You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of December in and around Raleigh. 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!
The Nutcracker is the perfect way to celebrate this Holiday season. Let the live symphony orchestra, grand magical illusions, and magnificent sets and costumes take you away to the Land of Sweets!
All aboard the Great Raleigh Trolley for an evening of magical twinkle lights. Sing along to holiday-themed songs, cuddly-up with loved ones and enjoy the best holiday light show in North Carolina.
Party down with Santa at Raleigh's pop-up holiday bar all month long, where you can revel in festive AF decor and order limited-time holiday-themed drinks, like the Christmaspolitan or the Run Run Rudolf. Cheers!
This December, Alamo Drafthouse is bringing a slew of your holiday favorites back to the big screen. Get excited to revisit classics like Home Alone, Elf, A Christmas Story, Love Actually and more.
Enjoy this non-traditional, non-denominational telling of the birth of Jesus, written by Langston Hughes.
Get some serious culture on with this combination circus and symphony show. Expect jaw-dropping acts like aerial, contortionists and juggling set to breathtaking festive music.
Ring out Deep South Bar's second to last night in existence with this debut tribute to David Bowie.
Best known for his roles in Community and The Hangover, NC-raised Ken Jeong will be ringing in the opening of a new comedy club in Cary!
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.
Papa Shogun is offering a unique blend of Italian and Japanese food at Seaboard Station in Downtown Raleigh. Kombu gnocchi, anyone?
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.
Head to Crude Bitters' cocktail supply shop and soda fountain to taste their unique hand-crafted bitters, enjoy some mockails and stock your bar. Cheers to local Raleigh imbibing!
Addicted to axes like the rest of us? Join Epic Axes every Thursday through Sunday at Southern Charred for a couple rounds of ax throwing.
The Nation's largest dueling pianos bar is opening on Glenwood on November 30, and this is not your momma's piano performance. Expect music by request, a full bar and dance floor and tons of fun.
If you're looking to learn something new, look to SkillPop. The startup hosts in-person, interactive classes in a range of topics from calligraphy to photography to pasta making!
Take a trip through space at Galaxy Fun Park's glow-in-the-dark, indoor mini-golf course! Grab your crew or the fam and play through 18 holes while you check out the custom blacklight art.
Vidrio offers a delicious menu featuring Mediterranean traditions made with NC ingredients, paired with a stunning interior—seriously, it's what fine art is made of.
Revel in the holiday spirit in one of Raleigh's oldest neighborhoods while shopping. This unique event is back for its 26th year with local artists on the porches and lawns of Boylan Heights homes.
Warm up the December night with a bunch of hot nuts and cider by the fire. Chat with friends, tell stories, and enjoy piping hot cups of spiked hot apple cider and nuts.
Join the State Capitol and Gov. Roy Cooper for the annual tree-lighting tradition. Luminaries light the streets while holiday music fills the air all leading up to the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Get the coziest reward after you finish your run! This group 5k will culminate in snacks and steaming mugs of hot chocolate.
Head to Historic Oak View County Park for a magical night. Because, what could be more romantic than taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, sipping on hot apple cider, and enjoying some live music?
Whiskey Kirchen is hosting their first ever Drag Show during brunch. Four Queens will dazzle you with their performances, just don't forget your cash for tipping your favorite one.
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this made-in-NC cult classic with a special big-screen viewing and even the chance to check out some items from the film.
This story is set in the 1920s in New York City. It features immersive and interactive elements, a speakeasy with live music, and more for you to enjoy.
Join this annual bike ride and dog walk to gather toys for kids in need this season. An unwrapped, new toy gets you entry in to the 12 mile or 6 mile bike, or the 2 mile dog walk. Costumes encouraged!
Go back in time and take a candle-lit tour of gorgeous, Victorian-era homes decked out for the holidays in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood.
Just in time for your New Year's cheer, learn all about your fave celebratory bev with this professional class all about bubbly! You'll taste SEVEN different champagnes, get some tasty sweet treats and learn a ton while having fun.
Feeling lucky? Put your musical know-how to the test with Music Bingo at My Way Tavern. Complete with prizes, beer and exclusive giveaways, it's clear this ain't your Grandma's Bingo night.
Ring in the season with this new annual event at Marbles! Don your most festive attire, enjoy a full meal and plenty of booze courtesy of partners like Bhavana and try your hand at some auction items.