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22 Things to Do in Raleigh Through the Rest of the Year, Dec. 23–Jan. 1

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As the end of 2021 comes to a close, we round up a ton of fun ways to keep yourself busy through the first of the new year. From holiday light shows and pop-up markets to NYE celebrations and more, here’s 22 things to do through Jan. 1!

THROUGH 12/24
DEWEY’S BAKERY HOLIDAY STORE

“Me want cookies!” The Athens Drive Magnet High School Band Program is hosting a fundraiser at Dewey’s Bakery’s Village District and Waverly Place locations. Grab a Dewey’s Moravian Cookie gift tin for a friend or fam member with a sweet tooth, then get a Moravian Sugar Cake for yourself. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go toward ADMHS’s band program. athensdriveband.com

THROUGH 12/24
THE POLAR EXPRESS 3D

All aboard The Polar Express with Tom Hanks at this Marbles Kids Museum’s 3D showing of the beloved adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s popular picture book. marbleskidsmuseum.org

THROUGH 12/24
WRAL NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Illuminate your holiday season with more lights—and more nights—at WRAL’s second annual Night of Lights Drive-Thru Light Show at Dix Park. wral.com

THROUGH 12/31
IN THE MOMENT EXHIBITION 

Wake County’s 2019-20 Artist-in-Residence, photographer Christopher Janaro, showcases Wake County life “in the moment”—predominantly through the lens of the vibrance and diversity of the artistic landscape—at Duke Energy Center. unitedarts.org

THROUGH 12/31
LEAPING OFF THE DRAWING BOARD 

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Explore the art of Dr. Seuss at LaMantia Gallery, and listen as Jeff Schuffman shares stories about the collection and its inspiration. lamantiagallery.com

THROUGH 1/2
MAGIC OF LIGHTS

“I’ve got the magic in me…” For the first time ever, Coastal Credit Union Music Park will be lit up for a magical 1-mile drive-through holiday lights display with various holiday light features, including a Blizzard Tunnel, 12 Days of Christmas, Winter Wonderland and The Night Before Christmas for what’s sure to be a lit event. magicoflights.com

THROUGH 1/9
NC CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL

Get lit with this uberpopular hip holiday light show tradition, back for its fifth installment with all new displays and can’t-miss nightly performances at Cary’s Koka Booth. boothamphitheatre.com

THROUGH 1/21
ABSTRACTO/LATINO

Explore diverse art movements— from French Cubism to Russian Constructivism—through work from local Latinx abstraction artists at Block Gallery. raleighnc.gov

THROUGH 2/6
BREAK THE MOLD: NEW TAKES ON TRADITIONAL ART MAKING

In hue of the technological era, the NCMA will be spotlighting contemporary artists and traditional artmaking in its latest innovative exhibit. Break the Mold will highlight fresh approaches to time-honored crafts such as embroidery, ceramics, quilting and fashion. Color us intrigued! ncartmuseum.org

12/27
CAROLINA HURRICANES VS. FLORIDA PANTHERS

The Panthers might be on the prowl, but a mighty hurricane is on the radar. nhl.com

12/27
PINECONE BLUEGRASS JAM

Get ready to jam out at Transfer Co. Food Hall, where musicians will gather in a circle and play together (via instruments or vocal songs) in a “circle jam.” All skill levels are welcome! transfercofoodhall.com

12/29–1/1
BIG SOMETHING

Bring in the new year with this Burlington-based band that fuses that rock, pop, funk and improv—they’re really something. lincolntheatre.com

12/31
FIRST NIGHT RALEIGH

If you’re on a mission to protect tradition, The City of Oaks’ annual NYE celebration is for you, featuring a day full of festivities spread over 30 different locations around town featuring interactive art installations, drama, magic, music, comedy and dance. And at midnight, you’ll have front-row seats to Raleigh’s signature Acorn Drop. firstnightraleigh.com

12/31
LITTLE CITY BREWING’S ALL-INCLUSIVE NYE 2022

Fizz the season! Pop your way into the new year with craft cocktails and beer, a live DJ, and a Champagne toast at midnight at Little City Brewing. littlecitybrewing.com

12/31
NYE 2022 ON THE HILL

Byeee, 2021! Ring in the new year at Wye Hill for the best skyline and fireworks views—plus a bomb buffet; heated, covered outdoor seating; late-night snacks; a Champagne toast; and more. Three… two… one… Happy New Year! wyehill.com

12/31
NEW YEAR’S EVE 2022 AT THE ARCHITECT BAR & SOCIAL HOUSE

Gather your your friends, homies, loved ones, dance partners, ride-or-dies and other various partners in crime to ring in the new year in style at The Architect. There will be party favors, DJ Triple B and a Champagne toast at midnight. Three cheers for 2022! architectbar.com

12/31
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE WILLARD ROOFTOP

If you wanna scream “Happy New Year!” from the rooftops literally (who doesn’t?), The Willard is the spot for you. Post up for its fab NYE celebration, complete with spectacular views, Mediterranean-inspired bites and complimentary Champagne. Plus, you can shake what your mama gave ya and leave those 2021 woes on the dance floor. thewillardraleigh.com

12/31
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT RALEIGH UNION STATION

Eagle Eye Entertainment invites you to what’s sure to be one of the most lit parties of the year. The event features a red carpet entry with a photo op (#pose), DJs and live music acts, an open bar, photo booth, and more. eagleeyesevent.com

12/31
THE GREEN LIGHT COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE NYE 2022

Celebrate the new year 1920s style by ducking into The Green Light speakeasy for an exclusive pre-fixe cocktail menu, premium Champagne toast, charcuterie and mini-dessert pairings. architectbar.com/the-green-light

12/31
THE MERCHANT’S NYE 2022

2022 vibes, found, at The Merchant. A live DJ will be spinning tracks as you enjoy a four-course dinner with cocktail pairings—plus, countdown to the new year with (what else?!) some bubbly. Sip, sip, hooray! themerchantnc.com

12/31
VIRGIL’S NYE 2022

Taco bout a good New Year’s Eve party! Virgil’s Cocktails and Cocina will be featuring a pre-fixe dinner and cocktail menu, as well as a premium Champagne toast for its early ball drop. virgilstacos.com

1/1
NC STATE VS. FSU

Let’s put the W in Wolfpack against the Noles. gopack.com

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