Thousands of families will be making their way to downtown Raleigh for both of these events, which are in just a few weeks!
The Raleigh Christmas Parade is scheduled to begin at 9:40 a.m., Nov. 21, and runs about 2.5 hours. The 1.4 mile route runs along Hillsborough Street (starting at St. Mary's Street) and ends up rolling down Fayetteville Street. It starts at 9:40 a.m., but, if you want a good seat, it's best to get there an hour or more early. The parade features floats, marching bands and, of course, Santa at the end.
And the Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest ice rink at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street opens at noon, Nov. 21, about the time the parade will end. The rink will stay open through Jan. 21. Admission, including skate rental, will be $10 for both kids and adults. The annual Winterfest celebration, complete with a tree lighting and much more, will be Dec. 5.