Raleigh Christmas Events

A parade float at one of the many Raleigh Christmas Events
Planning a trip to Raleigh for the holiday season?  We’ve put together some of the top Raleigh Christmas events for friends and family to enjoy during a holiday visit.

Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting 

Venture to downtown on November 23 from 6-8 pm to watch the annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Much more than just a tree lighting, this celebration has many different activities to offer like local food vendors, local beer and wine, free craft activities for families and live performances. Located at the Duke Energy Center, just a 9-minute drive from The StateView Hotel, the Tree Lighting Celebration is a great event for everyone.   

Raleigh Christmas Parades

Raleigh has no shortage of Christmas parades so, we’ve put together a list of the top holiday parades in the area starting with the extravagant Raleigh Christmas Parade.     

Raleigh Christmas Parade

The annual Raleigh Christmas Parade is one of biggest in the country and does not disappoint by any means. On November 23 from 9:30 am to 1 pm you can enjoy this festive parade including a wide variety of spectacular floats, live music, and all the Christmas merriment you could want. As the parade makes its way downtown, you’ll see local business vendors open and available to shop, finally ending in Santa’s village. Check out the parade route now and find the perfect spot where you and your loved ones can enjoy all that the parade has to offer (we suggest to arrive a little before the festivities begin). The parade route is only minutes away from the NC State campus so expect a possible college crowd experience. Want to enjoy the parade from the comfort of your room? ABC 11 offers live coverage of the Raleigh Christmas parade, so you can watch it with breakfast in bed!

Cary Christmas Parade 

The Cary Christmas Parade is located in Downtown Cary, about 16 min from StateView Hotel. This rain or shine event is Saturday, December 14, from 2-4 pm Cary Jaycees host their 40th annual parade with Christmas floats, banks, mascots, local businesses, and more! It’s free for spectators, but if you’d like to participate in the parade tickets are available to purchase.

Chapel Hill Holiday Parade 

Our last parade on the list is the Chapel Hill Holiday Parade, which takes place on Saturday, December 14, from 10 am – 12 pm (about 38 minutes from The StateView Hotel). This parade is sure to give you that holiday cheer feeling with their live marching bands, youth groups, and decorative floats. Don’t miss Santa at the end of the parade!

Raleigh Christmas Shows 

In the mood to see a Christmas show during your stay? Raleigh offers some of the best Christmas shows for you and your family to enjoy during this holiday season.

A Christmas Carol 

The world-renowned show A Christmas Carol is a must-see during your trip to Raleigh. Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts puts on its own comedic and musical spin on this Charles Dicken’s classic. Just a 9-minute drive from The StateView Hotel the Theatre in the Park offers plenty of showtimes throughout the month of December of A Christmas Carol. Get dressed up, grab some dinner, and then enjoy this wonderful show this season!

Lights on the Neuse 

Lights on the Neuse brings the North Pole to Raleigh with its amazing light show on Boyette Family Farms. It’s a great venue for couples and families where you can enjoy a Christmas hayride, cookie decorating in the Sugar Barn, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, the opportunity to visit Santa, and of course their wonderful display of lights. Lights on the Neuse is located at 1620 Loop Road Clayton, NC 27527 and is open all throughout November and December, get tickets now.

Whether it’s a tree lighting, parade, or show Raleigh has all the Christmas events covered. The StateView Hotel is the epicenter of all that Raleigh has to offer. Don’t miss out and book now.  Looking for more activities to do during your stay? Check out other things to do in downtown Raleigh.