December PlanAhead: Your Raleigh events calendar

December PlanAhead
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Dec. 1-5

Wednesday, Dec. 1

First Responders Celebration | Wed., Dec. 1 | 8-9 a.m. | Cary Chamber of Commerce, 307 N. Academy St., Cary | $50 | Join Cary Chamber + other local businesses to express appreciation for first responders of the Cary Fire Department, Cary Area EMS, Cary Police Department, and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. 🚑

St. Nick’s: A Raleigh Jolly Pop-Up Bar | Wed., Dec. 1 | 5 p.m. | 306 E. Hargett St. | $20 | Take part in this interactive Christmas experience at this holiday-themed bar. 🍹

Wine & Design: Winter Sunrise | Wed., Dec 1 | 6:30 p.m. | 510 W. Martin St. | $37 | Paint your very own scenic winter sunrise while you sip on your favorite vino. 🍷

New Member Orientation | Wed., Dec. 1 | 8:30-10:30 a.m. | Raleigh Chamber, 800 S. Salisbury St. | Free | Become a member of the Raleigh Chamber + learn how to get involved while making new connections.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Carolina Hurricanes | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 7 p.m. | PNC Arena | $17+ | See the Hurricanes play against Canada’s Ottawa Senators. 🏒

Winter Wonderland with Goats | Thurs., Dec. 2 | Times Vary | Spring Haven Farm, 5306 Homer Ruffin Rd., Chapel Hill | $13.50 | This holiday season, head to the farm to hang out with the Triangle’s favorite goats, pick out your very own Christmas tree, sip on some hot cocoa, and more. 🐐

The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard | Thurs., Dec. 2-Sun., Dec.19 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Burning Coal Theatre Company, 224 Polk St. | $25 | Witness the true story of South African artist, Miss Helen, played out on stage for the company’s second play of its 25th anniversary season. 🎭

Dressing the Abbey | Thurs., Dec. 2 | Times Vary | NC Museum of History | $15 | See the original costumes worn by actors of the hit series, Downton Abbey.

Make Better Business Decisions | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how to analyze trends about how customers engage with your business online. 📈

A Shopping Spree! 2021 | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 9 a.m. | Jim Graham Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd. | $10+ | Join the Junior League of Raleigh for this holiday shopping event showcasing local, regional, and national exhibitors. 🛍️

Friday, Dec. 3

Mammal Tracks Lead to Mammal Stories | Fri., Dec. 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Teach your kids about mammals at this event where they can learn about mammal tracks and how to tell a story with them. 🐻

NC Symphony: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 | Fri., Dec. 3 | 12 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $37 | Listen to the NC Symphony perform a Bach classic conducted by Stephanie Childress. 🎶

Cinderella 2021 | Fri., Dec. 3-Sun., Dec. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St. | $26+ | Enjoy this musical comedy by the Raleigh Little Theatre inspired by the style of British Pantos.

Santa Paws | Fri., Dec. 3 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Durham Armory, 212 Foster St., Durham | Free | Bring your canine to meet Santa, compete in a canine ugly sweater contest, shop at the holiday pet market, and give to the canine food drive. 🐶

Infinity Ballet Presents “Dances of the Nutcracker” | Fri., Dec. 3-Sun., Dec. 5 | Times Vary | Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex | $10 | Watch Infinity Ballet perform their version of the holiday classic, Dances of the Nutcracker. 🩰

Chorale Holiday Concert | Fri., Dec. 3-Sat., Dec 4 | Times Vary | Fuquay-Varina Arts Center, 123 E. Vance St., Fuquay Varina | $6 | Listen to the Fuqua-Varina Chorale’s Christmas performance led by Margaret Cook.

Tree Trail at Ting | Fri., Dec. 3-Sat., Dec. 4 | 3-9 p.m. | Ting Park, 101 Sportsmanship Way, Holly Springs | Free | Take a walk around Ting Stadium and enjoy up to 50 decorated Christmas trees. 🎄

Saturday, Dec. 4

MDR at the Market | Sat., Dec. 4 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | NCMA | Free | Experience the Monster Drawing Rally outdoors this year and see featured artists like Trevor Van Meter + Claudia Finelle at work.

Yoga in the Museum | Sat., Dec. 4 | 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St. | Free | Bring water, a mat, and yourself to this yoga class at the City of Raleigh Museum.

