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Take a break from the shopping frenzy and check out the events going on in the Raleigh area this weekend.

Raleigh Is Bursting With Holiday Fun This Weekend

Wake County Public Libraries’ Annual Booksale & Festival of Reading. NC State Fairgrounds. Dec. 10th-13th.

CCA Live Nativity


Live Nativity.1300 Corporate Chaplain Dr., Wake Forest. Dec. 10th-11th. 6:00-8:30. Drive thru nativity with live animals. Admission is a canned good or a new toy that will go to the crisis ministry, With Love From Jesus. There will also be an event drawing for gifts.





Fuquay Varina Arts Council Art Extravaganza.  405 Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina. Dec. 10-13th. 3rd Annual Fuquay-Varina Arts Council. Crafters market & entertainment from the Fuquay-Varina Middle School Band on Friday and Church Street Jazz & the Saxations on Sunday. Pictures with Santa, a children’s craft corner along with an art exhibitions.

Holiday Creations. JC Raulston Arboretum. Dec. 11th. Drop in anytime between 10:00-12:00pm. Morning of fun crafts using the materials from the garden. Register for event, parents are free.

Jolly Elf Trail Run. WakeMed Soccer Park Cross-Country Trial, Cary. Dec. 12th. 5K fun run & kid’s dash benefiting St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School, 501(c) (3) organization.

Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School Bookfair. Barnes & Noble, Cary. Dec. 13th at 3:00 pm. Enjoy holiday selections from the Centennial Choral Group along performances from the Dance Ensemble.

Hour of Code in the Lab. Museum of Life & Science, Durham. Dec. 8th-13th.  Celebrate International Computer Science Education Week.  Try our kid-friendly coding programs along with hands-on activities to learn how think like a computer.

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Lights on the Neuse. Boyette Family Farms, Clayton. Hayrides, sweet shoppes, a sugar barn & even a playdate with Santa.  Check out the Holiday Magic at Lights on the Neuse.




Jelly Beans Saturday Morning Matinee. Jellybeans, Cary. Dec. 12th from 10:00-12:00pm. For skaters 10 years & younger who are new to skating.

Cary Jaycees Christmas Parades. Downtown Cary. Dec. 12th at 2:00pm. Bands, mascots, local businesses, community groups & churches will be joining in this 36-year-old tradition.

Christmas Parades 2015More Parade Fun from Holly Springs to Wake Forest.  Check out the fun each parade brings.






Cosmic Open Bounce. BounceU, Apex. Dec. 11th from 4-6:00pm. Fun in the dark with black lights, special effect lighting & lots of bouncing fun! Reservations are required.

PNC Free Family Sundae. CAM Raleigh, Dec. 13th from 12:00-5:00pm. Hands-on “Create Your Own Sundae Activity”, middle school docent-led tours, pop-up shops, music & access to Sarah Cain: The Imaginary Architecture of Love Exhibit.

Pop-Up Art.  NC Museum of Art, Raleigh. Dec. 13th at 12:00 pm. Free family-friendly art-making activities inspired by M.C. Escher.

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Don’t forget to check out  the Chinese Lantern Festival & the Ipreo Winterfest.  From thousands of twinkling lights to an evening of outdoor skating there is so much to do in our Raleigh area.



Magical Winter Lights. Park West Village, Morrisville. Dec. 11th-20th. 6:00-8:00pm. Light show, falling snow, carolers, storytime with Santa & FREE train rides.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Wake Forest Renaissance Center. Dec. 11th-13th.  Forest Moon Theatre presents this Christmas family comedy.

Carousel Farms Rodeo: Bulls, Bells & Barrels. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Dec. 11th & 12th. Cowboys, cowgirls, rodeo clowns, bullfighters, pony rides, Christmas shopping & lots more.

Santa Paws Howliday Event. PetSmart at Brier Creek, Raleigh. Dec. 12th-13th. Find the special gift for your pooch & then pose together for a holiday picture.




Jingle Jam. Hope Community Church-Morrisville Campus. Dec. 13th. 3:00 & 4:30. Christmas performances, a photo booth, hot cocoa & cider and even a popcorn bar with sweet treat toppings.  Wear your PJs to this family party!





Gingerbread Jamboree. Marbles, Raleigh. Dec. 12th. Family workshops creating a sweet gingerbread house. Register in advance.

“Can Mrs. Clause Save Christmas” & “A Christmas Line”. Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex. Dec. 11th-13th. Two family-friendly shows.  Buy your tickets in advance.

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Indoor Snowball Fight with Santa. United Skates of America, Raleigh. Dec. 11th. 6:00-9:00.






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