Raleigh Holiday Events Calendar

Dated: 11/27/2017

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There are lots of activities for everyone in Raleigh over the next few weeks.

Now Thru Dec 24, Every Fri, Sat and Sun – Times Vary;  Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer:  The Musical

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeersoars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Corneliusand, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It's an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don't miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage.

Nov 30 from 7-10pm; NC Museum of History - MOHA Adult Holiday Party

The Adult Holiday Party is a sparkling evening of drinks, food, music, and fun with your friends. PLUS Museum Shop is open for the party and members get 20% off.

Dec 1 from 6-8:30 pm;  Marbles Kids Museum – An Evening With Elves

The twinkle, twilight and tradition of Marbles Evening With Elves bring families and friends to Marbles year after year. Museum play, holiday activities, s'mores outdoors and festive food! Celebrate with Marbleous elves and visit with the Snowflake Fairy.

Dec 2 from 4-8pm; City Plaza – Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting

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The Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration,produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) in partnership with the City of Raleigh, drawsthousands of people to the downtown area. As a kickoff to the winter season with a giant inflatable slide, a visit from Santa, a Gingerbread House competition and of course the Mayor's Official Tree Lighting ceremony, the event creates memorable experiences for downtown Raleigh visitors.  Grab your mittens, lace up your kicks, and make your way to the heart of the center city for Raleigh's premier holiday event!

Dec 3 from 5:30-7:30; NC Museum of History - MOHA Family Holiday Party

The holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to celebrate at your favorite Museum. The Family Holiday Party welcomes Santa and turns the Museum into a Winter Wonderland complete with that one thing every child wants, a candy bar.

Dec 3 from 10am-3pm; Temple Beth Or – Handmade Hanukkah Market

Temple Beth Orwill be sponsoring and hosting a Handmade Hanukkah Market on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The Market will take place in the Satisky Hall from 10am – 3pm. Community members will have a chance to not only support local Jewish artists, but will be able to purchase unique gifts for their friends and loved ones just in time for the holidays

Dec 6 – 10, times vary; Memorial Auditorium – A Christmas Carol

Ira DavidWoodIII's beloved musical comedy,A Christmas Carol, celebrates its 43rd Anniversary this year.The show has been performed annually since 1974 and has been named one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast."Cited as "one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history,"A Christmas Carolhas enjoyed critically acclaimed tours to England and France.

Dec 7 – 17 from 4-9pm; Pullen Park – Holiday Express

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Holiday Express will roll into Raleigh, December 7-10 and December 12-17 from 4-9 p.m. nightly. Children and adults alike will enjoy this Triangle tradition as Pullen Park is festively decorated with thousands of lights and transformed into a holiday wonderland. The event is presented by Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and the Crabtree Rotary Club with a portion of proceeds supporting Rotary charities.  Enjoy holiday lights and displays, a train ride, an ice covered sledding hill, carousel ride, crafts and a visit with Santa.

Dec 9 – 10 from 1-7pm; 46th Annual Historic Oakwood Calendar Tour

Get ready to take a walk through history this holiday season, as about a dozen homeowners in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood open their doors to visitors during the 46th Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour®.

Dec 12 at 7:30pm; Meymandi Concert Hall – Joy of the Season - NC Master Chorale

Delight in the sounds of the season with the NC Master Chorale’s popular and festive holiday concert.  The 170 voice Chorale and the NCMC Chamber Choir are joined in a program featuring familiar carols, contemporary selections, and John Rutter’s beloved Gloria.

Dec 13 at 7:30pm, PNC Arena – Trans Siberian Orchestra:  The Ghost of Christmas Eve

Over the past 20-plus years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tours a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition. The Winter Tour 2017, presented by the Hallmark Channel, is an updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” The tour will be a celebration of the art and accomplishments of the lauded group’s late creator/composer/lyricist, Paul O’Neill, and his inimitable creation, which he dubbed “Rock Theater.” Prior to his untimely passing, O’Neill worked tirelessly with his close-knit team preparing an exciting new take on “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” for the 2017 tour.

Dec 14 – 16; Hilton North – A Bluegrass Christmas

The Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown Hotel hosts this 3-day holiday Bluegrass showcase.The 2017 lineup includes Tendergrass, Autumn and Canyon Moore, Flint Hill Bluegrass Band, The Grass Cats, Trinity River Band, Cane Mill Road and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver on Thursday, Dixie Jubilee, Tomorrow's Bluegrass Stars Band, Deeper Shade of Blue, Code Blue, Sideline and The Isaacs on Friday and Three Creeks Over, The Burnett Sisters, Carolina Blue, Breaking Glass, Darin and Brook Aldridge, the Malpass Brothers and Sowell Family Pickers on Saturday.The Darrell Webb Band will perform each day and serve as host. Visit the event website for more details.

Dec 15 – 24, times Vary; Memorial Auditorium – Carolina Ballet, The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score, appeals to the child in everyone. This enchanting tale, in which toys come to life and treats dance with delight, follows young Clara and her prince as they journey to the Land Of Sweets. A holiday tradition that's perfect for the whole family, this is the only performance ofThe Nutcrackerin the country with illusions created by world-renowned magician Rick Thomas. Marvel as beloved characters levitate, disappear and reappear before your very eyes. Dates and show times vary; visit the event websitefor exact dates and times.

Dec 31 from 2pm to Midnight; Downtown Raleigh - First Night Raleigh

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Join us for the 26th Annual First Night Raleigh 2017! With nearly 100 performances in over 35 venues throughout downtown, First Night Raleigh is the way to ring in the New Year! Learn a new hobby for the New Year at our daytime DIY Festival from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the NC Museums of History and Sciences. Bounce around music, theatre, and other performances after the Early Countdown at 7:00 pm. Ride the First Night Ferris Wheel and the Fayetteville St Pirate Ship! Just make sure you’re on Fayetteville Street at midnight for the WRAL Countdown to Midnight and the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop with special guests Jack the Radio and Birds of Avalon!

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