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Holiday Fun for Carolina Tots

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is host to a number of hands-on activities for its youngest guests year round, and especially this holiday season. On Thursday, Dec. 6, starting at 5 p.m., the festive season begins with the State Capitol’s annual tree lighting ceremony. Gov. Bev. Perdue will be joined by Santa himself and together they will share a favorite tale to kick off a season of cheer. Kids and their parents can also enjoy a jingle bell rocking time at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City while decorating a gingerbread house Dec. 7.

The rides on the Santa train at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer  through Dec. 23 aren't complete without a picture with Kris Kringle himself. Duke Homestead in Durham will explain various holiday traditions while serving up fresh baked gingerbread and popcorn popped over an open fire. The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will share the Mexican holiday tradition of La Posada and the search for an inn in Bethlehem Dec. 4 and 11, while Tryon Palace in New Bern will offer an exploration of holiday traditions and the tale “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” for tots Dec. 12.

The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia will tell the story "Elf on a Shelf" under twinkling lights and then encourage tykes to search for the elf hidden somewhere inside the museum's historic Canary Cottage throughout December. Contact Kara Deadmon by email or at (336) 449-4846 for more information or to make a reservation Check out our full calendar listings to learn more about these holiday events and many more.

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