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Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest Celebration



When // 3 pm-10 pm (activity times will vary)
Where // City Plaza in downtown Raleigh on 400 block of Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC, 27601

**Can't make it downtown to see the fun in person? Watch the ABC11 Eyewitness News half hour special of the mayor's official tree lighting ceremony at 7 pm!


Main Stage

Nuclear Honey

5 pm

Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony

7 pm

American Aquarium

7:30 pm


Gingerbread House Contest

Be sure to escape indoors to see the Gingerbread House creations on display at the Wake County Express Library on Fayetteville Street (inside the Wake County office building) where families can enjoy special holiday tales at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Don't forget to vote for your top three favorite Gingerbread Houses! Contest winners will be announced between 8:30 PM and 9:00 PM. 

NEW this year is a silent auction! Take your favorite Gingerbread House home by placing the winning bid. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Triangle Family Services.  




Rides + Activities

Ferris Wheel

3 pm-10 pm


3 pm-10 pm

Super Slide

3 pm-10 pm

Carnival Games

3 pm-10 pm

Food Lion Shopping Cart Races

Ice Rink

12 noon - 11 pm

Gingerbread House Contest

3 pm - 8 pm

Santa's Village

3:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Story Time for Children at the Wake County Express Library on Fayetteville Street

4 pm AND 6 pm





Food Trucks and Vendors

  • Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck, season 6 winner of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race!  
  • D’Burritos
  • Wandering Moose
  • Only Burger
  • Annelore’s German Bakery
  • Oak City Fish and Chips
  • Chris’s Peanut and Candy Company
  • Taste of NY Hot Dog Cart
  • Craft Beer on tap + more