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December 25th 2013 - January 8th 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Happy Holidays!! There are several fun and entertaining events to participate in to end 2013. Next Tuesday will be filled with celebrations and entertainment as we bring in the new year with First Night Raleigh. This newsletter will span two weeks and get you all the way into the New Year and past First Friday!

There are still a few Christmas events. Laser Holidays at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro is showing daily through New Years Eve and the 3D film, The Light Before Christmas will also be shown daily through the 31st.

The Raleigh Winterfest Ice Rink is open through February 1st. Click through for all the fun special events like BOGO admission, carriage rides and music.


The Ice Factory at American Tobacco also features outdoor skating and will be open until January 20th. Coming up they have Hurricanes Night on December 26th and Flannel PJ's Night on January 2nd.


The Triangle Tree Challenge on the Diamond View Lawn runs until January 3rd. Your vote for the best tree will help area nonprofits compete for gifts and prizes.


The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be hosting a Free Family Movie Festival both Friday, December 27th and Saturday, December 28th. Both days start at 10am and run all day. Click through for the listing of the 12 featured flicks. The Monday Morning Movie on December 30th will be Lilo and Stich.

First Night Raleigh has fun for everyone!

If you want to bring in the New Year with a blast, Downtown Raleigh is where you will want to be! First Night Raleigh 2014 actually includes two celebrations. The Children's Celebration will be held from 2:00pm - 6:00pm at the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and on the Bicentennial Plaza. The Children's Celebration culminates with a People's Procession, concert by Ten Strings and a Goat Skin and an Early Countdown at 7:00pm complete with acorn drop and fireworks. The First Night Raleigh 2014 evening entertainment offers something for everyone and culminates with a concert by Big Sam's Funky Nation and a midnight countdown highlighted by the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop and Fireworks! Both celebrations feature a wide variety of entertainment from a ferris wheel, sleigh rides, a merry-go-round, theater, comedy, music, dance performances and interactive activities. Click through for the schedule of events and performers as well as information about admission buttons.


Ring in the "Noon" Year with kids at Marbles at 12:00 noon. Guests wearing a First Night Raleigh button receive buy-one-get-one-free museum admission vouchers and $2 off an IMAX movie from Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - Friday, January 31, 2014.

New Years Fun Around the the Triangle

Each year on January 1st, the Eno River Association sponsors a fun-filled afternoon of guided hikes, refreshments and merriment. This year, the New Year's Day Hike will offer two hike options, a 4-5 mile hike and a shorter, 2 mile route. There will be something for everyone, so come one, come all and enjoy New Year's Day at the Eno!


William B. Umstead State Park is hosting a First Day Hike along the Company Mill Trail. While your at Umstead, check out their new Happy Birds Game. The year long game encourages families to earn points and win prizes all year long. On Sunday, January 5th, join rangers for a Happy Birds Hike to help get you started with identifying birds and playing the game.
Start the New Year and enjoy a First Hike with a Park Ranger at Raven Rock State Park.
Come out and join a park ranger for a First Day Scavenger Hunt/Hike at Falls Lake State Recreation Area.
Come on out to Jordan Lake for a First Day Hike and enjoy a beautiful hike with a ranger to the New Hope Overlook along the Blue Loop Trail.
Cary will host their annual Kwanzaa Celebration on Friday, December 27th at the Cary Arts Center. This year's festival will feature performances by Bradley Simmons, artist Robin Mills, Ghanaian drummer Kwabena Osei Appiagyei. Brad Thompson will deliver a keynote adress. There will also be a craft and nonprofit fair, children's activity and African food.
The Kwanzaa Fest at the Durham Armory will feature Chuck Davis and the African-American Dance Ensemble in a full day of community celebration around Imani, the last day of Kwanzaa that celebrates faith on New Years Day.
First Friday & More Fun at the Museums

The December 26th Science Cafe at the Daily Planet Cafe of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature Science Comedy Night. January 2nd will feature Science Trivia. Along with the Science Cafe, Thursday nights also offer extended hours to the Museum exhibits and buy one, get one free tickets to see Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution.


The Art Museum continues their Art in the Evening festivities through the Holidays. Enjoy tunes by Peter Lamb and the Wolves on December 27th. Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band will be playing January 5th and they will offer a Sound Bite on how the automobile has changed our world.
January 3rd brings First Friday to Downtown Raleigh. Along with the Winterfest Ice Rink, Enjoy a Science Fiction Movie Night, Teen Science Cafe and extended hours at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences; extended hours at both Marbles Kids Museum and the Raleigh City Museum and a Gallery Walk of the Downtown galleries and restaurants.
January 4th brings another Science Saturday to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with the topic: Scientists Really Do Count Animals.
Over 200 of the area"s top wedding professionals will be at the NC State Fairgrounds January 4th-5th for a Wedding Show complete with fashion shows, entertainment and fabulous prizes.
They will be Meowing in the New Year at a Cat Show January 3rd-5th at the NC State Fairgrounds.
Getting Outside for some Fresh Air

William B. Umstead State Park invites you to join them Friday, December 27th for a fun kids program, Birding for the Young. Come back Saturday, January 4th to discover some strategies for attracting birds to your Backyard.


Citizen Science Saturdays continue at Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife Learning. Come be a part of a citizen science project while you enjoy a weekly guided science walk.

Join Lake Crabtree's bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends on Saturday, January 4th.

Starting December 26th and running through January 19th, you can donate your Christmas tree to the Wake County Holiday Tree Recycling Program. There are 5 drop off areas located throughout Wake County and they will also accept the trees at Blue Jay Point County Park, Harris Lake County Park and Lake Crabtree County Park.

January kicks off the weekly Winter Hikes along the trails of West Point on the Eno Park. Each Sunday until March 2nd, they will offer a guides hike at 2pm. Click through for all the details.

Do you have some homeschoolers or kids tracked out? Bring them over to Historic Yates Mill County Park on Monday, January 6th for some Kitchen Cabinet Chemistry. The program for kids 8 and older, will explore air quality, renewable energy and kitchen science experiments.

The whole family is invited to Crowder District Park on Tuesday, January 7th for a Raptor Round Up. Wednesday, January 8th brings Nature Watchers for kids 3-5 years old and Nature Friends for kids 6-9 years old.







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