You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of December in and around Durham. From makers markets to world-class performances to spiked beverages, there's a little holiday cheer for everyone this December (and some non-holiday goodies for when you need a break)!
Take your pick between can't-miss events, new places to explore and old favorites that are just too good to pass up this time of year! Don't just think about it, go do it!
With 20 displays, each comprised of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights, an evening stroll through the NC Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary might just blow your mind.
Enjoy this non-traditional, non-denominational telling of the birth of Jesus, written by Langston Hughes, in this Durham tradition.
Enjoy a boozy bus ride through some of the area's best light displays. Start the night with a beer and pizza party before driving through the holiday lights.
Check out this modern rendition of the holiday classic, set to Tchaikovsky's timeless music but performed in contemporary dance with MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop's founding fathers.
Enjoy tons of beer, hot mulled wine and s'mores while watching three of your favorite holiday movies on the big screen.
Celebrate three years of Arcana with food from Toast, beer and cocktails and of course tarot!
Shop local wares and get a peek inside Durham's new social club with this free maker's market at Union Member House.
Check out Asheville's circus-themed brewery at their first taproom in the Triangle, touting previously hard-to-access brews, soccer pool courts, an incredible wrap-around mural and more.
It's all in the name—Bulldega, a Bull City bodega, is a grocery store that focuses on the local and sustainable, with gifts and goodies in between. This market with more is sure to make you swoon!
Get ready to play at Boxcar's first Durham location, opening December 2018. Not only will this location have the arcade games and great bar you've come to expect, it'll also have wood fired pizza!
Rhythms Live Music Hall will bring an upscale performance venue to Durham's Lakewood neighborhood starting December 7.
Love your local spirits? Check out how Bedlam Vodka gets made with their all new distillery tours launching December 1—plus, obviously, samples at the end.
It may not be the MoMA, but the Ackland Art Museum can measure up. Spend the day gettin' cultured and expanding your artistic knowledge.
If you're looking to shoot some pool, bring your friends to the Green Room, a classic pool hall and dive bar that doesn't pretend to be anything else.
Accordion Club, a new dive bar in the Rigsbee neighborhood, offers a cozy environment for drinking, plus hot dogs, Frito pies, bottles to take home and games.
Enjoy storytelling, cookies and cider, live music, singing, dancing, and a whole lot of history as costumed interpreters lead you on a candlelit tour through our historic area.
This monthly Durham craft market is back with a two-day holiday spectacular. Shop from a new set of vendors each day, enjoy eats and music while you browse and get your gifts wrapped on site!
Allagash Brewing Company and Oysters Carolina are teaming up and heading to Motorco. Tasters will be poured, glasses will be filled, and lots of oysters will be roasted and served.
Hi-Wire Brewing and Golden Belt Warehouse Artist Studios are both having their Grand Opening Party! There will be 25 artists, food trucks, and a lot of circus-themed entertainment.
Join Melina's Fresh Pasta Shop while they celebrate their First Anniversary at the shop. There will be pasta sampling, filing of cannoli orders, and lots of other surprises.
Mystery Brewing has closed its doors and Beer Study is going to be ringing them out in style by tapping the last of their kegs and enjoying some live music.
Bring the whole family to this winter celebration at Sarah P. Duke Gardens! Expect crafts, cookie decorating, festive music and more.
These two Durham faves—Eastcut Sandwich Bar and Ponysaurus—are coming together for an oyster party to write home about. Fresh oysters, pints of oyster saison, live music and more.
See how this Durham-distilled vodka is made—and get a taste for yourself—as Graybeard Distillery, home to Bedlam Vodka, opens its doors for tours for the first time!
Get creative, mingle with some awesome folks and dance the night away to some live R&B and DJs—all while supporting some great local causes.
Get in the seasonal spirit for the Durham Holiday Parade! Be jolly with visits from Santa and watch decorated floats go by. After the parade, head over to Fun Fest for sledding, train rides and more!
Get down and dirty to help Bull City Ciderworks prepare this unique local fruit for their last cider release of 2018. You'll get to be part of making your favorite cider!
Hear some spectacularly awkward stories of sex ed experiences. You'll laugh, you'll cringe and you'll leave happy you're supporting making sex ed better in NC.