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Holiday Celebration Tips: First Holiday Season in a New Home

Holiday Celebration

If you're spending this holiday season in a new home, our real estate agents think a special celebration is in order. A new home is a perfect excuse to try out some new holiday traditions. Try out these ways to celebrate in your new home or to help you get to know your new neighborhood. 

Host a Holiday Housewarming 

Everyone loves a festive gathering, so celebrate your new home by hosting a housewarming party filled with holiday cheer. Start by decorating the front of your home with holiday string lights and sparkly tinsel that illuminates the trees. Next, welcome guests with a front walkway lined with candy canes, reindeer, or baskets of poinsettias that lead to a holiday wreath on your front door. When guests step inside, be sure to offer a tour of your new place!

Deck the Halls

Even if you don't plan on hosting a party, you can still decorate your new space! The holiday season is the perfect time to showcase your new home to family and friends, so feel free to deck the halls with special things that create a warm welcome and holiday atmosphere:

  • Adorn the Christmas tree with bubbling lights, colorful glass ornaments, hand-made keepsakes, a tree-topper, and wrapped gifts

  • Decorate the mantle with fresh greenery, pine cones, and holly berries

  • Light up the fireplace with a roaring, warm fire

  • Put on your favorite holiday playlist

  • Scatter holiday scented candles throughout the house

  • Throw holiday quilts over sofas and chairs

Enjoy a Holiday Light Show

Looking for some holiday cheer around town? Raleigh has some amazing holiday light show events you don't want to miss, so bundle up and head to a couple that will fill the night sky with a beautiful holiday glow. If it's your first holiday season calling Raleigh home, stop by these light shows:

  • Nights of Lights
    Nights of Lights is a drive-thru holiday light show in Dorothea Dix Park. A 1.3-mile route winds through the park filled with towering, illuminated oak trees, elaborate light displays, and local artworks. November 26th - December 24th, 2021, 6 p.m - 9:30 p.m. General admission is $20 per car.

  • Magic of Lights
    This light spectacular is held at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek on Rock Quarry Road. Magic of Lights features a one-mile holiday light display with LED technology and digital animations, including the Blizzard Tunnel, 12 Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, and Winter Wonderland. November 19th - January 2nd, Sun - Thurs: 5 p.m - 10 pm, Sat & Sun: 5 pm - 11 p.m. Advance admission: $20 - $32, At the gate: $30 - $40.

Welcome the Holidays with Music

Raleigh is home to one of the country's most beautiful concert halls, The Durham Performing Arts Center. Why not celebrate your new home with a special holiday concert that warms the heart? During December, the Performing Arts Center is hosting 3 wonderful holiday musicals:

  • A Christmas Carol: December 15th - December 19th,
  • A Hip Hop Nutcracker: December 26th
  • A Christmas Story: December 28th - January 2nd

Performance times and ticket prices vary by which day you attend. Mark a date on your calendar and purchase your tickets online, but don't procrastinate because tickets go quickly for holiday musicals.

There's no place like home for the holidays! If you're considering buying or selling a home in Raleigh, contact us for information and prices on properties in desired areas.


    First Night Raleigh: Where to Celebrate the New Year

    First Night Raleigh

    There's always something to celebrate when you call the Raleigh area home. 

    While you're sure to find some fun at any time, you won't want to miss the culmination of the cultural experiences the Triangle has to offer with First Night Raleigh on New Year's Eve. If you haven't been to a First Night event before, consider bringing your whole family for this event all ages will love.

    Our REALTORS® have gathered the highlights of this must-attend event to help you plan your holiday.

    Event Details

    Produced by Artsplosure, First Night Raleigh is poised to begin its 26th annual celebration in downtown Raleigh on December 31st, 2019. Expected to draw up to 80,000 people, this event is community-focused and family-friendly. Event passes go on sale beginning December 1st. 

    The events will occur over a 20 block area in downtown Raleigh, so be prepared for a night of walking from venue to venue. Highlights include 35 different venues with over 100 performances, all packed into a single evening from 2 pm until midnight. Check the official First Night Raleigh event page for parking information, venue maps, and event FAQs.

