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Tree Lighting Celebration

Join Downtown Raleigh Alliance for the annual Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, November 23, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Kick off your Raleigh Holiday in downtown with live performances, a Marbles Kids Museum Booth, local food vendors, unique downtown retail, local beer and wine, and free activities for every age!

Mayor Nancy McFarlane will light the holiday tree, and a variety of performers will fill the stage for the duration of the event.

See below for details, and follow along on our Facebook event for updates and more info!


Free Activities for All

In addition to eating, drinking, and shopping opportunities, we will also have a range of activities for every age group. Take part in crafting at Marbles Kids Museum pop-up station, get a photo with Santa Claus or create a holiday gif at our Brand Cam, and take in performances from the following, with more acts to come:


Moore Square Magnet Middle Choral Ensemble
Moore Square Magnet Middle Dance Ensemble
Encore Singers
Takiri Folclor Latino
Al Strong Quartet

Get Involved

We need volunteers for every aspect of the Tree Lighting. Sign up here to get involved with this special celebration!


A Raleigh Holiday

This year, we're celebrating all that Downtown Raleigh has to offer by highlighting our vibrant storefronts and locally made goods. See below for the downtown businesses participating to create a magical experience.

Food + Beverage Vendors

Che Empanadas
Cheeni Chai + Coffee + Tiffin
Cousins Maine Lobster
Little City Brewing                                                                                                                              Lucettegrace
Oak City Fish & Chips
Raleigh Wine Shop

Retail Vendors

Marbles Corner Store
DTR Independent Shops
Briggs Hardware
Read with Me - A Children's Book & Art Shop
Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store
Videri Chocolate Factory



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Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

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