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Weekend best bets: Holiday parades and markets

Posted December 8, 2022 6:00 a.m. EST

Nights of Lights returns with new experiences

— This weekend is filled with holiday parades, markets and performances.


Saturday, Dec. 10

  • Knightdale holiday parade - The annual parade will be held Dec. 10 at 11 a.m.
  • Clayton Christmas Parade - The Clayton Rotary Club will host the annual Christmas Parade on Dec 10 at 3 p.m.
  • The Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade - The parade is at 2 p.m. and will be live streamed on WRAL.com. You can also see WRAL anchors Debra Morgan and Dan Haggerty riding in the parade!
  • Happy Holly Days Parade - The Happy Holly Days Parade will be held Dec. 10 starting at 10 a.m. This year's parade is extended and will begin at Oakhall Drive and and end at Oak Avenue after traveling past Town Hall Commons and The Block on Main.


Dec. 9-10: Holiday Pops with the North Carolina Symphony - There’s no place like Meymandi Concert Hall for the holidays! Join your North Carolina Symphony and a special guest star vocalist at this festive concert full of holiday favorites and traditional carols you know and love during these shows on Dec. 9 and 10.

Dec. 9-11: Theatre In The Park Presents A Christmas Carol - A musical comedy adaptation of the Dickens classic. The show has been performed annually since 1974 and was named one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast." Cited as "one of the most successful shows in Tar Heel State theatre history," A Christmas Carol has enjoyed critically acclaimed tours to England and France. See the show on stage at Raleigh Memorial on Dec 9-11.

Dec. 10: Black Nativity in Concert - The Justice Theater Project is thrilled to share a special gift of magnificent music FREE to the community (pre-registration required online) for our second year as we present our annual holiday family favorite, Black Nativity in Concert. The show is at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the NC Museum of Art.

Dec. 10: Southern Songbirds: Tift Merritt Sings the Women of Country Music - Tift Merritt will sing women’s country music, joining the series with original works and covers of country trailblazers at the North Carolina Museum of History.

Dec. 10-11: Carolina Ballet presents The Nutcracker- See this holiday classic on stage in Raleigh Dec. 16-24.


Dec. 10: Holiday Market at Boxyard RTP - Join Triangle Pop-Up at Boxyard RTP, and their highly curated selection of accessories, clothing, home goods, custom gifts and more by local artists & makers.

Dec. 10-11: Durham Patchwork Holiday Market - The Patchwork Market is a market in Durham that features makers and vintage vendors. This market gives the community a chance to meet the makers who create the goods that we buy. The market is Dec. 10 and 11 at Durham Armory.

Dec. 10: Geek and Grub Market (Holiday Edition) - Dress up in your ugliest sweater and finest holiday party attire and join us for fun holiday antics, giant board games, yummy food and geeky items from 50+ local Geek Themed Artisans on Dec. 10 at Fred Fletcher Park in downtown Raleigh from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec. 10: MAKRS Holiday Fest - The 2nd annual MAKRS Holiday Fest will include 100-150 of the best local vendors for the holidays in City Plaza from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 10.

More fun

Dec. 10-11: 51st Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour - Get ready to take a walk through history this holiday season, as eleven properties in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood open their doors to visitors during the Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour.

Dec. 10: 5K Reindeer Run - Join Safe Families for Children Greater Raleigh/Durham for our 3rd Annual Reindeer Run! There will be a timed and untimed 5K, a Kids' Santa Sprint, game booths, bounce houses and plenty of other exciting family activities! The race showcases the beauty of Bond Park and is open to all ages. The event is Dec. 10 at Bond Park in Cary.

Until Dec. 24: WRAL Nights of Lights- Brighten your holiday season with WRAL Nights of Lights Drive-Thru Light Show at Dorothea Dix Park, brought to you by WRAL/Capitol Broadcasting Company in partnership with the City of Raleigh.

Now until Jan. 8: North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival - This annual event is back at Koka Booth Amphitheatre starting Friday, Nov. 18. It features more than 40 all new displays, each one comprised of hundreds of parts, and thousands of LED lights.

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