2016 Winter Break in Raleigh

When the university closes for Winter Break campus can feel deserted. Luckily the City of Raleigh has plenty to offer, even throughout winter months!  Below are just a few of the things you can do in Raleigh during your free time.  For a more comprehensive list, check out Visit Raleigh’s Calendar of Events.


Cheer on the Wolfpack at NC State Basketball Games!

There are several men’s and women’s basketball games at PNC Arena and Reynold’s Coliseum over the winter break. Student tickets for the men’s games are free but must be requested via the student ticket portal. Women’s basketball games are also free for students with a valid student ID – no tickets required.  Read More»

Raleigh Winterfest | 12/03/2016
Outdoor Ice-Skating Rink | Open Through 1/29/17

Winterfest features fun-filled festivities, including an outdoor ice-skating rink, creating memorable experiences for downtown Raleigh visitors. Winterfest will take place this Saturday, December 3rd. Read More»

First Night Raleigh – 12/31/2016

First Night Raleigh is an arts festival devoted to the Four Pillars of First Night: Celebration, Community, The New Year, and The Arts. Join over 80,000 attendees in ringing in the New Year with performances all over the downtown area on December 31st.
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North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival
Through 1/15/2017 | 6-10 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday

Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre will once again be transformed into a magnificent setting when the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival returns this holiday season.  The festival features Chinese performers on weekends and more than 20 displays with thousands of LEDs.  Read More»


Explore Raleigh’s Cultural Museums Year Round

Most of the museums in Raleigh are free! Whether you’re interested in art, history, science, or all three, Raleigh’s museums are great places to spend your free time. The City of Raleigh Museum is currently hosting a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit – Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.  Read More»

Carolina Hurricanes Ice Hockey Games

The Carolina Hurricanes will host several games at PNC Arena throughout Winter Break and the spring semester. Use the College Rush discount for any home game or College Select Night discount for other games.  Read More»