Feeling Festive: A Christmas Carol, Handmade Hanukkah, Cinderella

This time of year is packed with things to do – from holiday parties to holiday shopping as well as the fantastic theatre in the area. These are three suggestions for the coming few weeks of holiday fun.



A Christmas Carol

Recently mentioned in a Walter Magazine article, A Christmas Carol with Ira David Wood III is the longest-running show in the city and still highly acclaimed for its lead character’s great acting and the story with the big heart. Playing at the Duke Energy Center December 10 – 14, the play first premiered in 1974 as an original musical comedy adaptation of the classic book by Charles Dickens. It has now become one of the most successful shows in North Carolina Theatre history. The play will also be at the Durham Performing Arts Center December 18 – 21. Theatre In the Park has the full schedule but tickets are bought through the individual venues.


Handmade Hanukkah MarketHandmadeHanukkah

Held at Temple Beth Or this Saturday, December 14th, from 9am – 2pm the market is free and open to the public. The event is a chance to support local Jewish artists as well as find beautiful handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Crafts and artwork for sale will be a variety of genres – from textiles to photography to jewelry to pottery and more. While some artists accept credit cards, you may want to bring cash just in case. While the market supports Jewish artists, there will be art for multiple religious and non-religious celebrations – Christmas and Kwanzaa, birthdays, house warming parties, weddings, etc!



Another local holiday season favorite, Cinderella at Raleigh Little Theatre is well-known for its combination of comedy and romance. Combining song, dance, conniving step-relatives and resourceful fairy-folk with elegant costumes and scenery, the play is a visually stunning musical. Shows are December 5 – 20 and tickets are available online for $33 each including tax (group discount for 20 or more).