Weekend Update: Dec. 4-6

Events this weekend at the Fairgrounds include the Classic Car Auction, Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet and three Christmas festivals, including two international celebrations, where you can find distinctive food and crafts.


Traditional Scandinavian Christmas ornaments

Donald Trump for President Rally
On Friday there will be a Donald Trump for President rally in Dorton Arena. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the rally starts at 7:30 p.m. Free admission tickets available at www.eventbrite.com.

Raleigh Classic Car Auction
A vintage vehicle might not fit under your Christmas tree but we think it would look great with a bow sitting in your driveway! Come check out more than 250 vintage vehicles on display and up for auction in the Graham and Expo buildings. Auctions start Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. A public preview will take place Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Admission is $10 per day for adults or $15 for a two-day pass. Admission for children under 12 is $5 per day or $7 for both days. Free admission for registered bidders.


The Lucia procession

Scandinavian Christmas Fair
This event Saturday in the Holshouser Building features Scandinavian favorites such as homemade foods, unique crafts and entertainment. There will be cultural exhibits and children’s activities. Entertainment includes folk dancing, folk music and the popular Lucia procession. The food court will have Swedish meatballs, salmon and homemade breads. The event is sponsored by SWEA (Swedish Women’s Association) and VASA (Swedish-American organization). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, and children under 13 are admitted free.

Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet
More than 100 vendors will be selling trains, accessories, track switches, hard-to-find parts and other toy train-related items from brands such as Lionel, K-Line, MTH, Weaver, Atlas, American Flyer, Bachmann and more in the Scott Building. Workshops and minor on-site repair will also be offered. Kids Club activities will include train races. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $6 for adults and free for children under age 13 who are accompanied by a paying adult. If you have a toy-train enthusiast on your Christmas list, you won’t want to miss this show.

Holiday Festival and Charity Event
Join Caldwell Banker HPW and Zerorez from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. in the Martin Building for a day of holiday fun benefiting the community. Everything you need to do for Christmas wrapped into one free family fun event: Get pictures with Santa Claus; buy your Christmas tree; enjoy sleigh rides; shop from local vendors; food truck rodeo; plus games and activities. Donations are accepted for photos w/Santa and sleigh ride. Tickets also earn entries into a drawing featuring prizes from BestBuy, Apple, Bailey’s Jewelers, and a grand prize from Johnson Lexus for a FREE 1 year lease of a brand new Lexus! Proceeds from event donations benefit the Turkeys for the Triangle, an HPW Foundation charity that partners with local charities, homeless shelters and churches to give away thousands of turkeys each year. 100% of all proceeds go to purchasing turkeys for those in need here in the Triangle. For more information visit www.zeroreznc.com or visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-festival-and-charity-event-tickets-19595702273?aff=efbnreg

Posada Navideña 2015
An Hispanic holiday celebration with international bands performing and booths offering health professional services as well as traditional Christmas-related items will be held Sunday in Dorton Arena. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. and admission is free.
Event Hours: 3 – 7 pm

The Hunt Horse complex will host  7th Annual Holiday Classic Open Horse Show this weekend. Show is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Spectator admission is free.

Also, those wanting to skip the hustle and bustle at the mall and look for unique holiday gift offerings will find the Raleigh Flea Market open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find vendors in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds.

About Funhouse

On the blog I go by Fun House (AKA Heather Overton). At the Fair you'll find me checking out the blue ribbon winners or hanging out in Heritage Circle. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite part of the Fair, but I can tell you one thing I hate - leaving it on the last day. I can't wait for opening day!

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