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December 6th - 12th Triangle 2018

by Pam & Michael Davison

This is the second weekend of holiday festivities throughout the Triangle! If you missed out last weekend or just can't get enough, there are more tree lightings and parades this weekend.

I encourage you to take a moment from the excitement of the Holidays and enjoy the peace that parks offer this time of year. There is something special about the warm sunshine on a crisp winter day and all the sounds that winter brings. Listen for a scurrying squirrel or the chirps of a cardinal. Its times like these that melt away stress and allow you to take on whatever challenges the rest of the day may bring.

Do you have plans for New Years? A First Night Raleigh All Day Pass gives you access to nearly 100 performances in over 35 locations across Downtown Raleigh as well as the DIY Festival and the midnight Acorn Drop. Advanced tickets are available at several Triangle locations and online for $11.

Holiday Events

Come get a peak inside the NC Executive Mansion for their Holiday Open House Thursday through Sunday. Visitors are invited to tour the home, take in the decorations, and enjoy seasonal musical entertainment by local performing groups.

The Town of Carrboro will celebrate the season Friday night with music on the lawn and tree lighting.

Christmas by Candlelight is back again this Friday at the Duke Homestead Historic Site. Celebrate an 1870 Christmas during the evening candlelight tours of the Homestead. After the tour, enjoy caroling, hot apple cider, and other goodies while you take in the period decorations.

A Main Street Christmas, a traditional-style celebration, with Christmas carols, hayrides and other festivities culminating in a tree lighting ceremony at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Friday night that will get you in the mood for the Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade through Downtown Holly Springs Saturday.

Join them for the return of the Durham Holiday Parade Saturday morning.Watch dynamic floats and cheer on hometown bands, drill teams, schools, community groups and more as they make their way through downtown Durham! After the parade, join them for Fun Fest with snow sledding, a Santa Claus Meet & Greet, the chance to decorate holiday cards for homebound individuals, art & crafts and local vendors.

The Wake Forest Christmas Parade will be marching through Downtown Wake Forest Saturday.

Saturday afternoon brings the Cary Christmas Parade.

The Chapel Hill - Carrboro Holiday Parade marches through town Saturday morning.

At the American Tobacco Campus, you can check out the Tree of Bikes until December 14th.

Annual Halle Hall of Wreaths and Trees are on display at the Halle Cultural Arts Center through December 20th.

More Festive Fun!

Like the wonderful Christmas Markets of Europe, the St. Nicholas European Christmas Market will feature food and gifts from Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, The British Isles, Scandinavia, and Italy along with unique, handmade, collectible, and vintage gifts, baked goods, piroghi and kielbasa, delicious Slavic foods, and entertainment including, Irish Step Dancers, old fashioned caroling Friday evening and The Little German Band and Dancers mid-day on Saturday, children"s activities, and even a visit from the real St. Nicholas both Friday and Saturday at the State Fairgrounds.

Also at the Fairgrounds, the Hunt Horse Complex will host the annual Bulls, Bells & Barrels - Bull Riding Event both Friday and Saturday. There is an admission charge and advanced tickets are recommended, The event features an evening of championship bull riding - barrel racing - western and equestrian Christmas shopping.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy the peaceful holiday splendor of the North Carolina Botanical Garden Saturday as they celebrate the end of the year with lights, holiday music, food for purchase, kids" crafts, and good cheer.

Both Saturday and Sunday, the North Carolina Museum of Art will be offering Weekend Family Friendly Tours and Meet Your Museum Tours.

Bond Park will host a Grinch Candy Cane Hunt Saturday. Outsmart the Grinch who has discovered that elves have hidden red and white candy canes and find them before he turns them green!

The NC Chinese Lantern Festival continues at Regency Park through January 14th.

The annual Christmas Open House at West Point on the Eno Park will take place Sunday featuring hot cider & cookies, grinding demonstrations, free samples of homemade hush puppies, and traditional 19th century decorations in the Mangum House.

Celebrate the season with winter-inspired crafts, storytelling, cookie decorating and cultural activities from around the world Sunday at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Enjoy sweet treats and festive music with Snowdrop, the Gardens" snowperson.

Explore the history of giving, then help to cut out and assemble warm fleece blankets for children in need Tuesday at Historic Yates Mill County Park. Sewing skills are not required! The blankets will be donated to Project Linus ( By helping out, you"ll become a "blanketeer!"

First Friday

Teens are invited to Friday's Teen Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This month, they will explore Microbes on the Menu and what's living in your gut.

First Friday is one of Raleigh"s most popular evening escapes. Join them on First Friday of every month for a fun-filled Gallery Walk full of exciting art, music and dining opportunities.

The City of Raleigh Musuem also joins in the First Friday festivities with extended hours and special events.

The fun moves to Leigh Farm Park Saturday with the Mini Bioblitz 2018. Learn all about who and what lives in nature all around you, meet some native wildlife ambassadors, become a scientist in the great outdoors, and make crafts


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