The Christmas Season is my favorite time of year. I’m feverishly trimming our home out in reds and greens (the hubbs thinks it looks like Santa chucked up in here) and my goal is to have everything on the inside done today. The outside..by Sunday?

Why the rush?

I want to enjoy Christmas.

I’ll try and keep everyone updated on Cary’s holiday events…I want to relish every moment. Here are just a few of the activities happening this weekend.

Friday, November 30

Waverly Place will host a Tree Lighting Celebration tonight, complete with music, wine, and of course…Santa Claus!


6:00 – 6:45pm – Carpe Diem Saxaphone Quartet Performance

6:45 – 7:00pm – Craig Woolard of the Craig Woolard Band solos holiday favorites

7:00pm – The Mayor Takes the Stage, and invites Santa to join him in lighting the Tree 

7:10 – 8:30pm – Children are invited to visit with Santa at the Tree – Parents are welcome to bring Cameras and snap Photos

7:10 – 8:30pm – Something Else (Female Fronted Variety Band) Performs Holiday Tunes and Hits

Saturday, December 1

Downtown Cary is the place to be tomorrow, Saturday, December 1.

10am- 4pm        Heart of Cary Association’s Ole Time Winter Festival
                      
          @ Downtown Cary, 101 West Chatham Street

Celebrations begin with the Heart of Cary’s Old Time Winter Festival held on the streets of Downtown Cary.  Festival goers can enjoy arts & crafts, entertainment, food, activities, and more. Check out the gingerbread competition and get your holiday shopping started/finished!

10am – 1pm          Santa’s Workshop

@ Herbert C. Young Community Center, bring 2 non-perishable food items of a cash donation to attend

We attended this event last year (Sponsored by the Cary Teen Council) and loved it. It’s perfect for young children who still enjoy making holiday crafts and talking to Santa. It’s also perfect for moms who want their kids to make crafts but don’t want their house filled with glitter and glue :). Plus, the Cary Ballet Company will do a mini-sneak peak of The Nutcracker at 11:30am.

9am – 9pm             Cary Apex Piano Teachers Association Recital of Holiday Favorites

@ Cary Arts Center

Holiday music will be flowing all day at the Cary Arts Center. Performed by students of member instructors in Cary Apex Piano Teachers Association (CAPTA), this is the perfect resting  point to to revive your shopping feet and lift your Holiday spirits.

3pm & 8pm           A Christmas Story

@ Cary Arts Center


Running today through December 3, Cary’s theater troop, The Cary Players, will be showcasing this favorite “you’ll shoot your eye out” play based on the cult hit movie by Jean Shepherd. For more information on A Christmas Story, visit www.caryplayers.org. (Tickets run ~$18)

4pm – 6pm         Page-Walker Arts & History Center Holiday Open House

@Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop

Experience a Victorian Christmas while touring Cary’s historical Page-Walker Hotel. Complete with carolers and a chance to catch a free horse-drawn carriage ride (yes, please!).

6pm                      The Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony                       

   @ Town Hall Campus by the Town Christmas Tree

Bring a blanket and some hot-chocolate to enjoy the official Christmas tree lighting for the Town of Cary. The outdoor stage will also be set up for local performances by actors, singers, dancers, and musicians. Also check out the community tree set up inside the Town Hall featuring handcrafted ornaments.

 

 

Of course, Downtown Cary is just one place getting festive tomorrow. Here are a few more Holiday opportunities to enjoy this weekend:

5th Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market

10am-4pm @   Saints Cyril and Methodius Parish, 2510 Piney Plains Rd.

Bringing a European Christmas to Cary, complete with piroghis, nut rolls, and vintage Christmas goods from  Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden, Mexico, Italy, and more.  Call for info: 919-851-9266

Holiday Market on the Promenade

11am-2pm @ Waverly Place

Another opportunity to enjoy holiday music, food, and of course..shopping!

 

Sunday, December 2

Handel’s Messiah – Cary Community Choir

7:30 PM @ Westwood Baptist Church, 200 Westhigh Street, Free event but goodwill donations accepted

Take part in a 42 year-old tradition. Join the Cary Community Choir as they sing Handel’s Christmas Cantata. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

 

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!!