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Raleigh Weekender: European Christmas Market, Executive Mansion Holiday Open House + 26 More Things To Do

Deck the halls and mark your calendars—here is our curated list of the most awesome events and best things to do in Raleigh during the weekend of December 7-10.

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Discover Your Asana at the CORMuseum

Kick your Saturdays into high gear with a free yoga class hosted by the City of Raleigh Museum every week through February! Be sure to bring your own mat and water.

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Discover Your Asana at the CORMuseum
Free   .  City of Raleigh Museum   .  Raleigh
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Sunday
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Stroll & Shop The Downtown Cary Food & Flea 371 fire icon

The Downtown Cary Food & Flea is a monthly crafters market featuring local food trucks, craft beer, art, crafts, music and more.

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Stroll & Shop The Downtown Cary Food & Flea
Free   .  Ashworth Village   .  Cary
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Pop-Up Christmas Bar Takes Over the Haymaker

The Haymaker has been transformed into a winter wonderland filled with Christmas cheer! They've decked the bar with tinsel, lights and launched a cocktail menu that'll make you as jolly as St. Nick!

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Pop-Up Christmas Bar Takes Over the Haymaker
$   .  The Haymaker   .  Raleigh
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Shop the North Hills Holiday Pop Up Market

Get your holiday haul knocked out early! For the first time, North Hills is hosting an outdoor Holiday Pop Up Market. Find gifts from vendors like Kendra Scott, Uniquities, Vineyard Vines and more.

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Shop the North Hills Holiday Pop Up Market
Free   .  4321 Lassiter at North Hills Ave   .  Raleigh
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Rock Your Ugliest Sweater at Haymaker's Fleece Navidad Party

Glitter, lights, bows, velvet, velcro—the tackier the better! Bring your tacky holiday sweater A-game to The Haymaker and you could win tickets to see Carolina Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker!

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Rock Your Ugliest Sweater at Haymaker's Fleece Navidad Party
Free   .  The Haymaker   .  Raleigh
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Work For Your bRUNch With Runologie

What better reason to run than with carbs as a reward? Join Runologie for a Saturday morning four-mile run ending at Boulted Bread and then treat yo'self to a pastry and coffee. You've earned it!

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Work For Your bRUNch With Runologie and Boulted Bread
Free   .  Boulted Bread   .  Raleigh
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Transport Your Taste Buds at Vita Vite's Italian Sunday Supper

Send your taste buds on a tour of Italy at Vita Vite's Sunday Supper. You'll get to taste old world flavors accompanied by Nellino's Sauce Co. and featured desserts from Videri Chocolate Factory.

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Transport Your Taste Buds at Vita Vite's Italian Sunday Supper
$$   .  Vita Vite Midtown   .  Raleigh
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Explore the NC Executive Mansion Holiday Open House

Step inside the beautiful NC Executive Mansion at the annual Holiday Open House. Visitors will be able to tour the home, view decorations, and enjoy seasonal musical entertainment by local groups.

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Explore the NC Executive Mansion Holiday Open House
Free   .  The North Carolina Executive Mansion   .  Raleigh
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Pop Bottles at Seaboard's Annual Champagne Tasting

Get ready to pop some bubbly! Seaboard Wine is bringing back (for the 21st time) an evening filled with sparkling wine and champagne. Bonus: special discounts apply if you want to take some home.

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Pop Bottles at Seaboard's Annual Champagne Tasting
$39   .  Seaboard Wine & Tasting Bar   .  Raleigh
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Explore the 10th Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market

Grab a glass of mulled wine and explore a European Christmas Market stocked with piroghis, traditional baked goods, authentic eats, Polish pottery, vintage ornaments, handmade gifts and more!

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Explore the 10th Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market
$7   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Shop the Sola Pop-Up Market

Shop local, support local! Pop in to Sola Coffee Cafe's Pop-Up Market for great gifts, clothing, home decor and jewelry.

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Shop the Sola Pop-Up Market
Free   .  Sola Coffee Cafe   .  Raleigh
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Drink & Be Jolly on the Downtown Holiday Lights Trolley Tour

A holiday party for the big kids! Enjoy the best light shows and Christmas displays in DTR while catching a ride on the Raleigh Trolley.

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Drink & Be Jolly on the Downtown Holiday Lights Trolley Tour
$37   .  121 Fayetteville St   .  Raleigh
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Catch a Ladies Only Latte Art Throwdown

Ready for a night of beautiful latte art paired with fierce competition? No boys allowed in this battle but all are welcome to watch the smackdown at this ladies only throwdown at Sir Walter Coffee.

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Catch a Ladies Only Latte Art Throwdown
Free   .  Sir Walter Coffee   .  Raleigh
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Party Like the Roaring '20s at a Great Gatsby Holiday Party

Put on your best sequin flapper dress and relive the decadence of the jazz age as you sip wine and dance the night away at this Great Gatsby themed holiday extravaganza.

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Party Like the Roaring '20s at a Great Gatsby Holiday Party
$55+   .  Doyle's Vineyard   .  Durham
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Shop Local at Fortnight Brewing's Holiday Market

Support dozens of local vendors by shopping Fortnight Brewing's Pop-Up holiday market. Pick up gift-ready items including pottery, wooden signs, holiday wreaths and more.

