Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Tree Lightings, Breakfast With Mrs. Claus, a Scandinavian Christmas Fair, the Start of Hanukkah and More

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The Downtown Raleigh Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is this weekend in a — new location.

This weekend in the Triangle, catch the ceremonial lighting of the downtown Raleigh Christmas tree, eat breakfast with Mrs. Claus at C&H Cafeteria in Durham, learn about traditions and folklore at the Scandinavian Christmas Fair, investigate signs that animals leave when they roam around Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh and check out the big list of our area’s Hanukkah events. You'll also find more tree lightings and holiday events in our 2018 holiday roundup.

Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration FREE

On Nov. 30, Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane will take the stage at Lichtin Plaza at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts to light downtown Raleigh’s Christmas tree. From 6-7 p.m., enjoy holiday music by by the Oakwood Waits, Broughton High School CAPital Sound and aCAPella, and Triangle Brass Band. You can also find Marbles Corner Store pop-up, enjoy refreshments from lucettegrace and Fresh Outta Brooklyn, and drink free hot chocolate from Food Lion. Santa Claus and elves from Marbles’ Evening with Elves will mingle with the crowd and be available for photos. The tree will be lit at about 6:10 p.m.

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Breakfast With Mrs. Claus – UPDATE Event Canceled

UPDATE: Event has been canceled. Join Mrs. Claus Dec. 1, 8:30-10:30 a.m., at C&H Cafeteria in Durham for a pancake breakfast featuring holiday-themed activities and a singalong. Tickets cost $8.50 each (plus a $1.20 convenience fee) and are required for each attendee eating breakfast. Adults and children younger than 12 months who are not eating breakfast are admitted free. You’ll enjoy special-recipe pancakes, photo opportunities and interactions with Mrs. Claus, an activity table, and door prizes. Event proceeds support Exchange Family Center, which focuses on the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

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Scandinavian Christmas Fair

Learn the Christmas traditions of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Holshouser Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This year’s celebration marks the 22nd year of this Julmarknad (Swedish for “Christmas fair”), and there is much to enjoy: Homemade foods like Swedish meatballs, coffee, glögg (traditional spiced wine) and home-baked pastries, Scandinavian performers demonstrating traditional folk dances and folk music, Christmas crafts, and writing letters to Santa. Tickets for ages 13 and older cost $7; admission is free for ages 12 and younger.

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Tracks and Signs FREE

Who roams around Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh when we're not looking? Take a walk along the trails and creek bank to learn how to identify tracks and signs of animals who frequent the area. Meet at the entry kiosk at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 2.. This activity is appropriate for all ages but preregistration is required.

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Hanukkah Celebrations

The Jewish Festival of Lights begins the evening of Sunday, Dec. 2 this year, and several events are planned in the Triangle. Check out this list of festivals, menorah lightings and other fun activities.

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