12 Family-Friendly Events in the Triangle: November 2020

‘School pictures,’ Santa sightings, and more
2020 Santa's Wonderland

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.

Nov. 1-30
Downtown Apex Autumn Adventure. All ages. “Sign up to find clues posted on participating storefront windows (participants do no not have to enter any buildings) throughout Salem Street, solve the riddles and submit your answers online for a chance to win some great prizes from local businesses,” organizers say. The $20 registration supports the Apex Public School Foundation. More info.

Nov. 1
Virtual Family Day of Guatemala and Presentation of GiantKite at NCMA Park. North Carolina Museum of Arts, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd. This Day of Guatemala celebration includes a virtual and in-person component (2 p.m.-5 p.m.). Organizers debut the completed community Esperanza Kit, “Kite of Hope.” Other offerings: folk music, art projects, and more. More info.

Owl-O-Ween Fly-Thru. Piedmont Wildlife Center, 364 Leigh Farm Rd., Durham. 5:13 p.m.-7:30 p.m. This drive-through event features owls, hawks, and “spooky surprises.” A suggested donation of $10 goes to wildlife ambassadors to give medical care and food. “Instead of candy, we’ll be handing out bookmarks, pencils, and stickers,” organizers say. More info.

Nov. 6-Jan.3
Wine, Chocolate and A Christmas Movie. 8480 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh. The Raleigh spot begins its outdoor series next month, with a Christmas movie every Friday and Saturday until the beginning of January. Movies begin at 6 p.m., with snacks and beverages available inside the business. More info here.

Nov. 7-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.

Nov. 7-8
Pop Up “School” Picture Day. 511 Scott King Rd, Durham. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Safia Joy Photography is hosting a chance for parents to get some school pictures during an abnormal school year. Nov. 8 and Nov. 8 bring the last sessions of the fall, at Herndon Park in Durham. More info.

Nov. 8
Watkins Family Hour. 8 p.m. Virtual. The Schaefer Center in Boone is hosting this free online performance from Sean Watkins and Sara Watkins, known by many as two performers from the group Nickel Creek. More info.

Nov. 21
Virtual Raleigh Christmas Parade. The 76th-annual Raleigh Christmas Parade will be presented virtually. Organizers say you can still expect pageantry, special guests, music, and much more, aired on ABC11 at 10 a.m. More info here.

Nov. 21-22
Holiday Market and Lighting of the Trees at Lafayette Village in Raleigh. 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh. Lafayette Village will be hosting two Tree Lighting ceremonies this year, with one tree in the courtyard and one on the green. There will also be shopping in The Village, live music, artist pop-ups, and more. Masks and social distancing are required at the site.  More info here.

Nov. 25-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.

Nov. 26
Holland Road Lights 409 Holland Rd., Fuquay Varina. Holland Road Lights’ family says it’s going to be their biggest light display yet this year, with both the Christmas and New Year’s Eve shows returning. It all kicks off on Thanksgiving night this year. You can drive up and tune in at 90.9 FM to hear the accompanying musical cheer. More info here.



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