A collage of images: top left features a scene from Cinderella at Raleigh Little Theatre; top right features the North Carolina Master Chorale on stage during a concert; bottom left features the acorn surrounded by confetti at First Night Raleigh by Artsplosure; bottom right features a scene fro Black Nativity in Concert by The Justice Theatre Project

Arts Partners Holiday In-Person Events Return

From December 3 through New Year’s Eve, head out for some merriment and joy as we celebrate the arts community’s holiday comeback!

So Much Good Cheer to Cheer About This Year!

It’s time to celebrate the holidays – and the return of all of our favorite holiday events! If you missed getting out and about to see live performances last year, the Raleigh Arts Partners will help you make up for that lost time. From December 3 through New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy as many as three holiday treats each week. So head out for some merriment and joy, as we celebrate the arts community’s holiday comeback despite COVID-19.

Holiday 2021 Arts Partners Events

Date Event Arts Partner Description

Friday, December 3 – Sunday, December 19


Raleigh Little Theatre

Raleigh Little Theatre is remounting its winter classic for the 37th year! Cinderella will feature new staging to accommodate health and safety precautions, but the musical is still full 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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Tuesday, December 7

Joy of the Season

North Carolina Master Chorale

Featuring its s180-voice symphonic choir, chamber choir, the Master Chorale’s newly established Youth Choir, and a full orchestra, this year’s Joy of the Season concert will be bursting with merriment and good cheer. Celebrate the season with favorites like Sleigh Ride, Ding! Dong! Merrily on High, Baby Please Come Home, Joy to the World, and more! Performed at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street

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Thursday – Sunday, December 9-12

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 cast members! Performed at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street

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Friday, December 10

Carols of Christmas

Raleigh Boychoir

Presenting their 54th Carols of Christmas concert, Raleigh Boychoir returns with a program of yuletide favorites. The choir is made up of boys that range in ages 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 & Saturday, December 10-11

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 Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street

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Saturday & Sunday, December 11-12

Black Nativity in Concert

The Justice Theater Project

This year The Justice Theater Project remounts its annual holiday production of Langston Hughes's beloved classic Black Nativity as a special “in concert” version performed outdoors on North Carolina Museum of Art’s campus. Black Nativity tells the story of the Nativity through gospel music and song, African dance, and vibrant costumes. Performed outdoors at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road

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Sunday & Monday, December 12-13

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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Friday - Friday, December 17-24

The Nutcracker

Carolina Ballet

Carolina Ballet once again presents The Nutcracker to a live audience this holiday season. One of the only productions to be performed with illusions designed by a world-famous musician, Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker is still a timeless staging of the Christmas story where sugar plums really do dance. Performed at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street

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Friday, December 31

First Night Raleigh


Raleigh’s New Year’s Eve celebration returns, filling venues across more than 20 blocks of downtown and offering entertainment for all ages. Festivities begin with the early afternoon Children’s Celebration on Bicentennial Plaza and at the NC Museums of History and Natural Sciences. The Evening Celebration features interactive art installations, drama, magic, music, comedy, and dance, before ringing in the New Year with the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop and a spectacular fireworks show.

Learn more about First Night Raleigh