It's that time of year when you can enjoy quality moments with your loved ones, unleash your creativity with crafting, experience live music or theater performances, or simply have a great time. No matter what you're seeking, we've got you covered!
Unforgettable Family Events This Season: Fun for Everyone!
This season offers an abundance of fantastic events that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
December 6-January 6: Victorian Christmas Tours of 1897 Poe House
Experience unique costumed tours of the Poe House. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of the 1897 Poe House as our knowledgeable guide, Ruth Aldridge, shares insights into Victorian Christmas customs. Explore the exquisitely adorned Poe House and discover the enchanting traditions of the era. For more info, visit https://bit.ly/47y6YTp or call 910-500-4240.
December 6-December 31: Light Up the City: A Holiday Decorating Celebration
Cool Spring Downtown District aims to bring festive joy to the city by organizing their yearly "Light Up the City" decoration event. Visit downtown to explore the Art and Entertainment districts and admire the beautifully decorated buildings through a self-guided walking tour. Visit the Facebook page at https://bit.ly/47RGSdN.
December 6-December 24: Photos with Santa at Cross Creek Mall
Discover the enchantment of the festive season with a visit to Santa at Santa's Workshop, conveniently situated within Cross Creek Mall. Santa eagerly awaits the opportunity to meet every family, listen to your holiday desires, and craft cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
Walkups are always welcome, but to book your Santa visit https://bit.ly/3r1c6zq.
December 7: Holly Jolly Singalong Trolley 2023
Create lasting memories with the Elves from the Cool Spring Downtown District as they take you on a delightful trolley tour of the neighborhood's enchanting holiday lights and decorations. Join in for a festive performance by the talented musical elf, Michael Daughtry, who will fill the air with joyous songs of the season. Feel free to join in and sing along as we spread holiday cheer! Visit https://bit.ly/47RYVk5 for more information.
December 8-December 21: Holiday Lights in the Garden 2023
Experience the magic of Holiday Lights in the Garden, proudly presented by Cape Fear Valley Health System. This beloved event is the original and best holiday lights experience in Fayetteville. Come and join in for an enchanting outdoor adventure, where you can stroll through a captivating display and engage in interactive experiences. For tickets and info, visit https://bit.ly/3TiKrGb.
December 8-December 23: Fayetteville Holiday Lights at Segra Stadium
Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere at Segra Stadium and delight in the dazzling display of tens of thousands of holiday lights! This enchanting event will feature an abundance of holiday lights adorning the stadium, including captivating displays on the concourse and a captivating pathway of walk-through lights along the warning track of the field. Find out more at https://bit.ly/3T16Vvc.
December 8-December 10: Christmas Market at Dirtbag Ales
Get ready for the annual Christmas Market. Step right in and immerse yourself in a plethora of festive delights, including over 70 delectable holiday-inspired culinary treats and a showcase of talented local artists and makers. Visit the Facbook page for more info at https://bit.ly/46zlTvh
December 9-December 17: Pictures with the Grinch at Green Side Up-Garden & Gift Center
The Grinch is coming to GSU for a photo opportunity! Bring your children and pets to have your picture taken with the Grinch. Remember to bring your phones and cameras, and one of the GSU staff members will capture the moment for you. Go to https://bit.ly/3urKo03 for more information.
December 9: Breakfast with Santa at Fascinate-U Children's Museum
The morning guarantees a delightful atmosphere of festive joy and cherished moments for the entire family. It offers the opportunity to capture pictures with Santa, indulge in a delectable breakfast provided by Dorothy's Catering, engage in enjoyable children's crafts, and explore the museum's interactive play area. For tickets and info, visit https://bit.ly/3sZtNQP
December 9: Santa in Rockfish U-Haul
Come out to Rockfish U-Haul for an opportunity to meet Santa! Enjoy complimentary hot dogs and bottled water, available while supplies last. Take part in hayrides, a Cake Walk, and browse through various vendors. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy. Additionally, they will be accepting canned food donations to support those in need. Visit https://bit.ly/49Z2aIk for more information.
December 9: Breakfast with Santa at Huske Hardware
Get ready for a merry occasion as Santa Claus is on his way to town, making a special appearance at a delightful breakfast! Come for a joyful experience packed with scrumptious cuisine, lively tunes, and the spirit of the holiday season. This in-person event is the ideal chance for both children and adults to meet the iconic figure in crimson attire, express their Christmas desires, and capture unforgettable pictures. Meals: $10 for Kids, $15 for Adults. For more info, visit https://bit.ly/3Rh0zq6
December 10: Breakfast and photos with Santa
Get ready to have a festive experience at our Main Event with Santa Claus! Bring your children and capture the enchantment of the holiday season through a special photo session and breakfast in the company of the one and only Santa Claus. This event provides a special chance for your little ones to express their Christmas desires, strike a pose for a memorable picture, and create treasured moments that will endure forever. Santa will be full of joy, eager to lend an ear to their dreams and spread the joy of the holiday season. Tickets $18-$35. See https://bit.ly/49OdtmC for more info.
