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After the parade: Tree lighting, carriage rides, lanterns

Posted November 19, 2021 6:00 a.m. EST
Updated November 20, 2021 12:56 p.m. EST

— There are plenty of holiday-themed happenings in downtown Raleigh you can take part in on Nov. 20 after the Raleigh Christmas Parade has ended.

Nights of Lights 5K

WRAL's Nights of Lights 5K will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and runners will be able to race through Dorothea Dix Park lit up with holiday lights. There will also be a Fun Run, a free, 400-meter, out-and-back race for kids of all ages.

Ice skating

A temporary ice skating rink will open up at Red Hat Amphitheater on Saturday night. The pop-up rink will be open for two months. Ice skates are provided, sharpened and ready to use.

The rink holds its grand opening downtown after the parade.

Admission costs $11, including skate rentals. Non-skaters only have to pay $6. Tickets are now on sale online and are also available 30 minutes before gates open each day. For Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 12 p.m.

North Hills holiday celebration

North Hills is hosting a Holiday Shop and Stroll from 12 to 4 p.m. where members can shop around while listening to holiday music. Spend $150 at North Hills and you can receive a free $25 North Hills Gift Card.

After shopping, the village will light up a large Christmas tree while you can sip seasonal drinks and sing holiday music.

Shop local

There are two different markets in downtown Raleigh where you can purchase holiday-themed and locally-made items from vendors.

Pop-Up Raleigh will be hosting a holiday market at Trophy Brewing & Taproom on Maywood Avenue. You can shop local art and vintage wares while sampling Trophy craft beer. Food trucks will also be on hand.

The Merry Moore Market, with more than 50 vendors, will be held at Moore Square Park in downtown Raleigh on Saturday night. There will be activities and crafts for kids of all ages, live music, carriage rides and visits with Santa.

The market will start at 5 p.m. and end around 9 p.m.