various times and days November 2-18
Raleigh Little Theater will present its yearly classic, a performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The play focuses on a group of unruly siblings who decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant. No one is prepared for it becoming the best one ever performed. Tickets cost $13 for adults and $9 for ages 12 and younger.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 3 in Fuquay-Varina
The annual Holiday Open House, held at the Garden Hut in Fuquay-Varina, features a huge display of Christmas trees along with ornaments and other holiday decorations. Visitors can enjoy free refreshments as they explore the store.
2-4 p.m. November 3.
Neil Mendenhall of the American Institute of Floral Designers and Harry Jenkins, superintendent of Duke Gardens will run a workshop on creating your own autumn harvest display to enjoy at home. Options will be demonstrated using items including flowers, gourds, vegetables, berries, grasses and foliage. Participants will then create their own. Participation costs $65.
4 p.m. November 3
Head to the Scott Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds to listen to a free handbell concert. While one handbell choir is a unique experience in and of itself, this concert features 400 to 500 ringers from several states, all ringing simultaneously. The concert is the closing event for a large festival run by the Raleigh Ringers.
9:30 a.m. November 10.
The Veteran’s Day Parade and Ceremony in downtown Raleigh begins at the intersection of Davie Street and Fayetteville Street. At the parade’s end, a wreath-laying ceremony takes place on the north side of the North Carolina Capitol grounds. Attendees can listen to live music and view static displays set up throughout the area.
3-5 p.m. November 14
Head to the Carrboro Farmers’ Market with the kids where they can participate in an event sponsored by Kidzu children’s museum in Chapel Hill. Children will experience hands-on learning with a local chef.
9:40 a.m. November 17
Get in the Christmas spirit early by attending the annual Christmas parade in downtown Raleigh. The parade begins on Hillsborough Street at St. Mary’s Street and proceeds to the State Capitol. The route then turns right on Salisbury Street, left on Morgan Street, right on Fayetteville and onto Lenoir Street where it ends. The parade lasts for 2.5 hours and is televised on WRAL.
6-10 p.m. November 23.
Let the kids run off all that energy from Thanksgiving by taking them to Family Night at Adventure Landing on Raleigh’s Capital Boulevard. The event features unlimited miniature golf and laser tag along with a large pepperoni pizza for $24.99 for a family of four.
8 p.m. November 29.
Raleigh native Clay Aiken, of American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice fame, makes a tour stop in his home as part of his Christmas tour. Aiken will perform holiday classics while accompanied by an orchestra. This talented singer has toured nine times and sold more than 6 million albums. He also started a charity, National Inclusion Project, to aid in the inclusion of children with disabilities.