American Tobacco Decks the Halls for 10th Anniversary Finale

Community, Dignitaries, Nonprofits Come Together for the Triangle’s Biggest Holiday Celebration, 12/5, 6 p.m.

‘Art from the Heart’ Photography Winners Revealed

(Durham) - November XX, 2014 - The American Tobacco Campus is set to ring in its 10th holiday season in 2014. After a decade of celebrations, the campus wide extravaganza remains the biggest holiday gathering in the Triangle attracting more than 100,000 people.

The Tower Lighting on December 5 will join a long list of anniversary celebrations that include a reunion of former factory workers, campus block party, Music on the Lawn concerts and the launch of Bee Downtown.

The Tower Lighting, sponsored by University Ford and Kia, and return of the Ice Factory complement the much lauded Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge, and Trosa Tree Lot. You can download photos here.

Triangle Tree Challenge

Fifty-four nonprofits will decorate trees lining the pathways of Diamond View Park starting Wednesday, Dec. 3, with Wool E. Bull arriving at 11am to root on decorators. Voting begins for the top tree, as well as other prizes, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 after the Tower Lighting.

Participating nonprofits include: Crayons2Calculators, American Dance Festival, Student U, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Habitat for Humanity of Durham, Keep Durham Beautiful, North Raleigh Ministries and The Scrap Exchange.

‘Art from the Heart’ Winners

As part of the campus’ 10th anniversary celebration in September, leaders asked Durham’s world renowned creative class to share their best photos of the campus. A panel of judges including representatives from campus tenants McKinney and the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, plus American Underground team Photofy picked the following winners (photos here):

  • 1st Place - Dean Culver
  • 2nd Place - Dare Kumolu Johnson
  • 3rd Place - Marshall Crutchfield

Timeline of Holiday Events:

The Ice Factory at The Cage - Open Nov. 20 through February 15th

  • $10 per person/per skate (skates included)
  • Closed Mondays and Tuesdays for Private Parties
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Located: North End of Campus adjacent to Burt's Bees
  • Parking: North Deck - 305 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham
  • Hours:
    • Wednesday-Thursday: 4-9 p.m.
    • Friday: 4-11 p.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
    • Sunday: 12-5 p.m.

Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge and American Tobacco Tower Lighting Schedule - Friday, December 5

  • Tower Lighting Program: 6-7 pm
  • Triangle Tree Challenge Lights and Voting Begins: 7-8 pm
    • Voting for Trees continues through December 19, Winners revealed on December 21 on Fox 50’s 10 p.m. News
    • Trees on Display through January 4


WRAL's 26th Annual Coats for the Children Campaign

  • December 3, 2014 - through Jan 4, 2015
    • American Tobacco Lobby Areas

You can download images for the holiday celebrations and photo winners here.

About American Tobacco

American Tobacco offers one million square feet of premium office space in a historic factory setting bustling with restaurants and businesses as well as the Durham Performing Arts Center and Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Featured in US News & World Report as the national model for urban revitalization, the campus serves as a bridge from Durham’s past as one of the Tobacco capitals of the world to its present and future as a knowledge, science and medical capital. ATC owner Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL Digital, WRAZ-TV, WRAZ Digital, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace, CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield Sports) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC and The Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC.

Photography courtesy of Brian Mullins Photography


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