A day-by-day calendar of free events and fundraisers for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville and Holly Springs.
Chinese Lantern Festival
The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival is open Christmas Day at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The festival also is open Monday, Dec. 26, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Monday, Jan. 2. Hours are 6-10 p.m. The event runs through Sunday, Jan. 15; closed Monday, Jan. 9. A special fireworks display is at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.
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Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-17 and free for children ages 2 and younger. Discounts available: Tuesdays, $12 for adults ages 55 and older; Wednesdays, $12 for college students ages 18 and older; Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, $12 for members of the military.
Chinese cultural arts performances, featuring traditional Chinese dance and a juggler, are at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Free parking. 800-514-3849, bit.ly/1YgQHJ9, etix.com, boothamphitheatre.com
▪ Closings: Town offices in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina and Morrisville are closed through Tuesday, Dec. 27, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Town offices in Holly Springs are closed through Monday, Dec. 26. Most town facilities, including community and arts centers, also are closed. Some area community centers are open during special holiday hours; call ahead to check.
Wake County public libraries are closed through Tuesday, Dec. 27. County parks are closed Sunday, Dec. 25. Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs is closed Sunday, Dec. 25.
▪ Garbage collection: No change in garbage, recycling or yard waste collections for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville. All Wake County solid waste convenience centers and landfills are closed Sunday, Dec. 25. The Cary Citizen’s Convenience Center, 313 N. Dixon Ave., is closed Sunday, Dec. 25.
All towns will collect Christmas trees after the holiday. Collection dates vary by town; check your town’s website for more details. Trees should be placed curbside. All lights, tinsel, wire, garland, ornaments, stands and nails must be removed.
Blood can be donated at the American Red Cross Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Parkway, Suite 150: Monday, 1:30-6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Thursday, 1:30-7 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. redcrossblood.org, 800-733-2767
The 22nd annual Cary Kwanzaa Celebration is 11 a.m. at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. This year’s theme is “It’s a New Dawn, It’s a New Day.” The event will feature a performance by the Kuumba Dance Co., a vendor market, children’s activities and more. 919-460-4969, townofcary.org
The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St., screens the film “The Vessel” at 7 p.m. “Blood Father” shows at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
The W.E. Hunt Recreation Center, 301 Stinson Ave., Holly Springs, is closing at 5 p.m. for gym floor cleaning. The center opens at 5 a.m. 919-557-9600, nc-hollysprings2.civicplus.com
A closing reception for the exhibit “FREEDOM: The Experiment” is 6-9 p.m. at Cary Visual Art Gallery at The Cary News, which is on the second floor of The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. The exhibit features works by five artists. caryvisualart.org
“Blood Father” shows at 7 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. “The Vessel” screens at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
“The Vessel” shows at 7 p.m. at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. “King Kong vs. Godzilla” screens at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 per film. 919-462-2055, thecarytheater.com
The Western Wake Farmers Market is open 9:30 a.m. to noon at its new location, 260 Town Hall Drive, Morrisville. bit.ly/2gZ0iUu
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