Weekend shopping at the N.C. State Fairgrounds offers a great alternative to the mall. It’s also a great place to take your out-of-town guests to walk off the turkey and pies.
Celebrating it’s 45th year at the fairgrounds is the Raleigh Flea Market, one of the largest flea markets in the state. The market features hundreds of vendors in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Also this weekend is the popular Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market. Gifts for people of all ages will be for sale, including crafts, jewelry, art, pottery and holiday foods. Santa and special holiday singers will also be there to help get shoppers in the holiday spirit. It’s the perfect stop to start and finish your holiday shopping while supporting buy local. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (60+) and military with ID, and $4 for ages 6 to 12. Admission is good all three days so plan on spending the weekend. Discount coupon are available at www.ChristmasCarousel.com.