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10 fun events to do with your kids in NC this weekend

Posted November 24, 2021 6:00 a.m. EST

WRAL Nights of Lights 2021

— Looking for something to do with the family this weekend in North Carolina? We have some suggestions!

Go see Nights of Lights - Brighten your holiday season with the Nights of Lights Drive-Thru Light Show at Dorothea Dix Park brought to you by WRAL/Capitol Broadcasting in partnership the City of Raleigh. The event starts this weekend and continues throughout December! It's a 1.3-mile trek through Dix Park with lots of beautiful lights. And there are less tickets being sold per time slot this year to avoid major backups!

Get shopping with our holiday gift guide - We have your guide to shopping local this holiday season!

Black Friday Market Weekend (Black Friday Market, 23 W Hargett Street, Raleigh) - Named after the biggest shopping day in the U.S., Black Friday Market Weekend is a 3-day block party celebrating all of the local stores that make The Black Friday Market store in in downtown Raleigh great. There will be food trucks, live music, Black Santa, train rides and a petting zoo.

The Rink (Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh) - Ice skate in downtown Raleigh at Red Hat Amphitheater. Admission $11 and includes skate rental. The event runs through New Year's Day.

Make plans to attend a local tree lighting or parade - We have a list of upcoming events you will want to check out this holiday season.

Start a new family tradition - Try making a Thankful Tree this weekend.

A Family Holiday Concert with the North Carolina Symphony (Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts - Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh) - Spend Friday enjoying a family concert at Meymandi Concert Hall. The show will include music from The Polar Express and Babes in Toyland.

Club Fair: Art, Food & Music Festival (The Woman's Club of Raleigh, 3300 Woman's Club Drive, Raleigh) - This monthly art, food, and music festival at The Woman's Club of Raleigh is happening Sunday. There will be a local makers market, live music, food, drinks and children's activities.

The Polar Express 3D (Marbles IMAX, 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh) - Tom Hanks stars in an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. See this holiday classic in IMAX 3D at Marbles Kids Museum with showtimes Nov. 26 through Dec. 24.

NC Chinese Lantern Festival (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary) - Enjoy this annual celebration at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary through Jan. 9. There will be new displays and more ticket options.

Chanukah Wonderland & Family Concert (Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road, Apex) - This festival at Apex Nature Park will celebrate Chanukah. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. with a Chanukah wonderland with crafts and games for children. There will be a Coin Menorah Lighting at 5 p.m. followed by a family concert.

Make these homemade Latkes - WRAL contributor Nili Zaharony shared this recipe for us for her family's Chanukah Latkes!