December 16: Grinch Movie Night
Come and join the West Regional Library for a holiday movie night! Experience the joy and laughter of watching The Grinch (2018; PG). This event promises to be a delightful holiday tradition that brings people together. Don't miss out on the chance to enjoy some laughs, indulge in popcorn, and celebrate the season in style at our holiday movie night. Ages 6-11 years. For more information about this program, please call (910) 483-7727 ext. 1481.
December 16: Holiday Ice Show & Skate with Santa
Make sure to visit Cleland Ice Skating Rink at Ft. Liberty to enhance the festive spirit this holiday season by showing your support for local performers! Enjoy the Holiday Ice Show from 5-6 pm, followed by an opportunity to skate with Santa Claus starting at 6:30 pm. Food vendors will also be present at the venue. This event is open to the general public. Tickets $10. Visit https://bit.ly/3Gicmyb for more info.
December 22: Movie Night-The Polar Express
All aboard! Join the West Regional Library as they cozy in with a cup of hot cocoa and a cookie to watch The Polar Express (G; 2004). A Hot Cocoa and Cookie Bar will be set up and wearing jammies/loungewear is encouraged. Ages 0-5 years. For more information about this program, please call (910) 483-7727 ext. 1481. Visit the library website at https://bit.ly/3uwOPqx.
Unleash Your Craft Side: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Events That Will Ignite Your Creativity!
Are you in the mood to unleash your creativity? Take your pick from these amazing events to indulge in your passion for crafting!
December 9: DIY Cookbook Stand Workshop
Transform your kitchen aesthetic and participate in the engaging DIY cookbook stand workshop hosted by Board & Brush Fayetteville at the Westwood Shopping Center. Select a design from our extensive gallery of options. They supply all the necessary materials and guide you through each step to craft a stunning addition for your home or a thoughtful present. Take your pick from a diverse range of paint and wood stain colors during the workshop. $50 Make sure to register in advance to secure your spot at https://bit.ly/47z5vfx.
December 9: Poinsettia Paint Class
Join Green Side Up-Garden & Gift Center for a delightful morning of artistic expression as you gather with your friends to create a stunning portrayal of the exquisite Poinsettia on canvas. This masterpiece will undoubtedly add a touch of elegance to your winter decorations. Embrace this opportunity and let your creativity bloom! Pre-registration is required at https://bit.ly/3GgCv0i. Cost is $30.
December 10 & December 20: Mrs. Claus's Craft Corner
Dirtbag Ales is thrilled as their favorite season has arrived. They invite you to join them for an exciting crafting event: Mrs. Claus's Craft Corner! Come by the taproom, indulge in a delicious pint, and watch Mrs. Claus create a fun Christmas craft with the children. Visit https://bit.ly/3T1QD54.
December 10: Ceramic Truck & Tree Sip & Paint
Join Grapes & Hops for a delightful Sunday afternoon with your pals, where you can unleash your creativity and paint a charming Ceramic Truck and Tree Tea Lantern. This exquisite piece will be a perfect addition to your Christmas decorations. The best part is, there is no need for firing as they will seal it with a glossy glaze. Plus, you have the freedom to personalize it with your preferred colors. Grab your $45 ticket now, which includes all the necessary supplies for this artistic endeavor at https://bit.ly/4124Y3A.
December 12: TeenSTEAM DIY Snow Globes
Are the odds of having snow during the winter holidays not looking promising? Why not craft your own small-scale winter wonderland at our DIY snow globe workshop? The West Regional Library will provide all the necessary materials for you to capture a serene forest setting, a vibrant Kwanzaa celebration, or any other scene you desire. Ages 12-18 years. Registration is required by calling (910) 483-7727 ext. 1481. Visit https://bit.ly/3uxTHMe for more info.
December 13: Falalalala Frames
Join in the merry and joyful activity of creating delightful celebratory frames at the North Regional Library. These frames are ideal for gifting or personal keeping, ensuring a truly delightful experience. Ages 12-18 years. Registration is required by calling (910) 483-7727 ext. 1450. Visit https://bit.ly/47TGOdO for more info.
December 14: Winter Tea Light Jar
Join the East Regional Library for a fun craft session. Create your very own Winter Tea Light Jar, perfect for yourself or to gift to your loved ones. All the necessary materials will be provided for you. 19+ Years. Registration is required by calling (910) 483-7727 ext. 1414 Visit https://bit.ly/40Xla5W.
December 15: Let's Build Gingerbread Houses
Get into the festive mood by joining the Hope Mills Community Library to engage in the delightful activities of constructing, adorning, and conceptualizing your very own exceptional gingerbread house. This is an ideal opportunity to have a great time while immersing yourself in the holiday spirit. Ages 6-14 years. Registration is required by calling (910) 483-7727 ext. 1425. Visit https://bit.ly/3SX9NZX.
December 16: Kids & Mom Bake Class
Get ready for a joyful holiday baking experience by joining Cooking4Fitness, LLC. Have a great time baking with your mom and enjoy creating delectable treats. Not only will you bond with your little ones, but you'll also learn about the art of healthy baking. Make lasting memories as you indulge in delicious goodies that are guilt-free. Don't miss out on this opportunity to book your spot and embark on a memorable and nutritious holiday baking adventure! Tickets $6-$15 and can be found at https://bit.ly/46yAHdQ.
