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It’s hard to believe another year is coming to a close, but before we celebrate the start of a new one, we still have the holidays to enjoy! Here are a few great activities to experience this holiday season around the triangle:

Tree Lighting Celebration: The best way to start the month, and of course the holidays, is at the annual Tree Lighting Celebration at City Plaza in downtown Raleigh on December 2nd. The Celebration begins at 4:00 pm and includes a gingerbread house competition, food, activities, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, with the tree lighting taking place at 7:00 pm. And as this takes place in the heart of downtown, there are plenty of incredible restaurants nearby, such as Garland, Death and Taxes, Capital Club 16, and more. Make your reservations in advance, as it is sure to be a busy night.

A Christmas Carol: Every Raleigh native has seen A Christmas Carol performed by Ira David Wood III at least once, and there is a reason why. In it’s 43rd year, it is one of the best productions of the story and perfect for all ages. The show runs from December 6th to 10th, details and tickets can be found here.

Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour: If you are looking for a small town holiday evening, be sure to stop by the Historic Oakwood Neighborhood on December 9th and 10th for the 46th annual candlelight tour. Enjoy the beautiful Victorian architecture of these historical homes from the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s as docents provide you with the rich history of each house. This event is always wonderful because you can take the tour at your own pace as you journey on a walk through the past. Details available here.

Kwanzaa Celebration: December 29th brings with it the 23rd annual Kwanzaa Celebration to the Cary Arts Center. This year’s theme of “Peace, Love, and Respect…For Everybody” includes performances by The African American Dance Ensemble, ethnic food, a vendor market, and more in this celebration of African American heritage. There will also be the traditional procession of the elders and Harambee Circle at this complimentary event. Doors open at 11:00 am, details can be found here.

Chinese Lantern Festival: One of our favorite newer additions to the holidays is the Chinese Lantern Festival at Kokabooth Amphitheater in Cary. These larger than life lanterns light up night, with the highlight being the 21 foot tall dragon floating over the lake. Tickets are available here.

For more events taking place this December, visit our friends at VisitRaleigh or speak with our Concierge at 919-447-4030.

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