Little girl laughing in the parks during the holidays

The 12 Days of Raleigh Parks

'Tis the season to join Raleigh Parks as we highlight 12 different holiday events! From wreath-making to reindeer games, we offer a wide variety of options for you to celebrate the 12 days of Raleigh Parks!

Visit RecLink online to register for any of our programs and events using the barcode listed below.

Day One 

Tree Trimming at Peach Road
Thursday, December 5, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Help us deck our halls for the holidays! Create ornaments to help us trim our tree, or make your own to take home. Join us Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for this FREE family-friendly event where we'll serve cookies and hot chocolate! No registration required. All ages welcome!

 

Day Two 

Evergreens at the Woodland Center
Saturday, December 7, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Ever wonder why some trees stay green year-round? Join us as we learn about what makes evergreens so unique. All ages welcome, but most appropriate for families with children elementary school age or older. Adult(s) must accompany child(ren), register and pay the program fee. Advance registration is required for this program.

Fee: $3
Barcode: #242487

 

Day Three 

Swim with Santa at Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center
Saturday, December 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Santa will make a special trip to the Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center during the holiday season to hear children’s wishes! Children will have an opportunity to play in the zero-depth entry area with Santa and as well as holiday-themed arts and crafts on the pool deck. 

 

Day Four 

Wisteria Wreaths at Durant Nature Preserve
Sunday, December 8, 2 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Have you noticed the wisteria that blooms in the Preserve every spring? Though popular for its beauty, this invasive plant threatens the health of trees and is regularly cut at Durant. Join us to reclaim these pretty vines and put them to positive use! We'll master the basics of wreath weaving decorate our new holiday wreaths with natural materials. Children must be accompanied by adults. Children and adults must register in advance and pay the program fee.

Ages: 7 years and older
Fee: $3
Barcodes: 2 p.m. #245839 and 3:30 p.m. #245840
 

Day Five 

Mordecai Holidays Open House at Mordecai Historic Park
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 to 4 p.m.

Visit the Mordecai Holidays Open House and see how the home would have been decorated for the holidays in years past. Rooms will be decorated to represent colonial days through the WWII era. You can tour the house at your leisure, and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. The open house is free, and there is no need to register. Call 919-996-4364 for information.

 

Day Six 

Rudolph Roundup at Halifax Community Center
Friday, December 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Need a chance to finish up last any minute shopping or preparing for your holiday guests? Drop the kids off for a fun filled evening of crafts, active games and of course snacks! Registration 3 days prior to program date is required.

Ages: 6 to 12 years old
Fee: $10
Barcode: #244258 

 

Day Seven 

Gingerbread Show Down at Greystone Community Center
Saturday, December 14, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Candy! Frosting! Imagination! Celebrate the season by designing your very own gingerbread house using graham crackers, frosting and of course, CANDY! Bring your family and compete with other families for a chance to be crowned the Supreme Gingerbread Jam. All ages welcome! 

Fee: $20
Barcode: #246577

 

Day Eight 

Where Do Animals go in Winter? at Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center
Saturday, December 14, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Ever wonder where animals go during winter? Find out in this fun-filled program. We will explore hibernation, torpor, migration, and more. All ages welcome, but most appropriate for families with children elementary school age or older. Adult(s) must accompany child(ren), register, and pay the program fee. Advance registration is required for this program.

Fee: $3
Barcode: #242481

 

Day Nine 

Campfire Story & Marshmallow Roast at Durant Nature Preserve
Saturday, December 14, 5 to 6 p.m.

Gather 'round the campfire for an evening of storytelling, nature, and marshmallows. As dusk falls, we'll come together to meet new friends, enjoy quality time, and share a tale connected to the forests and wildlife of the Preserve. Children must be accompanied by adults. Children and adults must register and pay the program fee.

Ages: 6 years and older
Fee: $2
Barcode: #245826 

 

Day Ten 

Snacks with Santa at Chavis Community Center
Saturday, December 21, 10 a.m. to noon

Join us for fun activities and snacks with Santa Claus. We'll have holiday games, arts and craft activities and story time with Santa! Bring your camera to capture a photo with the man in red! Please bring two nonperishable food items for this event. This event is free.

Ages: 1 to 12 years old
Barcode: #244567 

 

Day Eleven 

Holiday Movie Night at Sanderford Road Center
Friday, December 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

Bring your family out for some Holiday fun! We will provide the hot chocolate for our showing of the classic holiday movie, "Elf"! Participants under 5 years old must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free!

 

Day Twelve 

Winter Nature Crafts at Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center
Saturday, December 21, 1 to 3 p.m.
 

Have last minute Christmas shopping to do? Need to wrap some presents? Drop off your kids to celebrate the first day of winter with fun nature crafts and get a couple of hours to yourself. Advance registration is required for this program.

Fee: $4
Ages: 7 years and older
Barcode: #242482