A 4-H Merry Market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. More than 30 vendors will sell their wares, and Fraser fir wreaths will be available for $18. A cafe will offer baked goods and plates of chicken pastry, baked sweet potato and cornbread for $5.
The Benson Little Theater will present Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” Nov. 21-23 in the W. J. Barefoot Auditorium on Church Street in Benson. For tickets, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825.
The American Music Jubilee in Selma is launching a new Christmas show. Here’s the November schedule: 1:40 p.m. 1:40 p.m. Nov. 13; 1:40 p.m. Nov. 14; 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Nov. 15; 1:40 p.m. Nov. 20; 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Nov. 21; and 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Nov. 22. All shows are at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839 or go to amjubilee.com.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation will hold a 5K run and job Saturday, Dec. 6. Same-day registration opens at 8:30 a.m. for the Grinch Stink Stank Stunk 5K Run & Jingle Bell Jog. The 5K run will begin at 10 a.m. The jog will start five minutes late. Bring a toy for a needy child, and dress as your favorite Who from Whoville for a costume contest. For more information, or to register in advance, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext. 112.
Smithfield will light its Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the corner of Third and Market streets. Enjoy hot chocolate, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext. 112.
Home, art tour
“Christmas in Clayton,” an art and home tour, will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Taft Woods Test, a subdivision on Motorcycle Road.
Each home, decorated for the holidays, will have one or two artists selling works. Addresses on the tour are:
• 120 Dunmore Drive.
• 217 Dunmore Drive.
• 37 Windham Way.
• 64 Covington Court.
• 77 Windham Way.
• 359 Windham Way.
Participating artists are:
• Laura Padilla Bailey, mixed media.
• Amy Beshgetoorian, watercolor.
• Carolyn Hunt, mixed media.
• Jill Hunt, oil.
• Michael Morrison, acrylic.
• Kathleen Nobles, acrylic.
• Janie Prete, watercolor.
• Sharlene Thomas, decorated eggs.
• Kyle Wilson, photography.
In several houses, one room will be decorated by one of three Clayton florists: Annie V’s, Flowers on the Neuse and City Florist.
Tickets are $10. They’re available online at claytonvisualartsnc.org/calendar/christmas-in-clayton-2014. PayPal is at the bottom. Also, tickets are available at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton; or by calling 919-550-8934.
A live nativity will take place Dec. 5-7 at Smithfield Advent Christian Church at the corner of N.C. 210 and Galilee Road west of Smithfield. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy hot chocolate and refreshments while riding through the scenes.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department invites children ages 7-12 to make clay Christmas ornaments from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. The cost is $10 for the first child and $8 for each additional child. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext. 112.
The Smithfield Christmas parade will step off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. The parade is seeking entries; the application is online at smithfield-nc.com. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Nov. 28. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext. 112.
Swim with Santa
Swim with Santa is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Swimming is free for SRAC members; for others, it’s $5 for the first child and $3 for each additional child. For more information, call Tiffany Pearson at 919-934-2148, Ext. 112.