Holiday Events and Things to Do Around Raleigh – December 2013

December Events in Raleigh NCThe Raleigh December events list is here!  Organized by holiday happenings, sporting events, running events, music concerts, cultural happenings, annual parades, festivals, park activities and more.

Looking for fun things to do in Raleigh and the Wake County area next month?  Here you have it!

Raleigh Holiday Events: December

Whether you’ll be celebrating Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, St. Lucia Day, Ramadan, Three Kings Day, or another, around the globe and here in the Triangle area of NC, holidays are marked with special traditions, services and festivities.





Holly Springs:




Wake Forest:



A bit outside of Wake County but an event not to miss!  Open weekends (and some weekdays) through December 24th, the Lights on the Neuse at Boyette Farms where you can experience a tractor-pulled hayride through Christmas Lights Extravaganza, an enchanting 3D Christmas house, an old fashioned Christmas Sweet Shoppe, and of course… Santa himself will be there for photo opportunities (excluding Dec. 24th as he’ll be busy of course).

Things to do in Raleigh, in order by activity type and date…

Music Lovers – Blues, Salsa, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rap, Country, Reggae and Between September Music Events

Booth Amphitheatre:  Visit Website

Sertoma Amphitheatre at Bond Park:  Visit Website

Red Hat Amphitheater:  Visit Website

Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek:  Visit Website

Duke Energy Center Raleigh:  Visit Website

NC Art Museum:  Visit Website

Other Fun Things to Do Around the Triangle

  • 11.23.2013 – 2.1.2014:  Raleigh Winterfest – Downtown Raleigh  Visit Website
  • Now – Jan. 31st 2014 (every Friday):  Art in the Evening – NC Museum of Art  Visit Website
  • Now – 12.07.2013 (1st & 2nd Sat./mo.):  Center Open Mic – LGBT Center Raleigh  Visit Website
  • Now – 12.14.2013 (Every Wed. & Sat.):  Historic Oakwood District & Oakwood Cemetery Tour – Downtown Raleigh  Visit Website
  • Now – 12.07.2013:  A Downtown Cary Walking Food Tour Visit Website
  • Now – 12.28.2013:  Raleigh Flea Market – NC State Fairgrounds  Visit Website
  • Now – 12.18.2013 (Every Saturday):  Gourmet Food Tour – Raleigh City Museum  Visit Website
  • Now – 12.28.2013 (1 PM Every Sat.):  Carolina Brewing Company Tour  Visit Website
  • Now – 1.27.2014 (Every Sun. & Mon):  Karaoke – Flex  Visit Website
  • Every Saturday:  Raleigh Haunted Ghost Tours  Visit Website

Outdoor Movies

Koka Booth Amphitheatre  Visit Website

Wake County December Park Activities

  • Calendar for ALL Wake County Park locations (dozens of activities for kids and adults).  Scroll down the page for the calendar of events:  Visit Website

December 2013 Triangle Sporting Events 

Carolina Railhawks NASL Soccer Games – WakeMed Soccer Park:  Visit Website
  • *Season just ended
Durham Bulls Minor League Baseball – DBAP  Visit Website
  • * Season starts April 2014
Carolina Mudcats Minor League Baseball – Five County Stadium  Visit Website
  • * Season starts April 2014
NC State Wolfpack Football – Carter-Finley Stadium  Visit Website
  • * Bowl Game potential but no more home games until next season

NC State Wolfpack Basketball – PNC Arena & Reynolds Coliseum  Visit Website

  • 12.04.2013:  7:30 PM – Wolfpack vs Northwestern
  • 12.07.2013:  2 PM – Wolfpack vs Long Beach State
  • 12.14.2013:  6 PM – Wolfpack vs Detroit
  • 12.21.2013:  12 PM – Wolfpack vs East Carolina
  • 12.28.2013:  8 PM – Wolfpack vs Missouri
Hurricanes NHL Hockey Games – PNC Arena  Visit Website
  • 12.01.2013:  1 PM – Hurricanes vs. Canucks
  • 12.06.2013:  7 PM – Hurricanes vs. Sharks
  • 12.20.2013:  7 PM – Hurricanes vs. Capitals
  • 12.23.2013:  7 PM – Hurricanes vs. Blue Jackets
  • 12.27.2013:  7 PM – Hurricanes vs Penguins
  • 12.31.2013:  7 PM – Hurricanes vs. Canadiens

Fun Runs, 5K's, Marathons and Walks around Raleigh NC

Races, Fun Runs, Marathons and Triathlons around Raleigh

  • 12.07.2013:  Raleigh Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Visit Website
  • 12.14.2013:  Sports Endeavors Reindeer Romp  Visit Website

December Holidays

The December 2013 major (and some not so major) holidays include (please forgive us if we missed some):

  • 12.01.2013:  Advent begins
  • 12.07.2013:  Pearl Harbor Day
  • 12.12.2013:  Poinsettia Day
  • 12.13.2013:  Friday the 13th
  • 12.21.2013:  Winter Solstice
  • 12.23.2013:  Festivus!
  • 12.25.2013:  Christmas
  • 12.26.2013:  Boxing Day
  • 12.26.2013:  Kwanzaa
  • 12.27.2013:  National Fruitcake Day
  • 12.31.2013:  New Year’s Eve

Where to go in Wake County for Additional Fun

Included is a great list of locations with ongoing events for additional ideas for things to do in Wake County

Be sure to check out their websites before showing up as sometimes pre-registration or tickets are required.

Reading this and it’s not quite December yet?  Check out our list of things to do in Wake County in November.

We know we didn’t catch everything.  Can you think of a Wake County event that’s taking place in December, 2013 that we missed?  Please leave us a comment below and let us know!

We hope to see you out and about in Wake County!

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