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January
19

Triangle Events

There's never a shortage of entertaining activities around the Triangle, and 2022 is looking like no exception. Mark your calendar and join our real estate agents at these lively concerts, festivals, and shows. 

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December
15

Holiday Celebration

If you're spending this holiday season in a new home, our real estate agents think a special celebration is in order. A new home is a perfect excuse to try out some new holiday traditions. Try out these ways to celebrate in your new home or to help you get to know your new neighborhood. 

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December
8

Holiday Hosting Tips

Time with friends and family is an exciting part of the holiday season. Was your home volunteered for this year's holiday gathering? While hosting an event can be stressful, our real estate agents recommend following these tips to be a great host this holiday season. 

  1. Make a List
    When you have a slew of things to do, it's easy to forget an ingredient or neglect one of your chores. A to-do list is essential when you're hosting a holiday gathering. If you're hosting multiple events, consider purchasing a dry erase list. This lets you keep the tasks that you generally always need to complete before an event (so you won't have to rewrite the list each time) and add tasks that are unique to a specific gathering. 
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December
1

Turkeys for the Triangle

Are you ready to give back to neighbors in need and support the community you love this holiday season? Holiday meals are essential to the experience of the season, and our Turkeys for the Triangle program is focused on providing holiday meals for food-insecure people in the Triangle.

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November
24

Holiday Events

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and our real estate agents want to help you make the most of it. Mark your calendar for these exciting holiday events taking place in December around the Triangle.

  • Winterfest '21 - Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC 27609
    The air near Cary homes for sale will be filled with the joyous sound of classic holiday carols at Winterfest '21. For the twelfth year, the Cary Town Band will be performing a selection of your favorite holiday tunes. The audience will also have a chance to vote for five or six singalong songs. Winterfest '21 is set for Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 

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October
27

Halloween Safety

October is in full swing, meaning it's time to make your Halloween plans. If your evening includes a trick-or-treating session, our real estate agents suggest following these guidelines to ensure that all your little ghosts and goblins remain safe:

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December
9

Raleigh Christmas Trees

With the holiday season in full swing, it's time to select a Christmas tree for your home. A real Christmas tree is a charming option that instantly lends a festive touch to your space. Our real estate agents know that a home with gorgeous decorations appeals to potential buyers. 

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December
18

First Night Raleigh

There's always something to celebrate when you call the Raleigh area home. 

While you're sure to find some fun at any time, you won't want to miss the culmination of the cultural experiences the Triangle has to offer with First Night Raleigh on New Year's Eve. If you haven't been to a First Night event before, consider bringing your whole family for this event all ages will love.

Our REALTORS® have gathered the highlights of this must-attend event to help you plan your holiday.

Event Details

Produced by Artsplosure, First Night Raleigh is poised to begin its 26th annual celebration in downtown Raleigh on December 31st, 2019. Expected to draw up to 80,000 people, this event is community-focused and family-friendly. Event passes go on sale beginning December 1st. 

The events will occur over a 20 block area in downtown Raleigh, so be prepared for a night of walking from venue to venue. Highlights include 35 different venues with over 100 performances, all packed into a single evening from 2 pm until midnight. Check the official First Night Raleigh event page for parking information, venue maps, and event FAQs.

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November
13

Holiday Events in the Triangle

It's the most wonderful time of the year, especially in the Triangle. The holiday season is on its way to the Triangle, and our REALTORS® highlight all of the great holiday events happening around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.

