See & Do: December 2021

Tis the season to be jolly. Fa la la la la, la la la la.


Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade

Dec 5, 3 P.M.
Downtown Fuquay

Bring blankets and chairs to line the streets and cheer the parade participants as they take over historic downtown Fuquay. Be sure to wait until the grand finale — Santa’s sleigh coasting into Main Street.

Happy Holly Days Parade

Dec 11, 10 A.M.
Downtown Holly Springs

Join the annual Holly Springs parade and watch floats, bands, dancers and decorated vehicles march through the downtown district, outfitted in the 2021 theme of Holiday Movies.

Festive Trees

Tree Trail @ Ting

Dec 3 & 4, 3-9 P.M.
Ting Stadium

Back for the second year, stroll around Ting Stadium and enjoy trees festively-decorated by local organizations and families. On Saturday, the Mistletoe Artisan Market joins the fun. Browse and shop handmade items by local artisans.

14th Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Auction and Exhibit

Dec 3-20, 5-8 P.M.
Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex

A wonderland of whimsical greenery, crafted by Apex-area businesses, schools and clubs. Bid on your favorite display in the silent auction. Proceeds benefit Western Wake Crisis Ministry.


Fuquay-Varina Chorale Holiday Concert

Dec 3, 7:30 P.M.
Dec 4, 3 P.M.
Fuquay-Varina Arts Center

The Fuquay-Varina Chorale shares their third holiday concert fi lled with idyllic songs of sleigh rides, starry nights, and cozy fires, led by director Margaret Cook.

The Nutcracker

Dec 10, 7 P.M.
Dec 11, 11:30 A.M., 2:30 & 5:30 P.M.
Fuquay-Varina Arts Center

Students and performers from local dance studios, schools and drama programs team up for a community portrayal of the classic holiday tale. Support the arts and local talent, of all experience levels, in Southern Wake.

The Raleigh Ringers Holiday Concert

Dec 12, 4 P.M.
Dec 13, 7:30 P.M.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

“Ring” in the season with the Raleigh Ringers’ handbell concert featuring unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, even rock ‘n’ roll tunes, arranged just for handbells.


Magic of Lights

Through Jan 2
Sun-Thu, 5 P.M. – 10 P.M.
Fri-Sat, 5 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh

Pile everyone into the car and experience the drive-through Magic of Lights from the safety and comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path. Spectacular light displays bring to life holiday scenes and characters using LED technology and digital animations.

The NC Chinese Lantern Festival

Through Jan 9, 6-10 P.M.
Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

This Triangle-area tradition includes all new displays, more than 20 larger-than-life lanterns, each with thousands of LED lights and acrobatic performances.

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