Saturday, December 11, 2010

Downtown Raleigh Christmas

From Sarah C.:

The Christmas season was officially kicked off in downtown Raleigh on Thursday night with the lighting of the tree on the grounds of the state capitol, but the celebration continues.  Here's a peek at just a few of the family friendly events you'll find in the Capitol city this weekend:

- Take a peek into the Executive Mansion.  DH & I went a few years ago.  The public was allowed access in the main hall and could peek inside several rooms to get a glimpse of them in their holiday grandeur.  There was also live music to enjoy.  Normally tours of the Mansion must be scheduled in advance, but it will be open to the public today and tomorrow.

- Enjoy the Holiday Open House at the State Capitol.  View the seasonal decor, tour the building and listen to holiday music performed by various local groups.  Ends tomorrow.

- Make an ornament at the NC Museum of History, 1-3pm today.  Or visit tomorrow between 3 and 4pm for a "blue" Christmas and enjoy live bluegrass music.

- Head next door to check out the Animal Grossology exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. There is a fee for this exhibit (check Museum website listed below for specifics), but through tomorrow (12/12) you can bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and receive one free child's admission.

- Step into the Raleigh City Museum for "Miracle on Fayetteville Street" from 1-4pm.  Watch the original 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street while enjoying cookies and cider.  Make ornaments and other decorations.  Cost is $5 per family.


Downtown Raleigh Alliance
http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/ | Events Calendar

NC Executive Mansion
http://www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol/exec/exectour.htm
200 North Blount Street, Raleigh
(919) 807-7950

NC State Capitol
http://www.ncstatecapitol.org/ | Events
1 East Edenton Street, Raleigh
(919) 733-4994

NC Museum of History
http://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org | Programs
5 East Edenton Street  
Raleigh, NC
(919) 807-7900

NC Museum of Natural Sciences
http://naturalsciences.org/ | Special Exhibits
11 West Jones Street
(919) 733-7450

Raleigh City Museum
http://www.raleighcitymuseum.org/
220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh
(919) 832-3775

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