  • Raleigh Christmas Parade — Hillsborough St. at St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 | Nov 23
    Kick-off the holiday season by attending the Raleigh Christmas Parade! As the largest Christmas parade from Atlanta to DC, this event brings the community together and is even recorded to be rebroadcast on Christmas morning! After the Raleigh Christmas Parade, be sure to start your Christmas shopping at the locally owned shops throughout downtown.
  • Irving Berlin's White Christmas at Durham Performing Arts Center — 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701 | Dec 3 – 8
    Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Then head down to the Durham Performing Arts Center for the merry musical Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Comparable to a holiday card come to life, this show is full of singing, dancing and plenty of family-friendly fun!
  • NC Symphony Holiday Pops at Memorial Hall — 114 East Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 | Dec 10
    If you can't get enough of these yuletide tunes, you'll love the NC Symphony's Holiday Pops at Memorial Hall. Performing classic and contemporary Christmas songs, the North Carolina Symphony will fill your ears with the joyous sounds of the holiday season. Warm-up your vocal cords while you drive around Chapel Hill homes for sale and get ready to spend an afternoon caroling at Memorial Hall.
  • A Christmas Carol Presented by Theatre in the Park — Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601 | Dec 11 – 15
    Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a holiday classic that's been performed annually on stage as a musical comedy adaptation since 1974. This show, taking place at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, will likely sell out fast so be sure to purchase tickets for an evening or matinee showing after your visit Raleigh homes for sale.
  • Bike the Durham Holiday Parade —Main St. at Dillard St., Durham, NC 27701 | Dec 14
    Join the cyclist community for a fun ride through the city for the Durham Holiday Parade. Kids and families are welcome to ride with the Bike Durham and Durham BPAC organizations from the Health Department to the Duke University East Campus. After viewing Durham homes for sale you and your family can decorate your bikes while enjoying hot chocolate and donuts before the parade starts.
  • Durham Village Holiday Market at The Rickhouse — 609 Foster St., Durham, NC 27701 | Dec 15 – 17
    Get ready to unwrap a new Christmas event coming to the Triangle. The first annual Durham Village Holiday Market will take place at The Rickhouse in the Central Park district. This European-style village market will feature food, drinks, and gifts made right here in North Carolina! With food trucks and beverages also on-site, the Durham Village Holiday Market is the perfect place to complete your Christmas shopping.

Would you like to find a new home for the holidays in the Triangle? Contact us today, and we'll gladly help you with your home search!

June
26

July 4 Events in the Triangle

Our REALTORS® look forward to the annual 4th of July celebrations held in our local communities every year. No matter whether you're looking for family fun, fireworks, athletics, or a more adult social experience, everything is within a few miles. The only problem is choosing just a handful of things to do!

Celebrate America in style this July with these spectacular events in the Triangle:

  1. 2019 4th of July 5k and 10k – 1251 Goode Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    The famous 2019 4th of July 5k and 10k will bring you into the heart of Raleigh, where you can find some of the best Raleigh homes for sale. The Kids' Fun Run will start at 7:45 a.m., with the adult Four Miler at 8. There'll be plenty of swag for everyone as well as small cash prizes for the overall winners. Trophy Brewing Co. will be on hand for post-race refreshments.

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April
3

Durham Easter Events
One of the sweetest things about moving to a new home is the opportunity to start new traditions with your family. Easter will be here soon, but if you're already eager to get festive and usher in spring, don't worry! Durham won't wait until April 21 to start celebrating. As you look for Durham homes for sale, check out some of our annual Easter activities too. The holiday fun lasts all month in Durham, so there's no shortage of family-friendly festivities to fill your weekends.

Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate Easter around Durham: 

  • Spring Egg Dive, 2000 S Alston Ave, Durham 
    If baskets are a little too basic for your family, take a plunge for your eggs instead. This year's Spring Egg Dive takes place Saturday, April 6 from 5:30-7 pm, at the Campus Hills Pool. Instead of scouring a park, kids and adults alike are invited to splash around the Durham pool looking for eggs.

    This unusual Easter event gets everyone in the water for an evening of swimming, diving, and winning fun prizes. Durham Parks & Recreation provides life vests for swimmers who need them, but adults must accompany kids younger than 10.

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December
5

Triangle Christmas Tree Farms
Choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree is a beloved tradition for many families in the Raleigh area, creating memories that last a lifetime. With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to rekindle that tradition at one of our area's Christmas tree farms. Whether you're shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or you're already a resident of the city, you'll find plenty of Christmas tree farms. Our real estate agents have the details on seven Christmas tree farms in the Triangle where you can cut your tree for the holiday season this year.

Holiday Family Traditions: Cut Your Tree at These Local Christmas Tree Farms

  1. Boyce Farms - 2813 Mount Vernon Church Rd. Raleigh
    Family-owned and operated, Boyce Farms aims to make cutting your tree an affordable, family-friendly experience. Choose from a wide selection of trees, wreaths, and roping, with friendly service from the Boyce family. Boyce Farms also offers "flocked" trees, which maintain the appearance of having a coating of snow throughout the season.

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November
28

Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue
It is almost time once again to enjoy the community spirit that comes with the holiday season, and as always Knightdale, NC has a busy schedule of Christmas events to enjoy. Christmas on First Avenue, Knightdale's holiday event series, begins with the annual Holiday Fair, where you can shop, dine, and enjoy the holiday scenery. The series continues with holiday traditions that are sure to create memories for all in attendance. Our real estate agents are here to help you celebrate the season in North Carolina, with our guide to Christmas on First Avenue events in Knightdale, NC.

