Holiday Events

Nov. 28, 2013 @ 06:28 PM

Holiday Fun Fest
DURHAM -- Durham’s Holiday Fun Fest will be held Dec. 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in  Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St.
There will be a host of activities and events for the entire family, including a campfire with s’mores, trackless train rides, an interactive kids’ corner, snow sledding, a Santa meet and greet, food vendors and more.
Non-food/artist/natural craft vendors are needed.  Festival organizers are also soliciting volunteers to assist with parking, operations, main stage, kids' activities, hospitality and more. To sign up or get information about volunteer opportunities, e-mail

Storytelling gala
HILLSBOROUGH – The Orange County Historical Museum will present its 5th annual Home for the Holidays Storytelling Gala Event on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Leland Little’s Auction Gallery.
The evening will begin at 7:30 with refreshments, followed by introductions and holiday storytelling  commencing at 8 p.m. Authors Alan Shapiro, Tom Rankin, Zelda Lockhart, Steven Petrow and Jeffery Beam will tell stories, and Durham  musician and songwriter Brett Harris will perform.
Tickets are $20 through today, and $25 Saturday. For tickets, call 919-732-2201. Tickets are also available at the Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton St., and Leland Little's Auction Gallery, 620 Cornerstone Court.

Carolina Inn’s ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’
CHAPEL HILL – The Carolina Inn will once again celebrate the Christmas season with decorations inspired by the traditional holiday song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
The celebration features a blend of many longtime and newer favorites like the 11th annual Gingerbread Village Display and Competition, Breakfast and Brunch with Santa, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Holiday Afternoon Teas, Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party, children’s etiquette luncheon with author Cecilia Budd Grimes, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners and Christmas Day brunches and New Year’s hotel packages.
Complete information about the “Twelve Days of Christmas” events at The Carolina Inn including dates, times and cost, if any, is online at Reservations are required for many of the events and may be made online, calling 919-918-2735 or emailing

‘Trailer Park Christmas’
DURHAM -- Common Ground Theatre will present “A Trailer Park Christmas,” by Rachel Klem and Jeffrey Moore. Local filmmaker Moore and Common Ground Theatre owner Klem team up to present this interactive, holiday entertainment. Set in West Durham, “A Trailer Park Christmas” follows the Dodson/ Hussy family as they grapple with crazy neighbors, ghosts, fruitcakes and a holiday tornado.
Performances will be held Dec. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $19 general admission. For information or to reserve tickets, call 919-698-3870 or order online at
The theater is at 4815 B Hillsborough Road.

ClayWorks holiday sale
CHAPEL HILL -- ClayWorks Guild will hold its holiday show and sale Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive, near Southern Season.
Pottery from more than 20 local artists will be for sale.
Admission is free.

Duke Chorale Christmas concert
DURHAM – The Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, will perform its annual
Christmas Concert with seasonal music on the carillon and for organ beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Duke Chapel, Duke University.
This concert features seasonal selections by the Duke Chorale as well as traditional carols for the audience to sing and stories and special treats for the children. This family holiday event is a longstanding tradition for many area residents.
Admission is one non-perishable food item for needy families in Durham. For information, call 919-660-3333 or visit

Community Chorale concert
DURHAM -- The Durham Community Chorale will present "The Joy of the Season," a holiday concert, at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8, at Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive.
Tickets are $10 and may be ordered and paid for online via PayPal at, purchased from Chorale members or at the door. Those ordered online will be held at the door.
More information is available at

Durham Symphony Pops
DURHAM – The Durham Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Holiday Pops concert, directed by William Henry Curry, with guest artists the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus and the Hillandale Children’s Chorus, at 8 p.m. Dec. 6.
This concert will be performed at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. This concert includes the traditional sing-along and a raffle.
Tickets for the main floor with dessert buffet are $30 for adults, $10 for children ($225 for a table of eight). Balcony tickets (buffet not included) are $15 for adults, $5 for children. Children 3 and under are admitted free.
To purchase, call 919-491-6576  or visit

‘Civil War Christmas’
CARRBORO -- ArtsCenter Stage will present “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration” by Paula Vogel Dec. 13-15, and Dec. 19-22 at The ArtsCenter’s Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater.
Vogel’s “A Civil War Christmas” weaves a rich, musical tapestry of a beleaguered and divided nation, war-weary and desperate for goodwill, on a blustery Christmas Eve in 1864.
Tickets for Thursday and Sunday performances are $14 general admission, $12 for students and seniors, $10 for ArtsCenter friends. Tickets for Friday and Saturday performances are $16 general admission, $14 for students and seniors, $12 for ArtsCenter friends. Tickets are available at The ArtsCenter Box Office, 300-G E. Main St, by calling 919-929-2787, or at

Dave Koz Christmas tour
DURHAM – The Dave Koz and Friends annual Christmas tour will come to the Carolina Theatre on Tuesday, with special guests Oleta Adams, Jonathan Butler and Keiko Matusi for the 16th anniversary of the tour.
For tickets, call 919-560-3030 or visit The Carolina Theatre is at 309 W. Morgan St.

