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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. 

# of Tickets Cost
Individual Ticket   $3
8 Tickets $20


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.

# of Tickets Cost
Individual Ticket   $6
4 Tickets $20

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

Interested in volunteering at the Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration? Click here to learn more. 

To learn more about each attraction at the Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration, click below on each title to expand the section:



Mayor's Tree Lighting

Witness the holiday magic with friends and family as Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane lights up the 40 ft holiday tree before 7:30 pm in front of the BB&T Building. Once the tree is lit, Downtown's City Plaza will be beautifully illuminated by 14,000 LED lights.


Snowzilla Slide

NEW this year, is SNOWZILLA! At almost 35’ feet tall and 90’ long Snowzilla guarantees to provide an exhilarating winter themed slide! Climb 20’ of rugged terrain to the summit and at the top of your hike you are faced with almost 50’ of an exhilarating slide! Beneath this massive winter themed slide is an enclosed jumping area moonwalk. Snowzilla is sponsored by Nature's Twist.


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.



Slapshot Booth

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!!

Learn More: Facebook Event


Treats and Refreshments

Enjoy treats and refreshments from the following:

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


Crank Arm

Clouds Brewing

Little City Brewery



The entertainment stage will be bringing you music all throughout the celebration with Encore Singers, Sandbox Band, Al Strong Jazz Quartet, and more!


Santa's Village

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.



Face Painting

Get into the festive spirit with holiday themed face painting on the Astroturf. 


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