Christmas on First Avenue Events

Events like Christmas on First Avenue are an excellent example of what you can expect from the community when you shop for Knightdale homes for sale. Knightdale is known as a youthful, energetic city, with ample outdoor attractions and a quick commute to the heart of Raleigh.  Christmas on First Avenue takes place at Knightdale Station Park, a hub of the community with playgrounds, trails, a beautiful pond, and much more to come as Phase II of construction on park amenities nears completion.

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November
21

Triangle NC Christmas Parades
The holiday season is here, and that means it's time to enjoy all of the Christmas excitement that the Triangle has to offer. Christmas parades are an excellent way to ring in the season and celebrate all of the things that make each community special. No matter where you are in the Triangle, there's a Christmas parade with your name on it. Our real estate agents are here to help you celebrate the season, with our guide to 11 Christmas parades in the Triangle.

'Tis the Season to Celebrate with 11 Christmas Parades in the Triangle

  1. Garner Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 2:00 pm – Main Street, Garner
    Shopping for Garner homes for sale? Take a break to enjoy the holiday happenings at the Garner Christmas Parade. Settle in to watch the marching bands, parade floats, classic cars, and Santa himself travel through downtown Garner to mark the season.

  2. Knightdale Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 -2:00 pm – Knightdale Station Park
    Homes in Knightdale make it easy to celebrate the season with fun events, like the Knightdale Christmas Parade. Before the parade, there will be a Holiday Fair on Thursday evening, along with the annual Knightdale Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday evening.

  3. Apex Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 5:00 m – Downtown Apex
    Scout out Apex homes while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season with the Apex Christmas Parade. A Holiday Pancake Breakfast precedes the parade on Saturday morning and the ADBA Pictures with Santa event throughout the day on Saturday.

  4. Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade – Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Fuquay-Varina
    If you haven't started shopping for Fuquay-Varina real estate just yet, the holidays present a perfect opportunity to see what the community has to offer. The parade travels throughout historic downtown Fuquay-Varina and is part of a series of events to mark the holiday season in the city.

  5. Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Carrboro Town Hall
    Wondering why Chapel Hill homes for sale are such hot properties? Head to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade and find out! The parade starts at the Morehead Planetarium and winds its way toward a conclusion at Carrboro Town Hall.

  6. Durham Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00 am – Main St. and Magnum St., Durham
    Durham homes for sale put you near the best holiday events our city offers, including the Durham Holiday Parade. The parade is followed by the Fun Fest, a family-friendly holiday event with activities for all ages.

  7. Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 11:00 am – Downtown Holly Springs
    Holly Springs homes are perfect for celebrating the "Holly Days," with fun events like the Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade. Floats, dancers, bands, decorated vehicles fill the parade.

  8. Town of Cary Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Downtown Cary
    See the latest in Cary homes while you stake out the perfect spot along the Town of Cary Christmas Parade route. With more than 40 years of tradition, Cary's Christmas Parade is one of the most well-known in the Triangle.

  9. Wake Forest Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00 pm – White Street in Wake Forest
    Settle in among homes in Wake Forest to enjoy the holiday spectacle of the annual Wake Forest Christmas Parade. The parade is part of a busy weekend of holiday activities in Wake Forest, which includes the Snowball Dance for those with Special Needs.

  10. Clayton Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Clayton
    Visit the Clayton Christmas Parade to see why the locals love their Clayton homes so much. Before the parade, head to the annual Santa's Workshop Event at the Clayton Community Center for a morning filled with fun family activities.

  11. Pittsboro Holiday Parade – Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Pittsboro
    The Pittsboro Holiday Parade provides the perfect excuse to take a closer look at Pittsboro homes for sale. Head to MLK Drive to catch the start of the parade route, or watch the finish as the parade continues down Farrell Street. The Pittsboro Holiday Parade always brings the community together.

Interested in finding a home for the holidays and beyond in one of the many fantastic communities in the Triangle? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Triangle.

