There’s nothing quite like a Carolina Christmas. With a number of events unique and traditional, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the season, either. Brave the chilly temperatures with your family and take advantage of these festive activities!

Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms

Now through December 29

Bundle up for an evening out on the town in Youngsville! Hill Ridge Farms is hosting their annual hayride through the Christmas lights now through the end of December. Fun for all ages, the hayrides begin each night at 6:00 PM. After your ride, enjoy Christmas carols and delicious seasonal treats. Nosh on apple cinnamon sugar donuts, or roast marshmallows around a roaring fire. There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays!

The Nutcracker at Duke Energy Center in Raleigh

December 14-23

Venture into the city for a Christmas classic: the Nutcracker ballet. The young and the young at heart have adored this show for decades, and there’s no better version to introduce your little ones to the Land of Sweets. Complete with colorful costumes and a live orchestra, the show will delight just about everyone. Tickets start at around $45 and are available now.

Winter Solstice Oyster Roast at Compass Rose Brewery

December 22 at 2 PM

For an adults-only night out, head to Compass Rose Brewery in Raleigh. Just a short 20 minute drive from Younsville, Compass Rose is known for their delicious brews and friendly atmosphere. Their events calendar is full of fun, holiday-themed events like White Elephant gift exchanges and Ugly Sweater parties. For an especially delicious visit, take advantage of their free oyster roast this month. Date night has never been easier or more affordable!

Sip and Shop at Norris House

Every Thursday now through December 20

If you’re looking for uniquely Carolinian Christmas gifts for your loved ones, look no further than the Sip and Shop events at Norris House. The historic home is partnering with local non-profit Note in the Pocket to raise money for charity as well as help you cross items off your shopping list. Enjoy the festive atmosphere while you sip craft beer or local wines. Featuring vendors from all over the region, this market is unlike any other around!

With no shortage of holiday fun to be had in Youngsville and beyond, there’s no reason to spend your winter days cooped up at home! If you’re hoping to stay local, visit our Community page for ideas on where to spend your holidays.