Events around Post

This weekend
Holiday Lights in the garden: Embrace the outdoors while enjoying the Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s winter beauty and creating a cherished holiday memory with Family and friends, Friday through Dec. 30. Attractions and festivities include a synchronized show of lights and music echoing off the Cypress Pond, a mile-long stroll featuring thousands of lights aglow, photos with Santa, S’mores roasting over the fire pit, entertainment on select evenings and free crafts for children. Discounted tickets for military are available on Thursday and Sunday nights. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
It’s a Wonderful Life: Artistic Director, Matthew Overturf and the Gilbert Theater in downtown Fayetteville are excited to bring this holiday classic back to audiences. Performances run Friday through Sunday. It is the story of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by Family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him, by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born — that his has been, after all, a wonderful life.
Carriage Rides with Santa: The Cool Spring Downtown District will host Carriage Rides with Santa from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, with Santa himself in the driver’s seat. Tickets are $5 for children under 10 and $10 for adults and children over 10. Tickets for the “Early Bird” special from 1 to 2 p.m. are only $5 for all adults and children. Purchase tickets on the day of the rides at 222 Hay Street across from the Cameo Theater. Call 223-1089 for more information.
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, tonight through Sunday.
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 Friday. Complete logs Friday 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.
Upcoming Events
Santa Paws: The Fort Bragg Veterinary Center invites all their four-legged friends to the Second Annual Santa Paws, Monday through Thursday, at the Fort Bragg Vet Center. Join them for hot cocoa, treats and selfies with Santa and his friendly helpers. The event is free and no appointment is needed to attend. The Fort Bragg Vet Center is located in Building #2-7606 Reilly Road.
Carolina Philharmonic: Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., rediscover Handel’s Messiah with Maestro David Michael Wolff, as he leads over 60 instrumentalists and vocalists on the stage of Owens Auditorium, at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The 60-minute Christmas presentation of the masterwork features a stellar line-up of vocal soloists, including Nathan Milholin, bass-baritone, Young Mee Jun, soprano, Jami Rhodes, mezzo-soprano and Daniel Shirley, tenor, described in a review of his recent Carnegie Hall debut as “a tenor of lyrical allure and power.”
The Polar Express: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas to see a free showing of this holiday classic, Wednesday, 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
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, Saturday and Sunday. 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, Saturday and Sunday. This beloved story ballet is housed in the beautiful and historic Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, North Carolina. Visit for more information.
Holiday Circle Show: A celebration of the best in classic American folk and bluegrass, Saturday, at 8 p.m., at the Arts Center in Carrboro, North Carolina. The Circle Crew includes fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, bass and vocals. Special guests for this show include emcees Lee Smith and Hal Crowther; Triad-area singer-songwriter Laura Jane Vincent; Danville, Virginia based bluegrass legends Johnnie and Jeanette Williams; and Durham-based musical legend Jefferson Hart.
Upcoming Events
Solstice Celebration Lantern Walk: The Hillsborough Arts Council will host the second annual Solstice Lantern Walk on the Riverwalk in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. See up to 2,000 people walk along the Riverwalk with their beautifully creative lanterns, lighting up the night peacefully.
Art in the Park: What a lovely sight it is to see snow falling from the sky, so come help celebrate the beauty of the winter season by making some pretend snowflakes at the Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dec. 29, at 8:30 a.m. Visit the Finley Center where you can make paper snowflakes and help decorate the exhibit hall for the coming winter. For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); and free. Registration is not required.