Spend Christmas with TRT on the Raleigh Holiday Tour.
Our bus tour is 3 to 3.5 hours and covers many important and key Raleigh Holiday locations! Limited dates.
Join us on:
Thursday, December 7th, departure time: 6:30pm-9:30pm – Pullen Park Holiday Express tickets included.
Friday, December 8th – SOLD OUT.
Saturday, December 9th, departure time: 4:00pm-7:30pm. Governor’s Mansion tour & Historic Mordecai House Lantern tour tickets included.
Friday, December 15th, departure time: 6:30pm-9:30pm. Pullen Park Holiday Express tickets included.
Saturday, December 16th – SOLD OUT.
Sunday, December 17th, departure time: 4:00pm-7:00pm. Pullen Park Holiday Express tickets included.
Looking for a fun event for the entire family to enjoy this holiday season in the Triangle? There are many fun things to do during the holidays in Raleigh and Triangle, but the Downtown Raleigh holiday event to attend is the Tobacco Road Tours Raleigh Holiday Tour in December. Tobacco Road Tours has created an exciting event that will run only for a limited time.
That gives you two weekends and two chances each night to experience a one of a kind opportunity to see downtown Raleigh covered in lights while your guide shares the history, architecture and cultural aspects of the area. We’ll explore downtown Raleigh and surrounding areas the State Capitol Building, Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood neighborhood, Fayetteville Street, the Governor’s Mansion, the Capitol Christmas tree and of course Pullen Park! This mini coach driven tour consist of small groups of up to 14 people giving you the feeling of being on private tour. Each tour has a special highlight.
Raleigh Holiday Tour Highlights
Ugliest Sweater Contest! Wear you ugliest holiday sweater and you may win the grand prize gift basket that includes gift cards to awesome downtown restaurants and more.
Hot Chocolate & Spiced Cider! Delicious for both children and adults.
Special Christmas Cookies! Everyone, of course, will receive holiday cookies at the end of the tour. It wouldn’t be the holidays without the sweets.
Pullen Park Holiday Express – A special highlight of the tour is a stop at Pullen Park next to the campus of North Carolina State University. You and your family will be able to ride the Pullen Park Holiday Express– a local favorite that often sells out each year and you don’t even have to worry about parking! The historic Carousel and train are both specially decorated during the holiday season with thousands of lights, wreaths and garland. Who knows, you may even see Santa during your visit. Train Ride – Enjoy the holiday lights as you hop aboard the Holiday Express train! Your designated ride time is located on your ticket. Limited dates: Dec. 7, 15, 17 tour dates.
Carousel – Choose your favorite animal and enjoy unlimited rides on the historic carousel. Santa – Visit with Santa under a heated tent with activities while you wait. Children can write a letter to Santa, play games, color fun pictures, and enjoy the warmth and decorations! Ornament Craft – Design an ornament to remember 2017 Holiday Express. Holiday Craft Station – Create a holiday craft to enjoy all season long. Kris Kringle’s Carnival – Play classic carnival games and giant board games with a holiday twist! Blizzard Boogie – Enjoy nightly dance parties with some classic holiday characters! Sledding Hill – Cruise down a super fast real snow covered slide!
State Capital & Governor’s Mansion in Lights – North Carolina’s State Capital building, an example of the Greek revival architecture, and its grounds is always beautifully decorated. It is described as being one of the smallest and best preserved of all our nation’s state capitol buildings with period -type furnishings from the 1840s, keeping the look and feel of when it was built 177 years ago.
Two blocks over is the Executive Mansion of North Carolina. Built in 1891, in the Victorian Queen Anne’s style architecture, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Mansion is covered in lights during the festive holiday season. Limited dates: December 9th – tour only.
Explore Historic Oakwood Neighborhood in Lights – we will take a drive through this quaint and popular neighborhood which displays various styles of architectural and view the homes luminously covered in lights and Christmas decorations.
See the State Christmas Tree – Each year, a North Carolina tree is chosen to be the State Capitol Christmas tree and resides on the State Capitol grounds facing Fayetteville Street. The Governor and First Lady light the official state Christmas tree during the ceremony.
Drive by on the National of Historic Places, Moore Square Park offers a nice getaway for downtown guests looking for a relaxing space in Raleigh’s central business district. Along with the Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre, Marbles Kids Museum attracts over 600,000 visitors making this district a popular destination. The historic City Market offers an eclectic collection of independent retail stores and independent restaurants surrounded by charming cobblestone streets.
Visit the Big Acron. Raleigh is home to the “Big Acorn” that drops each New Year’s Eve during Raleigh’s First Night celebration.
Mordecai Historic Park – Visit the Mordecai home – the oldest plantation in Wake County. Built in 1785, and was originally 5000 acres. Also located on the grounds are: the historic outbuildings include the overseer’s office and smokehouse, the Allen Kitchen, the Badger-Iredell Law Office, St. Mark’s Chapel, and the birthplace of the 17th President, Andrew Johnson. Limited Lantern tour date: December 9.
Fayetteville Street – We will drive down the historic street that is always so beautifully decorated during the Christmas season. Fayetteville Street, the center point of Raleigh’s downtown Fayetteville Street Historic District, is home to a mix of local restaurants, condominiums, businesses, museums and government offices, etc. With the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts on one end and the State Capitol Building opposite side of the street, it was re-opened to traffic in 2008, which made helped with the revitalization of this district in downtown Raleigh. Named after French General Lafayette in, Fayetteville Street is the host of many downtown popular events throughout the year.
Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral that is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, replacing Sacred Heart Cathedral. Availability is subject to the Cathedral’s schedule.
The cathedral accommodates more than 2,000 worshipper’s and serves as the site for major liturgical celebrations, pilgrimages, and events for the Catholic community of eastern North Carolina. The existing Sacred Heart Cathedral will be retained and honored as the first church designated to be the Cathedral for the Diocese of Raleigh but will be renamed Sacred Heart Church.
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