Events around post:

This weekend
Christmas tree lighting: It’s time for Fort Bragg’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and celebration, tonight, 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, tonight, 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, today through Sunday. 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, Sunday, 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!
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.
Upcoming Events
Behold: Sweet Tea Shakespeare will once again celebrate the holiday season with Behold, a folk Christmas cantata, Dec. 7 to 9, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville. Behold will feature Sweet Tea Shakespeare musicians and actors with music from Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God and the Oh Hellos, along with readings and good cheer. Part Gospel, part Sweet Tea magic, this is a reflective evening meant to warm your hearts and focus your minds on Advent and Christmas. For some extra Christmas cheer, the FTCC Chorus, under the direction of Jenne Carey, will join the Dec. 7 performance with a program called Christmas Around the World, featuring holiday music from countries including Canada, Trinidad, Germany, Austria and Ukraine.

Statewide Events

This weekend
Celebration of Flight: This event at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina, Friday, 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, Saturday and Sunday. 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.
World War I Film Series: The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina presents “A Little Princess” for this month’s World War I Film Series, Sunday. The Family film features a girl, raised by her father in British colonial India until the outbreak of WWI, who experiences change after her father is mistakenly declared dead, a casualty of combat. It is one in a monthly series of films meant to help interpret some of the scope and complexity of the Great War.
Upcoming Events
Holiday Stroll: Come join a tour of Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s most historic homes, decorated for the holiday season, Dec. 8. The tour begins at 6 p.m., with dessert party to follow at 9 p.m. Guests will stroll on a candlelight tour of four distinctive landmark private homes in the East Franklin-Rosemary Historic District enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres at each stop. The tour will culminate at the Horace Williams House at 610 E. Rosemary Street for a festive dessert party for all attendants. For more information, visit www.preservationchapelhill.org/holiday-house-tour.
“The Polar Express” Train Ride: “All Aboard” The Polar Express at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina, Dec. 8 to 10. Set to the music of the motion picture soundtrack, Families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers will then enjoy singing, dancing, and a reading of “The Polar Express.” Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will present the first gift of Christmas. On the return trip, everyone will receive their own silver sleigh bell, heard by all those who believe! Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas.