The holiday hustle and bustle is upon us—companies and organizations across North Carolina are sending out their RSVP invites for year-end parties, networking events, galas and fundraisers.
In an effort to help readers balance work with fun, WRAL TechWire has compiled a guide to the holiday-themed events happening across North Carolina in December.
NOTE: This list will be updated with new information. If you’d like your event to be added, feel free to send me an email.
December 5, 4-7 p.m. @The Chesterfield
Meet fellow entrepreneurs, get tips on growing your company and network with members of the life science community at Larger Than Life Science, a free event presented by LaunchBio. This month’s theme is “Big Holiday Party.” Come to celebrate the community’s accomplishments in 2019.
December 6, 11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @Quail Hollow Club
The British American Business Council Charlotte invites the community to join for a holiday party to wrap up the year.
December 10, 4-6 p.m. @The Bullpen
The NC Women of Color in Research Network is hosting a workshop on how to improve your networking skills through using an “elevator pitch.” The session will be led by Ariana Eily, science communication expert and postdoctoral associate with Duke Science and Society. A holiday reception with hors d’oeuvres and drinks will follow.
December 10, 5-7 p.m. @WeWork Durham
For its next meetup, RTP AgBio+AgTech is hosting a winter celebration at WeWork in Durham. The event will have an “Ask Me About” theme, where attendees will submit their name, a photo and an agriculture-related topic they want to chat about. A slideshow loop will run while attendees have snacks, beverages and network.
December 11, 3:30-6:30 p.m. @Charlotte Motor Speedway Paddock Club
Come network with the business community while getting a sneak peek at the Speedway’s Christmas light decorations at the next “Speed Networking at the Speedway” event, held by the north chapter of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.
December 11, 4-7 p.m. @North Carolina Museum of History
Raleigh Chamber is hosting city, state and county representatives for an evening of networking and discussion. Elected officials will share their key issues and priorities for next year and will interact with the audience in a moderated Q&A.
December 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. @Bailey Tucker House
Local CIOs and senior IT leaders are invited to gather for an evening of networking at the historic Bailey-Tucker House in downtown Raleigh.
December 11, 6-8 p.m. @Westgate Wine
December 12, 4-7 p.m. @The Frontier
Shop local for the holidays at the 5th annual Mistletoe Market, featuring products from artisans in the Triangle. Dress for Success Triangle will receive 15% of the profits. View the full list of vendors here.
December 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @NC State Club
Join CompTIA AITP’s RTP chapter for its annual holiday party to celebrate the group’s success in 2019. This event features a talk from author and body language expert Terry Vaughan on how to recognize and interpret body language and use it to your advantage as a useful tool in personal communications.
December 12, 6-8 p.m. @Cary Florist
The Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is hosting a special holiday networking event with members of the local business community.
December 17, 5-7 p.m. @Hurt Hub@Davidson
Startup Grind Davidson invites the community to join to celebrate a successful year with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a white elephant gift exchange, ping pong, jenga, karaoke and Uno.
December 18, 5-7 p.m. @Bluedoor Studio405
DHIT’s free networking event takes place at Bluedoor Studio405 this month. Join to celebrate the holidays and connect with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders over craft beers. This month’s featured speaker is Lee Phillips, co-founder and chief strategist at Bluedoor Group.
December 18, 6-9 p.m. @Center for the Craft
Mountain BizWorks is hosting its annual year-end event celebrating its years of success and looking forward to 2020. Light refreshments, desserts and drinks will be served.
December 19, 5:30-8 p.m. @HQ Raleigh
Join HQ Raleigh for its annual holiday party featuring ugly sweaters, prizes, drinks and community.
December 19, 5:30-8 p.m. @Flywheel Coworking (W. Fifth St.)
Join Startup Grind Winston-Salem for its annual chili cookoff to celebrate the end of the year.