History + High Tea: From Concept to Screen | Sat., Dec. 4 | 3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join the Emmy Award-winning costume designer from Downton Abbey, Susannah Buxton as she discusses her creative process when designing period costumes.

Carolina Hurricanes | Sat., Dec. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | PNC Arena | $30+ | Watch the Carolina Hurricanes play against the Buffalo Sabres. 🏒

Wake Forest Launch Party + Triangle Pop-Up Market | Sat., Dec 4 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | 525 S. White St., Wake Forest | Free | Celebrate the opening of the fourth Loading Dock location + shop from a curated selection of art, home goods, and more. 🛍️

Christina & Michelle Naughton, Piano Duo | Sat., Dec. 4 | 8 p.m. | Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Dr., Durham | $35 | Listen to master-pianists + Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients, Christina and Michelle Naughton, as they return to Duke Performances. 🎹

Victorian Christmas | Sat., Dec. 4 | 3-6 p.m. | Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary | Free | Step into the past with this Victorian Christmas celebration where there will be cookies, carolers, music, and more. 🎄

Volunteer Work Day | Sat., Dec. 4 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Raleigh City Farm, 800 N. Blount St. | Free | Volunteer with the city farm to continue the cutback, clean-up, and mulching of their pollinating perimeter and enjoy coffee + treats from Yellow Dog Bread Co. while you’re there.

Nutcracker with a Twist | Sat., Dec. 4 | 2-4 p.m.| Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $10-$20 | Presented by DanceArt Studio, this version is a fun spin on the classical ballet that celebrates traditional ballet while incorporating all styles of dance. 🩰 *

29th Annual Chatham Studio Tour | Sat., Dec. 4-Sun., Dec. 5 | Times Vary | Various Locations | Free | Enjoy this self-guided tour as you visit with Chatham County’s fine artists in their studios.

Milky Chance | Sat., Dec. 4 | 8 p.m. | The Ritz, 2820 Industrial Dr. | $33 | See Milky Chance + Giant Rooks perform live.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Creative Abstract Photography Class + Workshops | Sun., Dec. 5 | 1-3 p.m. | Virtual | $179 | Sign up for this abstract photography class and explore ordinary subjects from a fresh perspective. 📷

Glass Jug RTP Holiday Market | Sun., Dec. 5 | 12-4 p.m. | Glass Jug RTP, 5410 NC-55 Suite V, Durham | Free | Join Triangle Pop-Up for holiday shopping from local artists, live music, food, and more. 🛍️

Gifting Tree Project | Sun., Dec. 5 | 10 a.m. | South Academy St., Cary | Free | Take a walk through downtown Cary to witness the local organization’s Christmas tree display. 🎄

Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade | Sun., Dec. 5 | 3 p.m. | Downtown Fuquay-Varina | Free | Get into the holiday spirit and secure a comfy viewing spot for this annual Christmas parade.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas | Sun., Dec. 5 | 3-8 p.m. | Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest | $10 | Kick off this holiday season with a family-friendly performance filled with holiday favorites.

Chris Botti | Sun., Dec. 5 | 8 p.m. | The Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham | $50+ | Listen to the largest-selling American instrumental jazz artist, Chris Botti. 🎺

Chanukah Parade | Sun., Dec. 5 | 5:30 p.m. | Jewish Life Center, 7400 Falls of Neuse Rd. | Free | Watch or take part in this festive Jewish parade and watch the Menorah lighting that follows. 🕎

Boylan Heights ArtWalk | Sun., Dec. 5 | 12-5 p.m. | Historic Boylan Heights | Free | Attend this holiday market in its 29th year to see everything from painting, pottery, metal work, and more.

Dec. 6-12

Monday, Dec. 6

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play | Mon., Dec. 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary | $20 | Watch the holiday classic come to life as a 1940s radio play with jingles and holiday music the whole family can enjoy.

Yoga in the Galleries | Mon., Dec. 6 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill | $5 | Practice yoga inspired by the Ackland’s current exhibition Buddah and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society.

We Connect | Mon., Dec. 6 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Listen to Accenture’s global change management lead Sumreen Ahmad speak on building an inclusive and diverse business community.

Public Listening Session: City Council Terms + Compensation | Mon., Dec. 6 | 6-8 p.m. | John Chavis Memorial Park, 505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. | Free | Attend this listening session to learn about the recommendations made by the study group appointed to evaluate City Council terms + compensation.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Virtual Afternoon with Mucha | Tues., Dec. 7 | 4-4:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get an inside look at the exhibit Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary during this family friendly program.

