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-Christmas Themed Events—

-“Behold”: Dec. 13-14 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1601 Raeford Road. Sweet Tea Shakespeare production features gospel music, a splash of honey and a focus on Mary. Showtime is 7 p.m.; tickets are $10-$50. For more information, go to

Annual “A Robeson County Christmas” Show
Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater
315 N. Chestnut St., Lumberton, NC 28358
-Fri., Dec. 13, 2019 7:00 pm
-Sat., Dec. 14, 2019 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm
-For more information: Email:, call (910) 738-4339 or go to
-Details: Our annual heart-warming holiday musical revue for the entire family featuring the best regional performers singing and dancing in the holidays. This year’s show features Lumberton’s own Rebekah Revels Lowry and X-Factor Top 40 selection Brent. See the beautifully staged dancing of “The Civettes” as well as adorable performances by the show’s youth cast. The theater will be beautifully decorated for Christmas and, of course, there will be appearances by Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch and Santa Claus! This year marks the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater’s eighth edition of what has become the region’s “go to” Christmas show.
-Tickets: Individuals $25, Seniors (65+) and Military $22. Students $10, Rear Balcony $17*,PrivilegesPlus members $20. Group discount rates of $20 each for groups of 10 or more when purchased in advance are available by contacting the box office. Season Tickets: Purchase 5 or more events at the same time through our box office to receive a 20% discount off the top ticket price. *Please note that BALCONY Tickets require walking up significant stairs. *For this show only, the seats in the back half of the balcony may have an obstructed view. * No Refunds or Exchanges.

-Rotary Christmas Parade: The Rotary Christmas Parade is Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. in downtown Fayetteville. The parade begins on Person Street, goes around the Market House and down Hay Street to the railroad station. For more information, call 910-483-4186.

-Christmas Home Tour: Dec. 14, 1-5 p.m., Lumberton. The Robeson County History Museum and 5-6 homes are decorated for the season. Tour is $10. For information, call 910-738-7979.

-Through 12/23
-Festival of Lights: Lu Mil Vineyard, 438 Suggs-Taylor Road in Elizabethtown, will host a Christmas light show through Dec. 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, children 5 and under admitted free. A country buffet, gift shop and photos with Santa are also available. For more information, call 910-866-5819 or go to

-Step Show: Sampson Middle School, 1201 W. Elizabeth St. in Clinton, will host a “Holiday Classic Step Show” from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Teams from around the area will compete. Admission is $7 in advance, $9 at the door. For more information, call 910-337-4512 or 919-616-8694.

-Through 12/14
-Rails to Christmas: Dec. 13-14, 6-9 p.m., 101 N. Main St., Red Springs. Take a railcar ride through a Christmas wonderland. Adults, $10; ages 4-13, $5. Rides every 30 minutes, weather permitting. For more information, call 910-237-1836.

-Kinwood Lights: The annual luminaries display is 6 to 9 p.m. in the Kinwood neighborhood off Ramsey Street in the Methodist University area.

-Great Russian Nutcracker: Tuesday, 7 p.m., Crown Theatre. The Moscow Ballet presents an extravagant performance of the holiday tradition. Tickets are $32-$178; For tickets and more information, call the box office 910-438-4100.

-Sweet Potato Pie Homegrown Christmas: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Temple Theatre, Sanford. All female band performs a mix of bluegrass, country and gospel. Tickets at

-Through 12/21
-The Santaland Diaries: Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 19-21, 8 p.m. nightly, at The Sweet Palette, 101 Person St. Spend an irreverent evening with one of Santa’s naughty helpers. General admission, $20. Adults only, age 18 and older. For more information, go to

-Through 12/22
-‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’: Through Dec. 22, Cape Fear Regional Theater. Annual production of the classic tale of a church Christmas pageant with the Herdman children taking the lead roles. Tickets are $10 to $15. For more information, go to

-Through 12/22
-Christmas in the Park: Through Dec. 22, Arnette Park, 2165 Wilmington Highway, exit 100, N.C. 87 South. Walk along a half-mile trail decorated with lights and sounds of the season. Visit Santa, ride the Christmas Express train, watch holiday movies on an outdoor screen, roast marshmallows over the fire pit. Admission is $10 per family vehicle, $30 per commercial vehicle; $75 per coach or bus; activities may carry an additional cost. Weather permitting. For more information, call 910-433-1547.

