The Raleigh Christmas Parade always takes place before Thanksgiving to kick off the shopping season—this year Nov. 21 at 9:40 a.m. in downtown Raleigh. You’ll want to get there a few hours ahead to get a good spot. http://grma.org/christmas-parade/
Annie Grant is a junior at North Carolina State University studying communication-public relations with a minor in journalism. She is currently an intern at Raleigh Magazine and hopes to pursue a journalism-related career.