The annual Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting is our community’s official kick off to the holiday season, showcasing the magic that downtown offers. It returns on Friday, November 18th, 2022, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in front of Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Arrive by 6:15 to see the tree light up.
There’s something for everyone, including the young and young-at-heart. You won’t want to miss the holiday entertainment, local vendors, delicious food, and FREE photos with Santa. Portions of this event will be televised live on ABC-11!
Come downtown for the tree lighting and curate your perfect holiday evening using our Holiday Hub (coming soon).
TREE LIGHTING FESTIVITIES
- Local vendors hosted by Raleigh Night Market
- Free photos with Santa
- Live music and dance entertainment all night
- Beer & wine for sale by Little City Brewing, Melanted Wine, and Wye Hill
- Food trucks including goldenKdog, Fancy Faye’s, Tombachi, and more
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO ⎻ TRANSPORTATION & PARKING
There is ample bike and scooter parking is available outside the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center and a Cardinal Bikeshare Station is centrally located in the front plaza on South Street. GoRaleigh routes 5, 11, 19, 21, and 22 have stops within one-block of the Tree Lighting, the transit system is currently fare free.
And if you’re driving, nearby parking options can be found here.