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Raleigh Weekender: European Christmas Market, Executive Mansion Holiday Open House + 26 More Things To Do
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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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Pop-Up Christmas Bar Takes Over the Haymaker
$, The Haymaker, Raleigh
Fri November 24 – Sun December 24

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!

This experience has 113 bookmarks and 2818 views.
Drink & Be Jolly on the Downtown Holiday Lights Trolley Tour
$37, 121 Fayetteville St, Raleigh
Fri December 15, 11:00p - 1:00a

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.

This experience has 52 bookmarks and 1035 views.
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Find the Perfect Tree at the Downtown Raleigh Pop Up Christmas Tree Lot
$, Exchange Plaza, Raleigh
Fri December 08 – Sun December 24

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.

This experience has 2 bookmarks and 97 views.
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Witness the Beauty of the NC Chinese Lantern Festival
$15, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
Fri November 24 – Sun January 14

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.

This experience has 692 bookmarks and 8385 views.
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Spend an Enchanting Night With Cinderella
$26+, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh
Thu December 14, 7:30p

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.

This experience has 13 bookmarks and 173 views.
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Explore 'Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair' at NCMA
$15, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Sat October 28 – Sun January 21

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.

This experience has 52 bookmarks and 469 views.
Saturday
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Discover Your Asana at the CORMuseum
Free, City of Raleigh Museum, Raleigh
Sat December 02 – Sat February 24

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.

This experience has 27 bookmarks and 226 views.
Sunday
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Stroll & Shop The Downtown Cary Food & Flea
Free, Ashworth Village, Cary
Sun January 14, 12:00p - 4:00p

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

This experience has 913 bookmarks and 6202 views.
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Shop the North Hills Holiday Pop Up Market
Free, 4321 Lassiter at North Hills Ave, Raleigh
Thu December 07, 11:30a

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.

This experience has 28 bookmarks and 202 views.
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Rock Your Ugliest Sweater at Haymaker's Fleece Navidad Party
Free, The Haymaker, Raleigh
Fri December 08, 8:00p

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!

This experience has 18 bookmarks and 209 views.
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Work For Your bRUNch With Runologie
Free, Runologie, Raleigh
Sat December 09, 9:00a

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!

This experience has 6 bookmarks and 99 views.
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Transport Your Taste Buds at Vita Vite's Italian Sunday Supper
$$, Vita Vite Raleigh, Raleigh
Sun December 10, 6:30p

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.

This experience has 21 bookmarks and 390 views.
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Explore the NC Executive Mansion Holiday Open House
Free, The North Carolina Executive Mansion, Raleigh
Wed December 06 – Sat December 09

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.

This experience has 89 bookmarks and 1926 views.
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Pop Bottles at Seaboard's Annual Champagne Tasting
$39, Seaboard Wine & Tasting Bar, Raleigh
Thu December 07, 7:00p

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.

This experience has 6 bookmarks and 172 views.
Explore the 10th Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market
$7, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Fri December 08, 5:00p

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!

This experience has 119 bookmarks and 1384 views.
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Shop the Sola Pop-Up Market
Free, Sola Coffee Cafe, Raleigh

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

This experience has 90 bookmarks and 956 views.
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Catch a Ladies Only Latte Art Throwdown
Free, Sir Walter Coffee, Raleigh
Thu December 07, 7:00p

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.

This experience has 12 bookmarks and 220 views.
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Party Like the Roaring '20s at a Great Gatsby Holiday Party
$55+, Doyle's Vineyard, Durham
Fri December 08, 7:00p

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.

This experience has 9 bookmarks and 236 views.
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Shop Local at Fortnight Brewing's Holiday Market
Free, Fortnight Brewing Company, Cary
Sat December 09, 12:00p

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.

This experience has 19 bookmarks and 135 views.
Shop Local Art at the Imurj Pop Art Pop Up Market
Free, Imurj, Raleigh
Sun December 10, 12:00p

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!

This experience has 5 bookmarks and 62 views.
Get Crafty: Make Mason Jar Snow Globes
$25/$35, Artspace, Raleigh
Thu December 07, 7:00p

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!

This experience has 11 bookmarks and 144 views.
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Catch Dianna Ross in a Disco Era Flick at NCMA
$5/$7, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Fri December 08, 8:00p

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.

This experience has 5 bookmarks and 109 views.
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Shop Local at the Big Boss Pop Up Market
Free, Big Boss Brewing Company, Raleigh
Sat December 09, 1:00p

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.

This experience has 40 bookmarks and 311 views.
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Dress Your Best at Gizmo's Tacky Sweater Party
Free, Gizmo Brew Works, Raleigh
Fri December 08, 5:00p

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!

This experience has 31 bookmarks and 539 views.
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Shop the 3rd Annual Neuse River Holiday Bazaar
Free, Neuse River Brewing Company, Raleigh
Sat December 09, 2:00p

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.

This experience has 103 bookmarks and 980 views.
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Sip & Shop at Raleigh Brewing Company
Free, Raleigh Brewing Company, Raleigh
Sat December 09, 12:00p

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.

This experience has 78 bookmarks and 1145 views.
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Conquer Winter Blues at the 2nd Annual Snow Day Bar Crawl
$20, Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh
Sat December 09, 2:00p

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.

This experience has 38 bookmarks and 529 views.
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Spread Holiday Cheer at the Pharmacy Toy Drive
Free, Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage, Cary
Sat December 09, 12:00p

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.

This experience has 2 bookmarks and 43 views.
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Cheers to Two Years of Vita Vite
Free, Vita Vite Raleigh, Raleigh
Sat December 09, 7:00p

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.

This experience has 14 bookmarks and 179 views.
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Ring in the Season at Music For A Winter's Eve
$47, Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, Raleigh
Sat December 09, 8:30p

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.

This experience has 11 bookmarks and 134 views.
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