‘The Brightest Light’
The Raleigh Symphony Orchestra will play “The Brightest Light,” a holiday concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at The Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for ages 16 and younger at www.etix.com.
Holiday Home Tour
Apex Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for kids at The Rusty Bucket, the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Antiques on Salem. Tickets the day of the tour cost $12. For tickets, go to www.apexhistoricalsociety.com.
Christmas on Salem Street
Celebrate the season with Christmas on Salem Street in Apex:
• Friday, Dec. 6: Caroling at the downtown depot will start at 5 p.m. The official Christmas tree lighting with Mayor Keith Weatherly will be at 5:30 p.m. Sleigh, carriage and train rides with Santa will be 6-9 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 7: The annual Apex Rotary Pancake Breakfast will be 7-11 a.m. in the fire station at 210 N. Salem St. Pictures with Santa will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St. The annual Apex Rotary Christmas Parade will start at 5 p.m.
For more information, go to apexdowntown.com/christmasinfo.php.
The Apex United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and Youth Choir will perform “The World Became Flesh” at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in the church sanctuary, 100 S. Hughes St. Tickets are free. For details, go to www.apexumc.org.
Be a Santa to a Senior
Give gifts to local seniors who are alone or in need during the holidays with Be a Santa to a Senior. Take an ornament, listing a gift suggestion, from one of the program’s trees in Cary, Holly Springs or Morrisville. A gift-wrapping party will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. For details and tree locations, go to beasantatoasenior.com.
Letters to Santa
Kids can send a letter to Santa through the Santa Mailbox in Cary Town Hall until Friday, Dec. 13, at 316 N. Academy St. Include your child’s name and address for Santa to write back.
Holly Daze Shoppe
Downtown Cary’s pop-up shop will sell handcrafted gifts 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, Dec. 2-21, at 120 E. Chatham St. New artists’ work will be featured each week.
Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church will host a study of “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem” by Adam Hamilton 11 a.m.-noon or 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, in the church’s Session Room, 200 High Meadow Drive. Evening sessions include a separate class for kids, and child care is available for both sessions with registration.
Family dinners are available 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall for $20 per family, $7 for adults and $3 for kids. For details or registration, call 919-467-4944.
White Plains United Methodist Church will host a study of “The Journey” by Adam Hamilton 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, in room C203 at 313 SE Maynard Road. The class costs $12. To register, call 919-467-9394 or go to www.wpumc.com.
The White Plains United Methodist Church Advent Fair will feature dinner at 5:45 p.m., the Hands for God Puppet Ministry at 6:30 p.m. and crafts for adults and kids at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 313 SE Maynard Road.
‘A Christmas Story’
Cary Players Community Theatre will present its annual performances of “A Christmas Story” from Thursday, Dec. 5, to Monday, Dec. 9, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets cost $16 for students and seniors, $18 for adults and $15 for groups of 20 or more. For details, go to www.caryplayers.org. Here’s the schedule:
• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6
• 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
• 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
• 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9
GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays
Westwood Baptist Church will host a GriefShare seminar, Surviving the Holidays, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 200 Westhigh St. The program aims to help people who have lost a loved one through the holiday season. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and costs $10. For details, call 919-469-9393.
Coping with grief during the holidays
Christ the King Lutheran Church will host a program on coping with grief during the holiday season 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at 600 Walnut St. The program is provided by Horizons Grief Center, part of Hospice of Wake County. All are welcome. For details, call 919-467-8989.
Crafts for kids
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve will host a nature-inspired holiday craft program for ages 5-8 from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Registration is required. To register, call 919-387-5980.
‘A Cary Christmas 2013: Songs of the Season’
First Baptist Church of Cary will celebrate Christmas with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the dining hall and a presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 218 S. Academy St.
Ballet at Barnes & Noble
Dancers of the Carolina Youth Ballet will perform dances from “The Nutcracker” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road.
Robin Edgar will lead free holiday reminiscence workshops sponsored by the nonprofit Akula Foundation in December in Cary. Here’s the schedule:
• 2:15-3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Sunrise of Cary, 1206 W. Chatham St.
• 12:45-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Chatham Creek Rest Home, 809 W. Chatham St.
• 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Spring Arbor, 901 Spring Arbor Court.
• 2-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Carolina House of Cary, 111 Macarthur Drive.
For details about Edgar and the reminiscence programs, go to robinedgar.com.
The children’s choirs of White Plains United Methodist Church will present their Christmas pageant, “Baby Jesus, We Love You,” at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the church’s Christian Life Center at 313 SE Maynard Road.
The Cary Town Band will host a Carol Sing-A-Long 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Cary Senior Center in Bond Park, 120 Maury Odell Place. There will be music to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter Solstice and the new year.
The Concert Singers of Cary will sing holiday music 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Karen Hart will join the singers as a soloist, guitarist and percussionist. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and free for students at the door or at the Cary Arts Center box office. Details: www.concertsingers.org.
Traditional Christmas Concert
White Plains United Methodist Church will host the Traditional Christmas Concert of choir and ensemble singing, bells, the church orchestra and organ at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 313 SE Maynard Road.
St. Francis United Methodist Church will host a Christmas cantata, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2965 Kildaire Farm Road. All are welcome.
‘Sounds of the Season’
The Triangle Brass Band will present its holiday concert, “Sounds of the Season,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets cost $5 for students, $15 for adults at the door, the Cary Arts Center ticket office at 919-462-2055 or online at www.etix.com. Details: www.trianglebrass.org.
St. Francis United Methodist Church will host its 15th annual Live Nativity from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, and Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 2965 Kildaire Farm Road. Dinner is from 5-7 p.m. The Live Nativity, indoor nativity displays, live music and crafts for kids are from 6-8 p.m.
Contemporary Christmas Concert
White Plains United Methodist Church’s Contemporary Christmas Concert will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 313 SE Maynard Road. The Praise Team and New Spirit groups will perform popular and new Christmas songs.
Blue Christmas Service
The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ’s Blue Christmas Service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at 1050 NW Maynard Road. The quiet, reflective service is for people coping with loss, grief, illness or other difficulty during the holidays. All are welcome and child care is provided.
Candlelight service and sledding
Mosaic Church of Cary will host a candlelight service at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 270 Towerview Court. The church will have over four tons of snow brought in for sledding at 5 p.m. For details, call 919-535-8365 or go to www.madebeautiful.com.
Cash for Christmas
Shoppers in downtown Fuquay-Varina have a chance to win a $500 gift certificate in Downtown Dollars from the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association. Register in any downtown business by Dec. 11. For details, go to www.Fuquay-VarinaDowntown.com.
Fuquay-Varina’s Christmas Parade will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, on Main Street.
Donate Christmas gifts for kids by taking a tag from the Angel Tree and returning with unwrapped gifts by Monday, Dec. 9, in Holly Springs Town Hall, 128 S. Main St. Each tag lists a child’s age and gender. The New Horizons Christmas Store volunteers will pick up gifts Dec. 9.