Thanksgiving Week Events (And other Holiday Events) in the Triangle

Thanksgiving is just days away and if you’re like most you have family visiting and maybe even some kids home from school. If you have a full house you might be looking for fun activities in the Triangle Area of Raleigh. These ideas and activities are sure to get all those underfoot relatives out of the kitchen so you can focus on preparing that amazing Thanksgiving feast. Skip the malls and shopping chaos of Black Friday and enjoy your time with family at these great holiday events in Raleigh.

Usher in the Christmas season with these family friendly events in the Triangle. Whether you’re looking for holiday parades, pictures with Santa or sledding and pony rides, Carolina Parent lists them all.

The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
Friday, November 1, 11 a.m.–noon

Most of us are familiar with the story of the first Thanksgiving. But did you know that it took one woman four decades to earn Turkey Day a spot as a national holiday (during which time the Civil War took place and the U.S. went through five presidents)? Learn Sarah Hale’s story and find out how the turkey almost became our national symbol. For ages 57; fee: $4/child or $10 for 3 LH programs. Preregistration is required.

Wendell Wonderland
November 19 – December 25, 2013

One of the largest holiday light shows in the State is held in downtown Wendell. Wendell Wonderland is open to the public and will be located in our historic downtown at 210 E. Fourth St. (corner of Hollybrook Rd. and Fourth St.). This event will come alive with an array of dancing lights and music beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6pm. Light Show is canceled if raining or snowing. Event hours are from 6-10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 6-11pm. on Fridays and Saturdays. The Town of Wendell will also kick-off the 2013 holiday season on Nov. 22 at 6 pm with a “Lighting of the Square” event in downtown that includes Santa and holiday entertainment.

The Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival
November 29 – December 1, 2013

Going strong for 26 years, The Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival provides one of the largest collections of arts, crafts and holiday gifts assembled in one location. As you stroll through the 2013 event, you’ll meet over 250 exhibitors from all across the Southeast, showcasing thousands of one-of-a-kind items and unique gifts! Santa will be there all three days!


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