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To do this weekend: 5 Triangle towns host Christmas parades

Santa waves to the crowds from his sleigh in the 2015 Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade.
Santa waves to the crowds from his sleigh in the 2015 Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade.

Triangle events to add to your daybook:

Holidays at the mansion

Noon-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Friday, 2-8 p.m Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday; N.C. Executive Mansion (main gate), 200 N. Blount St., Raleigh; free;. or 919-733-4994

See the governor’s mansion decorated for the holidays and enjoy seasonal music by local groups. The first floor will have N.C.-grown Christmas trees.

The symphony and a martini

8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh; $90-$95;

The genre-crossing Pink Martini ‘little orchestra’ returns for three holiday shows with the North Carolina Symphony.

Love a parade?

Info: Durham (919-560-4355); Cary (; Chapel Hill Carrboro (; Clayton (; Bahama (

There are Christmas parades Saturday all over the Triangle: Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Clayton and Bahama all have parades with floats, music and more.

Oakwood by candlelight

1-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Historic Oakwood neighborhood, Raleigh; $25;

Tour 12 of the area’s grandest homes dating from the mid-1800s to early 1900s. Docents will offer information about the history of the property at each home stop..

Shop and craft

1-4 p.m. Sunday; The Durham Hotel (2nd floor mezzanine), 315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham; free;

The Durham partners with Spoonflower and TangleWild Designs for a holiday pop-up crafting event: a 20-minute embroidery workshop and a custom gift tag station. Plus, it happens around the corner from the Patchwork Holiday Market at The Armory (noon-5 p.m. at 220 Foster St, Durham;

Bill of Rights

1 p.m. Wednesday (through Dec. 17); N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh; free;

A rare chance to see North Carolina’s original copy of the Bill of Rights, on view through Dec. 17 in the exhibit “The Story of North Carolina.”