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Weekend Plans: First Night, First Day Hikes, Kwanzaa celebrations, more

Posted December 28, 2016

Because it’s a holiday weekend, we don’t have lots of activities, but there are some big ones that will keep families busy. Here’s what’s happening on the weekend family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.

Happy New Year!

First Night takes over downtown Raleigh starting at 2 p.m., Saturday. Our earlier post has more information about what’s new this year, tips for families and more. Read it before you go!

Holiday light displays are still sparkling across the Triangle, including the Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms and the Chinese Lantern Festival at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. To celebrate the new year, at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Lantern Festival, fireworks will launch over Symphony Lake.

In Chapel Hill, tickets for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s Night Lights: A Family New Year’s Eve are on sale. The event runs 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. Tickets, which include planetarium shows, are $5.

Ring in “Noon Year’s Eve” at Marbles Kids Museum. Starting at 11:45 a.m., Saturday, they’ll be getting ready for “bubble wrap” fireworks and a ball drop at noon.

Kwanzaa celebrations are planned in Cary (on Thursday) and in Durham on Saturday and Sunday.

Raleigh and Cary parks and N.C. State Parks all are hosting First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day, Sunday.

And tickets are available for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which is Friday through Sunday at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

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