Raleigh, N.C. — A few best bets for how to spend this first weekend in 2016:
NC Chinese Lantern Festival - It's one of the last weekends to see this collection of beautiful light sculptures at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The festival was originally set to close this Sunday but has been extended through Jan 17. Adult tickets are $20, while those ages 3 to 17 years old are admitted for $12. Children ages 2 years and younger are admitted for free.
The Book of Mormon - The Tony award-winning musical continues its run at DPAC this weekend. Tickets start at $75. The production runs through Jan. 10.
Dom Irrera - The award-winning comedian plays Goodnights Comedy Club in downtown Raleigh Thursday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $32.
KwanzaaFest - The African American Dance Ensemble will perform during the annual KwanzaaFest at the Durham Armory on Friday. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the program starts at 2 p.m.
Foothills Free First Friday Concert - This month's show is headlined by the Get Right Band with special guest Dark Water Rising. Music starts at 9 p.m.