Head Out to Free Multicultural Holiday Celebrations
Photo of Kwanzaa celebration courtesy of Durham Parks and Recreation
Interested in exposing children to diverse, multicultural experiences so they can learn to appreciate others and be tolerant and respectful? This month, you’ll find free fun community events that allow your children — and you — to experience different ways of celebrating the holidays.
In Hillsborough, the Orange County Historical Museum, located at 201 N. Churton St., will host two “Hometown Holidays” events. Head to "Hanukkah," the Jewish festival of lights, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 11a.m.-2p.m.; and "Diwali," the Hindu festival of lights, on Saturday, Dec. 19, 11a.m. to 2 p.m. The celebrations are open to all ages and will feature special crafts, music and food. Admission is free, although a suggested donation of $2 per person is welcome. Visit orangenchistory.org for details.
In Apex, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 590 Bryan Drive, welcomes visitors to a unique celebration of Christmas that runs over the course of three days (6-9 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 12.) Take your children to see more than 500 nativities from around the world displayed in an indoor forest of lighted Christmas trees, and an outdoor live nativity at the entrance. Enjoy holiday music from 20 musical and vocal groups throughout the free three-day event. Visit apexnativity.org for details.
In Durham, Durham Parks and Recreation invites all ages to a free celebration of Kwanzaa 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the Holton Career and Resource Center, located at 401 N. Driver St. Go for entertainment by local and regional artists, cultural enrichment activities, inspirational speakers, food, kids' activities, a community market and more. The event will be held on the fifth day of Kwanzaa and will celebrate the principle of Nia (purpose). For details call 919-354-2750.