Holiday Parade and Fun Fest DECEMBER 8 Join the City of Durham on Main Street for this annual parade as dynamic floats, hometown bands, drill teams, schools and community groups all make their way through downtown – and, of course, there will be a special appearance by Santa! The parade starts at Main and Dillard streets and concludes at Main and Buchanan Boulevard (Duke’s East Campus). The Fun Fest on Blackwell Street features snow sledding, a Santa meet and greet, inflatable bounce houses, arts and craft activities, pony and train rides, music and other festive fun!
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41st Annual Santa Train D E C E MB ER 1- 2, 5- 9, 12- 16, 1 9- 22 Take the family to the Museum of Life and Science to experience a moonlit ride to the North Pole by way of the Ellerbe Creek Railway. Skate in your socks on a synthetic ice rink, create Christmas crafts, sip on hot chocolate and have your face painted by Paint Savvy. Don’t miss out on the snow polymers during the “Science of Santa” activities.
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NC Jazz Ensemble Holiday Concert DECEMBER 9 Founded in 1980 by Stanley Baird and Oliver Hodge, the 17-piece group takes the stage at Hayti Heritage Center to perform songs guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. 32
Christmas by Candlelight D E C E MB E R 7 & 14 Visit Christmases past at Duke Homestead where you can see what the holidays were like in the 1870s. Costumed interpreters will lead a candlelit tour of the historic area where Washington Duke first grew tobacco. Enjoy Victorian-styled decorations, traditional storytelling, hot cider, cookies and caroling around the fire.
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