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Hindsight? No Need. Do These Things Before 2020.

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Although the new year is swiftly approaching, there are still plenty of events for all ages to enjoy in Durham before the end of the year.

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Folks tall and small can tell Santa exactly what’s on their Christmas lists, while holiday parties, seasonal performances, and cultural celebrations abound in the final days of December.

Sledding, snow, and Santa: explore the Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest

Find a spot along the Durham Holiday Parade route in downtown Durham. Bands, vendors, local mascots, and Santa will make appearances as the highlights of the evening. Later, go to the American Tobacco Campus for Fun Fest. Delight in snow sledding, an arts and crafts area, community care corner, and holiday vendors. Later, catch the American Tobacco Campus in all its glowing glory when the historic district and Lucky Strike Tower are draped in lights. Bundle up, bring a blanket, or plan to stroll beneath the string lights to take in the sights.

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All aboard! Take a holiday ride at the Museum of Life + Science

The entire month of December is filled with opportunities for the whole family to enjoy the final days of the year at one of Durham's most intriguing attractions. The 41st Annual Santa Train experience is complete with a skate-in-your-socks “ice” skating rink, hot chocolate, face painting, crafts, and of course — a moonlit train ride to the North Pole to greet Santa.

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See spectacular seasonal stage performances ...

...as you take in Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" at the Carolina Theatre, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, "A Christmas Carol," Ira David Wood III's Hit Musical Comedy and "The Hip Hop Nutcracker."

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Experience the spirit of the season with youthful thespians

Enjoy a soulful celebration of singers, dancers, and musicians at a performance of Durham’s Black Nativity at Hillside High School.

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Walk in a winter wonderland ...

... at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens Winter Wonderland Festival. Winter-inspired crafts, storytelling, cookie decorating, and cultural activities from around the world mean an international experience for the whole family! Enjoy sweet treats and festive music with Snowdrop, the Gardens' snowperson. Register soon — the event fills quickly!

Find the flavors and wares of the season

Stop by the Durham Farmers' Market, Durham Roots Farmers’ Market, or South Durham Farmers' Market to find inspiration and seasonal ingredients for your holiday menu, or attend the Morehead Manor Holiday Bazaar, The Patchwork Holiday Market, The Durham Craft Market Holiday Craft Fair, or the Durham Village Holiday Market to find unique, handmade, quality gifts for everyone on your list for the holiday season.


Delight in the sights of the season...

... while tasting holiday cocktails and enjoying lavish accommodations where you can take in holiday decor from above and beyond.

Or, on a balmy winter day, take a electric-assisted ride with family and friends (or gift a picnic, bike and brunch for the holiday!) on a Pedego bike to see the lights and sights of Durham neighborhoods.

Ring in the new year in style

Can you say fireworks?! New Year’s Eve is cause for celebration around the Bull City, and there are plenty of events to welcome the new year. Cut up the dance floor at Dance Blues Friday, belt out your favorite new year's tunes at West 94th St. Pub Karaoke, or don your best dress for dinner, drinks, and dancing at the New Year’s Eve Gala hosted by the Beta Theta Lamda Education Foundation at the Hilton Durham.

There is so much more to participate in on New Year's Eve — check our events calendar as well as this New Year's post for a complete listing of events (including a Bollywood Glow Party at Sky Zone, a New Year's Eve Comedy Show at Durty Bull Brewing, and a New Year's Eve Celebration at Rhythms Live Music Hall).

All the New Year's Eve Events in Durham!

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