Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season for many Raleigh residents, and there is no shortage of fun, family-friendly activities to enjoy in the city throughout the weekend. Whether you're shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or you already call our city home, Raleigh is a wonderful place to spend the holidays. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on seven great Thanksgiving weekend activities in the Raleigh area.
Head to Raleigh Over Thanksgiving Weekend
- Thanksgiving at Ruth's Chris Steak House – 4381 Lassiter at North Hills, Raleigh
There are quite a few great restaurants open in Raleigh for Thanksgiving, and Ruth's Chris Steak House certainly ranks near the top of the list. Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal prepared by the experts at Ruth's Chris, with all of your favorite Thanksgiving trimmings. And if you're in the mood for something different, you can order from the full dinner menu.
- 2018 Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot - 2002 Grisdale Lane, Cary
Join Cary residents and visitors at the 2018 Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot. A perfect way for the entire family to begin their Thanksgiving Day celebration, the Inside-Out Turkey Trot includes a one-mile fun run, an 8K main event, and a Kids Dash. Race morning begins at 7:00 am with the one-mile fun run taking off first at 8:30 am. Fun contests with opportunities to take home prizes will be part of your day. The Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot is part of the Second Empire Grand Prix Race Series.
- Lake Myra Christmas Lights – 10 S. Cyprus St., Wendell
The holiday season is just getting started on Thanksgiving, so why not spend the weekend spreading some Christmas cheer? The Lake Myra Christmas Lights show features dazzling, computerized lights, dancing to the tune of your favorite Christmas songs.
- Christmas Carousel – NC State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
Start your Christmas shopping in style at the Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, where you'll find gifts, holiday decorations, and delicious food from more than 250 vendors. Kids will have the chance to enjoy some time with Santa Claus, who will be present at select times all weekend.
- North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival – 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
See the Cary Amphitheatre in a whole new light during the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival on Thanksgiving weekend. Walk through half a mile of spectacular lantern displays, and enjoy live cultural performances. There will also be a concession stand serving tasty seasonal treats.
- Cut a Christmas Tree at Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm – 4533 Inwood Rd., Raleigh
Is decorating for Christmas one of your favorite traditions during Thanksgiving weekend? Head to Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm to cut your own Christmas Tree. Kids are encouraged to have fun while you pick the perfect tree, and leashed dogs are welcome at Back Achers.
- Gingham and Posh Gift Shopping – 210 Hollyridge Dr., Raleigh
Searching for a truly unique Christmas gift for someone special? Gingham and Posh offers a wide selection of customized gift baskets, with something for every taste. Gift gourmet foods and delicious treats, or send someone a "Taste of North Carolina" gift basket to remind them of home. Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to start shopping at Gingham and Posh.
Still searching for the perfect home where you can enjoy every weekend in Raleigh? Our experienced, local team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Raleigh, NC.