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6 Spectacular Winter Shows in Raleigh


Winter is a wonderful time of year. It’s filled with plenty of seasonal concerts, performances and musicals. The best winter shows in Raleigh offer a blissful escape from the mundane. From high-flying acrobats to holiday musicals, these productions will keep you feeling cheerful and bright all season long.


Holiday Pops Spectacular

Once Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to celebrate the beginning of Christmastime with the Holiday Pops Spectacular on Nov. 23rd to Nov. 24th. The concert features the North Carolina Symphony, playing well-loved holiday songs, including a sing-a-long to get everyone in the spirit of the season. Arrive a little early for the concert to hear carolers singing in the lobby!


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

See the beloved TV classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, come to life on stage from Nov. 23rd to Dec. 24th at the Duke Energy Center. The musical includes all of your favorite characters, including Santa, the Elf and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster. Embrace your inner child and let the musical remind you that what makes you different, makes you special.


A Christmas Carol

Playing from Dec. 5th to Dec. 9th at the Duke Energy Center, A Christmas Carol is a musical comedy adaptation of the Dickens classic. Watch as Scrooge transforms from a miserly villain into a joyful philanthropist just in time for Christmas. The lavish sets and the heartwarming carols, “Deck the Halls” and “Joy to the World,” will make you feel like you’re a part of the story. The musical is one of the most renowned winter shows in Raleigh, having been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast.”  Get your tickets early because the show regularly sells out!


The Nutcracker

Best Winter Shows in Raleigh


What’s Christmas without The Nutcracker? The show, performed by the Carolina Ballet and the NC Symphony, will take you on a fantastical journey to the Land of Sweets. A live orchestra and stunning sets and costumes make this one of the winter shows in Raleigh not to miss! Tickets are available throughout the month of December.


Holiday Cirque Spectacular

The circus meets the symphony with the Holiday Cirque Spectacular, Dec. 21st to Dec. 22nd. Part of the North Carolina Symphony Pops Series, the show is truly one-of-a-kind! Contortionists, acrobats and jugglers will keep you on the edge of your seat while the festive music will fill you with Christmas cheer.


First Night Raleigh

Ring in the New Year with First Night Raleigh on Dec. 31st! The gathering celebrates local businesses and artists with a variety of performances and special events in venues throughout downtown Raleigh. Take a ride on the 90-foot ferris wheel to take in the sights of festive Fayetteville Street. Stick around for fireworks and the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop at Midnight!


What winter shows in Raleigh are you planning on attending? Which have you already seen in the past and are dying to see again? We hope you’ll stop by our high-rise apartment community in Midtown and let us know! While you’re here, we’d love to take you on a tour to show you around your next home! Visit Park Central online at to schedule a tour or call us directly at (919) 800-0619.


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