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
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.
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.
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!