Arts & Culture

Take Five: Holiday concerts, plays, crafts and a bird count

Triangle events to add to your daybook:

‘A Christmas Carol’

Performances through Sunday; Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham; $30-$95.

Presented by Theatre in the Park, this Raleigh tradition for the past 41 years features Ira David Wood III (Ira David Wood IV performs in Saturday’s matinee).

Carols of the season

8 p.m. Friday; First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham; free ($5 donation suggested);

A holiday concert by the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham with Rodney Wynkoop conducting. The 32-member choir is made up of outstanding singers from across the Triangle.

Around the world

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday; Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Duke University, Durham; free;

This “Make & Take Crafts From Around the World” drop-in crafting session teaches about different cultural celebrations – great for the whole family. Activities include Diwali rangoli patterns, Chinese New Year lanterns, paper snowflakes, a menorah and more.

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Part I

7:30 p.m. Saturday; Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex; $25;

The Concert Singers of Cary are joined by 10 members of the N.C. Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players to present Handel’s work with replicas of instruments used in Handel’s time. Pre-concert demonstration of the instruments.

Count Christmas birds

9 a.m.-noon Sunday; Little River Regional Park, 301 Little River Park Way, Rougemont; free;

Along with staff, tally the diverse species of birds found around the Little River park for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Good for ages 6 and up. No registration required.