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Weekend Plans: Christmas parade, ice rink opens, Santa visits, more

Posted November 16

Mayor Nancy McFarlane makes her way down Hillsborough Street, toward the State Capitol, along the 2015 Raleigh Christmas Parade, waving to the crowds on Nov. 21, 2015. (Photos by: JOHN WEST)

Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more.

The huge WRAL Christmas Parade is Saturday, starting at 9:40 a.m., but, if you want to get a decent spot to see the parade, which runs along Hillsborough and Fayetteville streets, you’ll want to get there much earlier. The parade runs about 2.5 hours.

Once the parade is finished, Ice Raleigh, the downtown Raleigh ice rink, opens at noon, Saturday, for the season. The cost is $10 to skate, including skate rental. The outdoor rink on Fayetteville Street will stay open through Jan. 29.

Also in downtown Raleigh: The 21st annual American Indian Heritage Celebration is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The free event celebrates the culture and history of North Carolina's eight state-recognized tribes during the 21st annual American Indian Heritage Celebration.

Santa is at the mall - or coming to one near you. Check our post on Santa sightings at local malls. This weekend’s events include Santa arriving at Crabtree Valley Mall, The Streets at Southpoint, Northgate Mall, North Hills and Waverly Place.

Kids can code at Marbles Kids Museum's Kids Code event, which is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the downtown Raleigh museum. Guests will build binary code bracelets, program a human robot, tinker with computer parts and get an in depth look at just how important coding is in our daily lives. More than 20 local professionals from careers in technology, engineering, computer science and more will be on hand to spark an interest in STEM job possibilities, share their personal experiences and lead hands-on activities. It's free with admission, which is $5 per person.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host a free skywatching session at Dorothea Dix Park near downtown Raleigh from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday. It's free and informal - you can pop in at any time. Registration, however, is required through Eventbrite.

Tinker Works, a pop up exhibit at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, continues through Sunday.

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