The holiday season is in full swing with lots of area activities. Here’s a roundup of upcoming holiday happenings.
Nutcracker on Ice The “Nutcracker on Ice” is 6 p.m. at the Orange County Sportsplex, 101 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough. Cost: $10 adults, $8 children. Tickets available at the front desk. 919-644-0339, trianglesportsplex.com
PopUp Chorus The PopUp Chorus Holiday Show is 7 p.m. at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 student, free for children under 12. artscenterlive.org
Pictures with Santa Orange County Animal Services holds Pictures with Santa from noon to 4 p.m. at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill. Pets welcome. Cost: Four or more cans of donated pet food. bit.ly/1LAdOFr
▪ Saturday, Dec. 17, is the last day to donate unopened cans of cat and dog food to the center. The food will be delivered to pet owners in need by Orange Congregations in Mission and Carrboro/Chapel Hill Meals on Wheels.
▪ Discount pet adoption rates – $60 dogs, $50 cats – are available through Saturday, Dec. 31.
Nutcracker on Ice The “Nutcracker on Ice” is noon at the Orange County Sportsplex, 101 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough. Cost: $10 adults, $8 children. Tickets available at the front desk. 919-644-0339, trianglesportsplex.com
Pet photos with Santa Dress your pet in holiday attire and have photos taken with Santa from 1-4 p.m. at Petco Eastgate, 1800 E. Franklin St., Suite 19, Chapel Hill. Benefit for Independent Animal Rescue. 919-403-2221, animalrescue.net
Gingerbread houses An exhibit of entries in the Gingerbread House Competition is open from 1-5 p.m. at the Hillsborough Masonic Lodge, 142 W. King St. bit.ly/2g6bGiH.
Pop-up markets Holiday pop-up shops are being held through Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery, 102 N. Churton St. 919-643-2500, hillsboroughartscouncil.org
Santa on trial The “Miracle on Hillsboro Street” will be performed at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Historic Chatham County Courthouse, 9 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro. Cost: $5 or five non-perishable food items per person. Children 6 and under admitted free. Fundraiser for the CORA Food Pantry. shoppittsboro.com
Barefoot Movement Christmas The 2014 IBMA Band of the Year performs classic seasonal favorites in bluegrass style at 8 p.m. at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. Tickets: $25. artscenterlive.org
Skate with Santa Skate with Santa is noon to 2:15 p.m. at the Orange County Sportsplex, 101 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough. Cost: $6.50 adults, $5.50 children 12 and under plus $3.50 ice skate rental fee. Free photos with Santa. 919-644-0339, trianglesportsplex.com
Dog adoption Independent Animal Rescue holds a holiday dog adoption event from 1-2 p.m. at Phydeaux, 400 S. Elliott Road, Suite A1, Chapel Hill. 919-403-2221, animalrescue.net
Lantern walk The Solstice Celebration Lantern Walk is 5 p.m. on the Riverwalk in Hillsborough. Participants must bring a handmade, white lanern with an LED light. No flames allowed. To register for the walk, go to bit.ly/2fcqQno.
Candlelight service The annual candlelight service Christmas Lessons and Carols is 5 p.m. at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Open to the public. unitedchurch.org
Holiday blood drive The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough Holiday Blood Drive is 1-5:30 p.m. at the Eagle Lodge, 142 W. King St. To schedule an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code Hillsborough.
Berlin Brothers The Berlin Brothers Christmas Orchestra, featuring the Irvettes, perform at 8 p.m. at The Cloth Mill at Eno River, 437 Dimmocks Mill Road, Suite 3, Hillsborough. Fundraiser for Arts for Life, which sponsors art and music programs for pediatric patients at hospitals across North Carolina. Doors open at 7 p.m. For all ages; family friendly. Free; donations accepted. 919-241-4855, bit.ly/2fMr4Pe