November
14

North Hills Tree Lighting
November and December bring fun, family-friendly events to Raleigh throughout the holiday season. Whether you're busy shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or enjoying all that your home city has to offer, the holidays feature free events that remind everyone why the city is such a great place to call home. The Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony is the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season. Our real estate agents are here to help you enjoy the holidays in Raleigh, with our guide to the Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Annual North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Event: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at North Hills
Location: The Commons – 4191 Main at North Hills Street
Date/Time: Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Events from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Admission/Parking: FREE Admission

Family Fun and Free Activities in North Hills Christmas

Start your holiday season by making memories at the Annual North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, with an afternoon filled with fun activities that both kids and parents will love. The fun starts in North Hills at 3:30 pm in the Commons with everything building up to the big Christmas tree lighting at 6:00 pm. Admission to the event is free, and parking is available nearby at the Main District Garage.

  • Sledding Slopes and Trackless Train Rides – Are your kids dreaming of a white Christmas? While there may not be traditional snow at the Christmas tree lighting, kids can enjoy some sledding on "Snow My Yard" sledding slopes, or take an enchanted, holiday-themed trackless train ride.

  • Bounce House, Face Painting, and More – The North Hill Christmas Tree Lighting will also feature traditional childhood favorites, including a bounce house and face-painting for the holidays. There will also be arts and crafts for kids, along with balloon twisting to create memorable holiday souvenirs.

  • Meet Santa and Watch the Lighting Ceremony – The big moment arrives at 6:00 pm when Santa comes to town for the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy Christmas carols, watch the 41-foot tree light up in gorgeous colors, and then stick around so that kids can spend some quality time with Santa Claus himself.

  • Start Your Shopping at the Vendor Village – Searching for a unique gift for someone on your holiday list? You'll find local vendors offering unique gifts, crafts at Vendor Village during the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Don't miss vendors like Shepard's Way Farms, Edible Art of Raleigh, Bee Happy Essentials, Project Picturesque, and many more.

Life in North Hills

North Hills real estate is popular among Raleigh residents because the neighborhood features everything you need close to home. From fantastic shopping to fun events and cuisine from around the world, North Hills offers a dynamic lifestyle for both work and play. The Commons, the location of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, is a gathering place in the neighborhood, with outdoor green space, ample outdoor dining options, and frequent special events throughout the year.

Still searching for the perfect Raleigh home for the holidays? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy, sell, and learn about homes in the Raleigh, NC area.

November
7

Raleigh Thanksgiving Things to Do
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

  1. Thanksgiving at Ruth's Chris Steak House4381 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
     
  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Cut a Christmas Tree at Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm4533 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.

  7. Gingham and Posh Gift Shopping210 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.

December
28

New Year's Celebrations and EventsIt will soon be time to ring in 2018! Where will you cheer on the new year? Whether you're seeking a daytime celebration for the whole family or a night out with a special someone, the Triangle is a happening place to be on New Year's Eve. You'll even find fun activities on New Year's Day to get the new year off to a great start.

Cary

Roll the Bean New Year's Eve Celebration

Jellybean's Super Skate Center of Cary

1120 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 a.m.

Admission is $25 for youth 15 and under

 

First Walk—New Year, New You

Bond Park

1100 Norwell Boulevard in Cary

Monday, Jan. 1 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Start at North Cary Park entrance to the Black Creek Greenway

 

Chapel Hill

Night Lights: A Family-Friendly New Year's Eve

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

250 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Sunday, Dec. 31

2 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 online

Ready to host kids of all ages, Night Lights will offer a fun-filled New Year's Eve in Chapel Hill. Guests young and old will enjoy games, shows in the GSK Fulldome Theater, science and dance performances, and food truck delights.

 

Durham

New Year's Eve Party

Ponysaurus Brewing Co.

219 Hood Street in Durham

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Raise a glass and share your cheer for a brand new year! Ponysaurus Brewing is excited to host its annual New Year's Eve party with a live performance by Chocolate Thunder and new brews!

 

New Year's Day 8K Run at Duke Forest

Duke School, 3716 Erwin Road, Durham

Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m., registration begins at noon

 

First Day Hikes

Eno River State Park

6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham 27705

Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.

Starts at the Few's Ford Picnic Shelter (20 minutes from park entrance)

Two hikes: two-mile or four- to five-mile hikes

 

Raleigh

Noon Year's Eve

Marbles Kids Museum

201 East Hargett Street in Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$7 per person

Want to celebrate the new year without staying up late? Take the family to Marbles Kids Museum to ring in the "noon" year instead! Your little ones will love taking part in a bubble-wrap fireworks display, official noonday countdown, and festive dance party.

