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Skating under the pines: After a festive success a year ago, The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst, North Carolina is transforming its West Lawn into an expansive 3,000-square-foot skating rink, now through Jan. 6, 2018. It will be complete with music, lights and joyous cheer that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Whether temperatures call for sweaters or shorts, guests will enjoy a skating experience unlike any other. Skates will be provided.
The Nutcracker: A Family favorite of the season, Taylor Dance Nutcracker performs at Owens Auditorium on the campus of Sandhills Community College, Friday to Sunday. The weekend features three full length performances for all ages. For more information, visit
A Dickens Holiday: Historic Downtown Fayetteville will again be transformed into a unique Victorian village and wonderful shopping experience, Friday, at 1 p.m. There will be all the classic Dickens Holiday events, including Scrooge, cider, arts and craft vendors, photos with Father Christmas, carriage rides, street performers and, of course, the candlelight procession followed by fireworks.
The Heart of Christmas Show: Celebrating 19 years, the Heart of Christmas Show is a full-blown, whistles and bells, Broadway-style production that has something for everyone at the Crown Complex, Saturday to Monday. It’s a fast-paced show that beautifully portrays the meaning of Christmas with song and dance. This show is a must-see with its 36-member cast of singers and dancers, featuring the popular Christian performing group, Voices of the Heart. In keeping with its first year’s mission, the show provides the opportunity for talented young people to be involved and onstage in a professional production and it teaches them to use their talents to do good and great things for less fortunate children. The show gives away every dollar from ticket sales for the weekend shows.
Christmas tree lighting: It’s time for Fort Bragg’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and celebration, Nov. 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Main Post Parade Field. Festivities include a visit with Santa, Golden Knights parachute demonstration, light refreshments, holiday entertainment, “Kidz Corner” and special guest, Miss North Carolina, Victoria Huggins.
Christmas Spectacular: Kick-off the Christmas season at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Nov. 30, as the Home For Christmas Tour comes to town. This tour features award winning southern gospel artists, the Mark Trammell Quartet and the Whisnants as their multi-state tour makes a stop in Pinehurst. Joining these groups on this special night will be Moore County teenager, Cooper Ellington.
Festival of Trees: The 21st Annual Sandhills Children’s Center Festival of Trees is sure to delight the young and the young-at-heart, Nov. 29 to Dec. 3. Come out to The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst, North Carolina as the The Carolina Hall is turned into a sparkling winter wonderland. Admission is by any monetary donation at the door. Families won’t believe their eyes as they stroll down the aisles featuring over 100 trees of various sizes all decked out in their holiday finery. The Festival of Trees also has decorated wreaths, gingerbread houses and gift baskets. Military Appreciation Night is Nov. 30, and features free admission, live music and a cash bar.
Holiday Jubilee: Celebrate the Christmas season with Victorian flare at the annual Holiday Jubilee at the 1897 Poe House, Dec. 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. This is a free event featuring a concert by Fayetteville’s own Coventry Carolers and the Cross Creek Chordsmen. The Coventry Carolers will perform on the front porch of the Poe House at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The house will be elaborately decorated for a Victorian Christmas providing a beautiful backdrop for this festive event and will be open between the caroling performances. The Poe House kitchen will be alive with the smells of Christmas goodies cooking on our 1902 Glenwood stove. Santa Claus will also be in attendance and available for pictures throughout the event. Santa photos are free!
Lu Mil Vineyard Festival of Lights: During the Festival of Lights at Lu Mil Vineyard in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, Friday and Saturday, from 6 to 10 p.m., Families can drive their own vehicles through hundreds of thousands of lights and decorations that are synchronized to music on a car’s FM radio. The night will also feature a country buffet, Santa, candy shop and free wine tastings.
North Carolina Holiday Floatilla: Held in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, this event is fun for the whole Family, Friday and Saturday. It features a Friday launch party with The Embers and tree lighting ceremony complete with a visit from Santa and the Saturday Festival in the Park with arts and craft vendors and the popular Arab Choo Choo. The main event, the lighted boat parade, typically features 30 boats decked out in Christmas lights, decorations and costumes begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by a spectacular fireworks show.
Country Christmas Train: Ride the Handy Dandy Railroad and see the lights and nativity movie along the way in Denton, North Carolina, beginning Friday. Visit the church and sing carols. Explore the service station, Gingerbread House, General Store, Doll Museum and all of the arts and crafts exhibits. Take the tram down to visit the Reid Plantation or ride the horse drawn wagon ride. Make sure to stop by Santa’s cabin for a visit. Visit www.dentonfarmpark.com/country-christmas-train for more information.
Celebration of Flight: This event at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dec. 1, celebrates the history of flight in our country. The guest speaker will be Darrell Collins, from the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Collins is a lively speaker and eagerly shares stories of early aviation in North Carolina. After his talk, attendees can make their own paper airplane, then try it out inside the museum’s three story atrium. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour: Join the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society for the 43rd Annual Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour in Wilmington, North Carolina, Dec. 2 and 3. Visit the Latimer House Museum decorated for a Victorian Christmas celebration with live flora, music and refreshments. Carolers and luminaries will guide your way through three historic houses of worship and ten historically significant homes in Wilmington, North Carolina. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lcfhs.org or at the Latimer House Museum.