-Through 12/22
-“Away in the Basement“: Through Dec. 22, Temple Theatre, Sanford. The church basement ladies prepare for the Sunday School Christmas program in 1959. Tickets are $17-$29. For more information, go to

-Through 12/23
-Holiday Lights in the Garden: Weekends, Thru Dec. 23, 5:30-9 p.m. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd. Stroll through the garden decorated with nearly a million lights, visit Santa, go on a hayride, eat s’mores and drink cocoa. Admission is $7-$12; photos and activities extra. For more information, go to

-N.C. Symphony: Dec. 23, 7 p.m., Lee Auditorium, Southern Pines. Holiday Pops includes music from ‘‘The Polar Express’’ and ‘‘The Nutcracker.’’ Tickets are $31-$51 at

-Meadow Lights: Open for the season at 4546 Godwin Lake Road, Benson, I-95 North, exit 81B. Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m. The largest and oldest Christmas light show in eastern N.C. with a country store, candy store, Santa, train ride or carousel; food and drink for purchase.

-Through Jan. 5th
-POE HOUSE: The historic house on the grounds of the Museum of the Cape Fear, 801 Arsenal Ave., will be decorated for a Victorian Christmas through Jan. 5. Free tours will be held Tuesdays through Fridays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Saturdays every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays every hour from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 910-500-4240 or go to


Solid Waste:
-Christmas Day (Wednesday, Dec. 25): There are no garbage and yard waste collection on Wednesdays; no make-up days are needed. There will be no bulky pick up.
-New Year’s Day (Wednesday, Jan. 1): There are no garbage and yard waste collection on Wednesdays; no make-up days are needed. There will be no bulky pick up.

Parks and Recreation:
-All FCPR operations are closed on Christmas Day, December 25th.
-Administrative offices are open Dec. 24 and closed on Dec. 25, 26, 27.

Parks & Recreation services are observing the following abbreviated schedule for December 24 and 26 – 27:
•All parks will be open to the public.
•General purpose recreation centers operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
•Senior Center and Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center operate from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
•Tokay Senior Fitness Center operates from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
•Clark Park Nature Center operates from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
•N.C. Veterans Park operates from Noon – 4 p.m.
•Parks & Recreation facilities will be back on normal operations on December 28th
-Parks & Recreation will also operate on its abbreviated schedule January 1st.

Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST):
•Christmas Eve – Regular Service concludes at 7:30pm
•Christmas Day – No Service
•Day after Christmas – Regular Service
•New Year’s Eve – Regular Service
•New Year’s Day – No Service
•Day after New Year’s Day – Regular service



-Low Income Energy Assistance: Applications for Cumberland County residents aged 60 and older or disabled persons receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services will be taken through Dec. 31 at the Department of Social Services, 1225 Ramsey St., from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Other households may apply from Jan. 2-March 31 or until funds are exhausted. For Saturday outreach locations and times, call 910-677-2821.

-Wreaths for Veterans’ Graves: Rolling Thunder NC1 and Wreaths Across America are accepting donations to place wreaths on graves in Fort Bragg’s Main Post Cemetery and Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery. Wreaths are $15 each. Volunteers also are needed to place the wreaths on Dec. 14. For information, call 910-322-3893.

-County Offering Flu Shots
-Get your flu shot from the Cumberland County Public Health Department.
-Vaccinations are free for uninsured children ages 6 months to 18.
-Prices vary for other patients depending on the type of flu vaccine they get, a news release says.
-Walk-ins are welcome, but patients are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time so they can complete their registration paperwork. The Health Department is at 1235 Ramsey St.
-The vaccinations are available at the following hours:
-8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
-8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
-8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

-Work The 2020 Elections
-The Cumberland County Board of Elections is hiring several hundred people to work the polls in the 2020 elections. To apply, visit the Cumberland County Board of Elections at 227 Fountainhead Lane in Fayetteville between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. People with questions are asked to call the elections office at 910-678-7733.

-Tickets on Sale
-“Won’t you ride along with me?” Following the hugely successful “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day” tour that traveled to more than 50 neighborhoods in 2019, Daniel Tiger and all his friends from the beloved Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS television series are hopping back aboard Trolley for DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: NEIGHBOR DAY coming to the Crown Theatre on Saturday, April 25.
-Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at, by phone at (888) 257-6208, in-person at the Crown Complex Box Office or at Leisure Travel Services on Fort Bragg. A limited number of VIP tickets that include a post-show photo with Daniel Tiger will also be available.

-12/13 Cumberland County Extension Master Gardener Program Accepting Applications
-Cumberland County’s Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer program will offer training classes for persons interested in becoming Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers beginning Jan. 23 and continuing through April 9, 2020. The class will meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Auditorium, located at 301 East Mountain Drive, Fayetteville. There is a fee to cover the cost of training supplies and manuals. Applications are now being accepted and can be obtained by calling the Extension office at 910-321-6405 or by going online at
-The deadline for accepting applications is Dec. 13.
-For more information about the Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer program, contact Jason Weathington at 910-321-6870.
-The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program is an excellent opportunity for interested persons to increase their gardening knowledge and volunteer in the community.
-For accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Jason Weathington at 910-321-6870, no later than ten business days before the event.

