Holiday Craft Programs for Children in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

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From Raleigh and Durham to Chapel Hill and neighboring towns, you'll find lots of holiday craft programs for children to help them get in the spirit of the season. Choose from visits with Santa to holiday wreath making, holiday crafting and baking of cookies! Kids can also opt to decorate gingerbread houses, make ornaments and tour a historic site by lantern light. 


Brunch and Photos with Santa

Dec. 5 – Legacy Academy of Chapel Hill, 515 E. Winmore Ave., Chapel Hill. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Kids can have their photos taken with Santa and enjoy brunch and cookie decorating.


Holiday Wreath Making

Dec. 5 – Durant Nature Preserve Training Lodge, 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh. 2-3 p.m. $5/child. Ages 3-5 create holiday wreaths using materials from nature and enjoy hot chocolate. Register online.


“Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters”

Dec. 5 – Stagville State Historic Site, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy., Durham. Tour a plantation, make a Victorian-era ornament and enjoy gingerbread and hot cocoa. Noon-4 p.m. Admission is free. Lantern tours of the quarters, 4:30-8 p.m., offer a nighttime perspective of the once-enslaved people on the plantation. Tours are $5 adults, $3 kids. 919-620-0120.


Santa’s Workshop Tea for Children

Dec. 6 – Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Dr., Cary. 2-3:30 pm. $55/child, $195/family of four. Enjoy treats, drinks, and photos and holiday stories with Santa. Decorate your own gingerbread house.


Let’s Bake and Decorate: Holiday Cookies

Dec. 8 – Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs. 5-6:30 p.m. $10/resident, $15/nonresident. Bake sugar cookies. Ages 6 and older. Registration required.


Holiday Crafting

Dec. 10 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 5-7 p.m. $5/person. Celebrate winter and make crafts for the holiday season using natural materials. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 14 and older. Meet at the park office. Registration required. 919-387-4342.


Holiday Creations From the Garden

Dec. 11 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-noon. $5/member, $7/nonmember. Parent and child make holiday crafts using inspiration and materials from the garden. 919-513-7011. Advance registration requested at


Holiday Gingerbread Houses

Dec. 11 – Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs. 10-11:30 a.m. $10/resident, $15/nonresident plus $15 supply fee. Decorate a gingerbread house.

Ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required.


Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops

Dec 12 and 19 – Family Preschool, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. 2 p.m. $40/house. Families create a gingerbread house. Allergy-free workshops are at 11 a.m. Purchase tickets online.


Holiday Gifts From Nature

Dec. 12 – Durant Nature Preserve Park Office, 8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh. 2-4 p.m. $5/person. Make creative gifts using natural items and enjoy hot chocolate. Ages 6 and older. Register online by Dec. 8.


Gingerbread Jamboree

Dec. 12 – Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett St., Raleigh. $12/member, $15/nonmember. Families decorate a gingerbread house and enjoy snacks. Sessions are 10 a.m.-noon or 1:30-3:30 p.m. Register online.


Wonder Workshop and Breakfast

Dec. 19 – Kidzu Children’s Museum, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 8:30-10:30 a.m. $35/parent and child, $15/additional adult. Make gifts by combining toy making and technology. Whip up a tasty treat and work alongside artists to create unique keepsakes. Enjoy hot cocoa and a full breakfast. Purchase tickets by calling 919-933-1455; tickets will not be sold at the door.


Edible Ornaments

Dec. 19 – Little River Regional Park and Natural Area, 301 Little River Park Way, Rougemont. 1-4 p.m. Free. Find out what birds are staying for winter and make nature-themed ornaments for them using peanut butter and pinecones. All ages.

More Craft Programs for Kids

Interested in crafts for kids with a history twist? Browse this link to learn what the North Carolina Museum of History has on tap.

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