Don't Miss December Events

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Raleigh December Events

For the Family

Holidays Around the World

Saturday, December 7 - Raleigh Union Station

A free international holiday celebration. Desserts, bazaars, crafts, gifts, music, dance, Santa, and beer/wine from around the world. 

Hot Nuts and Cider

Saturday December 7 - Raleigh City Farm

This evening around the fire includes a make-your-own hot spiked cider bar, cracking and roasting of wild foraged nuts, live music, local baked goods and crafts, and creating Christmas tree decorations.

27th Annual Boylan Heights ArtWalk

Sunday December 8 - Boylan Heights neighborhood

Over 100 artists and craftspeople will sell a wide range of glasswork, jewelry, metalwork, woodwork, photography, paintings, and other art from the neighborhood porches, yards, and sidewalks. 

Family Fun Night

Wednesday, December 11 - Marbles Kids Museum

Experience an after-hours event at Marbles in a calmer, quieter environment designed specifically for children with disabilities and their families. Play in the museum and watch a screening of Polar Express.

State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, December 12 - Capitol Square

Join Gov. Roy Cooper for this annual tree-light tradition. Live performances, tasty treats, and a visit from Santa are also part of the ceremony. Plus the Executive Mansion will host a Holiday Open House.

48th Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

December 14 & 15 - Historic Oakwood neighborhood

Tour a dozen properties at your own pace as they open their doors to visitors and are staffed with docents to enlighten  you on their rich histories.

Noon Year’s Eve

Tuesday, December 31 - Marbles Kids Museum

No need to stay up past bedtime to ring in 2020. The Marbles drop at noon with line dances, wacky activities, and bubble fireworks.

Adults Only

26th Annual Jingle Ball

Wednesday, December 4 - NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Join the Capital City Clauses for their largest event and toy drive to date. All toys and funds raised with be distributed exclusively in Wake County.

New Year’s Eve 2020 at Union Station

Tuesday, December 31 - Raleigh Union Station

Bring in the new year with live music, open bar, 2 DJs, and views of downtown. 

New Year’s Eve Gala

Tuesday, December 31 - NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Presented by B93 New Country with delicious food displays by Rocky Top Catering.

Masquerade Murder 7: A New Years Eve Murder Mystery Party

Tuesday, December 31 - Aloft Raleigh

Grab a masquerade mask and play a role in the investigation of a murder!

NYE Masquerade Ball 2020 at Historic Seaboard Station

Tuesday, December 31 - Traine

Enjoy the dance floor, unlimited hors-d’oeuvres and open bar, indoor and outdoor cigar lounge, photo booth, pinball machines, and a midnight champagne toast. 

Grinch Candy Cane Hunt

Cary December Events 

For the Family

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

Runs until January 12 - Booth Amphitheater

Back by popular demand! Koka Booth Amphitheatre will be transformed with all new light displays.

Heart of the Holidays 9th Annual Gingerbread House Competition

Saturday, December 7 - Downtown Cary

Downtown Cary will be transformed into a walking gallery of gingerbread houses. Take a tour and vote for your favorite. Or better yet, register to compete! 

Grinch Candy Cane Hunt

Saturday, December 7 - Fred G. Bond Metro Park

Santa’s elves have hidden candy canes throughout Bond Park but the Grinch plans to find them all and turn them green! 

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, December 7 - Town Hall Campus

Join the Town of Cary for its official tree lighting ceremony featuring over 125 ornaments donated by community groups. Includes performances by local actors, singers, and musicians. 

A Very Merry Christmas Fair

Sunday, December 8 - Cypress Manor

Celebrate the holidays with cookie treats, crafts, and Santa!

2019 Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 14 - Downtown Cary

Bring your holiday cheer to the 40th annual Cary Jaycee Christmas Parade.

NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship

Sunday, December 15 - WakeMed Park

Adults Only

Peppermints & Gents Holiday Soiree 

Friday, December 20 - Cypress Manor

Creative Touch Events presents a black-tie holiday party with live performances and unique holiday action stations.

NYE - Roaring into the 20s

Tuesday, December 31 - The Matthews House

Dance your way into a new decade in the Grand Ballroom at this New Year’s Eve celebration.

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