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Christmas Parades, Tree Lightings, & Holiday Concerts in the Triangle ~ 2012


Christmas Tree in Raleigh’s City Plaza

I know it is still November, but Christmas events like the Raleigh Christmas Parade and the North Hills Tree lighting are set to kick off this Saturday (Nov. 17th). With that in mind I thought now would be a good time to share a comprehensive list of events scheduled in the Triangle this holiday season. If I missed anything please leave me a comment and I will add it to the list. Thanks!

Raleigh Christmas Parade – November 17th 9:40am

Apex Christmas Parade – December 1st

Garner Christmas Parade – December 1st

Hillsborough Holiday Parade – December 1st

Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade – December 2nd 3:00pm

Cary Christmas Parade – December 8th 2:00pm

Chapel Hill / Carrboro Holiday Parade – December 8th 10am-12pm

Wake Forest Christmas Parade – December 8th 1:00pm

Holly Springs Christmas Parade – December 8th 11:00am

Clayton Christmas Parade – December 8th 2:00pm

Tree Lightings
North Hills Tree Lighting – November 17th 4:00 – 9:00pm

Chapel Hill Community Tree Lighting – Novermber 25th 7:00pm

Seaboard Station Tree Lighting – November 29th

Clayton’s Live Village and Tree Lighting – November 29th 6-8:30pm

Hillsborough Lighting of the Town Tree Ceremony – November 30th 6:30pm

WRAL Tower Lighting – November 30th

Garner’s “Light up on Main” – November 30th 6-8:00pm

Lafayette Village Tree Lighting – December 1st 5-8:00pm

Fuquay Varina Tree Lighting and Sleigh Rides – December 6th 6-8:00pm

Lighting of Wake Forest – December 7th 6-8:00pm

Raleigh City-Plaza Tree Lighting – December 1st

Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – December 1st 6:00pm

Governor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at the NC State Capitol Building – December 6th 5-7:30pm

American Tobacco Campus Lucky Strike Tower Lighting – December 7th

Holiday Concerts / Performances
Raleigh Boy Choir – Raleigh Winterfest in City Plaza – December 1st 

The Trans Siberian Orchestra “Lost Christmas Eve” – PNC Arena – Dec. 1st

Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus Christmas Concert – Nov.30th, Dec. 2nd & 9th

Raleigh Ringers Christmas Concert – Progress Energy Center – Dec. 8-9th

A Christmas Carol” – Progress Energy Center – Dec. 6th -12th

A Christmas Carol”  Durham Performing Arts Center – Dec. 15-16th

Nutcracker Ballet – Progress Energy Center – December 23-25th

Raleigh Boy Choir Christmas Concert – Hayes Barton Baptist Chruch -Dec. 15th 7:30m

Holiday Historic Home Tours
Wake Forest Historic Home Holiday Tour – December 1st 2-8:00pm

The Hillsborough Candlelight Home Tour – December 2nd 12-6pm

Duke Homestead Christmas by Candlelight – December 7th 7-9pm

Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour – December 8-9th 1-7:00pm

Historic Wendell Candlelight Tour – December 15th 3-8:00pm

Governor’s Mansion Holiday Open House – December 6th -9th

Mordecai Holiday Lantern Tour in Mordecai Historic Park – December 8th 5pm

Other Holiday Events
Sleigh Rides & Cider : A Winter Night at Oak View Park – December 1st 5-7:30pm

AT&T Raleigh Winterfest Ice Skating Rink in Raleigh City Plaza (Daily) – December 1st through January 26th

Santa Train at Museum of Life & Science – (various dates see website)

Holiday Fun Fest at Durham Central Park – December 1st 1-5 pm

Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge – December 7th – January 3rd




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Downtown Raleigh Oasis – Springtime in Cameron Park


Around this time every year I am reminded just how colorful the Triangle becomes with the arrival of the spring.  I make sure I always carry my camera with me as the weather warms up because I never know when I will come across the perfect shot of vibrant spring colors like the purple flowers of an eastern redbud getting ready to leaf out or the blazing red blooms of a azalea bush.  Two years ago this week I went out on a quest to find some nice spring shots and I discovered Cameron Park, one of the most amazing historic neighborhoods in the Triangle.  


This neighborhood is hands down one of the most beautiful and historic communities in downtown Raleigh.  Nestled between Hillsborough Street and the Cameron Village Shopping area Cameron Park has the distinction of being one of Raleigh’s first “planned” suburbs.  

 It was developed in 1910 on land that was once part of the Duncan Cameron plantation.  It quickly became the most exclusive of Raleigh’s three major early 20th century neighborhoods and was designed to attract the upper middle class.  It is hard to believe, but back then the lots sold for $1,000 to $2,500. The restrictive covenants on the lots at the time specified that a home within the neighborhood must cost at least $3,000 to build.  


While it is located within walking distance of modern day shopping and downtown attractions, the neighborhood is filled with mature trees and landscaping that make it feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  The neighborhood features homes with various architectural styles including Queen Anne / Colonial Revivals, along with Georgian, Tudor, and Mission Revivals.  The houses are generally larger in size and were upscale for their period (and still are today for that matter).  


The topography varies throughout the neighborhood providing different levels of relief with some homes located on flat level lots while other stand above on what appear to be raised terraces that overlooks wooded areas. Three ravines cut through the neighborhood adding to the varied topography of the neighborhood.  The feel of the community is further enhanced by the mature trees located throughout the community and the pocket parks set aside to retain the natural setting. 


For more details on the history of the Cameron Park Neighborhood check out the Raleigh Historic District Commission’s website for additional information. You can also view the rest of my spring photographs taken in Cameron Park in my flickr photo album.

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