Lighting of the Trees 7pm
Complimentary hot wassail and cookies
9am-11am -Breakfast with Santa
9am until 4pm – Craft Show
Noon – 4pm – Hot dogs & soda
Admission is free but there is a fee for breakfast & lunch.
Because this is an indoor event there is NO RAIN DATE.
Bring your friends and family and celebrate the magic of the Christmas season at Lights on the Neuse.
- Christmas Hayride
A one-mile long, 30-minute old-time tractor-pulled hayride through a beautiful Lights Extravaganza, filled with Christmas music and holiday magic.
Now offering a wheelchair accessible hayride.
- The Christmas Barn
An enchanting 3D Christmas house.
- Santa’s Sweet Shoppe
Offering old-fashioned Christmas candy, hot chocolate, coffee, kettle corn and wonderful Smores kits that you purchase and cook yourself at the picnic area.
- Visit Santa
Don’t miss the Jolly Old Elf himself – get your picture made with Santa!
Bring your family and celebrate Christmas at Lights on the Neuse. This down home Christmas Lights park is located on Boyette Farms convenient to Clayton, Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Smithfield, Dunn and Benson NC.
For more info, visit http://lightsontheneuse.com!by
Dec. 05 through Dec. 14, 2013
Keep Johnston County Beautiful, Inc. (KJCB) is planning its Tenth Annual Festival of Trees – a display of live, NC-grown, premium grade Christmas Trees decorated in various themes appropriate for the Christmas Season. This is our “Gift to the County” during the week of December 05 through December 14, 2013 at the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield. There is no admission charge so families can enjoy a festive experience as the Christmas Season begins.
For more information go to www.jcfestivaloftrees.com!by
Step back in time to glimpse traditional holiday splendor of as it would have appeared in the mid-1800s. Swagged greenery, fruits and berries, antique toys, heirloom quilts and coverlets are all combined to transform Dr. Hall’s house and transport visitors back in time. Each room will delight young and old alike and many have made the tour a part of their family holiday traditions.
This Salisbury landmark residence was originally an 1820 two-story Federal style double-pile frame house used by the girl’s department of Salisbury Academy. In 1859, Dr. Josephus Hall (1805-1873) added a two-story front porch with cast iron oak leaf and acorn ornamental openwork, a gateway arch, and square-edged clapboard. The front windows were also lengthened.
For more info, visit http://holidays.historicsalisbury.org/a-victorian-christmas!by
Edenton’s 2013 tour features 14 beautifully decorated houses in Downtown Edenton on W. King Street, Blount Street, Pembroke Circle and S. Moseley Street. Beginning at 4:00 pm take a self-guided tour, at your own pace, and enjoy the festive evening event. If you need a break, stop in at the Barker House, the First Presbyterian Church of Edenton, Edenton Baptist Church or Gateway Bank.
Think about coming early and spending the weekend. Tickets are good for both days of the tour and on Friday and Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, tour public buildings including the Barker House, the Cupola House, the James Iredell, Sr. House and the Chowan Arts Council for a bit of merriment and refreshments.
Visit http://ehcnc.org for more info!by
Ride the Handy Dandy Railroad in Denton and see the lights and Nativity movie along the way. Visit the church and sing carols. Explore the Service Station, Gingerbread House, our Arts & Crafts exhibits, the General Store, and the Doll Museum. Make sure to see Santa!
Food available and more! …”
Visit http://www.countrychristmastrain.com for more info!by
Local Cub Scouts provide the Honor Guard and display the Flag for the singing of the National Anthem.
Families can walk one mile around the lake to view the beautiful lighted displays.
Santa will visit the celebration and free cocoa and cookies will be served prior to Light up.
The contact for this event is Chris Stanton at 910-458-6885.
Visit: www.islandoflights.org for more info!
November 29 – 30, 2013 – The “Hard Candy Christmas” show is the longest running of the two events. Doris Hunter, Macon County, North Carolina native and artist, promotes both shows. Doris says :”The Mountain Artisans Arts & Crafts Show started in 1987 with a dream and only 8 exhibitors, including “myself”. The Mountain Artisans name did not come into reality until many years later.
The “Hard Candy Christmas” had small beginnings like all dreams. Doris envisioned a Christmas show in Franklin, North Carolina that would feature the area’s best artisans. When she mentioned her idea, not many of her artists friend were enthused. They said: ”when the last leaf falls, no one is here to buy arts and crafts and the locals will not support such an event”.
Undaunted, Doris convinced a few of her pals to go along with her and “put on” a local holiday arts & crafts show.
The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving was picked as it is the biggest shopping day of the year. The first show was held in the small Slagle Memorial Building in Franklin. The rock building had a big fireplace so we called the show “The Fireside Art & Craft Show. The exhibitors were Doris Hunter (Pinecone birds), Michael Rogers (Watercolors), Gail And Roger Marsengill (Country craft), Linda McKay (Victorian craft & bears), Cynthia Star Lightfoot (Granny dolls), Rod Eirwood (Jewelry), Norma Deeks (Cowee Creek Pottery ). The eighth exhibitor no one remembers.”
For more info, visit: http://www.mountainartisans.netby
Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, December 8, 2013 (closed Thanksgiving) – 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Continuing the long-time local tradition, the Cape Fear Festival of Trees is back! During the two week festival, CAM visitors will wander through a winter wonderland featuring holiday trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses and organizations.
Don your work attire or favorite holiday cocktail dress and join us for the official grand opening event, Party in the Pines. Music, hors d’oeuvres, and delicious holiday desserts are yours to enjoy among the magnificently decorated holiday trees and lights!. Tickets are $35 through Nov. 15, $45 after Nov. 15.
Stay in your pajamas, grab your Teddy Bear, and join CAM and characters from Wilmington School of Ballet for a special breakfast and storytime with the jolly man himself, Santa Claus! Please buy early, tickets are limited! Tickets for the Teddy Bear Picnic Brunch with Santa are: 3-12 years old, $10; 13 and older, $15
Visit www.capefearfestivaloftrees.org for more info!
Come out and watch a Christmas light show that will blow your socks off. High Country Lights, Northwest North Carolina’s premier animated light show and the winner of “Best Animated” on the National Tacky Light Tour two years in a row, features thousands of lights choreographed to your favorite Christmas tunes on 96.5FM.
Not only are there thousands of lights blinking, it uses smart LED technology on a large scale making endless colors and effects. This free light show can be seen nightly from 6:00pm to 10:00pm Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.
For more information, visit http://www.highcountrylights.