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Old 12-07-2009, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I know there's a sticky thread, but I'm looking for anything happening this weekend that is inexpensive ($10 or under per person) or free that is holiday themed. My parents are coming to town to visit, and so far I've planned to walk downtown Saturday, have lunch at The Remedy Diner, and go to Southern Season sometime in the afternoon. I'm looking for something Christmas-y for that afternoon or evening (as Southern Season can be pushed til Sunday). I'm also looking for neighborhoods with lots of lights in the Raleigh area that we can drive around and see that night. I've seen lots of suggestions, but either they are outside of Raleigh or it's just one house here or there. Any neighborhoods notorious for lots of neighbors decorating? It doesn't have to be anything major; we just like lights! Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Garner, NC
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I just found this (train ride) and plan on taking my family this weekend.

www.nhvry.org
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:57 AM
 
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I highly recommend the Oakwood Candlelight Tour. It's $15, but I think it's well worth it to snoop into gorgeously decorated early 1900's and late 1800's homes. (They are $15 in advance, $20 on tour day.)

It's December 12-13 from 1 to 7. It usually takes us a couple of hours of leisurely meandering, and then at the end, there is usually a location where they offer cookies and Moravian tea. There is also a roaming choir dressed in historic costumes, and there are usually classic or antique cars parked in front of several of the homes.

Historic Oakwood - Raleigh, North Carolina (http://www.historicoakwood.org/candlelighttour2009.php - broken link)


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I know there's a sticky thread, but I'm looking for anything happening this weekend that is inexpensive ($10 or under per person) or free that is holiday themed. My parents are coming to town to visit, and so far I've planned to walk downtown Saturday, have lunch at The Remedy Diner, and go to Southern Season sometime in the afternoon. I'm looking for something Christmas-y for that afternoon or evening (as Southern Season can be pushed til Sunday). I'm also looking for neighborhoods with lots of lights in the Raleigh area that we can drive around and see that night. I've seen lots of suggestions, but either they are outside of Raleigh or it's just one house here or there. Any neighborhoods notorious for lots of neighbors decorating? It doesn't have to be anything major; we just like lights! Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:26 PM
 
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This weekend is the Apex Nativity display.

Over 300 nativities from around the world
Musical performances by local school and church choirs and orchestras
Beautiful art gallery depicting the life and ministry of Jesus Christ
Community “Messiah” sing-in on Saturday night
Live nativity
Children’s room with activities
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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This Saturday is Wake Forest's Christmas Parade. Starts at 1PM.
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:48 PM
 
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Stop by the Angus Barn (go upstairs to the wild turkey lounge and enjoy a cocktail). They have all kinds of Christmas decorations. Gets me in the holiday Mood.

Pictures of The Aguns Barn at Christmas
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Stop by the Angus Barn (go upstairs to the wild turkey lounge and enjoy a cocktail). They have all kinds of Christmas decorations. Gets me in the holiday Mood.

Pictures of The Aguns Barn at Christmas
holy crap i love the gun wall!
thanks for reminding me, someone recently told me to check them out, at least for a drink or something, and try to take the wine cellar tour.
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:59 PM
 
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Also, if you are already downtown at the Remedy, make a point of driving down Fayetteville Street all the way down to the new City Plaza and enjoy as Krispy Kreme Donut and watch some people ice skate on the new outdoor ice skating rink. If it is cold, you can go into the new Marriott Hotel and sit at the fancy bar and enjoy a cocktail.

Or you could go up to Seaboard Wine Warehouse on the north End of Downtown and do some free wine tasting from 12-4 on Saturday. (I like to drink..) While you are there, walk across the parking Lot to Logan's Nursery and check out their Christmas decorations inside. I also think the shops are sponsoring some kind of event this weekend with Free music ect...
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Lovebrentwood, I'm glad to know you recommend that. Even though it's a little more then I wanted to spend, I have been debating doing it for a few weeks now, so that might be a winner. Is it a drop-in event, or would I need to plan for us to be there from 1-7?

To anyone who's been, would my parents and I stick out like sore thumbs at Lights on the Neuse? Basically I'm asking if it's all families with little kids .

Thanks for all the suggestions and keep them coming .

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Old 12-07-2009, 07:58 PM
 
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Oh, no, there is no set time, and no set way to visit the homes.

You take your Internet receipt to the Oakwood Inn and get the ticket, which is a brochure with a map, and when you go to each house, a guide marks off the spot on the brochure. You decide in which order you want to see the homes. (If you didn't get your Internet receipt, then you pay $20 versus $15 at the Oakwood Inn.)

Sometimes there are lines (not that long) at the homes, but I think the earlier, the better.

Afterwards, we used to stop at the Krispy Creme downtown.

(I haven't been, but Lights on the Neuse sounds like it's for little kids!)

The only kids I've seen at Oakwood are the ones who sell hot apple cider at the little corner park during the tour.


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Lovebrentwood, I'm glad to know you recommend that. Even though it's a little more then I wanted to spend, I have been debating doing it for a few weeks now, so that might be a winner. Is it a drop-in event, or would I need to plan for us to be there from 1-7?

To anyone who's been, would my parents and I stick out like sore thumbs at Lights on the Neuse? Basically I'm asking if it's all families with little kids .

Thanks for all the suggestions and keep them coming .
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