December 16: Easy Tree Ornaments
Head over to the Cliffdale Regional Library and join them for an exciting holiday crafting session. Enhance the beauty of your Christmas tree with stunning ornaments created using alcohol ink and glitter. All the necessary supplies will be provided for your convenience. 19+ years. Registration is required by calling (910) 483-7727 ext. 1383. Visit the library website at https://bit.ly/3T1tIH3.
December 17: Mommy & Me Christmas Cookie Class
Join Glam Show Sweets & Customs for a joyful holiday cookie workshop alongside your young ones. The recommended age for this workshop is 7 years and older. However, you are the best judge of your child's abilities. If they can follow instructions and handle the scribe tool (a sharp object used to shape our royal icing), then this workshop is suitable for them! Their aim is to make this class an enjoyable experience while also learning something new. This class will be exploring various wet-on-wet designs using our royal icing. These designs are easy for children to follow, yet entertaining enough for adults to appreciate. Prices vary. Visit https://bit.ly/3RiwHtg for more info.
Experience the Magic of the Festive Season: Unforgettable Ballet, Theater, and Live Music Shows Await
Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere by attending an exceptional ballet, theater, or live music show.
December 8-December 10: A Christmas Carol at The Gilbert Theater
Scrooge, a beloved holiday tale, discovers valuable teachings from three apparitions. May we all be blessed! Purchase your tickets today to experience this timeless holiday favorite in a delightful and comforting theater environment at https://bit.ly/3RjikFa or call 910-678-7186 for tickets.
December 10: The Snowman
Come and join the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for a festive family concert/film event, completely free of charge for the local community. This exciting event will take place in the Orangery at Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Not only will families have the opportunity to enjoy the music, but they will also get a chance to meet Santa Claus and the Grinch. No need to make reservations, as everyone is welcome to attend this concert, regardless of age.For more info, visit https://bit.ly/47JpV5o
December 10: Blume School of Dance-The Nutcracker Sunday
Celebrate the holiday season by immersing yourself in the enchanting world of Blume School of Dance's 54th annual performance of The Nutcracker. This timeless ballet will be brought to life by a talented ensemble of community members, dancers, and special guests. Join us for this captivating production and create cherished memories with your loved ones and friends!. Visit https://bit.ly/3N2belY for more info.
December 16: Messiah
This holiday season, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is once again teaming up with Cumberland Choral Arts to present a stunning performance of Handel's Messiah at the exquisite Berean Baptist Church. Admission to this event is free, and there is no need to make reservations. Visit https://bit.ly/3RgZlLx for more info.
December 17: Youth Orchestra Winter Concert
Experience the mesmerizing performance of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra at Huff Concert Hall, situated on the campus of Methodist University. Immerse yourself in this captivating concert, and the best part is, it's absolutely free of charge. Visit https://bit.ly/3MYTFU0 for more info.
December 18: World Ballet Series-Nutcracker at Crown Complex
The holiday season kicks off with the Nutcracker! The Nutcracker is a captivating production that forms part of the World Ballet Series. It brings together a talented ensemble of 50 professional ballet dancers who reinvigorate this timeless holiday tradition. Prepare to be enthralled by the World Ballet's exhilarating performance, which includes Tchaikovsky's unforgettable music, more than 150 exquisite, handcrafted costumes, magnificent hand-painted sets, and the iconic choreography by Lev Ivanov. Visit https://bit.ly/3RhledI for more info and tickets or call 910-438-4100.
Unleash Your Inner Elf: Adult-Only Christmas Fun That Will Make Santa Blush!
Looking for some holiday fun that's exclusively for adults? Look no further because we've got you covered! Get ready to indulge in some well-deserved adult-only holiday excitement.
December 7: Photos with Krampus at Dirtbag Ales
Krampus, a mythical creature who is part human and part goat, is set to make his annual appearance at Dirtbag Ales. Pictures are $20 and include a link to your digital copy! Visit https://bit.ly/47MTqTG for more info.
December 16: Ugly Sweater Beer Mile
Rogue Alpha Athletics has joined forces with Dirtbag Ales in Hope Mills to present the Ugly Sweater Beer Mile. Don your most unattractive sweater! Participants have the option to run, jog, walk, or even crawl along the approximately one-mile course while indulging in four 10-ounce beers directly from the on-site brewery at Dirtbag Ales. For more info, visit https://bit.ly/3QWUg9H
December 21: Paint Party & Cocktails at Dirty Whiskey Craft Cocktail Bar
Prepare yourself for an opportunity to express your imagination and enjoy delectable beverages at an extraordinary Paint Party! Come and be a part of an evening filled with amusement and relaxation with The Black Canvas. Gather your companions and explore your artistic side while reveling in the tunes of our live DJ. No prior experience required! Indulge in expertly crafted cocktails and socialize with fellow art enthusiasts as you allow your creative juices to flow. Ensure you don't miss out on this incredible chance to unwind, have a blast, and produce a work of art. Tickets $45, and can be purchased at https://bit.ly/49Zur1p