Your guide to the Triangle’s tree lightings, Christmas parades and Santa sightings

The State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony festivities start at 5 p.m. with the lighting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at 1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. N.C. MUSEUM OF HISTORY

Santa’s calendar is pretty booked up by now.

But he sometimes leaves his perch at the mall to visit the Triangle’s parades, tree lightings and holiday events.

Meanwhile, Raleigh’s Christmas Parade kicked off the area’s holiday season, but there are more parades over the next few weeks pretty much everywhere. (As we said, Santa’s a busy guy.)

Raleigh’s Christmas tree lighting is on the move from Fayetteville Street to the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Durham will have two lightings in one night — first at the American Tobacco Campus, then in downtown.

So start making plans. Click here for a town-by-town guide.

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