    Evening Performances

    Ring in the New Year with plenty of music and entertainment. This event truly offers a little something for everyone. Discover some Bebop Blues and Jazz, or get funky with Boulevard's Jamil Rashad. Laugh to live performances by Comedy Works or add some New Year's Zen with the spiritual stylings of Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, featuring the rhythms and stories of Senegal. Don't miss the New Year's Eve countdown with local celebs hosted by WRAL. Of course, there will be the classic acorn drop and fireworks.

    Children's and Daytime Entertainment

    Truly an all-ages event, it's possible to celebrate the New Year and still make it home for bedtime from First Night. Check out both the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Enjoy African storytelling sessions or travel around the world with Cartoon Island. Find your international crown or lantern, and don't forget some fabulous henna to adorn your tiny traveler. 

    If you have to leave early, don't worry that you'll miss out on the fun as there is also an early countdown. Join the People's Procession for the early acorn drop and fireworks featured at 7 pm to enjoy the excitement early.

    First Night Raleigh offers a fabulous way to include diverse cultures and colorful traditions in your New Year's Eve celebrations.

    Thinking about moving to the area in the New Year? There are plenty of Raleigh homes for sale for your homeownership 2020 goals. Contact us to learn more about upcoming community events and exciting new real estate opportunities in the area.


    Chapel Hill: 7 Spots to Start Your New Year's Resolution

    Chapel Hill Gyms
    Have you started planning your New Year's resolutions for this year? For many of us, the start of a new year is an opportunity to focus on the things that matter most, including health, wellness, and fitness. The Chapel Hill area is a great place to make your New Year's resolutions count, whether you already live in the area or are still searching for Chapel Hill homes for sale. If your plan for making the most of the upcoming year involves physical fitness, our real estate agents have seven great gyms and fitness centers in Chapel Hill where you can get started on your New Year's resolution.

    1. UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont – 100 Sprunt St., Chapel Hill
      With more than 52,000 square feet of space filled with state of the art exercise equipment, the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont is a great place to work out for all ages. The facility also includes an indoor aquatic center, basketball court, and track, as well as extensive trails for biking and walking outdoors.

    2. CrossFit 15-501 – 11552 Highway 15-501 N., Chapel Hill
      Interested in trying something different for your workouts this year? At CrossFit 15-501, everyone is welcome. Beginners and experts exercise together, with workouts that scale to each individual's experience/fitness level. The experienced CrossFit coaches here work hard to establish a sense of community.

    3. Snap Fitness – 300 Market St., Chapel Hill
      Trying to fit your New Year's resolution into a busy schedule? Snap Fitness is a great spot for fitting in a workout whenever you have free time, open 24/7 with modern equipment, personal trainers, and a busy schedule of classes every day of the week.

    4. Chapel Hill Community Center – 120 S Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
      Whether you're working out indoors or outside, the Chapel Hill Community Center has the facilities to help you achieve your goals for the new year. There's an indoor aquatics facility, gym, and climbing wall, along with extensive outdoor recreation facilities.

    5. TITLE Boxing Club – 2140 Environ Way, Chapel Hill
      Enjoy a unique full-body workout and pick up some pugilistic skills along the way at TITLE Boxing Club, where the exercise program is based on an authentic boxer's workout. Classes at TITLE focus on boxing, MMA, and kickboxing, with fast-paced workouts available for every experience level.

    6. Barre3 Chapel Hill – 201 S Elliot Rd., Chapel Hill
      Barre3 combines a variety of fitness disciplines to deliver a workout tailored to each individual, including pilates, ballet barre, and yoga. This studio has a class to fit everyone and provides everything that you need to enjoy a great workout. There is also a play lounge available, where kids can hang out while their parents work out.

    7. Franklin St. Yoga Center – 431 W Franklin St., Chapel Hill
      Geared toward empowering people who wish to live a healthy lifestyle, the Franklin St. Yoga Center features a variety of classes that benefit both mind and body. Participate in a yoga class, relax with a meditation class, or jump into a bootcamp workout perfect for getting in shape. The experienced teachers at the facility come from a wide range of backgrounds, so there is always something new to try.

    Is finding the perfect Chapel Hill home also high on your list of New Year's resolutions? Our team is here to help. Contact Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Chapel Hill, NC area.


