Your Guide to Winter in Durham

A summer spent in scenic and exciting Durham, North Carolina is always a treat, but those who choose to head this way in the winter will find plenty of appealing stops, activities, and events waiting for them as well! When you’re ready to bundle up and make it a winter adventure to remember, Durham has you covered.

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Winter Weather Expectations

A winter trip to Durham is one that’s best enjoyed with some layers packed as temperatures tend to fluctuate this time of year. While Durham enjoys a Southern subtropical climate defined by hot and humid summers, winters are mild with occasional snowfall included. In the wintertime, daytime temperatures typically linger in the 50s while the evening hours can see temperatures drop into the 30s. On average, the city sees no more than 4 inches of snow per year which is light compared to the average 28 inches of snow seen throughout the U.S. annually.

Winter Events to Check Out

Winter in Durham marks the arrival of holiday and seasonal events that are fun for the entire family. On December 1 visitors can head over to the Durham Armory at 212 Foster Street between 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm to participate in the Santa Paws gathering. This is a chance to enjoy time in the city with your favorite canine companion in tow. Santa Paws is a holiday event for people and their furry friends alike to come and take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause before checking out the holiday pup-up marketplace. There’s an ugly sweater contest to look forward to and a canine food and toy drive on-site as well. From the fantastic food vendors to the arts and crafts stands, there’s something for everyone to love at this winter event!

For travelers who are excited to add a holiday performance to their winter itinerary in Durham, A Christmas Carol will be in town on December 17th. The show runs from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm and will be performed at the Durham Performing Arts Center located at 123 Vivian Street. Be sure to purchase your tickets early as this is a show that’s sure to fill up fast!

Activities to Enjoy

When temperatures take a turn for the colder during a winter getaway to Durham, it’s the perfect moment for travelers to enjoy live music venues throughout the city. Motorco Music Hall at 723 Rigsbee Avenue is a fantastic place to enjoy indie bands and stand-up comedy. If you’re up for a short drive, Cat’s Cradle on Main Street in nearby Carrboro features local bands in a setting that can comfortably seat up to 750 people at a time.

Museum-hopping is another great way to enjoy a winter in Durham. With so many amazing options to choose from, narrowing down your list can be the hardest part. Be sure to set aside time to appreciate the art at both The Nasher Museum of Art and the 21C Museum Hotel while you’re in town. Afterward, consider enjoying a spa session that will leave you feeling warm, refreshed, and relaxed. The Durham Salt Cave on Geer Street is a great place to clear your airways while Auroraflow on William Vickers Avenue offers facials, massage, and holistic approaches to overall wellness.

If it’s fantastic flavor you’re after this winter, don’t miss out on a chance to stop by the Durham Distillery at 711 Washington Street. Here, you can enjoy award-winning beverages in good company and take a tour of the facility too!

Book Your Getaway Today


Enjoy every moment in Durham this winter and make sure you include luxury and style into your experience by booking your accommodations at the Arrowhead Inn. Reach out today to learn more about our incredible bed and breakfast that will elevate your getaway from the moment you arrive!