Top Five – Okay Six – December Events in Durham

While in town, be sure to make some holiday memories by checking out these Top December Events in Durham.

For the history buff, Durham’s historic sites have some heartwarming, traditional events planned for December.


1. Annual Christmas in the Piedmont and Signature Candlelight Tour Program

December 16, 2017
Bennett Place State Historic Site
Visit during the day and witness how this holiday was celebrated in the Piedmont Carolinas during the American Civil War. Come back later in the evening for the newest edition to this Christmas holiday event with the Candlelight Tour Program. This event will take visitors around the historic site where they will watch and listen as both soldiers and civilians celebrate the holiday.
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2. Christmas by Candlelight

December 1 and December 8, 2017
Duke Homestead Historic Site 
Experience a historical North Carolina holiday season with the Duke Homestead! Costumed interpreters will lead you on a candlelit tour through the historic area with period decorations and full of Victorian traditions.
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Duke University Chapel is located on the campus of Duke University in Durham North Carolina and seats 1800 people.3. Christmas at Stagville

December 2, 2017
Historic Stagville
At this holiday open house, explore the site and learn about holiday traditions from all different families at Stagville. You will visit the house of the Bennehan-Cameron slaveholders, the 1850 house of an enslaved family, and the house of a freed family after Emancipation.
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Those with an ear for holiday classical music will not want to miss the special holiday concerts at Duke Chapel in the Duke University campus.


4. Handel’s “Messiah” Concert

Friday, December 1, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
Duke University Chapel
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There are several opportunities in Durham this December to experience a classic favorite, The Nutcracker Ballet, as a family.


5. Carolina Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Durham Performing Arts Center
December 9, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
December 10, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
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6. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Carolina Theatre
December 13, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
December 14, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
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If you are looking to visit Durham this winter, make sure you check out one of these fantastic events and book a luxurious fireplace room at Arrowhead Inn Bed & Breakfast!