Holiday events

December 9, 2013 


Christmas tree exhibit and auction

The Halle Cultural Arts Center’s sixth annual Christmas tree exhibit and auction to raise money for the Western Wake Crisis Ministry will be open until Friday, Dec. 20, at 237 N. Salem St.

Christmas pageant and concert

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School’s Christmas pageant and band concert will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the school gym at 625 Magdala Place, Apex. The elementary drama and music students will present “Light of the World,” and the middle school Monarch Performing Arts Company and the Liturgical Dance Company will join their story of the nativity. The seventh- and eighth-grade jazz band will perform after the pageant.

Christmas cantata

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. Details:


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

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 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays until Dec. 21 at 120 E. Chatham St. New artists’ work will be featured each week.

Advent study

White Plains United Methodist Church will host a study of “The Journey” by Adam Hamilton from 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 11 and 18, in Room C203 at 313 SE Maynard Road, Cary. Classes started Dec. 4. The class costs $12. To register, call 919-467-9394 or go to

Christmas pageant

The children’s choirs of White Plains United Methodist Church will present their Christmas pageant, “Baby Jesus, We Love You,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the church’s Christian Life Center at 313 SE Maynard Road, Cary.

Advent study

Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church will host a study of “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem” by Adam Hamilton from 11 a.m.-noon or 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 11 and 18, in the church’s Session Room, 200 High Meadow Drive, Cary. Classes started Dec. 4. Evening sessions include a separate class for kids, and child care is available for both sessions with registration.

Family dinners are available from 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.

Holiday Pops

The Concert Singers of Cary will sing holiday music at 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:

Holiday Bazaar

Triangle Math and Science Academy’s Holiday Bazaar will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 312 Gregson Drive, Cary.

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, Cary.

Christmas cantata

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, Cary. All are welcome.

Crafts for kids

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve will host a nature-inspired holiday craft program for ages 5-8 from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Registration is required. To register, call 919-387-5980.

Live nativity

Kids at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church of Cary will act in the Living Nativity at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at 220 High House Road.

‘Sounds of the Season’

The Triangle Brass Band will present its holiday concert, “Sounds of the Season,” at 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 Details:

Live Nativity

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, Cary. 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, Cary. 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, Cary. 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


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. Details:

Christmas Home Tour

The Fuquay-Varina Woman’s Club third annual Christmas Home Tour will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Tickets, which come with maps, cost $12 ($6 for kids) in advance at the Garden Hut, Shoppes on Main or David Anthony’s. Tickets are $15 ($7.50 for kids) the day of the tour.

‘The Perfect Gift’

The Bazzel Creek Missionary Baptist Church Drama Ministry will perform “The Perfect Gift” at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1228 Wilbon Road. For details about the free play, call 919-552-2513.

Christmas decoration party

Preschoolers will make Christmas ornaments at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center, 820 S. Main St. The class costs $1.

Holly Springs

Main Street Christmas

Festivities will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Town Hall and the Holly Springs Cultural Center. There will be a parade, hay rides, visits with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus and more.

Happy Holly Days Parade

The parade will step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in downtown Holly Springs. Floats, dancers, marching groups and more will begin at Holly Springs Road and end at Ballentine Street.

‘Holiday Swing’

The Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will perform “Holiday Swing” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 Ballentine St. Tickets are $7, $5 for seniors and students, at 919-567-4000 or


‘Magical Winter Lights’

A light show by Paintscaping will be on the Park West 14 movie theater building at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. until Thursday, Dec. 12, in Park West Village, 3400 Village Market Place. Carolers will perform between light shows.

Story time with Santa will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, in the Park West 14 theater lobby.

There will be free train rides around the center from 3-9 p.m. until Sunday, Dec. 15.

Nifty Gifty Toy Drive

FOX 50 and Me TV 50.2 will collect donated toys for the Raleigh Rescue Mission, Durham Rescue Mission and Beacon Rescue Mission until Sunday, Dec. 15. Donate a toy in the giant gift boxes at the Park West Village shopping center at the corner of Chapel Hill Road and Cary Parkway. For details, go to

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