December 2021, Issue II
Fireworks and a giant acorn dropping in a downtown Raleigh square with a large crowd spectating
Guide: WRAL First Night Raleigh New Year Celebration
The 30th anniversary of Raleigh, N.C.'s biggest New Year's Eve celebration features nearly 100 performances and major activities (a Ferris wheel, disco roller rink, fireworks and more!). READ MORE
Best Restaurants That Opened in 2021 in Raleigh, N.C.
Overhead view of a table with beer, small plates and a big charcuterie board
It's been a good year for great food in the Raleigh area—these are best restaurants, bakeries and more that opened doors in 2021! SEE LIST
More Big New Year's Eve Events in the Raleigh Area
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Ready to ring in 2022 in a big way? We've rounded up some of the best special dinners, parties and events to celebrate the new year (and tickets are going fast!). SEE EVENTS
Illuminate Art Walk Brings Glowing Art to Downtown Raleigh
More than 15 pillars of lights in a downtown Raleigh square which are part of the Chimes outdoor art installation
This free, self-guided walking tour showcases downtown Raleigh's newest (and brightest) public art! READ MORE
Event: Tackle the Krispy Kreme Challenge on Feb. 5, 2022
A group of runners scarfing down doughnuts in front of a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Coffee sign
One of America's best food (and fitness) challenges is ready for a big comeback in early 2022. The Krispy Kreme Challenge—twelve donuts, five miles, one hour—is signing up participants right now! SEE DETAILS
A bearded man smiling in front of a historic safe
Olde Raleigh Distillery Special Tour (Jan. 8)

Learn about the craft of blending and distilling in this behind-the-scenes tour at Brandon McCraney's Olde Raleigh Distillery in Zebulon, N.C. (special tasting included!). REGISTER NOW
Fly Confident. Fly RDU.
Fly Confident at RDU International Airport

RDU International Airport has been hard at work maintaining safety measures around the terminals. On your next visit, look for distancing signage, hand-sanitizing stations and much more. READ MORE

Mask Requirements in Effect: Most of Raleigh Area
Face masks are required indoors within Raleigh city limits as well as Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville and Zebulon town limits, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also required in unincorporated areas of Wake County. READ MORE

Featured Photos 
Large holiday tree in a town square with people surroundingA woman smiling in front of a large Morgan Street Food Hall mural A metal archway that looks like a big golden present with the words Merry Christmas running across the topA giant ball ornament lit up, with a tunnel where people can stand under it and take photos

Pictured (clockwise from top left)
Downtown Wake Forest@townofwakeforest
Village District@shopvillagedistrict
"Tinsel: A Walk-Through Ornament" at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, part of Illuminate Art Walk@andrettibrown
Morgan Street Food Hall@chefbscasa

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