Best bets by bus or carpool, 12/2-12/5

The holiday season is officially upon us.  Hopefully, you’re rested up from Thanksgiving and ready to head out into the world and take part some of the best that our community has to offer!   We’ve taken the time to round up some transit-friendly options, but remember to please make sure when planning your trip to your destination that you’re on the right departure date and time.

Thursday, December 2 

Location Event Transportation
Chapel Hill: Re-Hashed Trash Bash Awards
UNC Chapel Hill
University Room, Hyde Hall
Winners of the November upcycling contest will be awarded prizes for their creations. Open to high school or university students and wider community, entries were made of at least 85% waste or recycled materials. In addition to the awards ceremony, there will be environmental speakers, healthy food, and a silent auction.  




Durham Lunchtime Concert at Saint Philip’s 
Saint Philip’s Episcopal Church
403 E Main St
FREE admission Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy the music of Randy Guptill, trombonist, music educator, and member of St. Philip’s.




Raleigh A Carolina Christmas
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St
$5.50-$6.50, Under 16 FREE Come join us this December for holiday shopping for the entire family with over 350 exhibitors, entertainment, delicious foods, handcrafted items, Christmas giveaways, live trees, mantels, doors, and tables decorated, and Santa’s elves!Exhibitors range from homemade soups to handmade glass figurines to commercial home products. Most of our exhibitors are home or craft-based, yet many are commercially produced as well.





Friday,  December 3

Location Event Transportation
Chapel Hill: Carolina Choir & UNC Chamber Singers
UNC Chapel Hill
Hill Hall Auditorium
Free Presenting Peace on Earth: Music of Mendelssohn, Palestrina and Schoenberg.




Durham Durham Symphony Holiday Pops
Durham Armory
320 Foster St
$15-$30Join us for holiday classics and a salute to Kwanza with performances by Rozlyn Sorrell and the Hillandale Children’s Chorus




Raleigh First Friday Gallery Walk
Downtown RaleighFirst Friday is one of Raleigh’s most popular evening escapes. Join us on the First Friday of every month for a fun-filled introduction to Raleigh’s exciting art, music and dining scene.Enjoy a free self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, retail, restaurants and alternative art venues on the first Friday of every monthLook for the First Friday Flags to easily locate participating venues. A detailed map/guide will be available at each location. Pick up your very own copy for FREE for easy event navigation.

Visit the galleries, listen to live music and delight in a divine culinary experience and take advantage of the First Friday Specials offered by all participating restaurants






Saturday, December 4

Location Event Transportation
Chapel Hill: Community Open House
Carolina Inn
211 Pitsboro St
FREECome join in the celebration as we kick off the month of festivities. Enjoy performances by local musicians, lots of Carolina Inn treats, and fun for the whole family. We look forward to seeing you!




Durham Rock & Shop Market
12-6pm Saturday, 12/4
Motorco and Fullsteam Brewery
722 Rigsbee Ave
$5 at event Shop local for the holidays from over 50 emerging designers selling their hip, handmade wares, grab a beer, and listen to live music from North Carolina bands.The event will be hosted at Motorco in Durham, NC and across the street at Fullsteam Brewery. There’ll be a fashion show and food trucks galore: Daisy Cakes, Klaussies Pizza, Only Burger are just a few that will be there!




Cary 7th Annual Heart of Cary Olde Time Winter Festival
Downtown Cary
FREECelebrations begin with the Heart of Cary’s Olde Time Winter Festival held on the streets of Downtown Cary. Festival goers can enjoy arts & crafts, entertainment, food, activities, and more. Santa will be there. Start (or finish) your holiday shopping!





Sunday, December 5th
Go outside, rake some leaves, or take a walk around the neighborhood.  Get active with the people (and pets!) you love. Remember to take time for yourself.

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