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Homemade Holiday Cocktail Recipes from Apt Bartender & Essentia Water

Essentia Water partnered with Apartment Bartender to create a variety of fun, creative holiday cocktails that are super easy to make at home. The cocktails include a riff on a Tom Collins (“The Essentia(l) Spritz”), a Vanilla Coffee Old Fashioned (“The Overachiever”), and a classic twist on 2020’s biggest winter trend, “The Supercharged Hot Toddy Bar”–each of which also features Essentia Water, the #1 alkaline water on the market that will help you stay hydrated, and Essentia’s Premium Ice. Tom...

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Downtown Raleigh Illuminate Art Walk Discover the wonder of light-based art situated throughout downtown Raleigh. DRA and VAE Raleigh teamed up to commission local artists to create installations to brighten up winter nights. Take this map to get around, and you’ll see sidewalk markers at each installation. The safety of Downtown Raleigh’s residents, workers, and visitors is of the utmost importance. Follow guidance from public health officials regarding social distancing and proper health etiquette if and when visiting businesses and public...

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GOTTA HAVE FACE™ Started in April 2020, GOTTA HAVE FACE™ answered the need for masks as a response to COVID-19. Former Fashion Industry Executive, Jaye Hersh-Eigler realized that as the supply for surgical masks for our frontline workers dwindled, she had to create an alternative option for face coverings. Jaye’s idea was simple: protect yourself, protect others, help the less fortunate, while looking great and feeling comfortable. GOTTA HAVE FACE™ offers an assortment of ladies, men’s and children’s masks ($12.00- $18.00)...

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Fieldstream Farm Festival of Lights Check out this drive-thru Christmas light show with approximately one million lights on display! This light display features The Tunnel of Lights, an LED-lit tunnel featuring 200,000 lights! Tickets must be purchased online in advance. $20/car, up to 8 people; Through December 31st, Monday – Friday, 6:30 – 9:45 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 5:30 – 9:45 pm; 8008 Old Stage Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603 Lake Myra Christmas Lights Celebrate the season by enjoying the lights, singing along...

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Get Your Nights of Lights Tickets Get into the holiday season with the first ever Nights of Lights Drive-Thru Light Show at Dorothea Dix Park. Ohh and ahh over the light show throughout the park. There will be illuminated trees, festive light displays, and local art installations will delight visitors of all ages along the 1.3-mile route. On December 30th and December 31, get an extra dose of New Year’s Eve sparkle during the First Night Celebration Nights, courtesy of...

Weekend

Naughty or Nice Party Dress in your Christmas best (ugly sweaters, Christmas suits, elf costumes, hats, antlers, etc.) and come out for a night of holiday spirit and spirits! They’ll be serving Christmas inspired cocktails and White Claw specials in addition to their usual Saturday special ($5 Crown Royal + flavors) and DJ Chaperone will be spinning live on the patio from 8 pm – Midnight! Saturday, 1 pm; Boxcar Bar and Arcade, 330 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC Chili...

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Monday: First Anniversary Celebration at Transfer Co. Join to eat, drink and play in celebration of their first year! There will be a Black Surfer’s pop-up zine shop; KidLab, Read With Me, A Children’s Book & Art Shop, Little By Little Raleigh Games & Play Station; and conversation panels. RSVP here; Monday, 5 – 9 pm; 500 East Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601 Durham Village Holiday Market Shop the annual Durham Village Holiday Market with NC Made eats, drinks and...

Celebrate the Season with a Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Cocktail

It’s that time of year! Time to get cozy with a cocktail! This whiskey cocktail is sweetened with maple syrup, lemon and includes a hint of cinnamon (spice is optional). You can multiply the amounts given below by up to four, if you’d like to make a bigger batch for your holiday party. Ingredients 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) of whiskey of your choice 2 to 4 teaspoons maple syrup, to taste 2 tablespoons of lemon juice Pinch of ground cinnamon, optional Instructions...

Thanksgiving Weekend

Flotilla Week Thanksgiving week, known as flotilla week in Wrightsville Beach, launches the coastal Carolina holiday season with the 36th annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla. Saturday night’s flotilla has a procession of decorated yachts and watercraft, each glittering with thousands of lights. Immediately following the parade, a stunning 20-minute, 4,000-round fireworks display illuminates the sky. The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla weekend also has the Friday’s tree lighting ceremony with a visit from Santa, and the Flotilla Launch Party featuring the Jack...

Weekend

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...