Raleigh Christmas Events

A parade float at one of the many Raleigh Christmas Events

Tis’ the season to be filled with merriment and partake in fun holiday festivities (some virtually). 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 

Virtually venture to downtown on November 20 from 5:45-6 pm to watch the annual Tree Lighting Celebration. This year’s annual lighting of the tree celebration will feature virtual performances for you to safely enjoy from the comfort of your room.


In years past, the Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting has been so 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 will be hosted virtually by ABC11 and Shop Local Raleigh this year. On November 21 from 9:30-12:00 pm you can watch a broadcast of one of the biggest parades in the country! Enjoy this festive parade while cozy inside or with breakfast in bed, and watch as a variety of spectacular floats, live music, and performances light up your screen in Christmas merriment. Watch until the end to get a glimpse of Santa himself as he makes his way to downtown Raleigh.

Cary Christmas Parade 

The Cary Christmas Parade located in Downtown Cary, transforms this year into a virtual celebration! Tune-in on Saturday, December 12, from 2-4 pm as Cary Jaycees host their 40th annual parade in a safe and virtual setting. Grab a cup of hot chocolate from room service and watch the Town of Cary spreads holiday cheer. Want to submit a sweet holiday message or share your talent in this virtual event? Submit a video by November 30th!

Chapel Hill Holiday Parade 

Our last parade on the list is the Chapel Hill Holiday Parade, with a heavy heart due to public health guidance the Chapel Hill Holiday Parade and festivities have been canceled.

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 and you can stream it from the comfort of your room this year! Through the entire month of December, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts puts on its own comedic and musical spin on this Charles Dicken’s classic, and you can stream it on demand. Purchase a 48-hour rental of this performance for $37.54 per device.

Lights on the Neuse 

Lights on the Neuse brings the North Pole to Raleigh with its amazing light show on Boyette Family Farms. In years past, families have been able to enjoy cookie decorating in the Sugar Barn, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and other fun activities. However, the 2020 holiday season will be celebrated a little differently, offering hayrides and Santa photos (while Santa keeps a safe distance of course.)

Lights on the Neuse is located at 1620 Loop Road Clayton, NC 27527 and is open all throughout November and December, get tickets now.

Other Festive Activities

Christmas Wreath Workshop

There’s nothing better than the smell of pine and feel like one of Santa’s helpers. Right outside of Raleigh, Pace Family Farms is offering a Christmas Wreath Workshop! December 19th from 10 AM to 12 PM, you can learn how to make a beautiful Frasier Fir wreath (which you get to take home) while enjoying brunch!

The Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market

Head to the NC State Fairgrounds November 27-29 to shop to your heart’s content at the 2020 Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market. The Christmas Carousel is following NC & CDC guidelines to make this a safe and successful holiday experience. The event will be held at 50% capacity, aisles have been widened, and uni-directional signage has been posted all to allow for social distancing throughout the event. You can enjoy shopping with holiday vendors while staying healthy and keeping a safe distance from other guests.

Fieldstream Farm Lights

Fieldstream Farms is offering a spectacular holiday season light show that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car. Beginning November 21, you can drive over to Fieldstream for a drive-thru light show that will fill you with holiday cheer. Admission is $20 for vehicles with 1-8 passengers and increases in price for larger vehicles. You can see the lights Monday-Thursday from 6:30-9:45 PM, Friday from 6:30-10:45 PM, Saturday from 5:30-10:45 PM, or Sunday from 5:30-9:45 PM. Get your tickets and don’t miss this fantastic display for lights!


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.