From small gatherings to large spectaculars, a holiday event is happening every day in December
Greater Fayetteville, NC – With a holiday event every day until Christmas, it’s fair to say that Cumberland County enjoys celebrating the season. From light displays to artistic presentations, from historic endeavors and events with small town charm, locals and visitors are bound to find something to delight. We’ve highlighted a few events here. For the complete list, go to VisitFayettevilleNC.com.
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Two light displays provide ample opportunity to revel in the sparkle of the season:
> Visit Arnette Park in Fayetteville to take a ½-mile stroll through a walking trail filled with sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Christmas in the Park also includes live entertainment, marshmallow roasting, holiday movies and a Christmas Express train. Admission is $10 per family vehicle. Christmas in the Park is open every night from December 6 through 20.
> From December 8-9, 14-15 and 19-23, Cape Fear Botanical Garden hosts the annual Holiday Lights in the Garden. The display is an illuminated mile-long pathway with a synchronized show of music and lights over the Cypress Pond. This special event also includes a free caroling hayride, photos with Santa, S’mores roasting, entertainment on select evenings, and free crafts for children.
Two new German Christmas markets were introduced in 2018:
> Hayat Yoga Shala and Dirtbag Ales are partnering to present Cumberland County Deutscher Weihnachtsmarkt on December 15. The special event, to be held at Dirtbag Ales’ new location at 5435 Corporation Drive in Hope Mills, will feature German-inspired food, craft and food vendors, a kids’ park and German Nikolaus (Santa Claus.)
> On December 8, Spring Lake will hold its first German Christmas Market. The Spring Lake Commerce is hosting the market at The Collective. The event features local food and drinks and lots of shopping opportunities.
Artistic avenues to mark the season:
> Sweet Tea Shakespeare presents Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on December 6-8 and 13-15. The production is a musical take on the Christmas story. Admission is free with seat reservation.
> A local tradition, the Cape Fear Regional Theatre hosts The Best Christmas Pageant Ever weekends until Christmas, starting December 6. Tickets are $10 to $15.
> On December 1, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra offers Home For the Holidays, a concert featuring traditional Christmas music. The concert is held at Methodist University. Tickets are $12 to $28.
> The Cumberland Oratorio Singers present the Messiah Sing concert at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on December 15. The concert is free.
Historical and small town Christmas fun:
> On December 1, enjoy a small-town Christmas celebration during Christmas in Hope Mills. A Christmas parade is followed by the town’s “Festival of Lights.”
> The 1897 EA Poe House, part of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, hosts Holiday Jubilee on December 2. This free event encompasses Victorian Christmas traditions, to include period cooking on the 1902 stove. Throughout the month of December, the EA Poe House is decorated for a Victorian Christmas celebration.
> On December 14 and 15, tour the Oak Grove Plantation during its Christmas Candelight Tour for a traditional Christmas experience. The house, which was built circa 1793, was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Tickets are $5 to $12.
> Explore artistic, original and cutting-edge loft designs during Downtown Fayetteville’s Candlelight Loft Tours. Tickets are $10 for this December 6 event.
About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217.