NC Master Chorale Joy of the Season | Tues., Dec. 7 | 7:30 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $27 | Listen to the resident chorus of the NC Symphony perform their holiday concert.

Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations | Tues., Dec. 7-Sun., Dec. 12 | 7:30 p.m. | Durham Performing Arts Center | $15+ | Watch the new broadway musical that follows The Temptations journey from Detroit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 🎭

Christmas Sip & Shop with Designed For Joy & Friends | Tues., Dec. 7 | 7-9 p.m. | 517 W. Cabarrus St. | Free | Enjoy wine and charcuterie while you shop from vendors to support living wage work for at-risk women in Raleigh. 🛍️

Santa Crafts | Tues., Dec. 7 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Walnut Terrace Center, 1256 McCauley St., Suite 126 | $5 | Join Susan Stephenson as she teaches you to create Santa crafts.

LIVE! Battleship NC: Community at Sea + in Battle | Tues., Dec. 7 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Explore the elements of daily life that crews faced on the battleship during World War II.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

History at High Noon: December 1941: NC Responds to Pearl Harbor | Wed., Dec. 8 | 12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Listen to stories of Pearl Harbor on the event’s 80th anniversary.

Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party | Wed., Dec. 8 | 7 p.m. | PNC Arena | $16+ | Join Mickey Mouse + friends to see world-class skating in the search for Tinker Bell through immersive and fantastic worlds. ⛸️

Public Listening Session: City Council Terms + Compensation | Wed., Dec. 8 | 6-8 p.m. | Laurel Hills Park, 3808 Edwards Mill Rd. | Free | Attend this listening session to learn about the recommendations made by the study group appointed to evaluate City Council terms + compensation.

2021 Cleantech Innovation Awards | Wed., Dec. 8 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Market Hall, 214 East Martin St. | $90 | Attend the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster’s award ceremony to recognize people + organizations driving Cleantech innovation.

History Adventures: Ships + Tar Heels | Wed., Dec. 8 | 1-2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how the longleaf pine can keep an empire afloat during this virtual event for children ages 9-12.

Thursday, Dec. 9

Elected Officials Holiday Reception 2021 | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | North Carolina Museum of History | $40+ | Connect with and show your appreciation for our elected officials.

Lunchtime Lecture: NCMA Artists in Mucha’s Time | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 12-1 p.m. | NCMA’s East Building, SECU Auditorium | $5 members, $7 nonmembers | NCMA’s associate curator of European art Michele Fredrick will lead a discussion about the works of Alphonse Mucha.

Theatre in a Park: a Christmas Carol | Thurs., Dec. 9-Sun., Dec. 12 | Times vary | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $35+ | A musical comedy that has been performed annually since 1974.

Apex Night Market | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6-9 p.m. | Behind the Tobacco Mule Exchange, 112 Saunders St., Apex | Free | The market will have 25 vendors offering holiday gifts + more for patrons to browse and purchase. 🛍️

History + Highballs: Celebrating a Victorian Christmas with Körner Folly | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Take a virtual trip to Kernersville to learn about the traditional decorations + seasonal food of the Körner family.

Griffin Weston Soft Opening Champagne Sip & See | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 110 Singh Ln., Cary | Free | This event includes light refreshments, snacks, and a tour of the 7,000 sq. ft. resident clubhouse, The Edwards Carriage Home + The Morrisville Townhome.*

Friday, Dec. 10

Holiday Pops | Fri., Dec. 10 + Sat., Dec. 11 | Times vary | Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $26+ | North Carolina Symphony offers three festive performances that will include holiday favorites like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “White Christmas.” 🎶

Vintage Market Days® of NC Triangle | Fri., Dec. 10-Sun. Dec. 12 | Times vary | NC State Fairground, Jim Graham Building | $5+ | Check everyone off on your list + shop at this upscale vintage market. 🛍️

Raleigh Boychoir’s Carols of Christmas | Fri., Dec. 10 | 7 p.m. | Edenton Street United Methodist | $10+ | This Christmas concert is in its 54th year.

Bijayini Satpathy | Fri., Dec. 10 and Sat., Dec. 11 | Times vary | Rubenstein Arts Center, Von Der Heyden Studio Theatre | $10+ | A much anticipated performance by former Nrityagram Dance Ensemble member Bijayini Satpathy.