-Horses Got Talent
-December 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
-Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center, 1027 Hwy 74 East, Lumberton, N.C. 28358
-For more information, call 252-235-7645 or email

-Marksmen Hockey: The Marksmen take on the Huntsville Havoc at 7 p.m. in the Crown Coliseum. Tickets are $9 to $25. For more information, call 910-438-4100 or go to

-Tanzania Mission Trip Chicken Bog Plate Sale
-Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 12 noon-3pm at Biggs Park Mall beside BB&T
-Plates will have chicken bog, corn, bread & green beans
-Plates will be $8.00 each
-Sponsored by East Lumberton Baptist Church

Kids Cooking Class (check dates and sign up deadlines)
Kid’s Baking Class at Stoney Point Recreation Center (910-433-1435) Are your children interested in helping in the kitchen? If so, then they should check out our cooking night for children. They will learn how to cook different types of food. We are only taking 10 participants each night so be sure to reserve your spot! Registration deadline is 7 days prior to class.
12+; Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19; 6-8 pm; $18/child

-Through 12/20
-ART SHOW: The Artists League of the Sandhills will host its annual fall show and sale through Dec. 20 at the Exchange Street Gallery of Fine Art, 129 Exchange St., Aberdeen. Works include oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, alcohol inks, colored pencils and mixed media. Gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 910-944-3979 or email

-Through Jan. 7th
-ART EXHIBIT: Cape Fear Studios, 148 Maxwell St., will host its annual members holiday exhibit through Jan. 7. Studio hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 910-433-2986 or go to

-The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring larger than life entertainers, will bring their All-New show, “Pushing the Limits” to the Crown Coliseum on March 25, 2020. Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personable with a star-stuffed roster including Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, and woman stars TNT Lister, Swish Sutton, and Torch George*.
-Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at, by phone at (888) 257-6208, in-person at the Crown Complex Box Office or at Leisure Travel Services on Fort Bragg.
-Every show features a blend of hilarious hijinks and incredible basketball skills including ball handling, high flying dunks, and a new record-breaking attempt. The Harlem Globetrotters are a one-of-a kind experience putting a new spin on family time. You won’t want to miss these memories!

-North Carolina Veterans Park: 300 Bragg Blvd., adjacent to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. The park has memorials, sculptures, a fountain and a visitor’s center with exhibits. For more information, call 910-433-1547 or go to

-Fairmont Border Belt Farmers Museum: 101 Thompson St. Located in the town’s historic train depot, the museum has displays on the tobacco, cotton and railroad industries. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, call 910-740-8645 or 910-740-0277.

-Lumber River State Park: Paddling, fishing, camping, picnicking along a designated wild and scenic river. Two points of access are Princess Ann, 2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum and Chalk Banks, 26040 Wagram Road, Wagram. Park rangers offer interpretive programs. For more information, call 910-628-4564 or go to

-House in the Horseshoe: 288 Alston House Road, Sanford. The Revolutionary War era house was the site of a skirmish between Whigs and Tories in 1781. The site features the house and other historic structures, exhibits, a gift shop and a picnic area. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 910-947-2051.

-Bentonville Battlefield: 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. Tour the battlefield and the historic Harper House. Walking trails give visitors greater access to the site of the battle. The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks. For more information, call 910-594-0789.

-Heritage Square: The Sandford House, Oval Ballroom and Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House make up the museum grounds called Heritage Square. It is open for tours on an appointment basis. All three buildings are on the National Register for Historical Properties. Call 910-483-6009 to schedule a tour.

-Cape Fear River Trail: The 5.3-mile paved trail for walkers, joggers and bicyclists can be accessed at Treetop Drive, Eastwood Avenue or Sherman Drive. A map is available at To schedule a golf cart tour for seniors and persons with limited physical abilities, call 910-433-1579.

-Clark Park: 631 Sherman Drive, Fayetteville. Animals, trails, programs & camping. For more information, call 910-433-1579.

-Lake Rim Park: 2214 Tar Kiln Drive, Fayetteville. Trails, canoeing, kayaking, sandbox & programs. For more information, call 910-433-1018.

-Mazarick Park: 1400 Belvedere Ave., Fayetteville. Picnic shelter, playground, tennis court, boating, fishing and trails. For more information, call 910-433-1575.

-Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve: 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Longleaf pines, nature trails, hiking, birding, picnicking. For more information, go to or call 910-691-2167.