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Weekend Plans: Holiday shows, art museum family fun, more

Posted December 18, 2013
Updated December 20, 2013

Ira David Wood is Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol."

It’s the weekend before Christmas - the time when holiday travelers start packing their bags or extended family comes to visit. I’ll be hunkered down at home, for the most part, baking cookies, wrapping presents and getting ready for the big day.

We have some family fun options if you’re looking to get out of the house. As always, check’s Out & About calendar and Holiday Guide for more. And you can also check Go Ask Mom’s Holiday Central for events, big light displays, recipes and crafts, and our winter break guide for many more ideas.

Here are some family fun options this weekend:

The N.C. Museum of Art will host an Alpine-themed holiday extravaganza starting at 5:30 p.m., Friday. The free Family Fun Friday includes a traditional German holiday market, games, crafts, stories, music and a visit with St. Nicholas. The casual Porsche Biergarten is opening for family dining. And kids can visit the museum’s Porsche by Design for free with a paying adult.

Frosty the Snowman continues his run at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh. This very fun musical, best for young audiences, is there until Dec. 24. Read my review for more.

UPDATE: The show is sold out!! Cinderella is on Raleigh Little Theatre’s stage through Saturday. Now in its 30th year, this production is a fun holiday tradition for many. Read my review for details.

A Triangle favorite, A Christmas Carol, Theater in the Park’s big annual Christmas show, moves to the Durham Performing Arts Center this week.

I’ll be catching the Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker this weekend. And Cary Ballet Company will present “A Very Cary Christmas” on Friday and Saturday with portions of The Nutcracker and more. Read my earlier post  for more about both performances.

Santa will stop at A Southern Season from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday. They’ll also have holiday activities, including decorating gingerbread cookies at the Chapel Hill store.

And the Garner Performing Arts Center will host lunch with Santa and the Big Bang Boom Band, the Greensboro-based band of kindie rockers. They’ll sing their originals plus holiday classics. It’s 11 a.m., Saturday. Tickets include a box lunch. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance. Tickets are $10.

And Polar Ice House in Garner will host a Holiday Festival on Ice from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday. See local ice skaters - soloists and groups - who have practiced for weeks. A special group number will feature skaters from the Homeschool Skate Academy. The public is invited to watch. Tickets are $5 per person. It's at Polar Ice House, 103 New Rand Rd., Garner.

And, this week, the Museum of Life and Science has launched some special seasonal experiments in its Investigate Health Lab. The special activities run 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, through Jan. 18. They begin this week with sessions on holiday lights. Museum visitors can build circuits of holiday lights and play music with different conductive objects. Check the museum's website for the full schedule. Activities are free with admission.


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