9 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Dec. 29–Jan. 4


Through 1/1
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

Dusty Slay

You can take the boy out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the boy (see Slay’s signature trucker hat). Watch as this down- home comedian riles up audiences with his jokes on growing up poor, waiting tables and more. improv.com

Adam Cayton-Holland

Ring in the New Year with national headliner Cayton-Holland, named one of Variety Magazine’s “10 comics to watch,” at Goodnights Comedy. And for “those who can’t”… you’re missing out. goodnightscomedy.com

Marcus King

Belt out tunes from singer, songwriter and guitarist Marcus King as the clock strikes midnight at The Ritz. livenation.com

New Year’s Eve

We rounded up 11 New Year’s Eve celebrations at bars/restaurants throughout Raleigh (and beyond!) that are worth toasting 2023 at. See our list here. Cheers to the new year! 

NC State v. Duke

Go Devils… straight back to Durham with an L. gopack.com


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