Delta Rae - The Light and Dark Tour | Fri., Dec. 10 | 8 p.m. | The Ritz, 2820 Industrial Dr., | $20 | An American folk performance. 🎶

Coffee with Lori Jones | Fri., Dec. 10 | 8:30-10 a.m. | Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce | Free | Meet the owner of Black·ology Coffee Company and mingle with other small business owners in the community. ☕

Connected Communities Conference | Fri., Dec. 10 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Raleigh Convention Center | Free | Learn about the latest IT products, network with peers, and become familiar with the latest technology know-hows.

Evening with Elves | Fri., Dec. 10 | 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. | Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett St. | $25 | Immerse yourself in the magic of the holiday season with s’mores, a special visit from the Snowflake Fairy, and more.*

Saturday, Dec. 11

Makrs Holiday Fest | Sat., Dec. 11 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Raleigh City Plaza/Fayetteville St. | Free | Meet and mingle with 150+ vendors, plus enjoy live music, a selfie studio, creative workshops, food trucks, and more. 🛍️

50th Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour | Sat., Dec. 11 and Sun., Dec. 12 | 1-7 p.m. | Historic Oakwood, Raleigh | $35+ | Stroll through this beautiful neighborhood that has been beautifully preserved and decorated for the holidays. 🕯️

Penland at NCMA: Laura Wood | Sat., Dec. 11 | 3-4 p.m. | NCMA West Building | Free | Meet and learn about the creative process with Asheville jewelry designer and former Penland Gallery resident.

Storybook Tales | Sat., Dec. 11 | 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $19.15 | The Raleigh Dance Theatre presents two performances of this magical ballet. 🩰

Merry & Bright, A North Pole Market | Sat., Dec. 11 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St. | Free | Find unique gifts from local vendors, enjoy live entertainment, take holiday photos, do fun holiday crafts, and savor festive drinks and food. 🛍️

Laser Light Show | Sat., Dec. 11 | 5:30-10 p.m. | Durham County Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr. | Free | This holiday light show is a drive-in style event that features festive music that is synced to the dazzling light display.

2021 Cary Christmas Parade | Sat., Dec. 11 | 2 p.m. | Downtown Cary | Free | A joyful parade featuring festive parade floats, bands, mascots, local businesses, and more.

Black Nativity in Concert 2021 | Sat., Dec. 11 and Sun., Dec. 12 | Times vary | Joseph M. Ryan Jy. Amphitheater, NCMA | Free | A 45-minute gospel concert featuring West African and contemporary dance, vibrant costumes, and a live band.

Freshly Brewed Poems | Sat., Dec. 11 | 3-5 p.m. | Larry’s Coffee, 1507 Gavin St. | Free | A live poetry performance by Anitno Art, the opportunity to share your own poems + freshly brewed coffee and cold brew. ☕

Raleigh Hard Cider & Doughnut Fest | Sat., Dec. 11 | 2-8 p.m. | Various locations | $21.99+ | Bar hop, enjoy freshly-made donuts + cider. 🍩

Holiday Cars & Coffee Event | Sat., Dec. 11 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cary Auto Park | Free | Drop off an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots and get the chance to win an award for your car, truck, or SUV.

29th Annual Chatham Studio Tour | Sat., Dec. 11-Sun., Dec. 12 | Times Vary | Various Locations | Free | Enjoy this self-guided tour as you visit with Chatham County’s fine artists in their studios.

Holiday Beer Fest | Sat., Dec. 11 | 3-7 p.m. | Clouds Brewing Tap Room, 1233 Front St. | $20+ | Celebrate the season at this beer fest featuring over 20 NC holiday beers on tap.

Sunday, Dec. 12

The Raleigh Ringers | Sun., Dec. 12 and Mon., Dec. 13 | Times vary | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Meymandi Concert Hall | $10+ | Witness this unique handbell performance. 🔔

Christmas in the City: An Evening with Joseph Fuller | Sun., Dec. 12 | 2-3:30 p.m. | NCMA, East Building | $20 members, $22 nonmembers | Joseph Fuller is an award-winning pianist and recording artist, and he will be performing popular holiday favorites.

The Makrs Society Market | Sun., Dec. 12 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park | Free | Live music, food trucks and 35+ vendors. 🛍️

Gingerbread Cookies and Crafts Family Fun Event | Sun., Dec. 12 | 1-3 p.m. | Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios, 1128 Parkside Main St., Cary | $39+ | A hands on, family-friendly event featuring gingerbread cookie baking and decorating.

