20+ family-friendly activities for weekend of Dec. 6 to Dec. 8
Posted December 4, 2019 9:00 p.m. EST
Updated December 5, 2019 1:53 p.m. EST
No weekend plans? Here's what's happening on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com's Out & About section, along with our guides on:
- Holiday light shows
- Santa visits
- Holiday performances, which include Raleigh Little Theatre's Cinderella, A Snow White Christmas, Rudolph, Nutcracker and more this weekend.
- Santa trains, including the Museum of Life and Science's Santa Train this weekend.
- Parades or tree lightings, including in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest and elsewhere this weekend.
- Polar Express screenings
A large model train display has returned to Raleigh's Union Station on weekends in December. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 29 and is free to see.
Historic Oak View County Park's Sleigh Rides and Cider is 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. The free event includes horse-drawn carriage rides, festive music and storytelling, holiday games and crafts, hot apple cider and cookies and a visit from Ole Saint Nick.
Drag Queen Story Hour will host a bilingual event from 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Dec. 8, at Medicine Mama's Farmacy, 4701 Atlantic Ave. Seatings are at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The free event with a $1 suggest donation include storytelling, crafts, dancing, songs and other activities.
Christmas by Candlelight at Duke Homestead is 5:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids ages 3 to 12. Take an evening candlelight tour and see how people celebrated Christmas in 1870.
The 15th annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting starts at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, on the American Tobacco Historic District. The evening includes performances from the cast of White Christmas at DPAC, local student groups and Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with Tyler Butler-Figueroa of America's Got Talent. After the event, drummers and puppets from Paperhand Puppet Intervention will guide you to CCB Plaza for more festivities.
Santa Just Like Me, known as The Black Santa Experience, is back at the Hayti Center with sittings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7.
Just in time for holiday shopping, the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library will host its Big Book Sale this weekend, with more than 20,000 books, movies, games, puzzles and more. The sale is Dec. 6 to Dec. 8 at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr.
The Carolina Ballet opens The Nutcracker at Memorial Hall on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Special kid-friendly activities are planned for both the Saturday and Sunday matinees.
Bright Star Theatre will present the Cratchit Family Christmas from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Families are invited to wear pajamas and bring a cuddly blanket. Admission is free.