Holiday Happenings to Make the Season Magical!
It’s time to celebrate the holidays with all our favorite holiday events! From December 1 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 2023 Arts Partners Events
|Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 17||Cinderella||Raleigh Little Theatre|
Raleigh Little Theatre brings its beloved holiday fairytale to the stage again for its 39th 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.
|Friday, December 8||Carols of Christmas||Raleigh Youth Choir|
Presenting their 56th Carols of Christmas concert, Raleigh Youth Choir returns with a program of yuletide favorites. The choir is made up of youth ages 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.
|Friday, December 8 – Saturday, December 9||Holiday Pops||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 Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street.
|Friday, December 8 – Sunday, December 10||Ira David Wood III's A Christmas Carol||Theatre in The Park|
Join Theatre in The Park to celebrate the 50th Anniversary production of Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol. This homegrown musical adaptation of the Dickens classic is full of timely humor and over 100 local cast members! Performed at Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street.
|Friday, December 8 – Sunday, December 17||A Charlie Brown Christmas||North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre|
From the television screen to the stage, North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre is bringing Christmas cheer with A Charlie Brown Christmas. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanut gang in discovering the real meaning of Christmas in this faithful stage adaptation! Performed at the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road.
|Saturday, December 9 – Sunday December 10||Black Nativity in Concert||The Justice Theater Project|
The Justice Theater Project presents its annual holiday production of Langston Hughes' beloved classic Black Nativity as a special “in concert” version. 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.
|Saturday, December 9 – Sunday December 17||Elf – The Musical||The North Carolina Theatre|
It’s one thing to find out you’re a human instead of an elf, but to find out your biological family lacks the Christmas spirit? Well, that just will not do. Join Buddy as he journeys from the North Pole to New York City to remind both his biological family and the Big Apple of the real meaning of Christmas. Performed at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street.
|Sunday, December 10||Holiday Concert||Community Music School|
Community Music School students will be spreading joy this season with their holiday concert. Join them for an afternoon of solo performances filled with good cheer. Performed at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road.
|Tuesday, December 12||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 "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," "Joy to the World," and more! Performed at Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street.
|Wednesday, December 13 – Sunday, December 24||The 1940s Radio Hour||Theatre Raleigh|
Filled with pop music from the 1940s, this high-spirited musical portrays the final holiday radio broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade in December 1942. Follow a harassed producer, drunken lead singer, an aspirational second banana and delivery boy, and young trumpet player who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller. Performed at Theatre Raleigh Main Stage, 6638 Old Wake Forest Road.
|Thursday, December 14||Merry Mischief: Printmaking Cards||Artspace|
Can’t find just the right card for the holidays? If so, join Artspace in their printmaking workshop with artist Alanah Reid guiding you in making just the right card with a personal, humorous touch. Held at Artspace, 201 East Davie Street.
|Thursday, December 14 – Sunday, December 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 features choreography by Artistic Director Zalman Raffael. Performed at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street.
|Saturday, December 16 – Sunday, December 17||Holiday Concerts||The Raleigh Ringers|
The Raleigh Ringers’ 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 the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street.
|Sunday, 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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