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8 family-friendly events for weekend of Nov. 15 to Nov. 17

Posted November 13, 2019 8:54 p.m. EST

Once the $5.2 million project is complete in late 2018 or early 2019, the public will have access to five times the amount of floor and exhibit space in the building on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

It's a quieter weekend as we gear up for all the holiday events coming our way. And you can prepare for those with our updated holiday event posts, which we launched this week.

We've got details about holiday light shows, Santa trains and Santa appearances at the mall. And that brings us to this week. Santa will take his seat at Crabtree Valley Mall, The Streets at Southpoint and Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's this weekend.

Here's what else is up for families this weekend ...


Get your holiday shopping on at the Junior League of Raleigh's A Shopping Spree this Thursday through Sunday at the Raleigh Convention Center. Tickets start at $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Raleigh's newest playground at Kiwanis Park opens officially after a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16.

Learn to Ride a Bike Raleigh is 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 16, at Lions Park Community Center. The event is designed to teach participants basic balancing skills without the use of training wheels in addition to to safe cycling habits

Lafayette Village will host the Lighting of the Tree from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. The afternoon includes carolers, a visit from Santa, special performances and more.

The annual Jump for the Children Horse Show is at the Hunt Horse Complex at the NC State Fairgrounds through Sunday, Nov. 17. Except for the Saturday evening show, it's free for spectators to walk in and see what's happening in all four rings. The annual event raises money for Duke Children's. Tickets to Saturday's shows are $10 per person and free for kids 6 and under.


The 4th annual Iron Pour is 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at Durham Central Park. During the evening, 4,000 pounds of molten iron will be poured into molds, making for an "exciting fiery display." There also will be artwork for sale, a drumming performance and more.

Chapel Hill

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host a Star Families program highlighting Native American sky stories from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $8.25 for kid and $9.25 for adults. These are best for kids ages 7 to 12 with their adults.


No. 1 Clemson will square off against No. 2 Virginia in the ACC men's soccer tournament final. The game starts at noon, Sunday, Nov. 17, at WakeMed Soccer Park. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for kids ages 18 and under.