An Evening with Elves
This annual Marbles fundraiser features a family-style dinner, party music, wintertime crafts, a raffle and most importantly a meet-and-greet with playful elves.
6-9 p.m. Friday; Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh; $25/members, $30 nonmembers;
The fun in Hillsborough starts Friday night with the lighting of the town tree (7 p.m.) then continues Saturday with the annual holiday parade (10 a.m., begins at Corbin Street). On Sunday, theres the 27th annual Hillsborough Holiday Home Tour (noon-6 p.m. admission is charged for this one).
Friday-Sunday; downtown Hillsborough; 919-732-8156 or hillsboroughchamber.com
You can still catch the one-hour Storybook Theater presentation of Frosty the Snowman a great way to introduce the kids to professional live theater.
Most days through December 24; Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh; $12-$17; dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
A block party with Motorco, Fullsteam Brewery and the Durham Craft Market bring you Durhams largest local pre-holiday market with more than 50 local artists and designers, live music and food trucks.
Noon-5 p.m.; Trotter Building, 410 W. Geer St., Durham; free; dtownmarket.com
The Joel Lane Museum House will be decorated in the traditional Colonial American style, while re-enactors demonstrate scenes of 18th-century life and live music fills ye olde aire.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Joel Lane Museum House, 728 W. Hargett St., Raleigh; free; joellane.org