The most wonderful time of the year is finally upon us. Even in the middle of an unprecedented year, there’s something magical about the holiday season that brings forth feelings of comfort and joy. Despite the fact that things are not normal this season with the usual hustle and bustle of Durham’s performing arts scene, concerts, and ice skating, there are still plenty of activities where you can spread holiday cheer with your loved ones.
Everyone loves the glistening and gleaming of holiday lights, and the Triangle area has some of the best in town! From the Night of Lights at Dorothea Dix to Fuquay-Varina’s Mineral Spring Park, you can either drive or walk through several displays all over town. Check out the full list here.
If there’s been one good thing to come from the pandemic, it’s the fact that drive-in movies have made a comeback in the best way. For this weekend, check out:
- Elf (12/21) at Fuquay-Varina’s Mineral Spring Park
Wine & Design: Grab your favorite bottle of red and get to painting! Wine & Design is offering in person and virtual classes, full of holiday-themed paintings. You can choose from a plethora of designs here.
Dec. 19 and 20
The Santa Express trolley ride returns for a limited engagement this year. Kids and parents hop aboard The Great Raleigh Trolley for their chance to enjoy a ride through downtown Raleigh with the guest of honor himself…Santa! The Big Guy in Red will visit with each kid personally on the Trolley to review their wish list and pose for pictures during the one-hour tour. Surprises, holiday music, lights and more await those riding The Santa Express. Tour capacity is limited due to COVID-19. A virtual, personal visit from Santa is also being offered.
One of Raleigh, N.C.’s longest-standing and unique neighborhoods, Historic Oakwood—on the edge of downtown Raleigh—is a 19th-century gem, full of tree-lined streets, incredible architecture and homes with tons of character.
Every holiday season for nearly 50 years now, the neighborhood has hosted the Oakwood Candlelight Tour, a ticketed affair inviting guests and visitors into a dozen private homes—dressed for the holidays—with docents to tell you about the rich history that occurred here. Due to COVID-19, this event will look different in 2020, but plans are in the works for a free, walkable outdoor tour of decorated homes.
The Triangle’s Train offers excursion rides on historic equipment at the North Carolina Railway Museum, featuring vintage railroad equipment and artifacts, a large garden, and a gift shop. This weekend, the railway offers their Reindeer Roundup Express ride, taking passengers around a route dressed for the holidays, and Santa will be on his sleigh for socially distanced family pictures.
Be sure to check out our blog for the latest activities happening in the Raleigh-Durham area.
By Kendra Stowe