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16 family-friendly activities for weekend of Nov. 22 to Nov. 24

Posted November 20, 2019 9:00 p.m. EST

Raleigh Christmas Parade in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, November 17, 2018.
(Photo By: Beth Jewell/WRAL Contributor)

It's looking a lot like Christmas in this week's weekly post on family-friendly weekend activities. Here's what's up. As always, check's Out & About section for more ideas.

Santa at the Mall

More mall and store Santas are taking their seats. He's already at Crabtree Valley Mall, Bass Pro Shop, Cabela's and The Streets at Southpoint. This weekend, he'll also appear at Triangle Town Center, North Hills, Cary Towne Center, Waverly Place and Park West Village. More information below.

Holiday Light Shows

In the Triangle, Meadow Lights and Cary's Chinese Lantern Festival open this weekend. Details below.


The Raleigh Christmas Parade starts up at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, in downtown Raleigh. We've got all kinds of tips if you plan on going.

WRAL also will hold its Winter Wonderland from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary's School. Before or during the parade, head down to St, Mary's for lots of family fun, including sledding, inflatables and arts and crafts.

The American Indian Heritage Celebration is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at the N.C. Museum of History. Members of all eight state-recognized tribes will share their history and culture during this popular festival. Admission is free. The festival, which stretches across the museum and outside on the Bicentennial Plaza, will feature more than 100 presenters, including drum groups, dancers, craftspeople, storytellers, scholars and artists.

Drag Queen Story Hour will host another session on Saturday, Nov. 23. Seatings are at noon and 1 p.m. at a new location, The Green Monkey at 1217 Hillsborough St. A suggested donation is $1 per person. The event includes crafts, dancing, songs and storytelling featuring Kayla Lashay.

The Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. The evening includes live performances, activities, local food vendors and more.

If your teens are looking for something to do, Enloe Charity Ball will host Space Jam from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at IMURJ in downtown Raleigh. The student-led and curated music festival will feature high school bands from around the Raleigh area. The Enloe Charity Ball, led by Enloe High School's student council, is seeking to raise $200,000 for Southeast Raleigh Promise, a local charity that supports kids and families in southeast Raleigh.


The Durham will host a storytime with Liberation's Station from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, in the hotel's lobby. The storytime highlights books starring characters of color.

Chapel Hill

Ackland Art Museum will host a Friends and Family Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24. The free afternoon includes a tour through the museum's newest installation, hands-on art making and more.

Just in time for winter weather, "The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale" is back on Morehead Planetarium's schedule this weekend. Shows start at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23. In a collaboration with Paperhand Puppet Intervention, the movie tells the story of a family of nomadic storytellers. Best for ages 7 and up.