November 22, 2019

The Franklin St. Comedy Festival

Check out three sketch groups, 25 improv groups and 50+ comedians for this inaugural event. This festival is focused on bringing together the very best of North Carolina comedy with local, regional and national comedians. This year’s headliner is Judah Friedlander (30 Rock)! Judah Friedlander’s stand-up performance film America Is the Greatest Country In the United States (Netflix, 2017) was named best comedy special of the year by many critics, comics, and audiences. This year in 2019, Judah is on tour with new material with his Future President tour. The festival also features some of North Carolina’s best stand-up comedians such as Brett Williams, Brent Blakeney, James Hodge and Jeremy Alder. Improv teams include the legendary Transactors, Danny Canoe and the all-female group Land Mermaids. They are also hosting out of town groups such as Now Are The Foxes (Charlotte) and Trash Bang (Richmond, VA). Also special guest L.E. Zarling returns for her solo improv performance and her free workshop for trans and non-binary people. Through Monday; 462 West Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

WRAL Winter Wonderland

Get free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy some sledding at the WRAL-sponsored Winter Wonderland event. The first 500 people will receive a free Winter Wonderland ornament. Event highlights include meeting your favorite WRAL anchors and reporters, sledding for children of all ages, inflatable play area featuring four large attractions, an arts & crafts area with a make your own ornament section, giant snow globe for family photo opts, ice sculptures, food trucks offering breakfast and lunch, and Durham Bulls’ mascot Wool E. Bull. Free; Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm; 900 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Winter Wonderland at Park West Village

Come share the excitement as Park West Village hosts Winter Wonderland in The District. Kids of all ages will enjoy our Magical Winter Lights Paintscaping, featuring colorful holiday lights broadcast on the front of Stone Theatre Park West 14 Cinema! Each year, the event also features fun train rides, carolers, two large sledding slopes* and Storytime with Santa! Friday – Sunday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm; 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville, NC 27560

75th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade

A Raleigh tradition for more than 70 years, the Raleigh Christmas Parade is the largest parade of its kind between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The parade has marching bands, dancers, classic cars, super heroes and more marching through downtown Raleigh for two hours along a 1.4-mile route. Free; Saturday, 9:30 am; Hillsborough Street at Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, 27603

North Carolina Chinese Lantern 

Booth Amphitheatre will once again be transformed into a magnificent setting with the return of the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival! Tianyu Culture & Booth Amphitheatre are offering a ticket that can be used on any night of your choosing! The Festival will include more than 20 displays, each one made of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights. Friday through January 12 (Tuesday – Sunday, 6-10 pm); 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC 27518

Annual North Hills Tree Lighting

This year’s Tree Lighting event will feature snow slopes, trackless train rides, kids crafts and activities, a bounce house, and a vendor village. As Santa Claus arrives at 6 pm, the 41 foot Christmas Tree will be lit amidst a joyous chorus of “Santa Clause Is Coming to Town.” Free; Saturday, 3:30 – 7:30 pm; 4160 Main St, Raleigh, NC 27609

Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration

Join Downtown Raleigh Alliance for the annual Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration in Lichtin Plaza. Mayor Nancy McFarlane will light the holiday tree, and a variety of performers will fill the stage for the duration of the event. Food Vendors include Che Empanadas, Cousins Maine Lobster, Lucettegrace, Oak City Fish & Chips, along with local beer and wine. Retail Vendors: Marbles Corner Store, DTR Independent Shops, Briggs Hardware, Read with Me – A Children’s Book & Art Shop, Brovelli Oils, Vinegars, & Gifts, Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store, and Videri Chocolate Factory. There will also be crafting at the Marbles Kids Museum pop-up station, get a photo with Santa Claus or create a holiday gif at our Brand Cam, and take in performances from the Moore Square Middle Choral Ensemble, Moore Square Middle Dance Ensemble, and Encore Singers Al Strong Quartet. Saturday, 6 – 8 pm; 2 E. South St, Raleigh, NC 27601

The Global Holiday Festival and Market

The Global Holiday Festival and Market is a day of celebration honoring holidays and traditions from around the world. Join dozens of ethnic communities from across the Triangle for a day of food, shopping, entertainment, and community engagement. Come celebrate the unique diversity of the Raleigh area and enjoy the wintertime festivities! Free; Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm; 200 S. Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Holiday Pop-Up Market at Big Boss Brewing

Join Triangle Pop-Up and Big Boss Brewery for an afternoon of Holiday shopping with Triangle Pop-Up’s selection of 80 local artists + vendors, Ally J’s Music live, and food trucks! Big Boss Brewery will be brewing a special beer to support the cause “Ales for ALS.” Free; Saturday, 12 – 5 pm; 1249 Wicker Dr, Raleigh, NC 27604

Kinshop: The Holiday Experience

Join in this one-of-a kind day for the community benefitting The Women’s Center in Raleigh with live music, drinks, holiday shopping, and good vibes. Oh, and you’ll have to try their killer cocktails too! There are swag bags for the first 50 shoppers, live music, flower bloom bar, and a chance to win amazing items. Raleigh’s growing creative community, both native and newcomer, is the perfect environment to cultivate connections. $8 in advance, $10/door; Saturday, 12 – 5 pm; Junction West, 310 South West St, #suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27603

Arts on Market

Arts on Market is a bi-annual celebration and shopping event featuring local and regional artists, artisans, bakers, and makers. We are excited to welcome local makers to the Southern Village Green, where visitors can bring their family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of art, live music, delicious food/drink and shopping. Sunday, 12 – 4 pm; Southern Village Green, Market St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

High Horse is Open

High Horse is a restaurant and bar with two large wood-fired grills visible from the oval-shaped bar and dining room. From chef Katusji Tanabe, who starred in Bravo TV’s hit competition series Top Chef Boston, Top Chef Mexico and Top Chef Charleston, High Horse references the original stables which once occupied the City Market area, and serves as an invitation for diners to enjoy the “fun dining” experience for which Tanabe is so well known. You will be entertain in every way – from the live fire in their open kitchen to the exciting cocktails and candy-filled cakes. Their entire menu is designed to share. 208 Wolfe St, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919.594.1381

By Whitney

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