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Celebrate the Holidays with Raleigh Parks

Join us for fun holiday programs to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Browse our upcoming programs below. Register for any program online via RecLink.
Holiday Express tickets are sold out. We encourage you to check out these other holiday opportunities with Raleigh Parks listed below.

Stay tuned for more Raleigh Parks events as they get added!

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Looking for the Perfect Gift?

A Raleigh Parks gift card will make everyone on your list happy!  Gift cards can be used toward any Raleigh Parks purchase and are available in any denomination. 

Purchase your Raleigh Parks gift card now at any staffed facility or online through RecLink.

Elf Squad - Holiday Toy Drive

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Help Hill Street Neighborhood Center, Peach Road Cultural Center, and Sgt. Courtney Johnson Neighborhood Center collect new toys for Raleigh families in need this holiday season.

Learn more about Elf Squad - Holiday Toy Drive

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Write a Letter to Santa

Raleigh Parks is assisting the North Pole this holiday season by hosting Letters to Santa between Saturday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Dec. 17 at select community centers!

Learn more and Write a Letter to Santa

Gratitude Tree

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We encourage you to write one thing you are grateful for and hang your icicle on the Gratitude Tree! We hope this tree reminds you of the big and little things that we can appreciate and also brings you a bit of joy during this season.

Learn More about the Gratitude Tree

Elf Hunt

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Oh golly, let's find Holly! An elf named Holly is running loose in Raleigh. Find Holly at the different events and snap a photo with her.

Learn more about Elf Hunt

Holiday Events from Our Arts Partners

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From Dec. 1 through New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy as many as three-holiday treats from Raleigh Arts Partners each week. 

Learn More about Holiday Events from Our Arts Partners

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Victorian Holiday Crafts

Enjoy seasonal refreshments and learn how to create beautiful Victorian-style holiday cards and ornaments on Nov. 29! Bring home all that you create.

Learn More about Victorian Holiday Crafts

Gingerbread Decorating Party

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Join us for a "Gingerbread Jam" hosted by DJ Young Fresh Prince with cookie decorating, music, and fun at Green Road on Friday, Dec. 1!

Learn More about the Gingerbread Decorating Party

Frosty Festivities

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Join us for a frosty festive family night as we venture to the snowy North Pole on Dec. 1. We encourage you to wear your favorite PJs as we enjoy a holiday-themed movie with hot cocoa, popcorn, pizza and more!

Learn more about Frosty Festivities

Sip n' Shop

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Join us Friday, Dec. 1 at the City of Raleigh Museum to sip on fancy drinks and shop local vendors for your last-minute holiday gifts.

Learn More about Sip n' Shop

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Santa's Workshop at Abbotts Creek

Come join the Raleigh Youth Council at Abbotts Creek Community Center on Dec. 2 for your personal tour through Santa's workshop!

Learn more about Santa's Workshop

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Holidays with the Popes

It’s that time again! Take a picture with Santa and ring in the holidays at the Pope House Museum on Dec. 2-3.

Learn more about Holidays with the Popes

Toys From Teens Annual Event

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This event is for families with children from birth to 12 years. On Dec. 9, participants will create festive crafts, meet Santa, and receive a gift (while supplies last).

Learn more about the Toys From Teens Annual Event

Holiday Open House

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Walk through the beautifully decorated Mordecai House on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10. Enjoy music, games, crafts, and more.

Learn more about Holiday Open House

Fiesta de Temporada

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Get into the holiday spirit on Dec. 13 with music, dancing, games, crafts, and much more. Refreshments will be provided. Holiday attire is encouraged.

Learn more about Fiesta de Temporada

Cocoa and Crafts at Abbotts Creek

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Come out on Thursday Dec. 14 to see our new light display for the holidays! We will have a fun craft for everyone to do as well as some hot cocoa.

Learn more about Cocoa and Crafts at Abbotts Creek

Snowball Extravaganza

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Come out for an afternoon of snowy fun on Thursday, Dec. 14! There will be a snowman egg hunt, snowball games, crafts, and more.

Learn more about Snowball Extravaganza

Selfies with Santa

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Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way to Barwell Road Community Center on Dec. 15 for your Selfie with Santa.

Learn more about Selfies with Santa

Gingerbread Showdown

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Design a 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 on Dec. 15.

Learn more about the Gingerbread Showdown

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Soulful Holiday Open House 2023

Let’s bring soul and good times to John Chavis Memorial Park and celebrate the holidays with joy and laughter on Dec. 15.

Learn more about Soulful Holiday Open House

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Cuts & Christmas

Sanderford Road is partnering with All Embracing Barber on Dec. 16 to offer this holiday event for children of all ages.

Learn More about Cuts & Christmas

La Chocolatada de Luisito

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This is a free, family storytime event on Sunday, Dec. 17. It includes books, crafts, chocolates, songs, treats, hot chocolate and more.

Learn more about La Chocolatada de Luisito




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