Santa with a View | Sun., Dec. 12 | 12-4 p.m. | The Willard Rooftop, 9 Glenwood Ave. | Free | Take photos with Santa + the Raleigh skyline behind you. 🎅

Dec. 13-19

Monday, Dec. 13

Happy Reindeer Class | Mon., Dec. 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Wine & Design, 510 W. Martin St. | $37 | Create your own reindeer painting to take home and BYOB to enjoy while you create.

William Elliot Whitmore | Mon., Dec. 13 | 8 p.m. | Local 506, W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill | $15+ | A vivacious folk + blues concert. 🎶

Kids Paint + Parents Pint | Mon., Dec. 13 | 6-8 p.m. | Norse Brewing Company, 203 Brooks St., Wake Forest | $25 | Sign your kids up for this art class while adults head upstairs to enjoy some pints + dinner.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Coffee with a Curator: Staging the Abbey | Tues., Dec. 14 | 10-10:30 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Meet the NC Museum of History’s curator of decorative arts Michael Ausbon and learn how he curated the museum’s “Dressing the Abbey” collection. ☕

Raleigh Job Fair | Tues., Dec. 14 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | JobFairX is presenting this event to connect candidates with their next employer.

Triangle Biotech Tuesday | Tues., Dec. 14 | 5:15-7:30 p.m. | 5 Laboratory Dr. | Free | A networking event to connect science and technology professionals.

UNC vs. Furman | Tues., Dec. 14 | 7 p.m. | Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill | $23+ | Watch the Tarheels men’s basketball team take on the Furman Paladins. 🏀

Recovery Movie Night – Postcards From the Edge | Tues., Dec, 14 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Recovery Communities of NC, 824 N. Bloodworth St. | Free | A film screening followed by a Q&A with the Recovery Communities of NC + Raleigh Substance Use Advisory Commission. 🎥

City Council Afternoon Work Session | Tues., Dec. 14 | 9 a.m | Virtual | Free | Join the City of Raleigh as they conduct a live, public meeting.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Duke vs. USC | Wed., Dec. 15 | 6 p.m. | Cameron Indoor Stadium | $16+ | Cheer on the Duke women’s basketball team as they take on the USC Gamecocks. 🏀

A Christmas Carol | Wed., Dec. 15-Sun., Dec. 19 | Times vary | Durham Performing Arts Center | $36.50+ | A holiday favorite with a cast of almost 100 performers.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Wed., Dec. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | PNC Arena | $45.50+ | An elaborate holiday performance with light shows, lasers, and special effects.

Coffee Brewing Basics | Wed., Dec. 15 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Dilworth Coffee Training Center, 4320 Delta Lake Dr. | $95 | Learn and master the seven essential elements to brewing a great cup of coffee. ☕

Stand Up: A Comedy Experience | Wed., Dec. 15 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Transfer Co. Food Hall, 500 E. Davie St. | $10+ | An evening of laughs featuring stand-up comedian J Bliss. 🎤

Thursday, Dec. 16

Carolina Hurricanes | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7 p.m. | PNC Arena | $25 | Cheer on the Carolina Hurricanes as they compete against the Detroit Red Wings. 🏒

The King’s Singers | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 8 p.m. | Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Dr., Durham | $35 | Listen to the choral scholars at Cambridge’s King’s College as they perform both traditional and popular music like a 1940’s Mel Tormé classic.

An Evening of Big Band Swing Blues + Holiday Music | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Fuquay-Varina Arts Center, 123 E. Vance St., Fuquay-Varina | $6 | Join the Gerald Parker Jazz Orchestra as they enter the holiday season with a mix of swing, blues, and holiday tunes.

Charcuterie + Canvas | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Union Station, 510 W. Martin St. | $55 | Join artist Brooke Benton to complete your very own masterpiece + charcuterie board. 🧀

The Vegabonds | Thurs., Dec. 16 | $8:30 p.m. | Lincoln Theater, 126 E. Cabarrus St. | $20+ | Jam out with the Nashville-based American New South Rock band.

Holiday Cheeseboard Class with Raleigh Cheesy | Thurs., Dec., 16 | 7-9 p.m. | The Willard Rooftop Lounge | $55 | A holiday cheeseboard class with Courtney Bowman of Raleigh Cheesy. 🧀

Business of Women | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 12 p.m. | Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Pkwy., Cary | $25 | Hear from Holderness Family Production’s Chief Marketing Officer Ann Marie Taepke.