 

First Night Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 to Monday, Jan. 1

Activities starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31

View an event schedule here

Join in a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Raleigh! This daylong event begins at 2 p.m. and runs through midnight. With afternoon activities for the kiddos in Bicentennial Plaza, a Ferris wheel, sleigh and trolley rides, live musical performances, evening fireworks and more, you'll be able to ring in the new year with great cheer!  

Events throughout the day:

DIY Festival

NC Museums of History & Natural Sciences and Bicentennial Plaza

2 to 6 p.m.

Children 5-years-old and under permitted free with a pass-wearing adult

People's Procession

Walk down Salisbury Street

Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. along Edenton Street

Early Countdown & Fireworks

Main Stage on City Plaza

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Evening Concert Performances

Indoor and Outdoor Venues throughout downtown

7 to 11:30 p.m.

City Plaza Main Stage Performances

City Plaza

5 p.m. to Midnight

Giant Acorn Drop and Fireworks

City Plaza

Midnight

 

Raleigh's Ultimate New Year's Eve Party

Isaac Hunter's Tavern

414 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Tickets are $45, available online

Score a front-row seat to Raleigh's Giant Acorn Drop at Isaac Hunter's Tavern on New Year's Eve. The popular pub will host a fantastic affair for its mature crowd well into the night.

 

The Official 2018 New Year's Eve Celebration

Downtown Raleigh Sheraton

421 South Salisbury Street

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Ticket prices vary, available online

Party the night away with Miss North Carolina and other area iHeartMedia radio hosts at this lively New Year's Eve celebration. Stretching across three large ballrooms, the event will feature a live performance by the Red Line Band and three expert DJs scheduled to spin their jams till after the Giant Acorn drops.

 

First Day Hike

William B. Umstead Park

Monday, Jan. 1 at 9 a.m.

Starts at the Reedy Creek Parking Lot (Harrison Avenue; Exit 287 off I-40)

Four-mile hike along Company Mill Trail

November
29

Holiday Parades and Tree Lightings

Only days away from the start of December and the countdown to Christmas, our Triangle cities and towns are getting ready to welcome the holidays in style.

Lively parades, bright, twinkling lights, and towering trees will soon usher in festive fun that you and your family won't want to miss.

Join hundreds, even thousands, of your Triangle neighbors at these area events to celebrate the spirited season this weekend and next.

Triangle Area Holiday Parades & Tree Lightings  

 

Apex

Christmas on Salem Street

Friday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5 p.m.

Salem Street in downtown Apex

Christmas on Salem Street is a must-visit event! Head to downtown Apex to celebrate the season with caroling, horse-drawn carriage and kiddie train rides (tickets needed), Santa's Workshop crafts, cookie decorating, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 

Apex's Grand Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.

Salem Street in downtown Apex

The annual Apex Grand Christmas Parade will bring a lineup of holiday sights and delights! Round up the family and find some seats along Salem Street to take part in this cheerful event.

 

Cary

Hearts of the Holidays Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 2 with events beginning at 10 a.m.

Downtown Cary

Cary is ready to celebrate Christmas with a day full of festivities! Take the little ones to Santa's Workshop, stroll through the Ole Time Winter Festival, write a letter to Santa, take part in the Gingerbread House Competition and enjoy the lighting of the town's Christmas tree.

Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Downtown Cary

For nearly 40 years, the Cary Jaycees have hosted a spirited parade complete with area bands, sports team mascots, and floats decorated by local businesses and community groups. Make sure to arrive at Chatham Street early to grab a seat!

 

Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Chapel Hill Community Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

University Baptist Church Memorial Garden

100 S. Columbia Street in Chapel Hill

Holiday cheer will be abundant with caroling and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Chapel Hill Community Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Chapel Hill – Carrboro Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon

Begins at the old Post Office on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill 

Snag a seat on Franklin Street to watch the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade roll by. Holiday floats, marching bands and performers, and a sleigh-riding Santa are sure to put a smile on your face and the Christmas spirit in your heart.

 

Durham

Durham Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.

Downtown Durham

Floats, mascots, marching bands and street vendors will be hitting the pavement for a festive parade through downtown Durham this Saturday. Bring a chair or a blanket and grab a seat to take part in the holiday highlight.  

Holiday Fun Fest

Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon to 4 p.m.

