December 2014: 5 Fun Family Events in Raleigh-Durham
Cirque Dreams Holidaze Lights Up the Season
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year watching imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity-defying feats in Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a stage spectacular Dec. 3-7 at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Watch gingerbread men flip in midair, toy soldiers march on thin wires, and 30-foot towering trees and colossal candy canes create a wonderland of amazement. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7. Purchase tickets for $28-$71 at ticketmaster.com.
“Starring North Carolina!” Exhibit Opens in Raleigh
See costumes and props from Bull Durham, Last of the Mohicans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dawson’s Creek, Sleepy Hollow, Matlock and dozens of other movies and TV shows filmed in North Carolina in a new interactive exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. “Starring North Carolina” showcases hundreds of film-related items from the 1900s to the present and explores how North Carolina became one of the nation’s top film and television production locations and home to the largest film studio outside of California: EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 7-17, and free for ages 6 and younger. The exhibit is part of a yearlong celebration that includes a monthly film series through Aug. 14 and the Longleaf Film Festival on May 2. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Disney’s Frozen Skates into Raleigh
Hearts will melt when Disney brings its animated hit, Frozen, to life on ice Dec. 10-15 at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her royal sister, Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she tests the limits of her magical powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, lovable snowman Olaf and mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences can sing along with “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 10-12; 10:30 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14; and 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Purchase tickets, $42 and up, at ticketmaster.com.
Step Back in Time at West Point on the Eno’s Open House
See an old-time tool demonstration, wool spinning, a display of heritage breed animals from Bull City Farm and grinding demonstrations at the Grist Mill during West Point on the Eno’s annual open house Dec. 14, 1-5 p.m. The 400-acre natural and historic park is located along a 2-mile stretch of the scenic Eno River at 5101 N. Roxboro Road in Durham. Admission is free. 919-471-1623. durhamnc.gov.
Sugar Plum Tea Sparkles on Christmas Eve
After the house is decorated and the gifts are wrapped, take the family to enjoy afternoon tea Dec. 24, noon-3:30 p.m., at Vista Restaurant at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham. Sweet delights include a dessert bar, hot cider and hot chocolate, and take-home gingerbread cookies for kids. Pianist Paul Holmes entertains with holiday tunes. Call 919-490-0999 for reservations. $30 for adults and $18 for ages 6-12. washingtondukeinn.com/holiday/default.asp.