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Raleigh Event Celebrates Holidays Around the World

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RALEIGH — You can celebrate the holidays while learning about celebrations in other countries this week in Raleigh.

Holidays Around the World takes place at the Historic Oakview County Park, located just off the Beltline near the Poole Road exit.

There are all kinds of things for kids of all ages to check out, including 33 trees displaying holiday customs from around the world.

A Christmas tree from Victorian England, is complete with crocheted decorations, paper doves and angels.

The story behind a typical Ukranian Christmas tree is that a poor woman, unable to provide her own trimmings, ended up with cobwebs that turned to silver when struck by the light of Christmas morning.

The Holidays Around the World event highlights a variety of countries, like Kenya, and a variety of celebrations, like Christmas in Mexico.

"They have used tissue paper to make the little lanterns and they have used colored paper to make poinsettias which were wild in Mexico in the desert and are always present at the time of Christmas," explains event organizer Carol Cox.

The celebration takes place through Sunday,December 10. Admission is free, however donations of warm winter clothing, toiletries and non-perishable food are appreciated. Hours:
  • Wednesday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sat., December 9: 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sun., December 10: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • On Saturday, visitors can enjoy a Christmas Open House and Candlelight Tour around the park from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.


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