This Saturday, November 19th is jammed pack with fun for all ages.  Tell your friends, grab your neighbors and head out to one of these family-friendly events happening around the Raleigh area.  From a Parade, cultural celebrations, a Holiday Open House, a coding event, nighttime strolls at the park to even a big Family Volunteer Day there is something everyone to enjoy and to fill you Saturday with family fun. Check out our list of events and remember to check the website or call the venue of the place you’ll be attending to stay up to date on any changes in schedules or cancellations.

Fun Things To Do With The Family Around Raleigh: Saturday, November 19th

WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade

Saturday, November 19th. Start time is 9:40am. Downtown Raleigh

Come out early and grab your spot to watch the largest Christmas parade between Washington, DC and Atlanta.  Parade begins on Hillsborough Street at St. Mary’s Street and continues to Lenoir Street.  Learn more about the parade route and festivities here.  Don’t forget to visit the IPREO outdoor ice rink that opens to the public November 19th. 

Family Volunteer Day in Raleigh 

Saturday, November 19th. Activate Good at the Poe Center & Holiday Inn Downtown Raleigh

Start the holiday season right by doing good for others as a family!  On Saturday, November 19, 2016, join Activate Good at the Poe Center for some Fall Beautification from 9am to 11am – or at Holiday Inn Downtown Raleigh to “Craft for a Cause” from 1pm to 3pm! Crafting stations include cards for kids in the hospital through Zach’s Toy Chest, and fleece blankets and scarves for the homeless served by Raleigh Rescue Mission, as well as other hands-on activities. Family Volunteer Day is fun for all ages, and “Craft for a Cause” is the perfect follow-up to the 2016 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade! Space is limited register at

Family Fun Saturdays:  Deco the Walls

Saturday, November 19th.  10:00am & 1pm. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

Get artsy as a family! Explore art deco origins and motifs as you design and create a metallic mixed-media wall hanging. Gallery tour is included in this family workshop.  For families with children ages 5-11 years old. Cost: $5 for members. $8 for non-members.

Holiday Open House at Waverly Place

Saturday, November 19th.  Noon – 4:00 pm Waverly Place, Cary

Enjoy horse and carriage rides, trackless train rides, performances by Oakwood Waits & General Assembly Quartet, in-store specials, tastings, and holiday ideas. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to help us fill-the-trunk in our holiday toy drive. RSVP on their  Facebook event page.

Night Owls and Candle Magic

img_2401Saturday, November 19th. 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Blue Jay County Park, Raleigh

FREE event for all ages. Bring the “night owls” in your family to enjoy the magic of a stroll along the luminary-lined trail as you learn about the late fall seasonal activities of our local owls. Bring your travel mug for hot cocoa and enjoy a lantern-lit craft project before you go home. FREE and for all ages (baby backpacks are recommended rather than strollers). No dogs, please. Last “stroll” begins at 8:30 p.m. Perfect for Jr. Naturalist families, Scouts, and Y groups!  No preregistration is needed for this evening event.  Check out the Insiders Guide to Night Owls and Candle Magic.

Holly Springs Winter Farmers Market

Saturday, November 19th.  9:30 a.m. – Noon.  Holly Springs Cultural Center

Prepare for Thanksgiving and cooler-weather menus with many of your favorite vendors from the  regular-season farmers market, which has been voted #1 in NC five years in a row! Visit their website to see which vendors will be participating.

Explore Dorothea Dix Park: Skywatching

Saturday, November 19th. 6:30pm – 8:30 pm.  Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh

FREE event for all ages. Join staff and volunteers from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center as they guide families through fun observations of stars, planets, moons and more. Telescopes will be provided.

Marbles Kids Code

Saturday, November 19th.  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh 

Join Marbles STEM Play Corps and community partners and explore all the fun that coding can bring. Build binary code bracelets, program a human robot, tinker with computer parts, and dive into virtual realities.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at North Hills

Saturday, November 19th. 4:00pm-8:00pm. Commons at North Hills, Raleigh

FREE event. Enjoy this annual Tree Lighting with trackless train rides, crafts & activities for the kids, snow slopes, a bounce house, vendor village, live music and more.  Santa will arrive at 6:00pm just when the tree is being lit and all are singing “Santa Clause Is Coming to Town”.

SuperFun Saturdays at The Halle

Saturday, November 5th & 19th. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex

FREE arts and crafts for children ages 4-12 years with an adult.

Repticon Raleigh Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Saturday, November 19th – Sunday, November 20th.  Scotts Building at the State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Turtles, lizards, snakes and more. Come enjoy this family-friendly event featuring your favorite reptiles up close.  Tickets can be purchased online or onsite.

Lighting of the Tree at Lafayette Village

Saturday, November 19th. 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Lafayette Village, Raleigh

Enjoy a night of live holiday music, a performance from the City Ballet of Raleigh, horse & carriage rides, photos with Santa and more.  Tree lighting will take place at 6pm.

21st Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

Saturday, November 19th. 11:00am-4:00pm. NC Museum of History, Raleigh

Musicians, dancers, artists, storytellers, and authors from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes will gather for this popular family event. With something for all ages, the celebration is a firsthand opportunity to learn about the state’s American Indian culture, past, and present. Activities include craft demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, foods, and much more.

Polar Express Train Ride

Starts Saturday, November 19th.  NC Transportation Museum, Spencer

Inspired by the popular holiday movie families can experience a ride on The Polar Express.  Caroling, hot chocolate, cookies, singing & dancing, a reading of The Polar Express and more are featured during this special train ride.  Every passenger will also receive a special silver sleigh bell, too. Check dates and purchase tickets online. 


Are you looking for more Holiday Outings for the Kids happening in and around Raleigh? Check out our list of seasonal events coming up for the kiddos this November & December.






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