It’s turning colder out, meaning it’s time to switch gears. Trips to the playground take a little more planning, and it’s harder to spend the whole day outside – harder, but not impossible. Every year around this time is an adjustment period, but there are ways to keep boredom at bay in the cold months.
Here are a few tips for this upcoming weekend.
• It may not even be Thanksgiving yet, but Santa Claus will be in Durham Friday night for Northgate Mall’s Christmas tree lighting event. Santa will arrive on an electric train to light the tree, and the festivities will include a blues band and children’s choir. This free event takes place in Northgate’s outdoor plaza from 6 to 8 p.m. Dress accordingly, and checknorthgatemall.com
to learn more.
• Since he’ll already be in the Triangle, Santa will head over to downtown Raleigh on Saturday for the annual Christmas Parade. It starts at Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets and winds around the capitol and the city center for about 2 1/2 hours. Arrive early for this 9:40 a.m. parade, as parking and standing space will be at a premium. Seegrma.org
for more details.
• Test your musical IQ with a family concert Saturday at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. Cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe’s two-person show mixes classical music with slapstick and light theater, with opportunities before and after the music to check out an “instrument zoo.” Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and the music runs from 1 to 2 p.m. Seemallarmemusic.org
• Or, if you want a quieter weekend, head to Harris Lake Park in New Hill for a hayride. The available rides start at 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and cost $5 per family. Seewakegov.org/parks/harrislake
to learn more or call 919-387-4342.
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