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Weekend Plans: Christmas lights, Black Nativity, Little Women, more

Posted December 14, 2016
Updated December 15, 2016

T. Philip Caudle (Sam the Snowman) and the ensemble of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical, Raleigh, NC.  Photo by Rob Orazi

Happy weekend! The parades have past. The community Christmas trees are lit. The big community events are winding down as we get closer to the big day.

But we still have a busy weekend full of events. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for many more ideas. Go Ask Mom’s Holiday Central also has lots of information about events this season.

Holiday performances: On stage this weekend is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts; Cinderella, a long-running holiday favorite, at Raleigh Little Theatre; and various versions of Nutcracker. Go Ask Mom’s holiday show post has the details for these and other shows coming up.

The region’s biggest holiday light shows are aglow. Out & About also has a map of neighborhoods with lots of Christmas lights and displays.

There are two opportunities to see “Black Nativity,” written by Langston Hughes. The show tells the Christmas story with an entirely black cast.

Celebrating 10 years this year, Black Nativity, presented by the Triangle Performance Ensemble, is Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hillside High School in Durham. Tickets are $20 and $17 for students, children and senior citizens.

The Justice Theatre Project in Raleigh also will present Black Nativity on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Stewart Theatre on the campus of N.C. State. Tickets start at $18. This year’s show features renowned drummer Bradley Simmons and new rapping shepherds.

The JCC & Beth Shalom Family Chanukah Celebration is 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5713 Yates Mill Pond Rd., Raleigh. The early Chanukah celebration includes the lighting of candles, songs, playing dreidel, a story and holiday treats. It is free and open to the public.

The Women's Theatre Festival's "Little Women," an interactive holiday tea, runs through Sunday. It's best for kids ages 6 and up and their families.

Holly Springs Winter Farmers’ Market is open 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, and will offer free pictures with Santa. It’s at 128 S. Main St., Holly Springs.

And you can ice skate with Santa. Orange County Sportsplex will offer an afternoon of skating with Santa from noon to 2:15 p.m., Sunday. Free pictures with the big guy also offered. Tickets start at $5.50 for kids 12 and under.

The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham is presenting its free annual holiday concert, O Holy Night, at 8 p.m., Friday, at Duke Chapel in Durham.

At Northgate Mall in Durham, they’ll have free holiday ornament making from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. And Bright Star Touring Theatre will be there from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, suite 118, to perform holidays songs in a colorful, festive presentation for children and their families.

City Market in downtown Raleigh will host Tis the Season Around the World from noon to 7 p.m., Sunday. There will be food, music, dance, crafts and more from around the world. There also will be a Makers Market featuring more than 20 local artisans.

While you're downtown, pop into Artspace for its Holiday Open House and CSA Meet & Greet. It's 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, at the collection of artist galleries, 201 E. Davie St. Knock out a bit more holiday shopping and take advantage of a December discount - $10 off any Artspace purchase of $30 or more.

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