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Take Five: Santa will ride in Raleigh Christmas Parade

Catch Santa Claus during the annual Raleigh Christmas Parade in downtown Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday.
Catch Santa Claus during the annual Raleigh Christmas Parade in downtown Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday. jhknight@newsobserver.com

Triangle events to add to your daybook:

Owl Prowl

7-9 p.m. Friday; N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill; $15; ncbg.unc.edu/calendar

Local owls are coming back to their nesting sites, and they become more vocal as they claim their territory and call out to potential mates. See it in person. (Register first!)

Raleigh parade

9:40 a.m. Saturday; from corner of Hillsborough and Saint Mary’s streets, down Fayetteville Street; free; grma.org/christmas-parade

An estimated 60,000 people attend this 2.5 hour parade (another 250,000 watch from home, via WRAL), which has marching bands, floats and, of course, Santa.

Go whole hog

Noon Saturday; corner of Lenoir and Fayetteville streets, Raleigh; wholehogbarbecue.com

The state champion whole-hog barbecue master will be determined when the winners of more than 25 NC Pork Council-certified local competitions meet and compete. They’ll start cooking Friday night, but you can buy and eat the ’cue Saturday after the parade.

Holiday market

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham; free; durhamartwalk.com

Take in unique local art, live music and delicious food at the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market, which benefits the Durham Arts Council.

Repticon!

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; N.C. State Fairgrounds (Scott Building), Raleigh; $10 ($5/ages 5-12; free/4 & under), $15/2-day pass; repticon.com/raleigh.html

This fun and educational reptile and exotic animal show will have dozens of vendors offering reptile pets, supplies and merchandise, as well as seminars on live animals and free raffles.

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