Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Dec. 22-24 Resizeimage19
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The shortest day of the year happened this week. Learn about it at Historic Yates Mill Park.

You have your holiday shopping done, right? Of course you do! So fill your weekend with some of these fun activities. See "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" at the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Raleigh; experience programs that focus on the winter solstice and how Laura Ingalls Wilder's family survived a particularly long winter at Historic Yates Mill Park in Raleigh; and attend a cool last-minute ornament-making and show-watching party at The Mothership in Durham.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

The beloved TV classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the TV special in this adventure that teaches viewers that what makes you different can be what makes you special. There are two shows per day: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Dec. 22-24, at the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $25 and are required for each audience member over 12 months of age.

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Field School: The Ingalls’ Long Winter

Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family lived through some really tough conditions. On Dec. 22 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Historic Yates Mill County Park, learn what the family did to survive one especially long winter and find out how the family celebrated Christmas. Taste an old-fashioned peppermint candy stick and bring home a homemade holiday craft. If you’d like, come dressed in your best pioneer outfit. This activity is suited for children ages 7 and older and costs $6 per participant. Preregistration is required. This is a drop-off program but adults are welcome to stay, although seating is limited.

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Discovery Table: The Shortest Day FREE

For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. Celebrate this special day at Historic Yates Mill County Park by checking out the solstice display, and explore how cultures all over the world celebrate this day with music, food, and festive good cheer. This FREE activity is suitable for all ages and registration not required. Stop by the Finley Center exhibit hall at the park any time between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 23.

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Ornament Making and Movies FREE

Need some last minute gifts or just a place to make merry? Join the fun at The Mothership in Durham Dec. 23 anytime between noon-7 p.m. for a FREE afternoon of ornament making, mulled wine and holiday movies. From noon-3 p.m., make paper ornaments with supplies The Mothership provides. Beloved Christmas animated classics will be shown from noon-5 p.m. and afterward, the movie "Die Hard" will be shown. Hey, it counts as a Christmas movie right? Please RSVP here  if you plan to attend.

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