RALEIGH, NC (November 29, 2018) – The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) is hosting downtown’s annual tree lighting at a new location this year. The Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration will take place on this Friday, November 30 from 6pm – 7pm at Lichtin Plaza at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

The Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration is a free family–friendly event to usher in the holiday season. There will be holiday music by the Oakwood Waits, Broughton High School CAPital Sound and aCAPella, and Triangle Brass Band. Enjoy refreshments from lucettegrace, sausages and pierogis from Fresh Outta Brooklyn, and free hot chocolate from Food Lion. Visitors can shop at a pop-up version of Marbles Kids Museum’s Corner Store with unique gifts and stocking stuffers. Santa Claus will mingle with the crowd and be available for photos along with elves from Marbles’ Evening with Elves.

Airing live on ABC11, the tree will be lit by Mayor Nancy McFarlane and council members at about 6:10 pm. This year, a Menorah will also be on the plaza, lit beginning on Sunday, December 2 to celebrate Hanukkah.

“We’re excited to enhance this holiday kickoff tradition by locating the tree in a location that is much more visible and expanding the installations to ensure that more area residents and employees feel included in the celebration,” says Kristopher Larson, President & CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

To learn more about Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration, visit RaleighTreeLighting.com. Share your experience online using #RaleighTreeLighting.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Gold Sponsors: Alpha Production Group, Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
Silver Sponsors: ABC11, Food Lion


Mission of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA): Advancing the vitality of Downtown Raleigh for everyone. The DRA facilitates this mission through five goals: 1) Build a culture of authentic engagement and inclusion with Downtown’s diverse community; 2) Foster a thriving and diverse storefront economy; 3) Facilitate strategic partnerships to produce positive, balanced activations across Downtown; 4) Improve physical connectivity and accessibility within and around Downtown; 5) Position the DRA as a reliable, responsive, representative, and mission-directed.


Bob Hagh
Communications Director
Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Office: 919-821-6977
Mobile: 919-796-6606

Category: Press Release