13 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Dec. 22-28

Through 12/24
Santa in Winter Wonderland

Spreading holiday cheer in a North Pole-inspired igloo in Fenton is the jolly ol’ man himself—aka our favorite Santa, JD Thomas. Snap a pic with the man in red for a happy holiday mem to hold onto. … “There’s room for everyone on the nice list!” fentonnc.com

Through 12/30
Magic of Lights

Baby it’s cold outside, so stay warm in the comfort of your car as you wind through a mile of light displays at Walnut Creek. magicoflights.com

Through 12/30
Miracle at The Haymaker

Rock around the Christmas decor at The Haymaker’s annual holiday pop-up bar—and nab naughty (or nice!) cocktails to cheers to the holiday season. Deck the halls, indeed! thehaymakerraleigh.com

Through 12/31
St. Nick’s: Raleigh Jolly Pop-Up House

There’s snow place like St. Nick’s for the holidays! This decked-out Christmas pop-up bar features holiday decor galore, themed rooms, spirited cocktails, treats and a Grinch bus outside. Read: Plenty of photo opps for the ’Gram! Also don’t miss live music, DJs and comedy shows on select nights! stnicksnc.com

Through 1/8
NC Chinese Lantern Festival

The fan-fave fest promises to be lit again this year. Stroll 40+ awe-inspiring Chinese lantern displays and stay for the captivating cultural performances nightly. Glow on! boothamphitheatre.com

Through 1/14
Illuminate Art Walk

See DTR lit up (literally!) for the holiday season as you stroll parts of Fayetteville Street and Glenwood South taking in large-scale interactive and light-based art pieces. … And not to be missed is the new centerpiece exhibit, Sonic Runway, a special installation with the ability to convert audio into light patterns shooting down a long corridor of arches (!). #ItsLit⁠. downtownraleigh.org

Through 1/16

“We’ll go ice skating; then eat a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can; then we’ll snuggle.” ’Tis the season to live it up like Buddy the Elf at Raleigh’s festive Rockefeller-esque ice skating rink at Red Hat. redhatamphitheater.com

Cream Cabaret Deco Ball

Flashback to the glitz and glam of the Roaring ’20s—and the secrecy of the prohibition era, of course—at Watts & Ward’s burlesque and live jazz soiree. Sounds like it’ll be the bees knees! wattsandward.com

NC State v. Louisville

All we want for Christmas is a Wolfpack win. gopack.com

Jourdain Fisher

Born-and-raised NCer (now based in NY) Jourdain Fisher is bringing his quick wit and social observations back home to the Improv stage for a weekend of stand-up sillies. improv.com


Hurricanes v. Flyers

Watch the Canes as they send Philly flying. nhl.com

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

Everyone loves an excuse to wear an ugly Christmas sweater, so dig yours out of your closet and join Killjoy for a Christmas Eve-Eve party feat. music by Uncool Kev and spirited drinks, natch. killjoycocktail.com

Hurricanes v. Blackhawks

Cheer on the Canes as they send the Hawks squawking back to Chicago. nhl.com

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