Disney On Ice to Dinner with Santa: Let the Holiday Season Begin

OK. OK. My house is far from decorated for Christmas, but my calendar is telling me that the holiday season is here.  We may not have a lot of snow in North Carolina, but Christmas in the Triangle area is truly magical. You may find a lot less blog posts in this space in December because I plan to be out and about this month. Here are some of the places you may run into the Hines this year so be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram.  

Raleigh WinterFest: Downtown Raleigh (December 1-Jan.31 2013)

Grab your mittens and scarves and make your way to the heart of the center city for Raleigh's premier holiday event—the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest. Winterfest is a two-month long extravaganza featuring an outdoor skating rink with natural ice. This family-friendly celebration of fun-filled activities at the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest Ice Rink kicks off with a memorable event in City Plaza on Saturday, Dec.1. Visit Raleigh Winterfest for more information. 

Ole Time Winter Festival: Cary, NC (December 1)

The Heart of Cary Association is holding their 9th annual Ole Time Winter Festival on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. It will take place along Chatham Street right in the heart of Cary from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit http://www.carydowntown.com/ for more information.

Dinner with Santa at Ruckus Pizza, Pasta, and Spirits (December 3 and 4)

Santa Bob
My neighbor,Tomma, is a six-year lung cancer survivor. Her story is remarkable, and it was recently shared by our local TV news for Lung Cancer Awareness Month.   When she was diagnosed, she was given a 15 percent chance of survival. She works daily to bring awareness of this deadly cancer that kills more people than all other cancers.  Each year, she invites Santa to the local Ruckus Restaurant in Cary as a fundraiser for the NC Lung Cancer Partnership. Get your photos taken with Santa, Make a donation, Get a CD of great photos and help Free to Breathe Raleigh!  Santa will be there from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, December 3 – Ruckus in Morrisville
1101 Market Center Drive Morrisville NC 27560

Tuesday, December 4 – Ruckus in Cary
8111-208 Tryon Woods Drive Cary, NC 2751

PS. I know this Santa well since he's a neighbor when he's not living at the North Pole.  He is available for bookings. 

Disney On Ice Presents Rockin' Ever After: PNC Arena (December 5-9)

BRAVE'S Merida will be making her skating debut in Rockin'  Ever After.  This upbeat show will be in Raleigh Dec.5-9.
Produced by Feld Entertainment, Rockin’ Ever After remixes the stories of Disney’s most adventurous heroines with upbeat music and energetic choreography that will have audiences singing, dancing and cheering for their beloved Disney idols. Mickey and Minnie encounter the most talented performers in the land with an all-star lineup that includes Sebastian and the Daughters of Triton from The Little Mermaid, the rowdy pub thugs from Tangled and the spunky enchanted servants from Beauty and the Beast. The journey continues to the Scottish highlands where audiences will be captivated and star struck by Merida, as an exhilarating archery contest ensues for the right to marry the fiery redhead.  I'll have more on this show because I'll be at opening night, and will get to see some of the MAGIC behind the scenes.  I can't wait. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit http://disney.go.com/disneyonice/

Tree Lighting at the State Capitol: Downtown Raleigh (December 6)

An annual North Carolina tradition continues as Gov. Bev Perdue and First Gentleman Bob Eaves host the annual tree-lighting ceremony at the State Capitol on Thursday, Dec. 6.  Festivities will begin at 5 p.m., and the tree-lighting will be at 6:15 p.m.  Santa and team mascots will also be on hand for the fun. The annual holiday open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. The public can tour the Capitol's holiday decorations, including trees decorated in honor of breast cancer awareness and the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. Meanwhile, the 8501 Youth Hand Bell Choir will perform holiday music in the rotunda.

41st Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour (December 8-9)

Get ready to take a walk through the past this holiday season as eleven properties in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood open their doors to visitors during the 41st Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour, Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. Tickets will go on sale in early November, $20 in advance or $30 day of tour. I never miss a tour, and it's my favorite holiday event in Raleigh.  I go with a girlfriend then we have dinner downtown. I look forward to it each year. For ticket sales, visit http://www.historicoakwood.org/candlelight/candlelight's.php

See you around town!

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