    New Year's Celebrations & Events

    New Year's Celebrations and EventsIt will soon be time to ring in 2018! Where will you cheer on the new year? Whether you're seeking a daytime celebration for the whole family or a night out with a special someone, the Triangle is a happening place to be on New Year's Eve. You'll even find fun activities on New Year's Day to get the new year off to a great start.


    Roll the Bean New Year's Eve Celebration

    Jellybean's Super Skate Center of Cary

    1120 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh

    Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 a.m.

    Admission is $25 for youth 15 and under


    First Walk—New Year, New You

    Bond Park

    1100 Norwell Boulevard in Cary

    Monday, Jan. 1 from 10 to 11 a.m.

    Start at North Cary Park entrance to the Black Creek Greenway


    Chapel Hill

    Night Lights: A Family-Friendly New Year's Eve

    Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

    250 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

    Sunday, Dec. 31

    2 to 6 p.m.

    Tickets are $5 online

    Ready to host kids of all ages, Night Lights will offer a fun-filled New Year's Eve in Chapel Hill. Guests young and old will enjoy games, shows in the GSK Fulldome Theater, science and dance performances, and food truck delights.



    New Year's Eve Party

    Ponysaurus Brewing Co.

    219 Hood Street in Durham

    Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

    Raise a glass and share your cheer for a brand new year! Ponysaurus Brewing is excited to host its annual New Year's Eve party with a live performance by Chocolate Thunder and new brews!


    New Year's Day 8K Run at Duke Forest

    Duke School, 3716 Erwin Road, Durham

    Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m., registration begins at noon


    First Day Hikes

    Eno River State Park

    6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham 27705

    Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.

    Starts at the Few's Ford Picnic Shelter (20 minutes from park entrance)

    Two hikes: two-mile or four- to five-mile hikes



    Noon Year's Eve

    Marbles Kids Museum

    201 East Hargett Street in Raleigh

    Sunday, Dec. 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    $7 per person

    Want to celebrate the new year without staying up late? Take the family to Marbles Kids Museum to ring in the "noon" year instead! Your little ones will love taking part in a bubble-wrap fireworks display, official noonday countdown, and festive dance party.


    First Night Raleigh

    Downtown Raleigh

    Sunday, Dec. 31 to Monday, Jan. 1

    Activities starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31

    View an event schedule here

    Join in a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Raleigh! This daylong event begins at 2 p.m. and runs through midnight. With afternoon activities for the kiddos in Bicentennial Plaza, a Ferris wheel, sleigh and trolley rides, live musical performances, evening fireworks and more, you'll be able to ring in the new year with great cheer!  

    Events throughout the day:

    DIY Festival

    NC Museums of History & Natural Sciences and Bicentennial Plaza

    2 to 6 p.m.

    Children 5-years-old and under permitted free with a pass-wearing adult

    People's Procession

    Walk down Salisbury Street

    Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. along Edenton Street

    Early Countdown & Fireworks

    Main Stage on City Plaza

    5:30 to 7 p.m.

    Evening Concert Performances

    Indoor and Outdoor Venues throughout downtown

    7 to 11:30 p.m.

    City Plaza Main Stage Performances

    City Plaza

    5 p.m. to Midnight

    Giant Acorn Drop and Fireworks

    City Plaza



    Raleigh's Ultimate New Year's Eve Party

    Isaac Hunter's Tavern

    414 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh

    Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

    Tickets are $45, available online

    Score a front-row seat to Raleigh's Giant Acorn Drop at Isaac Hunter's Tavern on New Year's Eve. The popular pub will host a fantastic affair for its mature crowd well into the night.


    The Official 2018 New Year's Eve Celebration

    Downtown Raleigh Sheraton

    421 South Salisbury Street

    Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

    Ticket prices vary, available online

    Party the night away with Miss North Carolina and other area iHeartMedia radio hosts at this lively New Year's Eve celebration. Stretching across three large ballrooms, the event will feature a live performance by the Red Line Band and three expert DJs scheduled to spin their jams till after the Giant Acorn drops.


    First Day Hike

    William B. Umstead Park

    Monday, Jan. 1 at 9 a.m.

    Starts at the Reedy Creek Parking Lot (Harrison Avenue; Exit 287 off I-40)

    Four-mile hike along Company Mill Trail

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