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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December 2021

A Christmas Carol

December 17 @ 7:30 pm
DPAC, 123 Vivian St
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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$36.50

Ira David Wood III’s beloved musical comedy, A Christmas Carol, returns to DPAC for six performances on December 15 – 19, 2021. With a cast of almost 100, this wonderful holiday story is brought to life with great songs and tremendous heart. The humor is topical and sometimes biting, but is woven brilliantly into this Broadway quality production. This is not your grandparent’s version of the Charles Dickens’ classic! The tradition returns as Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol…

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Durham Holiday Parade

December 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Kick off the holiday season at the Durham Holiday Parade! Cheer on dynamic floats, hometown bands, drill teams, schools, and community groups as they make their way down Main Street at the Durham Holiday Parade. The procession will conclude with a guest appearance from Santa. Saturday, December 18, 2021 11 a.m. Downtown Durham - Main Street Free Event Rain or Shine Floats Bands Mascots Seating will not be provided. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.

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A Christmas Carol

December 18 @ 2:00 pm
DPAC, 123 Vivian St
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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$36.50

Ira David Wood III’s beloved musical comedy, A Christmas Carol, returns to DPAC for six performances on December 15 – 19, 2021. With a cast of almost 100, this wonderful holiday story is brought to life with great songs and tremendous heart. The humor is topical and sometimes biting, but is woven brilliantly into this Broadway quality production. This is not your grandparent’s version of the Charles Dickens’ classic! The tradition returns as Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol…

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The Berlin Brothers Christmas Orchestra featuring the Irvettes

December 18 @ 3:30 pm
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One event on December 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St.
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Two Performances! 3:30pm & 7:30pm All Ages $8 Standing Ticket $12 Seated Ticket The Berlin Brothers Christmas Orchestra has been a beloved annual tradition in North Carolina, with each performance completely selling out! This year The Berlin Brothers are bringing their Christmas Orchestra (along with their lovely choir of Irvettes!) to The Blue Note Grill. Two shows will be offered (3:30pm & 7:30pm) and is perfect for the entire family. THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT, so make sure you secure…

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A Very Get Sad Y’all Xmas with The Second After and Dirty Weekend

December 18 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Motorco, 723 Rigsbee
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Think back to a time when Skrillex was just Sonny, Warped Tour still existed, and Fuse ruled the airwaves. When hair was swooped, pants were tight, belts were studded, and shoes were checkered...Break out that old band tee and come sing your heart out, dance (dance), and most importantly, remember that everything is alright as we spin all the essential emo & pop-punk tunes from your awkward years.Featuring live sets from THE SECOND AFTER and DIRTY WEEKEND followed by hours…

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A Christmas Carol

December 18 @ 8:00 pm
DPAC, 123 Vivian St
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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$36.50

Ira David Wood III’s beloved musical comedy, A Christmas Carol, returns to DPAC for six performances on December 15 – 19, 2021. With a cast of almost 100, this wonderful holiday story is brought to life with great songs and tremendous heart. The humor is topical and sometimes biting, but is woven brilliantly into this Broadway quality production. This is not your grandparent’s version of the Charles Dickens’ classic! The tradition returns as Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol…

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MAKRS @ Durham Central Park

December 19 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street
Durham, 27701
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The MAKRS Society will be hosting it's monthly pop-up market at Durham Central Park. Shop from 30 local artists and makers, plus food trucks and coffee.

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A Christmas Carol

December 19 @ 2:00 pm
DPAC, 123 Vivian St
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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$36.50

Ira David Wood III’s beloved musical comedy, A Christmas Carol, returns to DPAC for six performances on December 15 – 19, 2021. With a cast of almost 100, this wonderful holiday story is brought to life with great songs and tremendous heart. The humor is topical and sometimes biting, but is woven brilliantly into this Broadway quality production. This is not your grandparent’s version of the Charles Dickens’ classic! The tradition returns as Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol…

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Drew & Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas

December 21 @ 8:00 pm
The Carolina Theatre, 309 Morgan St
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Drew and Ellie Holcomb are a husband and wife Americana duo from Nashville, TN. Shortly after their marriage in 2006, the couple began touring together with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. The band has supported many national touring acts including Ryan Adams, The Avett Brother, Don Henley, and Willie Nelson. Ellie is no longer a touring member of “The Neighbors,” and has found success in a solo career as a Christian singer/songwriter, winning two Dove Awards and topping the Billboard…

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12th Annual NEWTONANNY

December 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St.
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Covid permitting, expect all the holly jolly gala you can imagine with all the usual festive suspects decked out in their holiday finery! It’s a Newton family tradition born 11 years ago at the Blue Note Grill. All those Newtons in one place, doing music and such – Christmas Sweater contests – festive costumes – little children singing on the stage – and good old fashioned rock n roll, made for a great night that has now become a beloved…

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