Raleigh gets into the holiday spirit

Posted December 10, 2010 10:37 p.m. EST
Updated December 10, 2010 11:21 p.m. EST

— When it comes to holiday lights, the twinkling display on the 401 Par Golf in Raleigh is a wonderland of lights.

Megan Davis and her family were looking forward to taking a hayride, seeing some lights and, of course, seeing Santa.

“Most of the year, during the wintertime, it’s just dark and dreary. It’s something exciting about the different colored lights. You get happy and feel the spirit,” visitor Todd Phillips said.

This year, Par Golf teamed up with Lin and Cindy Honeycutt of Raleigh for "Santa's Holiday Light Show Hay-Ride." Visitors to the course can play miniature golf and even see Santa. 

The course, located at 5715 Fayetteville Road, is also collecting nonperishable items for the North Carolina Food Bank.

Santa’s Hayride is open every Thursday through Sunday until Christmas.

Admission is $8 per adult; children 5 to 8 years old are $4, while children 4 and under are free.

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In downtown Raleigh, holiday cheer is taking over the usually quiet streets of Historic Oakwood neighborhood.

“It just brings home that feeling of Christmas,” said Doris Jurkiewicz, of the Oakwood Inn.

The Oakwood Inn is one of 13 stops on the 2010 Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour of Homes being held this weekend from 1 to 7 p.m. each day. Tickets are $20. 

“This neighborhood is magical all year round, but it’s magical at Oakwood Tour time. Everybody comes together. It’s a tradition for families,” Jurkiewicz said.