Fearrington holiday sing
PITTSBORO -- The community choruses of Fearrington -- the Village Voices, Harmony Grits, and Fearringtones – will perform holiday favorites old and new, under the direction of Matt Fry. Selections include less familiar choral works like John Leavitt’s “Festival Sanctus,” as well as folk tunes, spirituals, pop classics, and more traditional carols in unusual arrangements.
The performance takes place in The Barn at Fearrington Village, 2000 Village Center, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
For information, call 919-542-1750 or 919-545-9809, email or

Carrboro tree lighting
CARRBORO -- The town of Carrboro will sponsor its annual holiday tree lighting Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in the front of Carrboro Town Hall.
Choral groups from Carrboro Elementary School, McDougal School and Frank Porter Graham School will perform holiday songs, followed by the tree lighting.
The event is free and open to the public.

Holiday Home Tour
HILLSBOROUGH -- The 27th annual Hillsborough Holiday Home Tour will be held Dec. 8 from noon to 6 p.m., featuring seven decorated private homes in and around the historic district. 
This year’s theme is Local Talents/Local Traditions and will highlight local storytelling, artists, food demonstrations and local live music with various events and readings. In addition various historic sites, churches and public buildings will be open as well. Some of the tour stops will offer refreshments. A shuttle will be available during the tour.
Attendees can also enjoy festive horse-drawn carriage rides for $5 per person from 1 to 5 p.m. Musical entertainment features a Handbell Choir, pianists, school choral groups, tuba music and more.
House tour tickets are $20 for adults the day of tour, $15 in advance; children ages 5-12, $5 day of, $3 in advance. Children under age 5 will be admitted free. For groups of 15 or more, tickets are $15 the day of event, $12 in advance.
For information about the Hillsborough Holiday Home Tour and to order tickets call the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber at 919-732-8156 or visit The day of the tour, tickets can be purchased on the lawn of the Alexander Dickson House at 150 E. King St.

Christmas by Candlelight
DURHAM – Duke Homestead will present Christmas by Candlelight Dec. 6 and 13. This event takes visitors on a candlelight tour through the historic homestead with costumed interpreters. 
Visitors will enjoy period Christmas celebrations with a barn dance, caroling, live music, storytelling, cookies and hot apple cider and will see the Duke home festooned with period 19th century decorations.  The tours run from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the Visitor’s Center starting at 6:45 p.m. The tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids.
Duke Homestead also will present a Victorian Family Christmas Dec. 15 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Families can join costumed interpreters to celebrate an 1870 Christmas. Visitors can enjoy cider and cookies in the kitchen, make traditional Christmas crafts in the dining room, meet Santa in the parlor, and sing carols, hear stories, and pop popcorn in the bedroom. The festivities continue in the museum where kids of all ages can make and take home Christmas ornaments and crafts. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $2 a person. Children ages 6 and under are free.
Duke Homestead is the historic home, farm, and factory buildings of Washington Duke and his family. Duke Homestead is located at 2828 Duke Homestead Road.
For more information about the Christmas by Candlelight and Victorian Family Christmas events, call 919-477-5498, email, or visit

Transactors holiday show
CARRBORO -- Transactors Improv will present “Holiday Musical Extravaganza” Dec. 7 at The ArtsCenter. This two-act improvised show in the style of Broadway musicals features Fred Jacobowitz (clarinet), Rob Ladd (drums), and musical director Glenn Mehrbach (piano) along with guest improvisers Ashley Melzer and Rick Skarbez.
The show will be a unified story rather than short, disconnected scenes. Everything is improvised, including the melodies, lyrics, and choreography.
Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 general admission, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and ArtsCenter friends.
The ArtsCenter is at 300-G E. Main St. For tickets, call 919-929-2787 or visit This show is intended for audiences ages 12 and over.

--From staff reports