American Tobacco Campus

318 Blackwell Street in Durham

Get ready to sled in the city this Saturday! Durham's American Tobacco Campus will be filled with snow and all of the activities that go with it. Bundle up the kids and go have some serious fun!

 

Fuquay-Varina 

Fuquay-Varina Tree Lighting

Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Main/Vance Street lot in downtown Fuquay-Varina

Downtown Fuquay-Varina will soon be bursting with holiday spirit! Plan to take part in the annual tree lighting ceremony, visit with Santa, sing along with carolers, and ice skating! There will even be a life-size snow globe! 

Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m.

Main Street in downtown Fuquay-Varina

Downtown Fuquay-Varina will be extra festive this Sunday as the annual Christmas Parade is set to roll through. Get ready for holiday-themed floats, live performances by area bands and dance troops and more! 

 

Garner 

Light Up Main

Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Downtown Garner 

Downtown Garner will pull out all of the holiday stops at its annual Light Up Main Christmas tree lighting event. There will be activities for the entire family including kids' crafts and activities, live performances, and photos with Santa himself. 

Town of Garner Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Downtown Garner 

Main Street will be especially merry this Saturday as the Garner Christmas Parade marches through. Guest will enjoy community floats, high school bands, classic cars, local musicians and dancers, and Santa Claus, of course!

 

Goldsboro 

Goldsboro Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.

Downtown Goldsboro

A Wayne County favorite, the Goldsboro Christmas Parade will bring cheer to the city's streets this Saturday! Make sure to arrive early to grab a good seat for this fun and festive float-filled affair.

 

Hillsborough

Hillsborough Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4:45 p.m.

Downtown Hillsborough

Historic Hillsborough will usher in the holidays for residents and guests this Saturday. The holiday parade will start the grand affair with the Annual Tree Lighting event immediately after.

 

Holly Springs

Happy Holly Days Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m.

Main Street in Holly Springs

Holly Springs families and guests are in for a treat next Saturday, as the town's annual parade will flow down Main Street. Decorated floats, high school bands, horses, vintage vehicles and more will surely impress.

 

Knightdale

Christmas On First Avenue

Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater

810 North First Avenue in Knightdale

Knightdale will light its Christmas tree this Friday with hot chocolate, holiday goodies, local entertainment and Santa's better half, Mrs. Claus.

Town of Knightdale Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Begins at Knightdale Elementary School

Grab a seat on the Town of Knightdale's Christmas Parade route and get ready to watch colorful and creative floats go by with Santa at the very end.

 

Mebane

Mebane Christmas Parade

Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

Downtown Mebane 

Mebane's evening Christmas parade will light up the night as local floats designed by area businesses and community members pass you by. The N.C. A&T Marching Band will also bring music to the town's streets, and Santa will round out the festive flow.

 

Morrisville

Morrisville Annual Tree Lighting

Friday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Morrisville Town Hall

Hot chocolate, holiday arts and crafts, and a trackless train will delight Morrisville's youngest residents and their parents. Join in this time-honored tradition to see the town's tree shine brightly with Santa by its side. 

 

Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Downtown Raleigh

City Plaza, 421 Fayetteville Street

Holiday fun awaits you in downtown Raleigh this Saturday. Enjoy live entertainment, holiday refreshments, amusements and activities and a 40-foot Snowzilla slide. As the sky darkens, Mayor Nancy McFarlane will light the city's towering Christmas tree. 

 

Rolesville

Christmas Parade and Santa Visit

Sunday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Main Street in downtown Rolesville

Visit with Santa at the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce at 200 East Young Street

Christmas will make its way to Rolesville this Sunday. The town's annual parade will kick off the merry season and visits with Santa will follow shortly after!

 

Wake Forest 

Lighting of Wake Forest

Friday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wake Forest Town Hall 

Wake Forest will soon light up its 30-foot Christmas tree with festivities galore. Santa will arrive by fire truck, and local groups will sing and dance the night away with live performances.

Wake Forest Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m.

Downtown Wake Forest

More than 100 colorful holiday floats with cheerful décor will pass you by in Wake Forest next weekend. Join in the Christmas fun as the town welcomes Santa Claus to a sea of smiling faces.

 

Wendell

Wendell Wonderland

Friday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5 p.m.

Corner of Third and Cypress Streets in downtown Wendell

Want to be dazzled? Head to Wendell this Friday to see the lighting of its town tree and experience its annual Light Show with more than 400,000 twinkling holiday lights. Event goers will be excited to see Santa and take part in the event's holiday activities.

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