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Shop Local at Fortnight Brewing's Holiday Market
Free   .  Fortnight Brewing Company   .  Cary
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Shop Local Art at the Imurj Pop Art Pop Up Market

Imurj is hosting a one-of-a-kind Christmas market! The pop-up Pop Art Market will be featuring pop art, fan art and comics from local artists. Come shop for the pop culture lovers in your life!

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Shop Local Art at the Imurj Pop Art Pop Up Market
Free   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Find the Perfect Tree at the Downtown Raleigh Pop Up Christmas Tree Lot

It's a Christmas miracle! You don't have to leave DTR to buy an awesome Christmas Tree and handmade holiday decorations. Find the perfect Canaan Fir in Exchange Plaza at Christmas Trees and More.

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Find the Perfect Tree at the Downtown Raleigh Pop Up Christmas Tree Lot
$   .  Exchange Plaza   .  Raleigh
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Get Crafty: Make Mason Jar Snow Globes

Switch things up for Happy Hour with a festive seasonal craft. Transform your mason jar into a magical snow globe to show off in your own home or gift to a friend. Don't forget to pack your wine!

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Get Crafty: Make Mason Jar Snow Globes
$25/$35   .  Artspace   .  Raleigh
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Catch Dianna Ross in a Disco Era Flick at NCMA

Cozy up in the museum's auditorium and enjoy a disco-era movie starring Diana Ross in 'Mahogany', a rags-to-riches story of a model torn between love and success in the fashion world of the 1970's.

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Catch Dianna Ross in a Disco Era Flick at NCMA
$5/$7   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Shop Local at the Big Boss Pop Up Market

Knock out your holiday shopping early this year at the Big Boss Pop Up Market. Shop seasonal gifts from awesome Triangle retailers and then go on a tour of the brewery to see how their brews are made.

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Shop Local at the Big Boss Pop Up Market
Free   .  Big Boss Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Witness the Beauty of the NC Chinese Lantern Festival

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.

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Witness the Beauty of the NC Chinese Lantern Festival
$15   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Dress Your Best at Gizmo's Tacky Sweater Party

Gizmo is no stranger to a good time—so to kick off the holidays the brewery is hosting its annual Tacky Sweater Holiday Party. Come for live music, a Philly cheesesteak food truck and a contest!

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Dress Your Best at Gizmo's Tacky Sweater Party
Free   .  Gizmo Brew Works   .  Raleigh
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Shop the 3rd Annual Neuse River Holiday Bazaar

Put a dent in your holiday shopping list with Neuse River Brewing Company's 3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar. Shop local vendors, listen to live music and spread holiday cheer.

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Shop the 3rd Annual Neuse River Holiday Bazaar
Free   .  Neuse River Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Spend an Enchanting Night With Cinderella

Experience the magic of Raleigh Little Theatre's adaptation of Cinderella. Filled with romance, vibrant costumes, musical numbers and a sprinkle of comedy, you'll never want the night to end.

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Spend an Enchanting Night With Cinderella
$26+   .  Raleigh Little Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Explore 'Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair' at NCMA

Fifty years of beauty, style and empowerment. Witness the remarkable story of an extraordinary fashion show and the woman behind it. View 40 stunning designer ensembles at NCMA's newest exhibition.

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Explore 'Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair' at NCMA
$15   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Sip & Shop at Raleigh Brewing Company

Come to Raleigh Brewing for a holiday celebration of all things local. Wrap up your holiday shopping with local vendors and a craft beer in hand. Bring your pup for Santa photo ops.

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Sip & Shop at Raleigh Brewing Company
Free   .  Raleigh Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Conquer Winter Blues at the 2nd Annual Snow Day Bar Crawl

It's time to have a (snow) ball! Join the amazing crowd of snow bunnies celebrating the best time of the year as you hit DTR bars for the 2nd annual snow day round of holiday cheer.

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Conquer Winter Blues at the 2nd Annual Snow Day Bar Crawl
$20   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Spread Holiday Cheer at the Pharmacy Toy Drive

Enjoy tasty craft beers from Trophy Brewing and make a child smile this Christmas with your donation of an unwrapped toy to the Helping Hands Mission Toy Drive at Pharmacy Bottle and Beverage.

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Spread Holiday Cheer at the Pharmacy Toy Drive
Free   .  Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage   .  Cary
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Cheers to Two Years of Vita Vite

Stop by your favorite cozy little wine bar to celebrate two years in DTR. Snack on donuts from Rise, listen to live music and try the first taste of Vita Vite's new craft beer.

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Cheers to Two Years of Vita Vite
Free   .  Vita Vite Midtown   .  Raleigh
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Ring in the Season at Music For A Winter's Eve

Welcome winter wonder with an evening of music that evokes the season from the NC Symphony. While you're there, take in the beauty of this new Raleigh cathedral to the sounds of Bach to Arvo Pärt.

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Ring in the Season at Music For A Winter's Eve
$47   .  Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral   .  Raleigh
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