Things to Do
Snowzilla Slide Tickets and Pricing
Tickets are available for purchase at the Info Booth on December 2 starting at 4 pm. One ticket per slide.
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Pictures with Santa Claus are FREE.
Beer and Wine Tickets
Tickets are available for purchase at the Info Booth on December 2 starting at 4 pm. One beer per ticket.
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Beverages and Wine served by:
Schedule of events:
4:00 PM – Event begins
4:00-5:00 PM – DJ music
4:15-4:45 PM – Holiday Hounds Costume contest (parade from Davie Street to City Plaza)
4:00-7:30 PM – Gingerbread House contest (Capital Bank Plaza lobby)
5:00-5:30 PM – Encore Singers (on stage in City Plaza)
5:30-6:30 PM – Sandbox Band (on stage in City Plaza)
6:30-7:15 PM – Al Strong Jazz Quartet (on stage in City Plaza)
7:15-7:25 PM – Mayor’s Tree Lighting and sing-a-along with cast from Rudolph, the Musical (on stage in City Plaza)
7:30-8:00 PM – Al Strong Jazz Quartet (on stage in City Plaza)
8:00 PM – Event ends
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Mayor's Tree Lighting
Gingerbread House Competition
Bakers, craft makers, and holiday enthusiasts will put their creativity to the test. It's going to be a sweet competition. Interested in taking part? Registration is open. Learn more here.
Holiday Hounds Costume Contest
Dress up Fido in his favorite costume and bring your furry friend to downtown Raleigh on Saturday, December 2 for the Holiday Hounds Costume Contest. Win prizes from the contest sponsor, Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store. There will be three contest categories: Ugly Sweater, Best Pair (the dog and owner in costumes), and Most Festive. Learn more about the event here, and sign up if interested.
Test your hockey skills with the Slapshot Booth from the Carolina Hurricanes. The Slapshot Booth will be located on the Astroturf in City Plaza.
Inflatable Obstacle Course
Tackle your way through the Inflatable Obstacle Course, brought to you by Polar Ice House and Raleigh Center Ice.
Shopping Cart Race
Start...your...carts! Take part in Food Lion's Shopping Cart Race and may the best shopper win.
Pajama Party with Little Makers Academy
After the Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration, drive 5 minutes to Little Makers to drop the kids off (ages infant-10 years old) and enjoy a night out on the town at one of the many shops and restaurants located Downtown Raleigh! We offer a safe and fun environment where children are grouped by age to enjoy crafts, hot cocoa, STEM activities and more!!
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Treats and Refreshments
Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar – hot chocolate
Annelore’s – German style sweets and treats
Chris’s Peanuts and Candy – freshly roasted peanuts, peanut brittle, candied pecans, candied apples
Fresh Outta Brooklyn – Kielbasa, hot dogs, Italian sausage, pierogies
The Raleigh Wine Shop – mulled wine
Little City Brewery
The jolly family is here! Meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at Santa's Village. Take a picture with Santa and let him know what you'd like for a gift this year.
Cirque de Vol
Join Cirque de Vol with their Interactive Hula Hoop Jam with a Hula Hoop Stilt-Walking Performer and their Interactive Miniature Aerial Rig onsite for Free Youth Demos.
Christmas Trees and More
Trees, wreaths, and garland will be sold in Exchange Plaza (beside Pizza LaStella) at The Christmas Parade, Raleigh Downtown Tree Lighting Celebration in City Plaza, and Fridays-Sundays in Exchange Plaza throughout the season by Village Green's Christmas Co. Find the perfect Christmas tree for your apartment, office, or large home.
Times: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM on 11/18; 12:00-8:00 PM on 12/8, 12/9, 12/15, 12/16, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23; 12:00-5:00 PM on 12/10, 12/17, 12/24