How You Can Enjoy Some Socially-Distant Holiday Fun in the Triangle

How You Can Enjoy Some Socially-Distant Holiday Fun in the Triangle

The holiday season is here. Usually, that means gathering with friends for meals or shopping in big crowds of people. However, this year, due to COVID-19, the holidays will look a little different. In order to keep folks in the Triangle safe, it’s important to find ways to enjoy some socially-distant holiday fun.

Here are some great ways to enjoy the spirit of the season without putting yourself and others at risk.

Watch a Classic Holiday Movie at a Drive-In Theater

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It’s not the holidays without classic holiday movies. This year, a number of places are offering a chance to enjoy timeless holiday films like Elf, Home Alone and Christmas Vacation from the safety of your own car.

Pace Family Farms in Clayton is showing a holiday film every Friday for the month of December. You can see their schedule on their website. These films sell out quickly, so make sure to buy your tickets in advance.

The beloved Raleigh Road Drive-In also has a full lineup of holiday classics scheduled for the season.

Enjoy Food and Drinks Inside an Igloo

Unscripted Hotels' igloos are some next-level socially-distant holiday fun in the Triangle.
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Missing the bar but want to be responsible while you celebrate the holidays? The folks at Unscripted Hotel in downtown Durham may have found the perfect solution. This winter, they’ve introduced personal igloos on their rooftop patio. These igloos give guests a great way to have socially-distant holiday drinks in the Triangle with a touch of winter wonderland flair.

If you’d like to enjoy an igloo, you’ll need to make reservations on OpenTable or by emailing the Unscripted staff.

Gaze in Wonder at Holiday Light Shows

Lights shows are a great form of socially distant holiday magic near the Triangle.
Image courtesy of Fieldstream Farms Lights.

Holiday light shows bring a little bit of extra magic to the season. If you’d like to find one, you’ve got plenty of options nearby. Whether it’s as a drive-through attraction like the Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms and Fieldstream Farm Lights (or even a bike-through light show like Night of Lights at Dix Park in Raleigh), they’re a great way to enjoy some socially-distant holiday magic in the Triangle.

Pick Up the Perfect Gift at a Holiday Market

If you keep your distance, a holiday market is a great place for some socially-distant fun in the Triangle.
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The holidays are about giving. Why not use this gift-giving season as an opportunity to support local artists and makers? There are several holiday markets around the Triangle this year, many of them now open-air markets to make socially-distant shopping easier.

Pop-Up Raleigh is happening every Saturday through Dec. 19 at Trophy Brewery on Maywood. On the opposite side of the Triangle, Honeysuckle Tea House is having its holiday market on Dec. 5. In addition, Raleigh Night Market will host a special holiday bazaar at Moore Square on Dec. 12 and 13.

Catch Outdoor Live Music Around a Bonfire

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While we can’t guarantee there will be holiday tunes, there aren’t many better ways to celebrate winter’s arrival than a bonfire and some live outdoor music.

For that option, you’ll want to check out the new C&B Community Store in Hillsborough. Their Wood-Fired Wednesday event features live music, a bonfire and fresh pizza from a wood-fired oven. While that’s a pretty solid combination any time of year, it’s downright cozy during the holidays.

Wherever you choose to go, make sure you bundle up, wear a mask and wash your hands often. As long as you mind the safety of yourself and others, there is plenty of socially-distant holiday fun to be had in the Triangle.

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