There’s just THREE shopping weekends left until Christmas. Come on out to the fairgrounds for the free St. Nicholas European Christmas Market. Visitors can shop Europe without leaving Raleigh. It features food and gifts from Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, the British Isles, Scandinavia and Italy. You’ll find unique, handmade, collectible and vintage gifts, baked goods from traditional recipes, pirogi and kielbasa and delicious Slavic foods. Entertainment includes Irish Step Dancers, old-fashioned caroling Friday evening and The Little German Band and Dancers on Saturday. Check out the children’s activities and visit St. Nicholas. Shop for nesting dolls, Polish pottery, Czech crystal, vintage ornaments, hand carved wood gifts, children’s items, beer and barware, boxed ornaments, cashmere scarves from Scotland, and more. Finally, stop by Koehl’s Bakery for mulled wine and dessert or get a brew at Fortnight Brewing. Hours are Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Bulls, Bells and Barrels Bull Riding Event presented by Carousel Farms is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Hunt Horse Complex. General admission is $12, VIP admission is $17 and children ages 5 and under are admitted free. This event offers bull riding and barrel racing. Doors open at 6 p.m. for shopping.
The Raleigh Classic Car Auction is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Graham Building and the Exposition Center. Adult admission is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass; admission for children 12 and under is $5 per day or $7 for a two-day pass. Admission is free to registered bidders. Over 250 vintage vehicles from four private collections will be for sale.
Shop a selection of unique gift ideas at one of the largest markets in the South. The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education building and surrounding grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend.