Swing for charity
Clarification: This event takes place on December 20. Dine, dance and sing along to your favorite holiday and vintage big-band tunes – and help out a worthy charity while you’re at it. The cover charge is a donation of children’s clothing or a gift card for Note in the Pocket, a local nonprofit aiding Wake County children.
7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday; High Park Bar and Grill, 625 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh; 919-833-4527 or continentalsdanceband.com
Holidays at the Governor’s Mansion
Tour the Governor’s Mansion, all decked out in its Christmas splendor, while local groups perform holiday music in the ballroom. There’s also an open house at the State Capitol (10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday).
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday; Executive Mansion, 200 N. Blount St., Raleigh; free; 919-715-3962
From the comfort of your warm, dry car, witness a live, drive-through drama depicting the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection.
7-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday; Longview Baptist Church, 2308 New Hope Road, Raleigh; free; 919-231-3747
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade
Elves, reindeer and Santa – it’s all at this annual parade, which starts in front of the Morehead Planetarium on East Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill and runs to the Carrboro Town Hall on Main Street.
10 a.m. Saturday; East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill; free; chapelhillholidayparade.com
Celebrate an 1870s Christmas by hanging out with costumed interpreters, noshing on cider and cookies, making traditional Christmas crafts, singing carols, listening to stories, popping popcorn, meeting Santa and more.
1-4 pm. Sunday; Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham; $2 with kids (6 & under free); nchistoricsites.org/duke