Downtown for the Holidays

Downtown for the Holidays

Downtown Durham is the place to be for the winter holidays! Below is a listing of events, specials and sales happening throughout the holiday season. More are being added every day, so check back often!

The holidays are a great time to shop local and support the one-of-a-kind businesses that make downtown Durham so cool. Give the gift of downtown with a SpendaBull e-gift card, and if you’ve got a SpendaBull card, redeem it! This gets those dollars to our businesses and keeps them in our community.

And don’t forget to take a drive through downtown to see the beautiful lights between Thanksgiving and New Year ‘s Day. Check out the Downtown Points of Light event below for more info.

Merchants: Want to add your event to the list? Post it on the Events Calendar and select the “Holiday” category.

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November 2021

The 2021 Durham Art Walk Holiday Market

November 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street
DURHAM, NC, NC 27701
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Free

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a festive fine arts and crafts event that kicks off the holiday season in downtown Durham! Art lovers can shop local artists, take in some live music, dine at world-class restaurants, and more, all at easily strollable venues in the Durham city center. The Holiday Market is the perfect transition from the harvest to the holidays! Free and family friendly! Durham Arts Council has proudly produced Art Walk since 2004. For 2021, the…

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Thanksgiving Dinner @ The Durham

November 25 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Durham Hotel, 315 E. Chapel Hill Street
Durham, 27701
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A three-course Thanksgiving dinner, highlighting North Carolina’s bounty, like roasted pasture-raised turkeys from Cathis Farm in Lillington, seasonal vegetables from a host of local farmers, and decadent house-made desserts.

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Black Friday + Shop Small Saturday @ Other End of the Leash

November 26 @ 10:00 am - November 27 @ 7:00 pm
other end of the leash, 1000 West Main Street
Durham, 27701
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Deals, Deals, Deals!!!! Join us on Black Friday (Nov 26) and Shop Small Business Saturday (Nov 27) for special promotions on pet products! It is a great time to do some holiday shopping for the 4 legged family members and score some big discounts.

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Shop Small Saturday in Downtown Durham

November 27

Shop Small Saturday (sometimes called Small Business Saturday) takes place every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving – this year it's November 27. It's an opportunity for small, locally-owned businesses to take the spotlight in the holiday shopping season, and a way for shoppers to keep more of their dollars in the local economy. Visit our Shop Small Saturday page to see all that downtown Durham has to offer!

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Durham Craft Market

November 27 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street
Durham, 27701
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Join us for a special Shop Small Saturday edition of the Durham Craft Market! The Durham Craft Market (“DCM”) is a membership association with a cooperative, community oriented philosophy. The association is made up of artisans from Durham and the surrounding areas. All artists are juried in and represent a wide variety of high quality, affordable arts and crafts. Everything at the Market is handcrafted by and being sold by the person who made it!  On any given Saturday approximately 20-25…

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Pop-Up Holiday Market @ Hi-Wire Brewing

November 27 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hi-Wire Brewing, 800 Taylor St.
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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You didn't really think we would leave you to fend for yourself during holiday shopping did you? Join us on Saturday, Nov. 27, from 12-5pm for our Holiday Pop-Up Market! Support your local community by shopping with 14+ local creatives highlighting some of the best in arts, crafts, & artisanal products from Durham and surrounding areas! PLUS the Grinch will be here to take donation based photos with your furry friends benefiting Carolina Boxer Rescue. Grab the family, get shopping,…

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Holiday Market @ Durham Food Hall

November 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Durham Food Hall, 530 Foster St
Durham, NC 27701 United States

The Durham Food Hall is excited to host their first Holiday Market showcasing local makers & vendors in their beautiful, private mezzanine space. They will have fun & festive holiday drinks available for purchase in the Riggs Lounge. Music + Movies + Holiday Cheer galore both Sunday (10am-2pm) & Monday (1-5pm)! Grab the family, eat some food, order a drink, and shop and be merry. *Masks required indoors unless actively eating or drinking. **Guests may try and park in the…

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Holiday Market @ Durham Food Hall

November 29 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Durham Food Hall, 530 Foster St
Durham, NC 27701 United States

The Durham Food Hall is excited to host their first Holiday Market showcasing local makers & vendors in their beautiful, private mezzanine space. They will have fun & festive holiday drinks available for purchase in the Riggs Lounge. Music + Movies + Holiday Cheer galore both Sunday (10am-2pm) & Monday (1-5pm)! Grab the family, eat some food, order a drink, and shop and be merry. *Masks required indoors unless actively eating or drinking. **Guests may try and park in the…

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December 2021

17th Annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting

December 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
American Tobacco Campus, 705 Willard St.
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Join us as we celebrate the season IN PERSON with the lighting of the iconic American Tobacco Water Tower on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, from 6:30-7:30 pm in the American Tobacco Amphitheater. Come early to shop and dine before the celebration begins. We’ll also have 2,000 light wands to distribute courtesy of our friends at Dominion Energy and NC 811. This year’s show is packed full of some of the best young talents in Durham and the Triangle! • Barriskill…

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Downtown Points of Light

December 2
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 am, repeating until January 9, 2022

Durham, NC 27701 United States

Come downtown for a family-friendly, socially distanced, holiday celebration happening from Thanksgiving through early January. There are beautiful lights throughout downtown, including Five Points Plaza and Black Wall Street Gardens, and of course the tree at CCB Plaza. Many downtown businesses and residents will have displays as well, so stop in, dine, shop and support local merchants while you enjoy the lights. Our map is coming soon, but until then please enjoy this holiday music playlist featuring many Durham artists!…

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