PHOTOS: The Holidays Arrive At The American Tobacco Campus

Dec 3, 2016

Hundreds of people gathered at the American Tobacco campus in downtown Durham on Friday night for the annual tower lighting celebration.

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The event included guests from the DPAC’s Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical!, as well as performances from the Hillandale Elementary School chorus, the Riverside High School Rapids Ensemble, and the Barriskill Dance Theatre School.

Families, children and groups of friends gathered for the evening event to ring in the holiday season.

Note: This photo gallery is part of an occasional installment in collaboration with students and faculty at the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The American Tobacco Historic District was lit with Christmas lights to celebrate the holiday season. The annual Lucky Strike tower-lighting included performances and other festivities on Dec. 2, 2016.
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Maddy Chambers (left), Shelby Scott, and Madalyn Kotlarek of the Elevate dance company at the 12th annual lighting of the Lucky Strike Tower at the American Tobacco Campus. The dancers handed out light wands sponsored by 811 Dig North Carolina and PNSC Energy to kids and families attending the event.
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Dancers from the Elevate Performance Dance Company perform to holiday music at the 12th annual lighting celebration on Dec. 2, 2016.
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The American Tobacco Historic District was lit with Christmas lights to celebrate the holiday season. The annual Lucky Strike tower-lighting included performances and other festivities on Dec. 2, 2016.
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Hundreds of people gather in front of the Lucky Strike Tower stage awaiting musical entertainment by local group performers on Dec. 2, 2016.
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Visitors at the 12th annual lighting of the Lucky Strike Tower waved their light wands to begin the count down to light the tower on Dec. 2, 2016.
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Violinist Daniel D performs at the American Tobacco Campus under the Lucky Strike tower on Dec. 2, 2016.
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Brandon McCrimmon, also known as "No Cents," of the Elevate Performance Dance Company break dances for visitors at the American Tobacco Historic District on Dec. 2, 2016.
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Children enjoy the festivities at the 12th annual lighting of the Lucky Strike tower and stay warm by the fire at the American Tobacco Historic District on Dec. 2, 2016.
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Daniel Tonkin and his son, Robbie, reach for the falling snow after the tower is lit at the American Tobacco campus on Dec. 2, 2016.
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