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Welcome to 2019!  As we begin another wonderful year, here is how we plan to spend our post-holiday time this month. 

  • Chinese Lantern Festival – Although we mentioned this in our December roundup, it is worth mentioning again.  Thousands of LED lights come to life in this light show wonderland of larger-than-life lanterns.  The forest floor it littered with lotus flower blooms while an enormous cherry blossom tree filled with pandas change colors and a drum echoes throughout.  The event opens at 6 pm and closes its doors at 10 pm, Tuesday through Sunday with its last night on January 13th
  • The Beyond: Georgia O'Keeffe and Contemporary Art – One of America’s most influential artists, Georgia O’Keefe’s exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art is on display until this month until the 20th. Recognized for her visual interpretations of the world, this collection of over 35 pieces showcases her use of abstraction and color in her large-scale flower, city skyscrapers, landscapes and more. 
  • Triangle Restaurant Week - Giving us a great excuse to get out in this cold weather and enjoy a few new eateries, the Triangle Restaurant Week returns January 21st to 27th.  Some of our favorite restaurants are offering special, three-course menu options at fixed pricing, including Coquette Brasserie, Garland, and Royale in Raleigh.  Or make it a culinary day trip! Grab the train downtown to Durham and try out Dashi, Mateo, or Parizade. 
  • Winter Wonderland at Bond Park – If you missed our (unusual) December snow, you can relive the experience at the Winter Wonderland at Bond Park on January 25th and 26th.  Bundle up tight and enjoy sledding down the man-made snow-covered hill in Bond Park, with snow tubes provided.  Be sure to register in advance, ages 5 and up.  Options are available for parents to accompany younger children as well. 
  • North Carolina Opera: Carmen – Considered one of the worlds most -performed operas, Carmen comes to the Carolinas on January 25th through 27th.  This four-act show by French composer Georges Bizet tells the story of the alluring gypsy Carmen and her seduction of the soldier Don José, followed by his fatal obsession when she leaves him for the dashing bullfighter. With recognizable melodies and hypnotic dancing, this opera is one not to be missed.

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