a collage of images representing the Polar Express, the Nutcracker ballet, New Year's Even, and A Christmas Carol

Enjoy Holiday Events from Our Arts Partners!

From November 23 through New Year’s Eve

Holiday Happenings to Make the Season Magical!

It’s time to celebrate the holidays with all our favorite holiday events! From November 23 through New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy as many as three holiday treats from Raleigh Arts Partners each week. Come out for some merriment and joy, as our community celebrates the holidays together!

Holiday 2022 Arts Partners Events

Date Event Arts Partner Information
Wednesday, November 23 & Friday, November 25 The Polar Express North Carolina Symphony

A holiday tradition with the songs you know and love! At this festive performance, the Symphony welcomes a star vocalist to spread cheer with traditional favorites—sure to get you in the spirit of the season! Performed at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street

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Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 18


Raleigh Little Theatre

Raleigh Little Theatre is remounting its winter classic for the 38th year! Cinderella is an evening of comedy, romance, and magic. With the Royal Ball taking place on Christmas Eve, Cinderella invites the audience to partake in a holiday delight and joy! Performed at Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue Street.

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Friday, December 9 Carols of Christmas Raleigh Boychoir

Presenting their 55th Carols of Christmas concert, Raleigh Boychoir returns with a program of yuletide favorites. The choir is made up of boys that range in age from 7-12, who not only learn the fundamentals of choir singing but also build community and leadership skills throughout their time with the choir. Performed at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 West Edenton Street

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Friday – Sunday, December 9-11

A Christmas Carol Theatre in the Park

Performed annually since 1974, Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol is a musical adaptation of the Dickens classic. A story of how a miserly Ebenezer Scrooge has a complete change of character at Christmas, this homegrown adaptation is full of timely humor and over 100 local cast members! Performed at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street

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Saturday, December 10 Black Nativity in Concert

The Justice Theater Project

The Justice Theater Project presents its annual holiday production of Langston Hughes's beloved classic Black Nativity as a special “in concert” version performed free of charge as a holiday gift to the Raleigh community. Black Nativity tells the story of the Nativity through gospel music and song, West African dance, and vibrant costumes. Performed outdoors at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road

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Tuesday, December 13

Joy of the Season North Carolina Master Chorale

Featuring the 180-voice Symphonic Choir, Chamber Choir, full orchestra, and Youth Choir, this year’s Joy of the Season will be a full holiday offering for Raleigh. Celebrate the season with favorites like "Silver Bells", "The Chanukah Song", "Noel", "Joy to the World", and more! Performed at Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 East South Street

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Friday - Saturday, December 16-24 The Nutcracker

Carolina Ballet

Carolina Ballet presents the timeless classic, The Nutcracker, this holiday season. One of the only productions to be performed with illusions designed by a world-famous magician, The Nutcracker will feature new costumes from a local designer and choreography by Artistic Director Zalman Raffael. Performed at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street

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Saturday, December 17

Pattern Printed Holiday Cards Class



Make unique holiday cards with Artspace and their “Pattern Printed Holiday Cards” class. This workshop covers pattern-making strategies, block carving techniques, and creative layer printing, allowing you to produce decorative images to share the holiday spirit. Held at Artspace, 201 E. Davie Street

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Saturday & Sunday, December 17-18 Holiday Handbell Concerts The Raleigh Ringers

The return of The Raleigh Ringers’ live, in-person holiday handbell concert will continue the tradition of a non-traditional holiday program! The Ringers will perform unique interpretations of sacred, secular, and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes, arranged just for handbells. Performed at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street

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Saturday, December 31 First Night Raleigh Artsplosure

Raleigh’s New Year’s Eve celebration fills more than 20 blocks of downtown, offering entertainment for all ages. Festivities begin early afternoon and continue into the Evening Celebration featuring interactive art installations, drama, magic, music, comedy, and dance, before ringing in the New Year with the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop and spectacular fireworks show.

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The Raleigh Arts Partners are organizations that receive funding from the City of Raleigh based on the recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission.

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Please contact the Arts Partner directly for information about their events.

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Raleigh Little Theatre and Rose Garden