  Downtown Apex

Come out and enjoy this holiday celebration with children’s activities & crafts, donut decorating and watch the menorah ice sculpture be completed right on site.

Piper Lights

Runs until Friday, January 6th.  Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  5725 Fixit Shop Rd., Wake Forest

Piper Lights is dazzling families with their light displays and more.  They were also an episode winner of ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight”.  Come early and start making some twinkling memories this holiday season.

Winter Wonder Weeks at Marbles

Runs until Thursday, January 2nd.  Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

Marbles is helping your family celebrate the holidays with Artrageous: Polar Painting, MakeShop: Artic Automobiles and more.

22nd Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

Thursday, December 29th.  11:00 a.m.  Cary Arts Center

FREE & open to the public. Enjoy this cultural celebration with live performances, crafts, activities and more.

Ice Raleigh

Runs until Sunday, January 29th.  City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh

Skate on Downtown Raleigh’s only outdoor natural ice skating rink.  The rink will even be open on Christmas Day for families to enjoy.  Cost: $10 per person includes skate rental.  $5 for children 4 years and under.

Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Exhibit

Runs until Sunday, January 15th. (Closed Saturday, December 24th & Sunday, December 25th.)  NC Museum of Art, Raleigh.

Treat your family to this exhibit showcasing artful vehicles from the 1920s – 1940s.




Come out and enjoy a day of FREE family fun at the KidDilly Expo on Saturday, January 21st, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cary.  Get your free tickets at the KidDilly Eventbrite page.  RSVP and follow the KidDilly Expo Facebook Page to stay up to date on activities, giveaways and more being held the day of the expo.


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