Triangle events to add to your daybook:
Chinese Lantern Festival
6:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday until Jan. 3; Koka Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary; $50 for 4-pack, $20/adults, $12/ages3-17, free/ages 2 & under; 919-462-2025, boothamphitheatre.com
The festival includes more than 20 light displays, including dragons, pagodas, pandas and more. Each weekend, there will be multiple performances by Chinese artisans from Tianyu Culture, the Sichuan-based company presenting the festival.
Women’s College Soccer
5 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, noon Sunday; WakeMed Soccer Park, 101 Soccer Park Drive, Cary; $30/Friday, $20/Sunday, $50/all games; ncaa.com/championships/soccer-women/d1
Four NCAA women’s soccer teams will compete for the NCAA Division I National Championship. Semifinal games played Friday and championship game held Sunday.
Comedy theater in Cary
7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday; Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary; $20/adults, $18/seniors and students; 919-469-4069, caryplayers.org
The Cary Players present “Dashing Through the Snow,” a madcap comedy where Trina, the innkeeper of the Snowflake Inn in Tinsel, Texas, is trying to prepare for the holidays while dealing with challenging guests and employees.
8 p.m. Friday; Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh; free, but nonperishable food items accepted; 919-832-7535, edentonstreetlive.com
The 36th annual Messiah Sing-In invites the audience to be the chorus. Orchestra and soloists will perform on stage. Come to sing along or listen.
Holiday gospel concert
5 p.m. Saturday; Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 3703 Tryon Road, Raleigh; free; 919-828-7348, wattschapel.org
The Fayetteville State University Gospel Choir will perform a holiday concert that is free and open to all.