12 Family-Friendly Events in the Triangle: December 2020
Light shows, markets, and more
Through Dec. 6
32nd Annual Sculpture in the Garden. Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. A $5 suggested donation goes toward this annual event, which has local artists’ work inside the garden. This year’s show has 61 installations by 41 artists. Times and days vary. More info.
Through Dec. 13
Letters to Santa at Cary’s Downtown Park. 319 S. Academy St., Cary. You can drop off letters at this central Sana Mailbox in Downtown Park. If you do this by Dec. 13, your child will hear back from Santa (and just make sure you include their name and address). More info here.
Through Dec. 24
Santa Claus at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Multiple locations. This year, the stores offer a “reimagined, contactless FREE Santa’s Wonderland experience.” There will be temp screenings and free digital reservations through the stores. More info.
Through Dec. 27
Christmas on the Farm at Denton Farm Park. 4259 Handy Road, Denton. This event has changed to a drive-through instead of a walking tour, to comply with state guidelines. “Drive through a Christmas light extravaganza, see live nativity scenes, stop by our Craft Barn to browse hand-crafted treasures, or pick up a snack, and enjoy food and refreshments from our on-site food truck, all while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas!” More info here.
Hill Ridge Farms’ Festival of Lights. 703 Tarboro Rd., Youngsville. Cost: $20. This event in 2020 is a drive-through affair: “We have made the display bigger and better than ever for 2020! Immerse yourself through over a mile long trail of magical Christmas lights and displays.” More info here.
Through Dec. 31
Lake Myra Christmas Lights in Wendell. 10 S. Cypress St., Wendell. With more than 250,000 lights, this is one of the most impressive displays around. Organizers worked with the Town of Wendell to make sure the display follows COVID-19 regulations. This town is just 19 miles east of Raleigh. More info here.
Holland Road Lights. 409 Holland Rd., Fuquay Varina. This nightly, 22,000-light show is synchronized to a 10-minute musical mix. Featuring lots of inflatables, strobing lights, and loads of color, each year it grows a little bit bigger. It’s free to see, park along the road and watch from your car. A toy and food drive drop location is there to support those in need in the community. More info here.
Fieldstream Farm Festival of Lights. 8008 Old Stage Rd., Raleigh. For $20 per car (up to 8 people), drive through this light show with a million lights on display. This includes the Tunnel of Lights, with 200,000 of its own. More info here.
Dec. 5 and Dec. 12
Zebulon Winter Market. 116 N Arendell Ave, Zebulon. Vendors are added regularly to this first-ever winter version of the popular Zebulon Farm Fresh Market in downtown Zebulon this Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. View a list of vendors here.
Free Drive-Thru Toy Giveaway. Durham Parks and Recreation’s free Bull City Holidayz events are coming, including a toy giveaway for kids age 0-14 in December. The drive-through toy events arrive on Dec. 12, at Durham County Health Department (414 E. Main S.) and Holton Career and Resource Center (401 N. Driver St.). Santa will greet each car at the event, and you have to register each child. More info here.
Holiday Bazaar at Moore Square. 226 E. Martin St., Raleigh. This outdoor market takes place Dec. 12 and 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy different vendors each day; view the full list here. Hear live music as you shop from among over 40 artisans of handmade, one-of-a-kind treasures. More info here.
Laser Light Show. 750 Stadium Dr., Durham. The 30-minute show has 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., or 9:30 p.m., and registration is required for the events at Durham County Stadium. The drive-in format means you must remain in your car unless going to the restroom. Accompanying music will be available via car radio. More info here.