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Resident Artist Exhibit & Sale

City Center Gallery and Books
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City Center Gallery & Books is bringing together its resident artists for a four-man art exhibit, featuring works by Cindy Burnham, Stephanie Bostock, Johnny Horne and Caroline Merino. All works will be on sale. Mindful that Christmas is coming soon, the artists have selected some of their most affordable art for the budget-conscious consumer. Plan to meet the artists on October 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and enjoy complimentary wine, beer and light refreshments. The exhibit will continue through the holidays.


Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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Nature Connects® Art with LEGO® Bricks

Cape Fear Botanical Garden
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Inspired by nature and built by artist Sean Kenney with over 500,000 colorful LEGO® bricks, the exhibit features larger-than-life sculptures representing the complex and amazing network that interconnects all living things on Earth. The sculptures are displayed throughout the Garden, and interpretive panels for each display feature a message to connect children with the natural world and promote environmental stewardship and conservation. Adding to the exhibit are activities for all ages, hands-on building stations and design competitions. Exhibit opens on September 30, 2016, and remains open through January 8, 2017. In the case of inclement weather, call ahead to confirm garden hours.


Garden Hours: Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year's Eve and Day.

Event Admission: $5 - $10 per Non-Member; Free for Members

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Singing Christmas Tree

Snyder Memorial Baptist Church
7:30 p.m.

A Fayetteville tradition since 1980, this special Christmastime musical production features 250 singers, a hand-bell choir and a 40-piece orchestra. Contact the church for information on acquiring free tickets (available beginning November 3).


Event Times: The evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night, with the addition of two matinee performances at 4:00 p.m. on December 3 and 4 only.

Event Admission: Free

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Live Nativity

Temple Baptist Church
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Get in the spirit of Christmas at this special Live Nativity event, in its 20th year of production. Guests may choose to drive or walk through the nativity scenes. Narrators will be on site to walk attendees through each scene of the nativity, sharing the story with a group of 8 to 10 people at a time. A special fun zone will allow children to make homemade Christmas ornaments, and attendees will also enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate station.

Event Admission: Free

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Christmas at the 1897 Poe House

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex
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Enhance your holiday season with a tour of the 1897 Poe House and its Victorian decorations, to include a big tree in the parlor. You will come to know and appreciate how people from the 1900's celebrated the traditions that so many hold dear today. Decorations will remain up through January 8, 2017.


Tour Hours: The Poe House is open for free tours Tuesday through Friday, at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.; Saturdays on the hour, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sundays on the hour, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The house is closed on all Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Event Admission: Free

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It's a Wonderful Life

Gilbert Theater
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The Gilbert Theater's second show of the 2016-2017 season is this ageless holiday classic by James Rodgers. This is the story of George Bailey, the every-man from the small town of Bedford Falls whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. His guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to show him what the world would have been like had he never been born--that his life has been, after all, "a wonderful life." The show runs through December 18; call or visit the event website to confirm show times.

Event Admission: $14 - $16

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Cape Fear Regional Theatre
Call for Show Times

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You will not believe the mayhem, and the fun, when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This play continues to be a highlight of Fayetteville’s holiday season for more than 25 years. Recurring every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this play runs from December 2 to 18, with additional shows on Wednesday, December 14, and Thursday, December 15. Call or refer to the event website for specific show times.

Event Admission: $10 - $15

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"Holiday Spectacular!" Featuring Sons of Serendip

J.W. Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sons of Serendip, finalist on season 9 of America’s Got Talent, is a musical group of four friends who, through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University. They have each been playing their instruments since childhood, but in 2014, they came together to begin what they know will be a long, beautiful journey of creating music that touches people’s hearts.

Event Admission: $20

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Bull Riding on the Farm

Shady Acres Rodeo
6:00 p.m.

Every Sunday Shady Acres Rodeo, a self-sustaining farm, hosts a bull-riding event. Bring your friends and family out to enjoy watching some bull riding. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., books open at 5:00 p.m., and the show starts around 6:00 p.m. Call the farm to confirm hours, or to inquire about the rules and terms of participation.

Event Admission: $5 per Spectator (Children Free)

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Java Expressions

The Coffee Scene
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Local and regional artists present their work every Sunday night. Every third Sunday of the month, the Coffee Scene hosts Java Expressions Live--a live-streamed invitational series featuring two spoken-word artists and two singer/songwriters--as part of its regularly scheduled Java Expressions program. Call before attending, as this weekly event could be canceled due to special events or holiday closures.

Event Admission: Free

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Holiday Jubilee

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Held annually in December, Holiday Jubilee encompasses the traditions of holidays past. Enjoy a Victorian caroling concert on the Poe House front porch and view the elaborate Christmas décor during this open-house event. Kids can take a picture with Santa (free). The Coventry Carolers will perform at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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On the Road to Bethlehem: Through the Eyes of Joseph

Lebanon Baptist Church, Town of Eastover
6:00 p.m.

Biblical characters from the first Christmas are introduced through music and drama at On the Road to Bethlehem: Through the Eyes of Joseph.

Event Admission: Free

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A Christmas Tour of Homes

The Sandford House at Heritage Square
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

This tour features five gorgeous Fayetteville homes, all decorated for the holidays, with the historical properties in period decorations. Refreshments will be served for the entirety of the tour at the Sandford House. Call or refer to event website for further information on purchasing tickets.

Event Admission: $15 Donation

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