Raleigh was fully in the mood for the holidays about a week before Thanksgiving, with the Christmas Parade and several tree lightings already in the books. For a city in the south, Raleigh brings some true holiday charm, so I thought I’d share a full list of Raleigh holiday events, activities, and displays.
Performances & Shows
Christmas Movies at The Rialto Theatre
This vintage, cash-only cinema in Five Points and its friendly staff are so charming. They show Christmas specials and sell beer and wine at concessions.
A Christmas Carol at DPAC
A Raleigh classic show by Ira David Wood. They switch up the jokes every year to incorporate news headlines and pop culture.
Nutcracker by the Carolina Ballet
A holiday classic. Only a handful of DPAC performances so grab tickets quick!
Christmas Light Displays
I love to make a hot drink and take a drive to check out lights. ITB neighborhoods have the most classic displays, but there are kid-friendly options around town. Don’t miss the Chinese Lantern Festival at Koka Booth!
My favorite holiday dinner spot. Enjoy their over-the-top decor and cozy accommodations, including an outdoor bar with free cookies and apps for guests waiting to be seated.
The Haymaker bar downtown transforms into Miracle at Haymaker through New Year’s Eve. They deck the halls and transform their menu into a seasonal one with cocktails like ‘Milk & Cookies.’
One Time Events
A number of markets pop up throughout December with hot chocolate, mulled wine, and activities for kids. Here’s a list of 50+ Triangle holiday markets.
Skillpop Holiday Classes
Learn to create a cheeseboard, hand embroider ornaments, creatively wrap gifts, and decorate cookies in these affordable classes taught by local entrepreneurs. Bring a friend or visiting family!
Do you have any traditions or favorite things to do in the Triangle around the holidays? I’d love to hear! If I missed any “can’t miss” Raleigh holiday events, let me know in the comments below. For more Raleigh content, see my list of the Best Restaurants in Raleigh, N.C.