This weekend we are kicking off the holiday season with the American Tobacco Campus Tower Lighting, the Downtown Durham Tree Lighting, Winter Wonderland Festival at Duke Gardens, Christmas by Candlelight and more. Here’s what to do in Durham this weekend.

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Card Making Party

December 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Barley Labs

Join the @TheMightySite Community at Barley Labs for a #WarmWishes holiday card making party! Bring some holiday cheer for people spending their holiday in the hospital through a handmade holiday card. We’ll print card templates and will have gel pens for you to use.

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Friday, December 6

Christmas by Candlelight 2019

December 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm to 9:15 pm at Duke Homestead State Historic Site

Visitors can discover the spirit and culture of enslaved people at Christmas at Historic Stagville in 1860, learn of the sacrifices and compromises local families made in the midst of the American Civil War in 1864, and the post-war celebration and growth at the start of Durham’s famed industrial founding at Duke Homestead in 1870. Come to Duke Homestead for evening candlelight tours and celebrate an old-fashioned traditional Victorian Christmas with the Duke Family in 1870.

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American Tobacco 15th Annual Tower Lighting

December 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at American Tobacco Campus

FREE and open to the public. Join us as we countdown the start of the holidays with the 15th annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting celebration. There is always a chance of snow, along with sensational community choral groups and other surprises! And…Santa!

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Tree Lighting 2019

December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at CCB Plaza

The nights are getting darker, but Durham is about to get much brighter! Downtown Durham Inc. returns by popular demand to host a fanciful, danceable tree lighting at CCB Plaza (near Major the Bull). Directly after the American Tobacco 15th Annual Tower Lighting at American Tobacco Campus, follow our joyous procession up Blackwell Street to celebrate our community and light up the plaza.

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More Friday Events

Liberty Arts Annual Holiday Sale & Party, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Liberty Arts

Friday Night Craft Series – Ornament Etching, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Bull City Ciderworks

Luna’s Salsa Night, 9:30 pm to 2:00 am at Luna Night Club


Saturday, December 7

Family Garden Walk: The Cardinal – North Carolina’s State Bird

December 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am to 9:45 am at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Bring the whole family to explore the garden on the first Saturday of every month. Discover new places in the Gardens as you learn about the many things that live here, with a different seasonal theme each month.

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Yoga in the Garden: Free Yoga at Namu

December 7, 2019 @ 10:30 am to 11:30 am at Namu Durham

Namu and CPY have partnered for yoga in the garden in celebration of our newest studio, CorePower Yoga Chapel Hill, opening in January 3rd, 2020! Join us for an all levels flow class at 9:30am at Namu.

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Winter Fun Festival

December 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at For Garden’s Sake Garden Center and Landscaping, Durham, North Carolina

You will find fresh Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias, garlands, gifts and more for you to purchase in the Garden Center. Fun activities will be going on all day, starting at 11AM! Kids can ride the train to the North Pole, get their faces painted, and enjoy story time with Elsa and Olaf. We’ll have food trucks, carolers and of course the bar will be open for some adult fun as well.

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BYOT: Bring Your Own T-Shirt. Screen Print New Fullsteam Designs

December 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Want to turn your favorite t-shirt into a fancy new Fullsteam shirt? Come join us at Inkfinity Printing Bring your own t-shirt and get one of Fullsteam’s new designs printed on it for just $5! Or buy a blank shirt and get the design of your choice for only $10. Plus Fullsteam beer, music, games, and more. 601 Foster St. Suite C – *** Backside of building

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More Saturday events

Yoga with Art, 9:30 am to 10:30 am at Global Breath Studio

Public Dedication of the New Pedestrian Crosswalk Designs, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Durham Central Park

Triple Stop Holiday Market, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

DGC’s Holiday Open House, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Durham Garden Center

The Mothership’s 6th Annual Holiday Market, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Mothership

Dave Chappelle, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Carolina Theatre of Durham


Sunday, December 8

Winter Wonderland Festival

December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Gather your family together to celebrate the coming season with winter-inspired crafts, storytelling, cookie decorating and more. Enjoy sweet treats and festive music with Snowdrop, the Gardens’ snowperson. Make lasting memories with a new family tradition. It’s an event not to be missed!

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More Sunday events

Yoga with Art, 9:30 am to 10:30 am at Global Breath Studio

Sunday Funday at Pour, 12:00 pm to 12:00 pm at Pour Taproom

Durham Fashions Holiday Market, 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Fullsteam Brewery

Christmas Tree Garden at American Tobacco, 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm at American Tobacco Campus


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