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Join us for Raleigh History Holiday Events

Ready for holiday cheer? Join the Historic Resources and Museum Program for fun holiday events throughout the month of December. 

Winter Play Days at Pullen Park

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Join us at Pullen Park! 

Join us every day at Pullen Park from 1 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1-22 for fun winter activities, including:

  • Reindeer round-up scavenger hunt
  • Story walk featuring 'Twas Nochebubuena by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, sponsored by Wake Up and Read
  • Holiday traditions caboose
  • Holiday light displays (Lights start at 5 p.m.)
  • and more!

This is free and open to the public. No registration required. The carousel will be open 1 to 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online. The train is closed for maintenance.

Holidays with the Popes

Santa holding list and reading

Join us at the Pope House Museum for holiday fun on Saturday, Dec. 4, or Sunday, Dec. 5! 

Santa Claus will meet children to ring in the holidays outside. Visits are free, but registration is required. A digital image can be purchased.

Learn more and register online

Merry Moore Market

Nightime view of market in Moore Square

Celebrate the holiday season at the Merry Moore Market at Moore Square with four weekends of seasonal shopping delights from 5 to 9 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays!

Shop local from over 50 local vendors each night. This event is free and open to the public. There will be plenty of activities for all ages including kids' activities and crafts from Paper & Stars Studio, carol-oke (Dec. 3 & Dec. 10), live music, carriage rides, visits with Santa, beer, wine, and moore! This event is in partnership with the Raleigh Night Market.


  • November 19 & 20
  • November 26 & 27 
  • December 3 & 4
  • December 10 & 11

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Holiday Open House at Mordecai Historic Park

Historic home decorated for the holidays with Christmas tree, stocking and garlands

Celebrate the holiday season while exploring holidays past at Mordecai Historic Park on December 11 and 12!

Join us at the annual Holiday Open House at Mordecai Historic Park on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12, from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. See how the home would have been decorated over the past 236 years and learn about different holiday traditions! Walkthrough the beautifully decorated house and learn its history while looking for historic decorations on an indoor scavenger hunt with live piano music. Storytelling will take place in St. Mark's Chapel throughout the day, and an outdoor scavenger hunt will take place in the park.

Get into the holiday spirit at the Merry and Bright Market, presented in partnership with Paper and Stars Studio, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 11. Create festive free crafts, explore local vendors, and enjoy seasonal entertainment for your holiday shopping this year. Get a treat or lunch from a local food truck while out at the park! 

The Holiday Open House and the Merry and Bright Market are free and open to all ages. Registration is not required to attend, but it is encouraged. Masks and temperature checks will be required to enter facilities. For more information, please call 919-996-4364.

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Santa's Trolley

Mrs Claus and elf looking at book

Santa is lost in Raleigh and Holly the Elf needs your help to find him in time for Christmas! Have you seen him lately? Do you know where he might be? Jump aboard the Raleigh Trolley at Mordecai Historic Park and help Holly track down Santa in time for Christmas! Join us Dec. 10-12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and nonrefundable. Tours will follow all local and state COVID-19 guidelines. Call (919) 996-4364 for more information.

Register online

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