10 Christmas light show‘Tis the season to be jolly, and there is an abundance of local merry festivities to usher in the holidays. From viewing spectacular light displays to laughing at comedic Christmas performances, the variety of entertainment provides something for everyone. Here are some gems you won’t want to miss.

Purchase a delicious treat and catch “Santaland Diaries,” put on by the Cape Fear Regional Theatre, at The Sweet Palette, located at 101 Person St. Watch as Santa’s helper, Crumpet, gets caught up in the craziness of the holiday buzz at Macy’s and deals with all of the shoppers and their children that come through the doors. The CFRT: After Dark production promises to bring on the laughs with “whacked out, wicked wit.” The show is for ages 18 and up, so leave the kids at home lest you end up on the naughty list. The show will run through Dec. 21. General admission tickets are $20 and for season ticket holders, the tickets are $15. Call 910-323-4233 or visit http://www.cfrt.org/project/the-santaland-diaries/ to buy tickets.

Enjoy an evening stroll at Arnette Park’s “Christmas in the Park,” a beautiful attraction of light displays. With thousands of beautiful lights decorating the park, the Christmas Express train, a fire pit to roast marshmallows at and the opportunity to enjoy your favorite, classic Christmas movies on the outdoor screen with a cup of hot cocoa, this event is a favorite among locals. You can even visit jolly St. Nick and get a picture for $5. “Christmas in the Park” is open from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 22. Admission is $10 per family vehicle, $30 per commercial vehicle and $75 per motor coach or bus. For more information, call 910-443-1547. For inclement weather, call 910-306-7325.

“An 82nd Airborne Jingle: All the Way!” is right around the corner at the Crown Theatre. Featuring the 82nd Airborne Division Concert Band, the All American Chorus and Riser Burn, the 82nd Airborne Division’s rock band, the event’s holiday program is free. A military family night will be held Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. The public concert will be held Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit http://www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/an-82nd-airborne-jingle-all-the-way to learn more.

Experience the magic of Christmas at Lu Mil Vineyard at the drive-through Festival of Lights. Some of the features of the attraction include free pictures with St. Nick, a gift shop, a free wine tasting and their Christmas Village. A country buffet is also available for $12 from 5-9 p.m. You can view the brilliant lights through Dec. 23 from 6-10 p.m. The event costs $10 per person, and ages 5 and under are free. For more information, visit http://lumilvineyard.com/festival-of-lights.html or call 910-866-5819.

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