Friday, Dec. 17

The Nutcracker | Fri., Dec. 17-Fri., Dec. 24 | Times Vary | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $27+ | Enjoy one of the only holiday classics with magic performed live on stage.

Tyler Bradford Wright Trio | Fri., Dec. 17 | 6 p.m. | 300 Glenwood Ave. | Free | Enjoy homemade food at Tin Roof while you listen to a performance by the Tyler Bradford Wright Trio. 🎶

Rob Schneider | Fri., Dec. 17-Sat., Dec. 18 | Times Vary | Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main St., Cary | $30+ | Laugh along with the veteran comedian Rob Schneider. 🎤

Travers Brothership: Night 2 | Fri., Dec. 17 | 9 p.m. | The Pour House Music Hall and Record Shop | $15+ | Listen to singer-songwriters Eric and Kyle Travers perform soulful + bluesy rock n’ roll jams. 🎶

C-Suite Perspectives | Fri., Dec. 17 | 8:30-10 a.m. | The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Dr., Cary | $75+ | Learn from the CEO of Cherokee Tom Darden at C-Suite’s event of the year.

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt | Fri., Dec. 17 | 6:60-7:30 p.m. | Powell Drive Park, 740 Powell Dr. | $7 | Hunt for candy canes and engage in fun arts and crafts. 🔦

GingerBuild Houses & Hops: A 21+ Event | Fri., Dec. 17 | 7-9 p.m. | Marbles Kids Museum, 201 Hargett St. | $15 | Guests can build and decorate their own edible gingerbread house at this 21+ holiday event (beer and wine will be available for purchase).*

Trey Roberts + CreativeMornings | Fri., Dec. 17 | 8:45-10 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Hear from the co-founder of Raleigh Pride, Trey Roberts.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk | Sat., Dec. 18 | 5-7 p.m. | NCMA | Free | Honor the approaching winter season with a handmade paper lantern walk through the museum park.

Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour | Sat., Dec. 18 | 9:30 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $28+ | Laugh with stand-up comedian Taylor Tomlinson. 🎤

2021 Christmas Bird Count | Sat., Dec. 18 | 8-10 a.m. | Walnut Creek Wetland Park, 950 Peterson St. | Free | Hike around the wetlands to identify and count as many birds as possible for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. 🐦

Carolina Hurricanes | Sat., Dec. 18 | 7 p.m. | PNC Arena | $25+ | Watch the Carolina Hurricanes play against the Los Angeles Kings. 🏒

Pop-up Raleigh Market | Sat., Dec. 18 and Sun., Dec. 19 | 12-5 p.m. | Trophy Brewing & Taproom, 656 Maywood Ave. | Free | Shop this monthly artisan market featuring local creators, food trucks, and beer. 🛍️

Durham Holiday Parade | Sat., Dec. 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Downtown Durham | Free | This local event will feature festive holiday floats, local bands, drill teams, schools, and community groups that make their way down Durham’s Main St.

A Malpass Family Christmas | Sat., Dec. 18 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Wake Forest Renaissance Center for the Arts, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest | $25 | This performance will feature traditional gospels, country classics, and holiday favorites.

Eric S. Swindell’s An Unexpected Christmas | Sat., Dec. 18 | 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. | Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Rd. #3172, Garner | $15+ | A festive performance of how one family comes together for the holidays.

Gingerbread Jamboree | Sat., Dec. 18-Sun., Dec. 19 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett St. | $18 | Each group will enjoy crafting a special keepsake gingerbread house at their own socially-distanced table to provide plenty of space for building.*

Museum Untold Tour | Sat., Dec. 18-Sat., Jan. 29 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones St. | $20 members, $25 public | Guests can enjoy a fast-paced and engaging tour for adults only.*

Sunday, Dec. 19

Raleigh Flute Choir Holiday Concert | Sun., Dec. 19 | 2 p.m. | NC Museum of History | $10 | Usher in the holiday season with the Raleigh Flute Choir as they perform familiar favorites and original works. 🎶

Carolina Hurricanes | Sun., Dec. 19 | 5 p.m. | PNC Arena | $25+ | Watch the Carolina Hurricanes compete against the Nashville Predators. 🏒

A Very Jerry Christmas Party featuring: Bring Out Yer Dead | Sun., Dec. 19 | 7 p.m. | Lincoln Theater | $12+ | Rock out with the Grateful Dead tribute band. 🎸

BEAS + Membership Holiday Party | Sun., Dec. 19 | 5-8 p.m. | CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St. | Free | Join other CAM Raleigh members for this exclusive holiday party featuring wine, music, and the Creation Station.

