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Triangle Living: Holiday Happenings

Triangle Holiday Happenings
Ready or not, here come the holidays! Whether you love watching a Christmas parade slowly pass you by or prefer a night of twinkling lights and music, our Triangle cities and towns have a variety of events for you to attend.

Pick from activities for the whole family or plan a night out with your significant other. No matter which events you attend, you’ll be filled with the special spirit of this holiday season.


Heart of the Holidays
Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cary Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m.
Downtown Cary

Holiday Classics
Saturday, Dec. 5
Movies at 10 a.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St. in Cary

13th Annual Gingerbread Benefit
Sunday, Dec. 6
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary
100 Woodland Pond Drive in Cary

Jewish Cultural Festival
Thursday, Dec. 10 at 5 to 7 p.m.
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave. in Cary

16th Annual Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chatham Hill Winery
8245 Chapel Hill Road in Cary

2015 Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Downtown Cary


Santa Train
Now through Sunday, Dec. 20 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Museum of Life + Science
433 W. Murray Ave. in Durham

11th Annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting
Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.
American Tobacco Amphitheatre
300 Blackwell St. in Durham

Durham Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Pops
Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
Durham Armory
212 Foster St. in Durham

Handel’s “Messiah” Concert
Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6
Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Page Auditorium at Duke University
402 Chapel Drive in Durham

City of Durham Holiday Fun Fest
Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Rock Quarry Park
701 Stadium Drive in Durham

The Nutcracker
Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13
Dates available on website
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St. in Durham

Holly Springs

Holly Springs Community Band presents “Christmas Time is Here”
Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St. in Holly Springs

Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade
Satrurday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to noon
Downtown Holly Springs

Route 55 Jazz Orchestra presents “Silver Bells”
Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St. in Holly Springs


Ipreo Ice Rink
Now through Jan. 31
City Plaza in downtown Raleigh

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer The Musical
Now through Wednesday, Dec. 30
A.J. Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St. in downtown Raleigh

An Evening with Elves
Dec. 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh

2015 Raleigh Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Start at Saint Mary’s School
900 Hillsborough St. in downtown Raleigh

A Christmas Carol
Wednesday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 13
Wednesday – Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St. in downtown Raleigh

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
North Carolina State Capitol in downtown Raleigh

The Santaland Diaries
Friday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 20 (Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.
Theatre In the Park
107 Pullen Road in Raleigh

44th Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour
Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13 from 1 to 7 p.m.
Historic Oakwood in downtown Raleigh

The Nutcracker
Friday, Dec. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 27
Dates available on website
Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Downtown Raleigh


Wendell Wonderland
Now through Dec. 31
Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m.
Lake Myra
110 W. Cypress St. in Wendell

Evening with Santa and Lighting of the Square
Friday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 11 p.m.
Downtown Wendell


Zebulon Annual Christmas Parade
Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.
Zebulon Community Park

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