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Family-friendly fun for weekend of Dec. 21 to Dec. 23

Posted December 19, 2018 8:23 p.m. EST

North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary.  Opening night November 20, 2018.  The festival run November 23, 2018 - January 13, 2019.  The lanterns are lit with over 15,000 LED lights, they are created by hand with silk fabric stretched over steel frames.

Photo credit: Suzie Wolf

I’m slowing down a bit here at Go Ask Mom, so I can enjoy the holiday season with my own family. But, Go Ask Mom readers, I also won’t leave you totally hanging.

Here are links to lots of information about family activities across the region this weekend. (And, as always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.)

Santa is at the malls for just a few more days. Here’s where to find him.

Holiday light displays all are open for the season.

Rudolph and the Nutcracker are on stage.

And our Winter Break Guide features more activities.

Raleigh

Yates Mill Historic Park’s Discovery Table offers a free, drop-in activity about “The Shortest Day.” It’s from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Here’s the description: “In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. Celebrate this special day by checking out our table display and explore how cultures all over the world celebrate this day with music, food, and festive good cheer.”

Christmas at Oak View Park continues through Saturday with special tours that explore how historic events have impacted holiday customs, traditions and decorations through the years. It’s free, but registration is required. Best for ages 5 and up.

Chapel Hill

The Carolina Inn Holiday Market is noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. It features crafters from across the state. There also will be a line up of food trucks and more.