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Festive Food & Drinks in Downtown Raleigh

Whether you’re elevating your holiday get-togethers with locally-made treats or grabbing festive drinks while you’re out-and-about Downtown, ‘tis the season to eat and drink to your heart’s delight.

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This is not a comprehensive list of downtown establishments with holiday food and specials. Check back for updates/additions as the month goes on. 

Bittersweet | 16 E Martin St.

Yule Log 

Bittersweet has a winter menu full of yuletide cheer that includes their chocolate and peppermint flavored Yule Log.

The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery | 104 Glenwood Ave

Holiday Treat Box 

The box includes homemade peppermint marshmallows, homemade hot cocoa mix, a chocolate dipped peppermint cookie, a gingerbread man, and a festive rice crispy treat on a stick. 

Escazú Chocolates | 936 N Blount St.

Holiday Confections 

Escazú is selling a variety of unique holiday-themed chocolates and hot-chocolate drinks.

The Haymaker | 555 Fayetteville St.

Jingle Ball Nog

Stop by The Haymaker to get into the spirit with their floor-to-ceiling Christmas decorations and Miracle menu with over 10 finely-crafted cocktails in festive cups.  

Layered Croissanterie | 911 N West St.

Not My Buttons Croissant 

This sweet & festive pastry is full of ginger cake and topped with whipped cream and a gingerbread man cookie. 

My Way Tavern | 522 St Mary's St.

The Grouchy Grinch

My Way Tavern is celebrating the season with their December Drink Specials featuring a rum-based cocktail shining with edible silver glitter.

St. Nicks Christmas House at House of Art | 306 E Hargett St.

Festive Holiday Cocktails

Take a trip to the North Pole in the middle of Downtown Raleigh and warm yourself up with some over-the-top, Christmas cocktails.

Sir Walter Coffee | 145 E Davie St.

Peppermint Mocha Latte  

Peppermint + mocha + coffee = Christmas in a cup. 

Two Roosters Ice Cream | 215 E Franklin St.

Peppermint Crack Bar Ice Cream

Ice cream isn’t just for warm-weather months, try Two Rooster’s seasonal flavors including their Peppermint Crack Bar ice cream.  

Union Special | 401 Fayetteville St.

Holiday Snacks & Sweets

Make Christmas dinner pop with locally-made desserts, appetizers, and bread.  

Videri Chocolate Factory | 327 W Davie St. 

Peppermint Milkshake

This candy cane milkshake looks and tastes like it came straight from the North Pole.

Weaver Street Market | 404 W Hargett St.

Weaver Street Large Stollen

This authentically made holiday bread is based on a century-old German tradition from when sugar was rare and expensive. 

Yellow Dog Bread Company | 219 E Franklin St.

Christmas Mini Sugar Cookies

Both children and adults will love these adorable Christmas inspired frosted cookies.