The annual “Christmas at Union Station” celebration starts Friday with the big tree-lighting ceremony and continues with assorted activities and entertainment through Jan. 5 at the Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.
Friday's activities, from 4 to 7 p.m., will include cookie decorating, holiday crafts and singing carols. Jazz singer Michael Walker will perform Frank Sinatra-styled carols and Santa and Mrs. Claus will join the festivities.
The event culminates with the lighting of the 50-foot tree, donated by Kevin and Linda Redlinger of Omaha and decorated by Mangelsen's designers.
An ethnic holiday tree exhibit also will be on view during “Christmas at Union Station,” and visitors can sample the holidays in other countries at the ethnic festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6.
Family Nights With Santa will be Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. Kids will be able to share their wish lists, make a holiday craft and enjoy musical presentations from 5 to 8 p.m. on those days.
A holiday concert series begins Dec. 7. Local singers, musicians and choirs will perform Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22.
On Dec. 31, children can celebrate the new year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Noon Year's Eve party.
Throughout “Christmas at Union Station,” which is presented by ConAgra Foods, people can drop off non-perishable foods or money donations for the Shine the Light on Hunger Food Drive.
Outside of “Christmas at Union Station” events, museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.
All events are free with regular museum admission, which is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for museum members and children 2 and younger.