Thrift Store Opening – Thursday, 11am-7pm – Join The Scrap Exchange for the soft open of its new, 18,000-square-foot thrift store at 2020 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 31. The store will be open daily from 11-7 and features a huge selection of never-before-seen inventory, including a huge clothing department. Finish up your holiday shopping and support their mission to promote creativity, environmental awareness and community through reuse! There will be a free Make N Take all day; a Holiday Art & Craft Show in the Cameron Gallery; Rags to Riches Theater will present “The Gingerbread Boy,” Saturday at 3:30pm; and on Sunday, The Scrap Exchange supports The Animal Protection Society of Durham and their important work by making dog and cat toys alongside adoptable cats between 11am and 3pm. for this fun event! They will also be accepting cat/dog food donations during store hours on Sunday.
Durty Bull Hanukkah Party – Thursday, 4-9pm – It’s once again time to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Join Durty Bull Brewing Co. for their second annual Hanukkah Celebration. Bring your friends and family to spin the dreidel, eat some gelt and show off your ugly Hanukkah sweater –prizes for the winners!
Honey of a Holiday Open House – Thursday, 5-8pm – Join Honeygirl Meadery at their fourth annual holiday open house. Make ornaments, decorate cookies, drink some Honeygirl Chai cider and taste truffles from GerDan Chocolates.
Holidays in Harmony – Thursday, 6pm – Durham Crisis and Response Center invites you to their fundraising event at the Duke Hilton to help to support the victims in their shelter and the women and children they serve. Donations are accepted. Admission is free.
Allan Gurganus Performs ‘A Fool for Christmas’ – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop hosts a retelling by the author of the holiday story, “A Fool for Christmas,” which was first broadcast on NPR on Christmas Eve, 2004. The story is told by Vern Ricketts, manager of a pet store in a North Carolina shopping mall, who befriends a pregnant runaway teenage girl who has taken to hanging out at the mall. Tissues are recommended. Hot mulled wine, hot apple cider and cookies will be provided.
Ira David Wood III’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ – Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, 2pm – Don’t be a Scrooge! Get in the holiday spirit with the Ira David Wood III’s comedic twist on the Christmas classic, back again at the Durham Performing Arts Center. See why Durhamites have been returning year after year to experience the performance for the past 43 years!
40th Annual Santa Train – Thursday through Sunday, 5-9pm – Take the family to experience a moonlit ride to the North Pole by way of the Ellerbe Creek Railway! Skate in your socks on a synthetic ice rink, create Christmas crafts, sip on hot chocolate and transform yourself with Paint Savvy face painting at the Museum of Life + Science. Don’t miss out on making your own snow polymer with the “Science of Santa” events!
Reception for Collaboration – Featured Members’ Exhibit – Friday – Pleiades Gallery hosts a reception for this exhibit, which features a project by 10 Pleiades member artists, who worked on a portion of an overall image. The pieces join together to create a larger image that is greater than the sum of its parts. Also, this is a reception for “Tom Dunne,” a solo exhibit of works by the gallery’s featured December artist, Tom Dunne. Both exhibits will run through December 23.
Ugly Mug Party – Friday, 3pm – Bring your mugs down to Bull City Ciderworks to celebrate the tradition of cider and the winter solstice. Enjoy warm cider out of your own mug and enjoy some bites from American Meltdown.
Third Friday Artist Reception & Holiday Event – Friday, 5pm – Durham Arts Council is the place to be for an art-filled, family-friendly Third Friday holiday event. Works on and of paper anchor the reception with “Art Of Paper,” on view in the Allenton and Semans Galleries. More visual art will be featured in a DAC Pavilion pop-up gallery, the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery, and The Durham Art Guild’s SunTrust Gallery. Celebrate the season with 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.
Vert & Vogue Happy Hour with Katharine Ashe – Friday, 5:30pm – Special guest and USA Today bestselling novelist reads from her book “The Duke,” a historical romance adventure. This free event is part of Third Friday Durham. Drinks are on the house!
“The Woman Who Made Snow” Exhibit Opening – Friday, 6-8:30pm – Highlighting the historic Snow Building and the woman who made it happen – Mrs. Anna Exum Snow, who commissioned the building in the 1920s – this exhibit opening at Museum of Durham History will also have complimentary refreshments and entertainment during December’s Third Friday.
Movement: An ARTS Crossover Event – Friday, 6pm – Rogue Dancer Productions, a dance film and arts events production company, presents a new Third Friday Durham Dance Series event at Empower Dance Studio. Friday will feature performances by choreographer Christiana Barnett-Murphy and performance artist 80KV, and Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully will present her dance film “No Games No Fowl.” Admission is free but donations are welcomed.
‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ – Friday, 7pm, Saturday, 11am and 5pm, Sunday, 1pm – Barriskill Dance Theatre School is proud to present our annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. Join them for a magical production of this family holiday classic at Reynolds Industries Theater.
ShaLeigh Dance Works presents ‘I Promise’ – Friday & Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm & 8pm – Choreographed by ShaLeigh Comerford, this dance-theater production was inspired by rebellion and the tension that has plagued the country following the presidential election, performed by a talented, multicultural troupe at The Fruit.
‘Black Nativity’ by Langston Hughes – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 3pm & 8pm; Sunday, 3pm – Presented by the Triangle Performance Ensemble, more than 100 singers, dancers and musicians perform this soulful gospel celebration of the birth of Jesus at Hillside High School Theater. General admission is $20.
Black Santa at Hayti – Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1pm-5pm – Get your children’s picture taken with Black Santa at the Hayti Heritage Center.
Holiday Bake Sale/Bazaar – Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm – Come out to Petco South Square and buy some baked goods and support Independent Animal Rescue programs. Find gifts for your favorite animal lover, meet adoptable kitties and take photos with Santa! The cat adoption event is 2-4 p.m. Photos with Santa are Saturday only, from 1-4 p.m.
GeekCraft Expo RDU Holiday Market – Saturday, 11am-6pm – GeekCraft Expo has partnered with Marbles Kids Museum to provide geeky, holiday-themed make-n-take crafting activities for kids and families, free of charge! For kids (and adults) who are into superheroes, gaming and/or geeky things in general, GeekCraft Expo is the perfect day out, complete with gifts for geeks by almost 50 local crafters and makers at the Durham Armory. Cosplay is highly encouraged.
Behind the Scenes with an Animal Keeper – Sunday, 11am – Join an animal keeper at the Museum of Life and Science to get a sneak peek into how they care for the different animals and why.
Santa’s Little Helper Greyhound Adoption Event – Sunday, 2-4pm – Bull City Ciderworks is partnering with Triangle Greyhound Society for a fundraising event to in an effort to get as many Greyhounds adopted as possible! There will be adoptable hounds on hand, along with some who have found their forever homes and their parents to answer any questions you may have about the breed. BCC will donate $1 per pint purchased during the event to the organization.
Rhett & Link: Tour of Mythicality – Sunday, 8pm – Rhett & Link, best friends since the first grade, are a comedic duo known for hosting their 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 popular comedic songs, sketches, and viral low-budget local commercials. They perform at The Carolina Theatre.