Downtown Raleigh is home to a season's worth of special holiday experiences for you and your family to enjoy. Check out this list of highlights, or visit our event calendar for an up-to-date collection of fun things to do Downtown this December and January.
Come enjoy the thrill of ice skating in a winter wonderland created in the heart of Downtown Raleigh! THE RINK features a natural ice skating rink with stunning views of the Raleigh skyline. Activities and amenities include: fire pits, 20ft decorated Christmas Tree, Snack bar with hot cocoa, beer, wine and sweet treats, games and more. Tickets required.
The Downtown Raleigh Christmas Tree stands tall and shines brightly in Lichtin Plaza outside the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts. Bring your family for a festive photo op or just marvel at the beauty of Downtown's official Christmas tree. Located at 2 E South St. Illuminated after dark!
Join Chabad Young Professionals in celebrating the festival of lights with a beautiful Menorah lighting ceremony, led by Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, at the Martin Marietta Center for Performing Arts in Downtown. No doubt, there will be plenty of warm drinks, fresh latkes and traditional donuts to go around!
Thousands of residents come together on New Year’s Eve for WRAL First Night Raleigh in the heart of downtown. The night is capped off at midnight with music on the outdoor Main Stage, the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop, and a spectacular fireworks show. Some portions of the event are ticketed.
Ring in 2024 with spectacular views of the downtown Raleigh fireworks. The Willard Rooftop Lounge will host their third annual New Year’s Eve bash with a American-inspired buffet, two full cash bars, live music and dance floor with Peter Lamb & the Wolves, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight.
Celebrate NYE at Downtown Raleigh's only distillery, Young Hearts! Enjoy a vast selection of curated spirits made in house and multiple fresh farm to table food stations. They will be featuring live entertainment as well as an open dance floor on our mezzanine lounge.
Kick off the New Year with a night full of dancing, party favors, bubbly, and great memories! Dance the night away with all your friends to the hottest beats played by their talented DJs. Indulge in delicious food and sip on your favorite cocktails as they countdown to midnight.