Triangle Venues Offer Holiday Crafts for Kids, Santa Visits
Cookies Are Not Just for Santa
Dec. 1 – Write a letter to Santa and enjoy storytelling and cookie decorating. All ages. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. BJ's Brier Creek, 8821 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 919-523-3437. bjs.com.
Dec. 1 – Santa reads stories to kids. Enjoy cookies and make a holiday craft. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Wendell Community Library, 207 S. Hollybrook Rd., Wendell. 919-365-6318. wendellchamber.com.
Dec. 2 – Create handmade ornaments. All ages. Free. 2-3 p.m. Orange County Main Library, 137 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough. orangecountync.gov/library.
Dec. 3 and 6 – Make holiday cards from recycled materials. Registration required by Dec. 1 for Dec. 3 event and by Dec. 2 for Dec. 6 event. $5/person. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 event at Five Points Center for Active Adults, 401 E. Whitaker Mill Rd., Raleigh; Dec. 6 event at Millbrook Center for Active Adults, 1905 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh. 919-831-6856. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Parent and Child Clay Workshop: Create Your Own Ornament
Dec. 3 and 4 – Create an ornament to adorn your tree or to give as a gift. $15/child. 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 3; 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Durham Arts Council, Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 919-560-2726. durhamarts.org.
Time for Tots: La Posada
Dec. 4 and 11 – Learn about the Mexican Christmas tradition of La Posada and make a simple craft. Ages 3-5 with adult. Registration required. $1. 10-10:45 a.m. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7992. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Make it, Take It: Ornamental Holidays
Dec. 8 – Make a traditional North Carolina ornament to take home. Drop-in program. All ages. Free. 1-3 p.m. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7982. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Children's Winter Discovery: Winter Nature Crafts
Dec. 9 – Turn evergreen leaves, branches and cones into snowflakes, winter trees and more. Ages 6 and older. Register by emailing email@example.com. Registration required. $10/members, $15 nonmembers. 2-4 p.m. Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132. ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum.
Cookies Are Not Just for Santa
Dec. 9 – Visit with Santa, write him a letter, hear storytelling and decorate a cookie. Cookie decorating benefits the John Avery Boys and Girls Club. Registration required. $10/child, $5/adult. 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Washington Duke Inn, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. 919-313-9618.
Cookies with Santa
Dec. 11 and 12 – Enjoy cookies and milk, a holiday art project and a digital photo with Santa. Parents may take their own camera. Ages 2-6. Registration required. $3 resident, $4 nonresident. 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 11; 10:15-11:45 a.m. Dec. 12. I.R. Holmes Sr. Recreation Center, Campus Hills Park, 2000 S. Alston Ave., Durham. 919-560-4444. dprplaymore.org.
Handmade Holiday Party at Bull City Craft
Dec. 14 – All ages enjoy crafts, refreshments, treats and more. Create three ornaments for $6. Free for ages 2 and younger. 3-7 p.m. Bull City Craft, 2501 University Dr., Durham. 919-419-0800. bullcitycraft.com.
Creative by Nature: Winter Wildlife Creations
Dec. 15 – Use the extremes of winter weather to fashion seasonal decorations and crafts. Ages 7-10. Registration required. $14 resident, $18 nonresident. 1-3 p.m. Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-387-5980. townofcary.org.
Dec. 15 – Decorate a special keepsake gingerbread house. Enjoy holiday cheer and snacks. Download the printable registration form at marbleskidsmuseum.org/goingon. Registration required. $30/house, up to four guests. 10 a.m.-noon. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Natural Ornaments Family Workshop
Dec. 16 – Decorate for the holidays using materials from nature and enjoy a mug of hot chocolate. Ages 4 and older with adult. Registration required. $6/child member; $8/child nonmember. 3-4 p.m. N.C. Botanical Garden, UNC-CH campus, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop
Dec. 22 – Participants decorate individual gingerbread houses with frosting, cone trees and candy decorations. Ages 4-9. Registration required. $20/house, two children may share one house. 1-2 p.m., 3-4 p.m. Kidzu Children's Museum, 123 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-933-1455. kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.
Kids in the Kitchen: Cookie Decorating
Dec. 22 and 23 – Learn techniques to make intricately decorated, gift-quality cookies. Ages 7 and older. Registration required. $35. 4 p.m. A Southern Season, University Mall, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 866-253-5317. southernseason.com.