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Weekend best bets: Black Nativity, Tacky Sweater Party

December 14, 2017

Christmas is right around the corner, and you can certainly tell with this line-up of festive events! Here are our top picks for the weekend.

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes – The Justice Theater Project’s annual holiday show will be held Saturday through Monday at N.C. State’s Stewart Theatre. Vibrant costumes, soaring solos and magnificent dance that are guaranteed to have you on your feet. One show has already sold out, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance.

<br /> <br /> Tour de Toys – This charity bike ride and dog walk is Saturday at Crank Arm Brewing in downtown Raleigh. The entry fee is a new unwrapped toy, which will be donated to a Raleigh women’s shelter. There are 6 and 12 mile bike routes to choose from.

Tacky Sweater Christmas Party - Crafty Beer Shop on Fairview Road will host this party.

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North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival - This annual light display is at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre through Jan. 14. There are more than 20 displays featuring thousands of LED lights. There are also nightly performances.<br /> <br /> Third Friday Artist Reception and Holiday Event – Durham Arts Council will host this event starting at 5 p.m. Friday. There will be pop-up galleries, caroling by the Durham Children’s Choir, music from a talented Third Friday busker, roaming ballerinas, cookie decorating and a hands-on “Poems of Gratitude” project with Piedmont Laureate Mimi Herman.

Polar Express – Lafayette Village will host an outdoor screening of The Polar Express on Saturday night starting at 6 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy the show.

GeekCraft Expo Holiday Market – This curated market features handmade geek goods from local crafters and more fun Saturday at Durham Armory. Free admission.<br /> <br /> Holiday Market and Connect and Create – Artspace is hosting this holiday market featuring fine arts and crafts by Artspace artists and local community artists on Saturday. In addition to the market, enjoy a Handmade Jewelry class with Sarah Clover. Admission is free and the class is $15 for non-members and $10 for members.

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Pop-Up Raleigh – Downtown Raleigh’s original monthly art and vintage market is Saturday at Trophy Brewing on Maywood Avenue. Shop local vendors while enjoying food trucks and beer.<br /> <br /> The Carolina Inn Holiday Market - This market is Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shop hand crafted yuletide gifts from chocolates to jewelry to garlands and ornaments. Vendors from all over the state will be part of the holiday magic including Mama Dips, Woof Gang Bakery, Moon and Lola, Honeygirl Meadery, Chirba Chirba Food Truck and Cocoa Forte Food Truck.

?<br /> <br /> A Christmas Holiday Shop – Cary Crossroads Plaza will host this pop-up shop with local vendors and a Lularoe outfit giveaway on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Holiday Stocking Stuffer at Imurj – Head to this venue in downtown Raleigh for a locally made holiday market on Saturday afternoon. There will be unique gifts made by local, small business artisans plus free food and drink.<br /> <br /> REAL Durham Pop-Up Market – Shop this locally-made market at The Mothership in Durham on Saturday.

Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet’s production is the only performance of The Nutcracker in the country with illusions created by world-renowned magician Rick Thomas. Marvel as beloved characters levitate, disappear, and reappear before your very eyes. See it at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium through Dec. 24.

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The Santaland Diaries – Theatre in the Park presents this one man show reliving an out-of-work, young actor’s brief stint as an elf in Macy’s “Santaland.” The play, based on David Sedaris’s short story, chronicles the holiday season and is filled with charged, politically incorrect, irreverent commentaries of fellow elves, Santa’s true colors, and the raucous adults and children who come to sit on St. Nick’s lap. See it through Dec. 24.<br /> <br /> Theatre in the Park’s A Christmas Carol - Ira David Wood III’s beloved musical comedy, A Christmas Carol, celebrates its 43rd Anniversary this year. See it this weekend at Durham Performing Arts Center Thursday through Sunday.<br /> <br /> Cary Ballet’s “The Nutcracker Suite” – Head to the Cary Arts Center for this one-hour condensed version of the holiday classic on Saturday and Sunday.<br /> <br /> Raleigh Little Theatre’s Cinderella - This musical comedy is a holiday sugarplum for the whole family. Just the right mixture of comedy and romance can add the sparkle of magic to your holiday season. The show runs through Sunday.

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Rudolph The Musical – The beloved TV classic gets the musical treatment. See the show at Fletcher Opera Theater through Dec. 24.<br /> <br /> Durham Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops – Check out this performance Friday night at Durham Armory featuring the Durham Nativity School Boys Chorus.<br /> <br /> North Carolina Symphony Holiday Pops – Tony-nominated Broadway stars and sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway will join the North Carolina Symphony for a joyous holiday celebration, with family favorites including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and more on Friday and Saturday at Meymandi Concert Hall.

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Petey Pablo presents “What do we have here?” – This talent showcase will feature local artists performing one original and one cover song. North Carolina native Petey Pablo will host and Out and About’s managing editor Kathy Hanrahan will serve as one of the judges. Check it out Friday night at Imurj in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $10.<br /> <br /> Rhett and Link’s Tour of Mythicality - Rhett & Link, best friends since the first grade, are a comedic duo known for hosting the most-watched daily show on the Internet, Good Mythical Morning, their narrative series Rhett & Link’s Buddy System, the award-winning weekly podcast Ear Biscuits, as well as their wildly popular comedic songs, sketches, and viral low-budget local commercials. See them at Carolina Theatre of Durham on Sunday.

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Detox and Retox – Trophy Brewing on Maywood Avenue hosts this monthly yoga and beer event on Sunday. Ten-dollars cash gets you one hour of yoga and beer.<br /> <br /> 7 Stories – It is the season finale for this story-telling series at Kings in downtown Raleigh. Enjoy encore performances of this year’s best Sunday night. Tickets are $5 in advance.<br /> <br /> Strongman Games – Dorton Arena will be hosting this competition featuring the strongest women and men in the world this weekend.