RALEIGH — It’s the season to be jolly, so jingle over to the North Carolina Museum of History for its holiday offerings. Soak in the seasonal sights and sounds with fun programs and free exhibits for the young and young at heart.
Read on for December events. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Weekend parking is free.
This special Hanukkah performance features fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and songwriter, instrumentalist, vocalist John Cloyd Miller, a 12th-generation North Carolinian (and grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler Jim Shumate).
Join MOHA before or after the concert — for half-price museum membership. In addition, enter a raffle for a prize from the Museum Shop (winner will be drawn after this month’s concert and need not be present).
Presented with PineCone and MOHA/museum members, and supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, NCArts.org, a division of the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Matthew Brown, historian and current president of Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood, will reveal how the annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour not only became an immensely popular holiday tradition for Raleigh but how it also managed to save the historic Oakwood neighborhood.
Register at NCMOH-programs.com to reserve a seat. Bring your own lunch; some beverages provided. For information, call 919-814-7032.
Get focused on the new year with hands-on art activities at the Museum of History, live entertainment around downtown, and rides everywhere starting at 2 p.m. Then gather on Fayetteville Street (near Davie Street) by 7 p.m. or midnight for Raleigh’s annual countdown, acorn drop, and fireworks.
Presented by Artsplosure, First Night Raleigh is a joyful, family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts.
First Night button required for entry — buy yours in the Museum Shop. For more information, visit artsplosure.org.
For information about the North Carolina Museum of History, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, call 919-814-7000 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org.