Durham County

Holiday Events

Thursday, Dec. 13

Santa Visits Hillsborough Police Station

All children are welcome to visit and tell St. Nick their holiday wishes. Each child will receive a gift. Details: 6-8 p.m. Hillsborough Police Station, 127 N. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-732-2441.

Light Up Carrboro

Luminaries will line the downtown streets and light up Carrboro. Details: 5-9 p.m. Carr Mill Mall, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro. bit.ly/2AOUEQw.

Carr Mill by Candlelight and Tree Ceremony

Stroll Carr Mill by candlelight; live performances by Second Shift A Cappella and Katharine Whalen Jazz Squad; free hot chocolate and cider; raffle prizes. Details: 6-7:30 p.m. Townsend Bertram & Company, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro. bit.ly/2Ebqz1W, 919-933-9712.

Friday, Dec. 14

Santa Paws

Pet pictures with Santa; canine ugly sweater contest; canine food drive to benefit APS of Durham; holiday pet market; food vendors. Details: 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Durham Armory, 212 Foster St., Durham. bit.ly/2S3lT1I.

Christmas by Candlelight at Duke Homestead

Costumed interpreters will lead you on a candlelit tour through the Historic Area festooned with period decorations celebrating Christmas in the 1870's. Story telling; hot cider; cookies. Details: 6:45-9:15 p.m. $3-$6. Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham. bit.ly/2DTLPIh, 919-627-6990.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Bahama Christmas Parade

Free hot chocolate and doughnuts at the end of the parade. Details: 10 a.m. Begins at the intersection of Country Knoll and Bahama Roads and ends at The Ruritan Club, 8202 Stagville Road, Bahama. bit.ly/2xhw88y.

Durham Flute Choir Holiday Music

Details: 3-4 p.m. North Regional Library, Meeting Room, 221 Milton Road, Durham. bit.ly/2PZSXcH, 919-560-0231.

Christmas in the Piedmont at Bennett Place

Christmas celebrated during the American Civil War. Cooking demonstrations; Christmas decorations; soldier demonstrations; visit from St. Nick; complimentary hot apple cider; bake sale with proceeds to benefit the preservation of the site. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Bennett Place Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. bit.ly/2orwmW5.

Christmas Candlelight Tour at Bennett Place

Guided candlelight tour takes place every 20 minutes; tickets required. Complimentary hot apple cider. Details: 6-9 p.m. $3 adult/$2 child 5-16. Bennett Place Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. bit.ly/2orwmW5.

Pet Photos with Santa

Dress your pet in creative holiday attire to have their photo taken with Santa. Dog/cat adoption events. Sponsored by Independent Animal Rescue. Details: 1-4 p.m. Petco South Square, 4011 Durham-Chapel Hill Road, Durham; Petco Eastgate, 1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. animalrescue.net.

Holiday Bake Sale/Bazaar at Petco

Featuring handmade and unique pet-related gift and craft items, in addition to holiday treats. Dog/cat adoption events. Sponsored by Independent Animal Rescue. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Petco South Square, 4011 Durham-Chapel Hill Road, Durham. animalrescue.net.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Durham Village Holiday Market

NC made eats, drinks and gifts; food truck vendors. Details: 12-4 p.m. The Rickhouse, 609 Foster St., Durham. bit.ly/2QFk6i1, 919-264-1038.

Holiday Bake Sale/Bazaar at Petco

Featuring handmade and unique pet-related gift and craft items, in addition to holiday treats. Dog/cat adoption events. Sponsored by Independent Animal Rescue. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Petco South Square, 4011 Durham-Chapel Hill Road, Durham. animalrescue.net.

Pet Photos with Santa

Dress your pet in creative holiday attire to have their photo taken with Santa. Dog/cat adoption events. Sponsored by Independent Animal Rescue. Details: 1-4 p.m. Petco South Square, 4011 Durham-Chapel Hill Road, Durham; Petco Eastgate, 1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; Petco Renaissance, 8200 Renaissance Parkway, Durham. animalrescue.net.

Monday, Dec. 17

Durham Village Holiday Market

NC made eats, drinks and gifts; food truck vendors. Details: 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Rickhouse, 609 Foster St., Durham. bit.ly/2QFk6i1, 919-264-1038.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Durham Village Holiday Market

NC made eats, drinks and gifts; food truck vendors. Details: 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Rickhouse, 609 Foster St., Durham. bit.ly/2QFk6i1, 919-264-1038.

Holiday Arty Party

Performance by Thomas Rhyant's Sam Cooke Review and presentations by local artists including filmmakers, photographers and spoken word performers. Hosted by Creative Orange. Details: 6:30 p.m. Free admission. The PIT, 462 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. bit.ly/2RGR9D7.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Heritage Santa

The mission of Heritage Santa is for every child to have an opportunity to visit a Santa they can enjoy. Our motto is “Add a Little Color to Your Christmas.” Details: 1-6 p.m. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. bit.ly/2RmzwZc, 919-683-1709.

Friday, Dec. 21

Heritage Santa

The mission of Heritage Santa is for every child to have an opportunity to visit a Santa they can enjoy. Our motto is “Add a Little Color to Your Christmas.” Details: 1-6 p.m. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. bit.ly/2RmzwZc, 919-683-1709.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Heritage Santa

The mission of Heritage Santa is for every child to have an opportunity to visit a Santa they can enjoy. Our motto is “Add a Little Color to Your Christmas.” Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. bit.ly/2RmzwZc, 919-683-1709.

Sunday, Dec. 23

Heritage Santa

The mission of Heritage Santa is for every child to have an opportunity to visit a Santa they can enjoy. Our motto is “Add a Little Color to Your Christmas.” Details: 1:30-6:30 p.m. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. bit.ly/2RmzwZc, 919-683-1709.

Historic Holiday Sing-A-Long

Cookies, hot chocolate, and the chance to sing along with some historic carols sung over the years by the inhabitants of the Eno River Valley. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Details: 2 p.m. Eno River State Park, Piper Cox House, 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham. Register: 919-383-1686. bit.ly/2PV69QO.

Monday, Dec. 24

Northgate Polar Express Train

Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $3. Northgate Mall, Center Court, 1058 West Club Blvd., Durham. bit.ly/2FjlBBt, 919-286-4400.

Heritage Santa

The mission of Heritage Santa is for every child to have an opportunity to visit a Santa they can enjoy. Our motto is “Add a Little Color to Your Christmas.” Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham. bit.ly/2RmzwZc, 919-683-1709.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Kwanzaa Celebration

The celebration will be held on the fifth day of Kwanzaa and will celebrate the principle of Nia (purpose). Details: 2-5 p.m. Free admission. Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 North Driver St., Durham.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Kwanzaa Fest

Celebration for all people, focusing on family, friends, and the fruits of the earth. Vendors, games, arts & crafts, a drumming class, Children's Village. Donations for Urban Ministries of Durham accepted in honor of Baba Chuck Davis. Details: Doors open at noon; Children’s village at 12:30 p.m.; performances at 2 p.m. Free. Durham Armory, 212 Foster St., Durham. bit.ly/2DSwmK7.

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