RALEIGH, NC (November 13, 2017) – The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) is kicking off the holiday season with a new event. The Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration, presented by Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and produced by the DRA, will take place on Saturday, December 2 from 4pm – 8pm. Families will enjoy an evening of holiday festivities, music, treats, and more to celebrate the season.

The Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration is a free family–friendly event that will transform Fayetteville Street and City Plaza into a winter wonderland. The biggest attraction at the event is Snowzilla. At almost 35 feet tall and 90 feet long, the Snowzilla super slide is guaranteed to be an exhilarating winter-themed ride. Throughout the event, there will be live music entertainment and holiday refreshments provided by local restaurants and breweries.

We invite the public to participate in two contests this year. Registration for the Gingerbread House Competition is open now through Friday, November 17. Participants can sign up with their dogs for the Holiday Hounds Costume Contest until Friday, November 24. There will be prizes for ugliest sweater, best pair (with both the dog and their owner dressed up), and most festive.

Other activities include the Carolina Hurricanes Slapshot Booth, an inflatable obstacle course by Polar Ice House and Raleigh Ice Center, and face painting for children. The Kids’ Zone will features performances by Cirque de Vol, activities by Little Maker’s Academy, and Santa’s Village. Kids can also enjoy shopping cart races thanks to Food Lion. The Mayor’s Official Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on City Plaza towards the end of the evening.

To learn more about Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration, visit RaleighTreeLighting.com

Thank you to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
Stage Sponsor: Food Lion
Ride Sponsor: Nature’s Twist



About Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA):
DRA is an award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to continue the revitalization of Raleigh’s downtown. The Alliance enhances the quality of life and positively impacts the economic success of downtown through six core services: 1. Safety & Hospitality Ambassadors; 2. Strategic Branding & Community Communications; 3. Events Production; 4. Retail Attraction & Merchant Promotions; 5. Strategic Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement; and 6. Strategic Planning. For more information about DRA, please visit www.YouRHere.com.



Bob Hagh
Public Engagement and Communications Director
Downtown Raleigh Alliance
333 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1150
Raleigh, NC 27601
919.821.6977 (p)
919.832.0984 (f)

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