Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend other than Christmas shopping? There are some historic houses open to the public and there’s music and ballet as well – all good things at which to aim your holiday-addled children.
▪ The Executive Mansion in downtown Raleigh hosts a holiday open house this weekend, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 2-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. No reservations are needed and admission is free. Just show up at the gates on Blount Street and tour the mansion that has been the home to 29 governors, starting in 1891. Details at nando.com/2-r.
▪ Head out past Sanford Saturday for an 18th-century Christmas experience. The House in the Horseshoe was built in 1772, several years before the American Revolution, and has been preserved in its Colonial state. The Christmas open house features period reenactors and holiday celebrations, but also cannon and musket fire hearkening to a 1781 skirmish that left bullet holes in the wall; 234 years later, the holes are still there. The open house lasts 10 a.m.-4 p.m., though the house will remain decorated into the new year. Visit nchistoricsites.org/horsesho.
▪ The Triangle Youth Brass Band presents “Les Danses du Monde” Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Carroll Middle School auditorium in Raleigh. In the season of holiday concerts, this celebration of dances from around the world, as performed by young players, promises a change of pace. Adults pay $10 and kids pay $5. Visit trianglebrass.org.
▪ Sunday at Meredith College’s Jones Auditorium, the Concert Dancers of Raleigh, a youth ballet company, presents “Twas’ the Night Before Christmas.” Tickets to this performance, which starts at 4 p.m. and lasts about an hour, are $10 for adults, $6 for children. Visit facebook.com/concertdancers or call 919-782-0622.
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