Get Ready for the Holidays in Durham!

During Christmas and New Year seasons, the focus in Durham turns to our community’s culture and history. Residents of the Apartments at Palladian Place will find a number of interesting events to attend this time year. Here are some of our favorites for your consideration:

Christmas by Candlelight

Duke Homestead State Historic Site
December 2 and 9, 6:45 p.m. 

Head to the Duke Homestead State Historic Site on Fridays in early December to discover what the holidays were like in the 1870s in Durham. Take a candlelit walk through the historic area with costumed interpreters and enjoy stories of days past as well as cookies and hot cider. You can even help decorate a tree in Victorian style before joining carolers around a fire for some classic holiday songs.

Durham Holiday Parade

Downtown Durham
December 10, 10:00 a.m. 

Head downtown to watch schools, community organizations, bands and cheer teams as well as a number of colorful floats as they wind through town and welcome the holidays. Santa himself typically makes an appearance at this popular holiday tradition.

AADE KwanzaaFest

Durham Armory
January 1, 10:00 a.m.

Kwanzaa is a celebration of the community, so bring toiletry items to KwanzzaFest for the Genesis Home as a way to give back. This festival, hosted by the African American Dance Ensemble, features a children’s village and a free dance program. This is a great way to experience the culture of Kwanzaa for yourself!

Christmas in the Piedmont During the Civil War

Bennet Place State Historic Site
December 10, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. 

Bennet Place will give you a chance to see how Christmas was celebrated during the Civil War. Less flashy than the Victorian style of the Duke Homestead site, the Bennet Place will show just how modest the fashion of the civil war period was. You will see decorations and cooking demonstrations as well as a demonstration of what Christmas was like in the field for the soldiers of the time. Enjoy hot apple cider and cookies and a visit with Ole St. Nick at this free event.

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As you can see, the holidays in Durham are a time to experience the history and culture of our community. Make your plans now for these events so you can experience it for yourself!

Post-Thanksgiving Fun in Durham

Once Thanksgiving winds down, and the leftovers are gone, you probably will be looking for a reason to get out of the house. Lucky for you, your friends at Palladian Place have just the thing! We know you love living in Durham, NC because of the fantastic entertainment, and that post-Thanksgiving cabin fever calls for some of the best Durham has to offer! Living at Palladian Place means you are conveniently located near many of Durham’s best attractions, so this weekend take advantage of your great location, and check out these amazing activities!

For Something Out of the Ordinary:

Introductory Fencing Class
Mid-South Fencer’s Club
Friday, November 27
9:00-10:00am

Try something new by checking out a fencing class with a Mid-South staff member! They’ll give your a brief introduction that includes a tour of the facility, a lesson of the varieties of the Olympic weapons, and you’ll even get to try your hand with the sword! This free event is open to anyone ages 7 and up and families are welcome! To learn more contact them at 919.286.3100

For Burning Off that Holiday Meal:

Nature Walk
Little River Regional Park & Natural Area
Friday, November 27
9:30-11:30am

Whether you love getting out and enjoying the beauty of Fall in Durham, NC, or you just need a reason to move after enjoying too much pie on Thanksgiving, this is the perfect event for you! Take advantage of the trails of Little River Park during some informal group walks. The walks are at a pace which allow for picture taking and enjoying the natural surroundings. Little River also provides some guide books and binoculars, so it makes for a great outing for friends and families. Call the park office at 919.732.5505 for more information.

For the Sports Fan:

Duke vs. North Carolina
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Saturday, November 28
1:00pm

This storied rivalry game is not to be missed! If you can’t get a ticket, be sure to find a television to get this heated match up! Last season Duke made it to the NCAA tournament for the 19th time in program history and Coach Jolene Nagel is looking to build upon last year’s success. If you’re looking for a place to watch the game, our 24 hour resident clubhouse social lounge featuring a kitchen lounge, game room with billiards table, and lounge seating is the perfect spot!

Durham has so much to offer, and Palladian Place is in heart of it all! You’re life is designed to be lived to the fullest and Palladian Place is designed for living.