Downtown Durham Inc

Downtown Durham is kicking off the holiday season on Saturday, December 3 with a day of shopping specials, music, live performances and the holiday tree lighting! This is also the first weekend that the Bullpen – downtown’s social district – will be in effect, so enjoy a beverage while you shop, stroll, watch and listen. Join us for a full day of holiday festivities!

Photograph of holiday tree at CCB Plaza

Featured Event

6 – 8:30 p.m.

Tree Lighting on CCB Plaza
A very special holiday celebration featuring G Yamazawa, House of Coxx and an NCCU step show!

Full Day Schedule

11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Shop Small Downtown Durham (Again!)
Get retail, food and beverage deals and discounts in this second weekend of Shop Small specials.

11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The Bullpen is Open
Enjoy alcoholic beverages to-go throughout downtown from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Live Music & Performances Throughout Downtown
Music, dance and deejays at ATC, CCB Plaza, Five Points Plaza and Black Wall Street Gardens.

2 – 5 p.m.

Urban Ministries Food Drive @ Five Points Plaza
Drop off shelf-stable, non-perishable items to help stock the food pantry.

Preferred Items:

  • Canned fruit
  • Canned meat
  • Canned pasta
  • Canned soup
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cereal (hot & cold)
  • Dried pasta
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Pasta sauce (canned or plastic jars)
  • Peanut butter
Photograph of holiday tree at CCB Plaza

6 – 8:30 p.m.

Tree Lighting on CCB Plaza
A very special holiday celebration featuring G Yamazawa and House of Coxx.

Specials & Discounts

The Artisan Market @305Enter raffles to win handmade gifts by our artists. Free small fused glass pendant with $100 purchase.
Beer Durham10% off all growler refills
Brunello Wine BarBig trees call for big bottles. Toast the Holiday Tree lighting with a special pour from a magnum of Fontanavecchia Aglianico del Taburno 2018. One Night Only! Plus, discounted glasses of Sangiovese di Romagna.
Bull City Burger and BreweryOne Free $1.25 specialty topping add-on to any burger, veggie burger or hotdog with fries order. Limit one per customer. Code Words: Durham Rocks!
Bull City CiderworksSpruce Bringsteen cider release (spruce & apples)
Bulldega Urban Market5% off on merchandise non-grocery, alcohol; 10% off on grocery including to-go food
Cecy’s Gallery & StudiosDiscounts on select items
Durham Food HallFeaturing our house made apple cider two ways! Guests can enjoy a lively apple cider sangria or a hot bourbon and apple cider cocktail. Also enjoy 10% off of retail wines.
Durty Bull Brewing CompanyWinter Draft Discount! $1 off Liberator, My Mom Still Packs My Lunch, Snowpocalypse & You’re Doing It Wrong on draught!
ExotiqueDiscounts on men’s and women’s clothing; free gift with purchase over $150
Gavin Christianson Bridal 50% off sample gowns; $250 off new gown orders; 10% off all accessories
The Glass Jug Beer LabCinnamon sugar-rimmed seasonal beers + mulled wine and hot spiced cider (spiked or non-alcoholic) to-go!
Honeygirl MeaderySeasonal warmed spiced apple mead launch
INDIOEnter to win fun Mom Band Fanny Pack including flask and pill box
JuicekeysEnter the code BULLCITYJK in the Juicekeys app for 15% off
Killer Queen25% off bottles to-go
Kings Avenue TattooFlash Day Special: Walk in and get a deal on flash tattoos
Moe’s Southwest Grill$4 draft beer
Mr. Fries Man10% discount
The Oak House$4 mimosas and save up to 25% discount on select wine bottles. Take a mulled wine to-go in the Bullpen! Enjoy more live music with Darrien Rutherford in the lounge from 2-4 p.m.
The ParlourFree festive sprinkles and candy cane toppings
The PinhookPop-up market from 12-5 p.m. w/ local vendors! Hot (boozy or not) drinks to go! or here!
The PitJoin us Happy HOGidays! Our holiday open house goes from 12-10 p.m. with discounted all-you-can-eat buffet tickets for just $15! FREE wine and spirits tastings and drink specials and GIVEAWAYS. Learn more at!
Pompieri PizzaBuy any specialty pizza and a single scoop of gelato and we’ll upgrade to the two scoop size free. Limit one per customer. Code words: Durham Rocks!
Sherlocks GlassCome enjoy a free beer!
Simons Says Dip This10% off total purchase
Unscripted HotelHot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, Boozy or traditional.
The Wine Feed10% off any retail purchase
The Zen SucculentComplimentary hot cocoa bar from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Check back often. Specials and discounts are added regularly.

Live Music & Performances

11a.m.-2 p.m.Jonas McIntoshBlack Wall Street Gardens
11a.m.-2 p.m.Debbie the ArtistCCB Plaza
11a.m.-2 p.m.Nicolas Williamson & Pablo BlackwellFive Points Plaza
1-3 p.m.Freddy Greene aka Street GenieAmerican Tobacco Campus
2-4 p.m.Stanley Baird GroupBlack Wall St. Gardens
2-5 p.m.DJ PiddipatFive Points Plaza
2-3:30 p.m.Sonny MilesCCB Plaza
4-4:15 p.m.Empower Dance StudioCCB Plaza
4-7 p.m.Poetry FoxCCB Plaza
4:30-5 p.m.KidznotesCCB Plaza
5:10-5:50 p.m.Takiri Folclor LatinoCCB Plaza
6-6:45 p.m.NCCU Step ShowCCB Plaza
7-7:50 p.m.House of CoxxCCB Plaza
8-8:30 p.m.G YamazawaCCB Plaza

Additional performers may be added.

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