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Top 10 Things to Do in November & December

Christmas Shopping in Durham, NC

Plan a magical holiday getaway in the coming months and enjoy all the wonderful events and fun things to do around Durham! The only thing better than a warm and cozy place to stay is a full itinerary for the perfect trip. Staying with us at our elegant, yet quaint, Durham bed and breakfast this winter season ensures you will enjoy the most wonderful trip imaginable. Here’s where the fun starts…

Triangle Orchid Society Show

November 18-20th

Come out and enjoy the beautiful displays of orchids from all around the globe! Get the chance to win raffle prizes, shop for plants from vendors, and learn more about orchids with workshops and speakers. This collaboration with Sarah P. Duke Gardens will be an event to remember – bring your camera!

Free drop-in event. Parking fees apply after 1 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday.

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market

November 19-20th

Make your way to Durham Arts Council’s winter event this November to support the arts. This fun event is a festival of fine arts and crafts, put on to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy local artistic talent, live music, top restaurants, amazing shopping, historic sites, and new businesses.

Admission for this event is free.

Duke Chorale Christmas Concert

November 29th

Duke University Chapel will host their beautiful Chorale Christmas Concert in late November this year. Be a part of this wonderful Durham tradition and sing along to classic Christmas songs. It’s the perfect festive event to get you in the holiday spirit!

The price for this event is one non-perishable food item for needy families in Durham.

Shopping in Durham, NC - Holiday

Holiday Shopping

Browse around unique, local stores selling books, clothes, gifts, home goods, and more. It’s the perfect place to start your holiday shopping! Below are a few of our favorite shops.

  • Morgan Imports – One-of-a-kind gifts for all including locally-made soap and jewelry.
  • Cedar Creek Gallery – Fine craft gallery featuring a wide selection of handmade pottery.
  • Durham County Pottery Tour – November 12-13th there will be 15 potters for the Third Annual Pottery Tour and Sale.
  • Cozy – Eclectic gifts, sumptuous yarns, and exquisite beads.

Find out more about locally-owned, specialty boutiques.

Duke Basketball Museum & Sports Hall of Fame

When sports fans think of Durham, they think of Duke. Stay with us and travel just 20 minutes from the inn to the Duke Basketball Museum and Sports Hall of Fame where you can take in the culture and fan experience that Duke fans enjoy year-round. It’s a must-see for any college sports fan.

Christmas by CandlelightChristmas by Candlelight in Durham

December 2nd & 9th

Enjoy a historical evening event at the Duke Homestead State Historical Site. Interpreters in costume will give candlelit tours of the historic site which will be decorated for Christmas – 1870’s style.

Don’t miss this beautiful event.

100 Years of Christmas at Stagville

December 3rd

Visit the historic homes of slaves and slaveholders and learn about the holiday traditions of enslaved and free people in North Carolina.

  • Open House 10am-4pm
  • Special Lantern Tours 4-6pm

Call (919) 620-0120 to purchase tickets.

Christmas in the Piedmont During the Civil War

December 10th

Experience a Christmas celebration the way North Carolinians did during the American Civil War at the Bennett Place State Historic Site.

Admission for this event is free.

Holiday Dinners in Durham, NC

Romantic Dinners at the Inn

You don’t have to leave the cozy comfort of the inn to enjoy a remarkably romantic and delicious dinner. This season we are offering a magnificent dining event for every taste.

Dinners are available Thursday through Saturday at 6:30pm. Choose from these glorious options…

  • Elegant Tasting Dinner
  • Personal Chef Dinner
  • Chef’s Three Course Dinner
  • Salad Plus Light Dinner

Get more details and view a sample menu here.

Durham Breweries & Wineries

Durham boasts many terrific breweries and wineries. With local flavor and a variety of brews, you are sure to find something to enjoy. Some of our favorite locations include Fullsteam Brewery, Triangle Brewery, and Rock of Ages Vineyard and Winery. Get all the details here.