If you thought you had fun at last weekend’s holiday events, just wait till you see what’s in store in the coming days, starting tonight!
From brunch with Santa to concerts and a holiday-themed art extravaganza, there’s enough going on to keep you ho-ho-ho-ing all month long! Here’s a sampler:
Art Extravaganza, Dec. 11-14
Former site of Stephen’s Hardware, 405 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina
This four-day event features an art exhibition, artist and crafters’ market, pictures with Santa, kids’ creative corner, holiday music and entertainment, and more! Hours are today, 2 to 6 p.m.; Dec. 12, 2 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Dec. 14, 1 to 5 p.m. fvartscouncil.org
Voices of Hope, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
Green Hope High School Auditorium
Hear the Winter Choral Concert, performed by the Voices of Hope Choir and Mixed Chorus. Voices of Hope, directed by Margaret B. Cook, has been invited to perform with Choirs of America in Carnegie Hall. Admission is $5; $1 for GHHS students with ID. greenhopefinearts.org
Season in Song, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Holly Springs Cultural Center
The Holly Springs Community Band presents Season in Song! Band members seek to foster an appreciation for every kind of band music, and each concert features selections which appeal to every generation. Free concert. hollyspringsnc.us
Main Street Christmas, Dec. 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Holly Springs Town Hall & Cultural Center
The celebration includes visits with Santa at Town Hall until 7:30 p.m., a hayride down Ballentine Street, free refreshments, carolers, live entertainment, stories with Mrs. Claus at the Cultural Center, and the annual town tree lighting on the Cultural Center lawn at 8 p.m. hollyspringsnc.us
Magical Winter Lights, Dec. 12-21, 6 to 8 p.m.
Park West Village, Morrisville
“Magical Winter Lights,” a show presented by 3-D projection animation firm Paintscaping, will take place from each evening from 6 to 8 p.m., every 15 minutes with real, falling snow, and the sound of joyful holiday music. Free train rides will be offered around the center every night, and strolling carolers on weekends.
Also, story time with Santa will take place in the Stone Theatre-Park West 14 lobby on Dec. 12-13 and 19-21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Dec. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. parkwestvillage.net
Miracle on 34th Street, Dec. 12-20
Stars Theater and Art Center, 123 E. Vance St., Fuquay-Varina
By chance Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kringle unleashes waves of goodwill with customers and the commercial world of NYC by referring parents to other stores to find the exact toy their child has asked for. Macy’s vocational counselor plots to have Kringle committed to a psychiatric hospital, but in a dramatic decision, the court confirms him as the true Santa. Show times are Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 13 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.; and Dec. 20 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the theater, by phone at (919) 557-8271 or online at starstheaterandart.com.
Winterfest, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Cary Senior Center
Don’t miss the Cary Town Band as it presents the free Winterfest concert! carytownband.org
8th Annual Jolly Elf Trail Run, Dec. 13, 7:15 a.m.
Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary
This 5K benefits St. Michael Catholic School, which serves almost 500 students in pre-kindergarten though 8th grade. The event also includes a 1-mile Fun Run and a 200-yard kids’ dash. racereach.com/r/Jolly-Elf-Trail-Run
Happy Holly Days Parade, Dec. 13, 11 a.m.
Main Street, Holly Springs
It’s the Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade! hollyspringsnc.us
Holiday Pops, Dec. 13, 1 p.m.
Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary
Usher in the holidays with the Concert Singers of Cary, as they present songs of the season hearkening back to the days of Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band. Also, the Concert Singers of Cary Symphonic Choir welcomes the 20-piece Moonlighters Orchestra. For ticket information, see concertsingers.org.
Winterfest Classic, Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m.
501 Fayetteville St., Raleigh
Local ice skating facility Polar Ice House hosts the second annual Winterfest Classic for players under age 8 years who have not played any higher than house league. Cost is $39 and includes one 45-minute outdoor hockey game. polaricehouse.com
Brunch with Santa, Dec. 17, 9:30 a.m.
Garner Performing Arts Center
Bring your Christmas list and have brunch with Santa, including pancakes, holiday craft and photo. For ages 2 to 5. Cost is $9 for Garner residents or $12 for non-residents. garnerperformingartscenter.com