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Light Up Your Holidays + Light Up The Night – Kickoff Event

Lighting Celebration and Open House, December 3-4 from 6-10pm

Celebrate the launch of a new holiday tradition in downtown Raleigh. Local arts and cultural groups will Light Up Your Holidays on December 3rd and 4th with a series of outdoor and indoor events that will delight your entire family!

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker will kick off the festivities on December 3rd at 6pm in front of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, when he will “flip the switch” to light a canopy of twinkling stars over Lichtin Plaza.
• Check out creative light sculptures commissioned by Artsplosure – installations on display through First Night on December 31
• Stroll past holiday-themed window displays in A.J Fletcher Theater
• Step inside to see designer-decorated Christmas trees, festive decorations and more in the three spectacular outer lobbies of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Throughout the month of December, the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts will be decked out in holiday splendor. Holiday events include in date order of first performance:
• Burn the Floor, (Nov. 30 – Dec. 5, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium) Broadway Series South
• Composer Portraits: Mozart/Amadeus (Dec. 3-5, Meymandi Concert Hall) North Carolina Symphony
• A Christmas Story (Dec. 7-24, A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater) Broadway Series South in association with Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy; general management by North Carolina Theatre. Presenting Sponsor: Barton College.
• A Christmas Carol (Dec. 8-15, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium) Theatre in the Park
• Art Tatum/Piano Starts Here (Dec. 9-19) Kennedy Theatre
• Raleigh Ringers Holiday Concert (Dec. 11-12, Meymandi Concert Hall)
• NC Master Chorale/Triangle Brass Band (Dec. 14, Meymandi Concert Hall)
• Straight No Chaser singing their Christmas Hits (Dec 17-18) Broadway Series South
• Nutcracker (Dec. 17-26, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium) The opening night of Carolina Ballet‘s 10th Anniversary of Nutcracker features guest artists from New York City Ballet, Sara Mearns as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Stephen Hanna, Broadway’s original older Billy Elliot, as her Cavalier. Presenting Sponsor: Progress Energy.
• New Year’s Eve Concert (Dec. 31, Meymandi Concert Hall) North Carolina Symphony
• First Night Raleigh (Dec. 31, Downtown Raleigh) Artsplosure

A collaboration of the performing arts companies performing in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts with the support of Artsplosure and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. Additional support provided by the City of Raleigh, Progress Energy and the News & Observer

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