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10 Wondrous Things to Do in Raleigh This Winter


Snowy landscapes, light shows and pop-up holiday bars… winter in Raleigh offers all sorts of delightful opportunities to enjoy the colder months! Here are ten of our favorites to add to your calendar. Celebrate the season with these popular wintertime things to do in Raleigh.


Winter Wonderland at Bond Park

Bundle up and play on the snow-covered hill at Winter Wonderland at Bond Park in Cary. The snow atop the popular sledding hill is made from ground ice and refreshed each morning and between sessions to make sure it’s perfectly powdery. Grab one of the provided snow tubes and go for an exhilarating ride! You must register to snow tube, so make sure to sign up online in advance.


Ice Skate at Polar IcePlex

Winter isn’t complete without some fun on the ice! Whether you’re an experienced ice skater or a newbie, it’s always a fun time to jam to some holiday tunes and take a few laps around the rink. The Polar Iceplex is open year-round, but it takes on a special sort of magic during the holidays. Attend a free ice skating lesson or watch one of their special holiday shows put on at various times throughout the season.


Catch a Winter Show

Many of the best things to do in Raleigh involve theater and the arts, and there are some spectacular winter shows in Raleigh! From classics like A Christmas Carol to the riveting Holiday Cirque Spectacular, there’s a show for any taste and occasion. After the holidays, the entertainment continues with shows like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Herd.


See Dazzling Holiday Lights

Visit any number of the incredible Christmas light displays in Raleigh, including Lights on the Neuse and Lake Myra Christmas Lights. Not sure where to start or want to spend an evening taking in the best of the best holiday decorations and light displays in town? Get your fill with a two-hour Holiday Lights Tour aboard the Great Raleigh Trolley!


Ring in the New Year with First Night Raleigh

The Most Festive Winter Things to do in Raleigh


When it’s time to usher in the New Year, take part in one of the most popular things to do in Raleigh and head downtown for First Night Raleigh. Fireworks, a 90-foot-tall Ferris wheel and a giant acorn drop are just a few of the delights you’ll experience during this epic New Year’s Eve celebration. The all-day event includes more than 100 performances by musicians, dancers, thespians and comics across 35 venues.


Triangle Rock Club

Let’s face it – keeping up your gym routine during the winter months is hard. Lose that post-holiday bloat, try a fun new challenge and reach new heights at Triangle Rock Club! Take on any number of the 100 climbing lanes and walls that reach up to 55 feet high. You’ll gain upper-body strength, coordination and a greater sense of confidence as you climb to the top!


Carolina Hurricanes

Winter is hockey season, so cheer on the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena! Scoop up some tickets to be a part of the action. Make the most of your time at the arena by going during one of the Hurricanes Homegrown Series games, where you’ll get a taste of some fine local food, music and beer.


Warm Up with a Delicious Beverage

When the weather outside is frightful, one of best things to do in Raleigh is chase the winter blues away with friends at a local hangout. Luckily, there are a variety of Raleigh breweries and cafes with cozy atmospheres that invite you to stay a while and enjoy a seasonal craft beer or other beverage. Craving hot chocolate? Videri Chocolate Company has your fix with its smooth chocolatey concoction made from organic cocoa nibs, cocoa butter and cane sugar, topped with a homemade marshmallow!


What are your favorite things to do in Raleigh in the winter? Did we forget to mention a great event or place to check out? 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.


Hope to see you soon!



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