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Here’s what’s happening now:

A ZIP code in the Brier Creek area of Northwest Raleigh and a ZIP code in Holly Springs are the two top ZIP codes in Wake County for percentage growth this week of COVID-19 confirmed cases. 
Both saw confirmed COVID-19 cases increase by more than 10% since last week. [Weekly data by ZIP code]

What else to know:

On Thursday N.C. had its highest one-day case count: 4,296. Wake County rolled out a 'do this, not that' campaign for Thanksgiving and the CDC advised people not to travel for the holiday. [catch up]
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8 ideas for your weekend & beyond:

💻 Celebrate North Carolina's indigenous people: The 25th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration is virtual on Friday (today) and Saturday from the NC Museum of History. [info]

🍹 Drag brunch at Ruby Deluxe, 1-3 p.m. Sunday with food from Capital Club 16, coffee from Pine State Coffee and, of course, drag performances. [info]

🥬 The last Black Farmers Market of the season will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Southeast Raleigh YMCA. [info]

🥦 Raleigh City Farm is doing a pop-up Thanksgiving week farmstand on Tuesday afternoon. [info]

Holiday events this week:

🎄Downtown Raleigh tree lighting, 5:45-6 p.m. Friday (virtual).

🎄Raleigh Christmas Parade, 10 a.m. Saturday (virtual). 

🎄Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Market in Lafayette Village 12-6 p.m. Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. The Tree Lighting ceremonies will be 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. 

🎄North Hills virtual tree lighting, Holiday Shop & Stroll. Saturday 12-4 p.m. in the shops, followed by a virtual tree lighting at 7 p.m. 

More details, events in our guides:
🗓️ Holiday festive event calendar []
🛍️ More local holiday shopping events []

Shop local: Gifts for kids

📸: Kids gift ideas from DECO.

Consider small businesses in Raleigh when buying for the kids in your life this holiday season.

These stores and businesses not only have unique and affordable gifts for kids, but they’re taking extra safety measures to ensure a socially distant shopping experience, curbside pick up or even delivery.

Here's our guide to 14 Raleigh area businesses where you can find gifts for children. [🎁

Set your alarm for 11 a.m. Saturday for Nights of Lights tickets: Artsplosure, WRAL and the City of Raleigh will host a drive-through at Dorothea Dix Park from Dec. 16 to New Year’s Eve. Expect holiday-themed lights and Christmas music, with a special First Night Raleigh spin on Dec. 30 + 31. The festive route will be 1.3 miles and only available as a drive-through. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday for $15/car. [details]

The story behind the Christmas tree hanging over the Beltine (since 1988!) [WRAL🎄
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