Scandinavian Christmas Fair - NC State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building (Raleigh)
December 1, 2018
The Scandinavian Christmas Fair in Raleigh, NC, is a celebration of the rich traditions of the Nordic countries: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. This year marks the 18th anniversary of the fair. At the Julmarknad, enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Scandinavia with homemade Scandinavian food, live Nordic entertainment all day, craft items and imports for sale, a spectacular Lucia Procession and more.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" - Theatre in the Park (Raleigh, NC)
December 1, 2, 7, 8, & 9, 2018
When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas. Purchase tickets online.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" - Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Raleigh, NC)
December 1 - 25, 2018: Multiple Showings Each Weekend
The beloved TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See favorite characters Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Rudolph. Purchase tickets online.
Aladdin and His Winter Wish - Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (Raleigh, NC)
December 1 - 2, 2018
Based on the Aladdin fairytale of a street rat with a dream, this special holiday-themed production follows the style of the traditional British Panto with singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, comedic twists, contemporary music, and more. Purchase tickets online.
Colonial Christmas Open House 2018 - Joel Lane House Museum (Raleigh, NC)
December 1, 2018
he House, decorated in traditional Colonial holiday splendor, reveals the very different way in which colonists and early Americans celebrated the Yuletide season. Meet re-enactors demonstrating scenes of 18th-century life, while costumed docents share information about the house and grounds, strains of live music fill the air, and children participate in colonial games and crafts through our “Hands-on History” program. Warm up with a free cup of Wassail (a traditional hot spiced cider drink).
"Cinderella" - Raleigh Little Theatre (Raleigh, NC)
December 1 - 16, 2018: Multiple Performances
This musical comedy is a holiday sugarplum for the whole family with just the right mixture of comedy and romance to add the sparkle of magic to your holiday season. Purchase tickets online.
Cary Players Present "A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol" (Cary, NC)
December 1 - 3, 2018
Enjoy a festive comedy mixing heart-tugging wartime pathos with the fun and excitement of a live radio play presentation of "A Christmas Carol" and a spur of the moment film noir parody. It is sprinkled with delightful music from 1940’s era swing arrangements, Christmas carols and standards, and fun original songs in the WW II period style. Purchase tickets online.
Sleigh Rides and Cider - Historic Oak View Park (Raleigh, NC)
December 1, 2018
Kick off your holiday season with horse-drawn carriage rides, hot apple cider, live music, handmade crafts, holiday activities, and, of course, Ol’ Saint Nick.
Lights and Latkes (Raleigh, NC)
December 2, 2018
Join in celebration of Hanukkah with a group menorah lighting (bring your menorahs from home), fun crafts for the kids, latkes, festive foods and more. Tacky Hanukkah outfits encouraged! This fundraising event is open to the community. Proceeds benefit ongoing teacher education and financial aid programs at Beth Meyer Preschool. Purchase tickets online.
"Elf: The Musical" - Durham Performing Arts Center (Durham, NC)
December 4 - 9, 2018
Enjoy the story of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Disney on Ice Presents "Mickey's Search Party" - PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC)
December 5 - 9, 2018
Join Mickey Mouse and his friends, including Captain Hook, Moana, Belle, Elsa, Aladdin, Ariel and more in a magical celebration on the ice. Purchase tickets online.
Marbles Evening With Elves (Raleigh, NC)
December 7, 2018
Enjoy a museum play, holiday activities, s'mores outdoors and other festive treats with Santa's elves. Purchase tickets online. Advanced tickets are $25/member, $30/nonmember. Week-of tickets, if available, are $30/member; $35/nonmember.
Capital City Girls Choir Winter Concert - Meredith College (Raleigh, NC)
December 8, 2018
Enjoy the choir as it performs selections for its annual winter concert.
Cooking is Fun: Holiday Cupcakes (Cary, NC)
December 10, 2018
Children with disabilities learn the basics of meal preparation, cooking and clean-up with easy-to-follow recipes. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #116724.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Presents "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" - PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC)
December 12, 2018
The rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," "O’ Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day." Purchase tickets online.
The Johnston County Chorus Presents "A Christmas Spectacular" (Clayton, NC)
December 15, 2018
The Johnston County Chorus presents "A Christmas Spectacular," its annual holiday show featuring favorite seasonal songs and skits. Special guests this year include dancers from Artistry in Motion dance studio.
The Raleigh Ringers Present "A Holiday Concert" - Duke Energy for the Performing Arts (Raleigh, NC)
December 15, 2018
Experience The Raleigh Ringers live in concert as they dazzle concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular, and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes arranged just for handbells. Purchase tickets online; event day tickets are subject to availability.
"The Beach Boys Reason for the Season" - Durham Performing Arts Center (Durham, NC)
December 17, 2018
Hear The Beach Boys perform their timeless classics, plus seasonal favorites. Purchase tickets online.
Hip Hop Nutcracker - Durham Performing Arts Center (Durham, NC)
December 20, 2018
See a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovky's timeless music. Purchase tickets online.
Raleigh Boychoir Presents "Carols of Christmas" (Raleigh, NC)
December 21, 2018
The Raleigh Boychoir presents its annual holiday concert. Purchase tickets online.
24th Annual Cary Kwanzaa Celebration (Cary, NC)
December 28, 2018
Kwanzaa is a community cultural celebration that pays tribute to the African- American heritage by calling into practice seven values – unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Enjoy live performances by Bradley Simmons Musical Director at Duke University in Durham and Phylicia Nicole Barker Fashion Model with, Moni B Cosmetics, Crush Model Magazine, Couture, Secure Cultures. There will be fun and activities for everyone. Doors open at 11 a.m. for the vendor marketplace and Children’s Village. The program and performance begins promptly at 11:15 a.m.
North Carolina Symphony Presents "Vienna with a Twist" (Raleigh, NC)
December 31, 2018
Ring in the new year in style, with the unparalleled sound of a full symphony orchestra. Purchase tickets online.
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