Duke Chapel, one very peaceful place to spend Christmas eve, opens its grand doors tonight for Christmas Eve Services and carols. 5:30 & 11 p.m. Duke University West Campus, Durham. 684-4444.
Rock around the Christmas tree Sufi-style with the a dance dedicated to peace in the Middle East. Dances of Universal Peace sponsors an evening of sacred circle dances with singing and live music. No experience necessary. 7-9 p.m., Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Rd, Chapel Hill. 361-2383. $5.
The Homeboys for the Homeless benfit welcomes home stand-up comics who got their start at Charlie Goodnight's. Lord Carrett, Ronnie Bullard, Frank King, Scott Angrave, Jerry Carroll, Paul Pittman and Jed Farron will all be there, lending a hand to the Raleigh Rescue Mission. Lend your laughs to the cause. Tonight and Saturday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m. 861 W Morgan St, Raleigh. 828-5233. $12, $15 Sat, $10 Sun.
Still dreaming about a white Christmas? You can do all the snowdances you want, but if it doesn't work out you can still take the Eno River Association's Walking in a Winter Wonderland hike. A park ranger will spin yarns about the region's different types of snow and ice whether it snows or not. Snow shoes optional. 10 a.m.-noon, West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham. 620-8154. .
Continue your weekend on the Eno with Evergreen, a ranger-led hike of Eno River State Park's ever-greenery. Lace up your boots and wear fingerless gloves so your green thumbs can do their thing. 2 p.m., 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham. 383-1686.
The young dancers and musicians that make up the Collage Dance Company are certainly energetic and inspiring enough to help illustrate the Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) principle for tonight's Kwanzaa celebration. Arrive at 7:30 p.m. for the candle lighting and stay for traditional West African and African-American dance and storyteller/writer Willa Brigham's guidance through the evening. St. Joseph's Historic Foundation at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham. 683-1709. Free.
Revisit the magical world of Seuss in the musical adaptation, Seussical. Sure to beat the socks off of any other holiday fare starring Mike Myers. 8 p.m., Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 834-4000. $16-46.