One of the benefits of living at Trinity Commons is the close proximity you enjoy to much of what makes Durham such a lively place to live. During the holiday season, many of the activities and events of the area are easily enjoyed from your Durham home. Here are some popular attractions and events to consider as you look for ways to welcome the holiday season.

Christmas by Candlelight

Head to the Duke Homestead State Historic Site to see how Christmas was celebrated in 1870. After dark, the Homestead comes to life with twinkling luminaries and period decorations, and you can tour it to see what life was like in the 1800s for yourself. Carolers, dances and hot apple cider will welcome you as you tour.

Handle’s “Messiah” Concert

Stand with the audience as the Hallelujah Chorus soars through the rafters of the Page Auditorium at the 82nd annual Duke Chapel Choir Messiah performance. Rodney Wynkoop will direct this holiday classic complete with a full orchestra. Performances will be held December 4 through December 6.

Durham Patchwork Holiday Market

Grab some local art or purchase some handmade gift items at the Durham Patchwork Holiday Market, held December 6 at the Durham Armory. A number of vendors will provide their goods on display in this uniquely local shopping experience.

Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The Durham Performing Arts Center will perform a new rendition of the Nutcracker with stunning illusions and, of course, breathtaking dance. The performances will be held December 12 through the 13 and will feature all-new sets to bring the classic tale to life.

Bennett Place State Historic Site Guided Candlelight Tours

Every 20 minutes, visitors can tour the Bennett Place State Historic Site by candlelight to see a reenactment of the Union and Confederate soldiers holding a holiday truce, just as they did during the Civil war. Then, head to the Bennett home to see historic players prepare holiday food and decorate the home as they would have in the Civil War era. This is a step back in time and ideal for history lovers.

Durham is a great place to live all year long, but in the holiday season, it truly comes alive with history and tradition alongside art and great shopping options. Make the most out of your time in Durham with these exceptional holiday events.