Events around Post

This weekend
Behold: Sweet Tea Shakespeare will once again celebrate the holiday season with Behold, a folk Christmas cantata, tonight through Saturday, 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 performance tonight with a program called Christmas Around the World, featuring holiday music from countries including Canada, Trinidad, Germany, Austria and Ukraine.
Breakfast with Santa: Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast and meet Santa Claus, Saturday, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 for youth under 12 will be served breakfast with the jolly old elf, Santa Claus. Children under 2 are free with a paying adult. To make reservations, call 643-2778 or visit the museum’s Gift Shop. Santa will be available for “Photos with Santa” from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
Aberdeen Christmas Parade: The Aberdeen, North Carolina Christmas Parade will take place Saturday, at 11 a.m. in Historic Downtown Aberdeen. There will be so much to see and fun for children of all ages. Santa will visit during the parade.
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
Dare to Dream: Celebrate what’s possible as the adventures of five daring Disney heroines spark the courage inside everyone during Disney On Ice presents “Dare To Dream” at the Crown Complex, Dec. 14 to 17.
Winter Reading and Activity Program: This winter, the Cumberland County Library is offering a Winter Reading and Activity Program for all ages. This program is designed to keep reading over the wintery season fun and rewarding. Reading logs are available at all branches starting Dec. 15. Complete logs Dec. 15 through Jan. 15, 2018, submit it to any branch when finished, and receive a prize for participating while supplies last. Children receive a free book while adults and teens receive a library mug. Teens and adults also qualify for a grand prize $100 Walmart gift card. Fill out additional reading logs for more chances to win. All drawings take place the third week of January.
The Polar Express: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas to see a free showing of this holiday classic, Dec. 20, at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.
Celtic Christmas: Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, North Carolina, captures the beauty and atmosphere of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Iceland during the holidays. An entertaining and thought-provoking Family holiday experience, the show weaves a tapestry of music, dance, poetry and stories that hearken back to the ancient Celtic celebrations associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas. The show takes place Dec. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Statewide Events

This weekend
Trolley Holiday Lights Tour: Live the magic of Christmas aboard The Great Raleigh Trolley in Raleigh, North Carolina, through Dec. 30. Enjoy the best light shows and Christmas displays in the capital city while catching a ride on The Great Raleigh Trolley. Sing along to holiday songs cuddled-up with Family and loved ones. Tickets include a two-hour tour aboard The Great Raleigh Trolley; the sights and sounds of Raleigh’s most spectacular lights displays; and complimentary spiced cider and hot chocolate. Visit
www.greatraleightrolley.com/holiday-lights for more information.
Holiday Stroll: Come join a tour of Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s most historic homes, decorated for the holiday season, Friday. 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 St. 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, Friday to Sunday. 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.
Upcoming Events
Santa by the Sea: A magical holiday experience with Santa and his aquatic friends at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, North Carolina, Dec. 16 to 17. Meet a live penguin! Take photos with Santa! Play games and explore the Aquarium’s decked halls. Santa will delight the entire Family by diving alongside sharks, eels and one of his favorite sea turtle friends in three dive programs per day. Santa dives at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free with general aquarium admission.
The Nutcracker: Swirling snowflakes, giant mice, dolls that come to life and sweets from around the world are just some of the characters Families will experience as they join Clara on her magical adventure, Dec. 16 and 17. This beloved story ballet is housed in the beautiful and historic Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, North Carolina. Visit
www.carolinatheatre.com for more information.