Holiday Market & Community Visioning Event | Sun., Dec. 19 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Runologie, 1614 Automotive Way | Free | Shop at this market featuring local creators like Runologie + share ideas on how to create a “people powered” Atlantic Avenue corridor.

Dec. 20-Dec. 26

Monday, Dec. 20

14th Annual Christmas Tree + Wreath Auction | Mon., Dec. 20 | 5-8 p.m. | Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex | Free | Don’t miss the last day of this whimsical wonderland + bid on your favorite tree and wreath display. 🎄

Basketball Ham Toss | Mon., Dec. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | Josh M. Brown Community Center, 53 Hunter St., Apex | Free | Join teams to shoot foul shots in a chance to win a holiday ham. 🏀

Raleigh Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission | Mon., Dec. 20 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join this virtual, public meeting with BPAC to hear about walking + biking policies in Raleigh.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Drew & Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas | Tues., Dec., 21 | 8 p.m. | The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham | $35+ | Listen to the Americana husband + wife duo perform their Christmas special.

Brunch with Santa | Tues., Dec. 21 | 12:30 p.m. | The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill | $65 | Enjoy a festive meal with Santa to usher in the holiday season. 🍽️

Live Irish Music with Tom Neuhauser | Tues,. Dec. 21 | 6-9 p.m. | Doherty’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 5490 Apex Peakway, Apex | Free | Listen to live Irish music at the neighborhood pub.

Holiday Paint Night at Brier Creek | Tues., Dec. 21 | 6 p.m. | Brier Creek Park, 10810 Globe Rd. | Free | Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage + snack as you follow a step-by-step process to paint your own masterpiece. 🎨

Remote Electronic Commission | Tues., Dec. 21 | 7:45 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Join the Raleigh Historic Development Commission for a virtual, public meeting.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

Gardening 101 at the JCRA | Wed., Dec. 22 | 3-3:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how to propagate plants from seed now that need winter chilling to germinate in the spring. 🌱

Casita’s Night of Reindeer Games | Wed., Dec. 22 | 6-9 p.m. | Casita Brewing Co., 217 S. St., Wilson | Free | Bring the whole family to participate in holiday-inspired games.

Duke Blue Devils Mens Basketball | Wed., Dec. 22 | 9 p.m. | Cameron Indoor Stadium 115 Whitford Dr., Durham | $542+ | Watch Duke Mens Basketball take on the Virginia Tech Hokies. 🏀

Thursday, Dec. 23

Wine & Design | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 6:30 p.m. | Union Station, 510 West Martin St., | $37 | Paint your own snowman under the instruction of artist Brooke Benton. 🍷

Murray & Peter Present: A Drag Queen Christmas | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 8 p.m. | The Carolina Theatre, 309 West Morgan St., Durham | $50+ | Watch your favorite queens perform on stage for this night of fun with holiday classics.

Baby Goat Zen Hour | Thurs., Dec. 23 | Times Vary | Spring Haven Farm, 5306 Homer Ruffin Rd., Chapel Hill | $28 | Spend a private hour snuggling, hugging, and playing with baby goats. 🐐

Matty Begs at Brewmasters Christmas Eve Eve Bash | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 7 p.m. | Brewmasters, 2117 Forest Hills Rd., Wilson | Celebrate the holidays with food, beer, and music from Matty Begs. 🍺

Friday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Day Historic Oakwood Neighborhood Walking Tour | Fri., Dec. 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 222 North Person St. | Free | Learn about the historic Oakwood neighborhood + its architectural styles on this Christmas Eve tour. 🎄

Sheila Casalett’s Christmas Eve by the Fire | Fri., Dec., 24 | 6-9 p.m. | Catalan Tapas Bar, 4214 NW Cary Parkway, Cary | Free | Enjoy a relaxed tapas dining experience with music by Sheila Casalett.

Christmas Cantata | Fri., Dec. 24 | 5 p.m. | Oakland Presbyterian Church, 8927 Cleveland Rd., Clayton | Free | Enjoy the story of Christmas through song on Christmas eve. 🎄

Christmas Eve Cookie Exchange | Fri., Dec. 24 | 12-8 p.m. | The Glass Jug Beer Lab, 545 Foster St., Durham | Free | Bring your favorite holiday cookies + swap them out for other cookies from neighbors in the local community.

Saturday, Dec. 25

Christmas Karaoke | Sat., Dec. 25 | 9 p.m.- 1 a.m. | Good Times Arcade + Tavern, 74 Son Lan Pkwy #108, Garner | Free Celebrate the holiday with some brews + Christmas Karaoke.

Christmas Day Family Skate | Sat., Dec. 25 | 6-8 p.m. | United Skates of America, 2901 Trawick Rd. | $9.50 | A family-friendly night of indoor roller skating with several café specials. 🛼

Sunday, Dec. 26

Regifting Party | Sun., Dec. 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Southern Peak Brewery, 950 Windy Rd. #100, Apex | Bring that gift or gifts you don’t want and enjoy this white elephant-style regifting party. 🎁

Sweet Dream, Juniper Avenue, Garret Dayton & The Inflights | Sun., Dec. 26 | 7 p.m. | The Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop, 224 S. Blount St. | $10+ | Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours is required to attend.

Dec. 27-31

Monday, Dec. 27

Carolina Hurricanes | Mon., Dec. 27 | 7 p.m. | PNC Arena | $30+ | Watch the Carolina Hurricanes play against the Florida Panthers. 🏒

Magic Of Lights | Mon., Dec. 27 | 5 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park, 3801 Rock Quarry Rd. | $25 | Visit this drive-through holiday light experience to celebrate the season. ✨

Tuesday, Dec. 28

A Christmas Story - The Musical | Tues., Dec. 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Durham Performing Arts Center | $15+ | See the classic 1983 movie come to life on stage as Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams.

Tuesday Blues Jam | Tues., Dec. 28 | 7-10 p.m. | The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St., Durham | Free | Participate or sit back + listen to one of the longest running open blues jams in the triangle. 🎶

Wednesday, Dec. 29

Big Something | Wed., Dec. 29- Sat., Jan.1 | 9:30 p.m. | Lincoln Theatre | $20+ | Alternative rock band Big Something performs live with Maggie Rose.

Brett Chambers Open Mic | Wed., Dec. 29 | 7-10 p.m. | The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St., Durham | $5 | Sing along + listen to performers at this open mic night. 🎤

Thursday, Dec. 30

Carolina Hurricanes | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 7 p.m. | PNC Arena | $20+ | Watch the Carolina Hurricanes play against the Montreal Canadiens. 🏒

Goodnights Presents: John Heffron | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 8 p.m. | Goodnights Comedy Club, 861 West Morgan St. | $21 | Laugh along with John Heffron, Season 2 winner of “Last Comic Standing.”

Wine & Design: Champagne Nights | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Union Station, 510 West Martin St. | $37 | Bring your favorite wine + follow along with artist Brooke Benton as you paint a masterpiece. 🎤

UNC vs. Syracuse | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 6 p.m. | Carmichael Arena, 310 S. Rd., Chapel Hill | $10+ | Watch the UNC women’s basketball team play against Syracuse. 🏀

27th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 12 p.m. | Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary | Free | Join the cultural celebration that honors African-American people + their heritage.

Friday, Dec. 31

HatchBack on New Year’s Eve | Fri., Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Chef’s Palette, 3460 Ten-Ten Rd., Cary | Free | Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a live performance from HatchBack.

NYE 2022 International Spy Gala | Fri., Dec. 31 | 7 p.m.-12:15 a.m. | Hilton Garden Inn, 131 Columbus Ave., Cary | $50+ | Ring in the new year with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, a balloon drop, and more. 🥂

Sardines Scavenger Hunt | Fri., Dec. 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Circa 1888, 412 W. Davie St. | $20+ | Compete in this 90 minute scavenger hunt as you explore the city’s Warehouse District.

The Dinner Detective | Fri., Dec. 31 | 6-9 p.m. | Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh Crabtree, 4700 Creedmoor Rd. | $69+ | Immerse yourself in this comedy murder mystery dinner.

Ring in the New Year | Fri., Dec. 31 | 12 p.m.-1 a.m. | 10th & Terrace, 616 South Salisbury St. | Free | Celebrate the new year with a DJ, drinks, and more.

New Year’s Eve Gala | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones St. | $175 | Ring in the New Year at this all-inclusive party with gourmet food, premium bars, two dance floors, photo booth, live jazz band + more.*

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