Looking for Christmas Events in Raleigh NC?

Dec 18, 2019

Christmas Events in Raleigh NC

When it comes to Christmas events in Raleigh, the area has got you covered. Whether it’s bright light displays you enjoy, ballet performances, Christmas activities, or shopping, North Carolina knows how to bring the best of the holiday season.
So, get ready for the best Christmas events and shows in Raleigh and Durham. Get out and enjoy the festivities of the holiday season.

Here is a quick guide to Christmas Events in Raleigh NC

Holiday Sights – The Holiday Lights Tour on The Great Raleigh Trolley


Dates: Every day in December except the 24th and 25th


Location: 424 S McDowell St, Raleigh


The hottest ticket in town is back. The event is one of the most spectacular Christmas events in North Carolina. You get to experience the best of holiday lights shows and Christmas displays as you sing along to holiday-themed songs cuddled-up with your family and loved ones. Visit from Santa, Refreshments, surprises, lights, and holiday music along with much more is what awaits for you at the Great Raleigh Trolley.


You can select from different trolley packages that visit different places while lasting from 30 minutes to 90 depending on the package you choose. So, climb aboard and enjoy the ever-popular holiday lights tour.

A Christmas Carol

Dates: December 18th through December 21st
Location: Durham Performing Arts Center, Vivian Street, Durham
Triangle’s most beloved holiday show is back. Yes, its Ira David Wood III’s musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol celebrating its 45th Anniversary.
Grab your ticket, and you’ll get to see 100 talented performers bringing the story to life with unique songs, and topical, and sometimes biting, humor that fits brilliantly into this Broadway-quality production.
No wonder it is one of the most successful shows in the history of North Carolina theatre.

Piper Lights

Dates: Through January 3rd, 2020
Location: 5725 Fixit Shop Road, Wake Forest
Nothing says Christmas better than the spectacular Christmas light displays, and Piper Lights at Wake Forest is the definition of a stunning light show. Including 7 acres of area with 1 million lights, the event has hundreds of beautiful sculptures illuminated with sparkling lights for everyone to enjoy.
And, after being mesmerized by the lights, you can ride the free Santa train and visit the old-fashioned candy store. Santa will also be attending on Wednesdays and every weekend from 7 p.m.to 9 p.m., and the best part is that it is a free attraction.

Christmas at Oak View Farm

Location: Oak View Farm
Date: Through December 21st
Wouldn’t it be interesting to know and feel how Christmas was celebrated from 1850 to 1950?
Well, you can get to know all about it at the Oak View Farm this Christmas. You’ll tour the Main House and Plank Kitchen, while taking in the decorations displaying five different periods in Oak View’s history, including Antebellum Era, Victorian Era, Great Depression, Civil War Era, and World War II.

You will get to know how historical events impacted holiday traditions, customs and decorations through the years. Holiday games are part of the program as well, and the attraction is open to any group. However, reservations are required.

Christmas Events in Raleigh include… The Nutcracker and… The Nutcracker


 Date: December 18th-29th (Raleigh), December 18th – 19th (Durham)


 Location: Raleigh Memorial Auditorium / Carolina Theatre, Durham


 When it comes to Christmas events in Raleigh NC (or anywhere), The Nutcracker always makes the list.


 You have more than a few options for enjoying The Nutcracker in the Raleigh and Durham from Carolina Ballet’s production at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium to a spectacular performance by the great Moscow Ballet.


 Get lost in a land of sweet dreams and Christmas magic with world-class Russian artists, over 200 dazzling hand-crafted costumes, stunning sets, nesting dolls, larger than life puppets, and soaring birds. Called a “Hot Ticket by The New York Times, The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Durham is not to be missed if you wish to ring in the holidays with a genuinely acclaimed Christmas extravaganza.

Lights on the Neuse

Dates: Through December 24th

Location: Boyette Family Farms, Clayton, NC

You can drive through various neighborhoods and marvel at the artistry of your neighbors. But you could also hop on a tractor and enjoy Lights on the Neuse at Boyette Family Farms.

Not only will you take your Christmas hayride, but you’ll catch a glimpse of Santa. There’s also the Sugar Barn with cookie decorating. Perhaps the highlight, though, is the chance to go into the Sweet Shop and buy a “Smores” kit. The picnic area has the campfire ready and waiting.

There’s Still Time Left to Enjoy Christmas Events in Raleigh NC!

The clock is ticking and it’s approaching the 25th of December. However, you still have time to get out and take in the light displays, meet Mr. Claus, or buy tickets to a festive show.
Be sure to bookmark our Holidays and Gift Ideas section, as we’ll be churning out more ideas and information to enhance the experience. You can also check out the Raleigh-Durham Events Calendar powered by Evvnt, as it’s updated daily, whether it’s the Christmas season or not.

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