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Family Picks: Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary

The NC Chinese Lantern Festival starts Saturday and runs through January 3 at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.
The NC Chinese Lantern Festival starts Saturday and runs through January 3 at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

Once Thanksgiving is over, what to do with the weekend? You could get some library fines forgiven, check out Cary’s Chinese Lantern Festival, visit Durham’s newest story time or see a children’s choir in Wake Forest.

▪ The NC Chinese Lantern Festival starts Saturday and runs through January 3 at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Take a leisurely stroll and check out the 20-plus luminous displays, constructed of interlocking parts and LEDs, or partake of holiday treats on sale at the food and beverage stands. For this event, the Amphitheatre allows strollers, so bring the little ones. The Festival starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $12 for those 3-17, $20 for 18-and up, or $50 for a four-pack. Those 2 and under get in free. Visit BoothAmphitheatre.com to select a date and purchase tickets.

▪ Orange County residents can have their library fines reduced or even erased during the Orange County Library’s ongoing holiday donations drive. Until December 11, each donated non-perishable food item knocks $1 off a fine, while an unwrapped toy donation results in a clean slate entirely. Go by the main branch in Hillsborough, the Carrboro branch at McDougle Middle School, or the Carrboro Cybrary to learn more. Or visit orangecountync.gov/departments/library.

▪ Durham’s Regulator Bookshop’s new children’s story time starts Saturday and will occur every other Saturday at 10:30 a.m. This week, dance instructor and former preschool teacher Courtney Saffie will read from her favorites. This is geared toward kids ages 3-8 and is free. Visit regulatorbookshop.com.

▪ Monday evening the Wake Forest Children’s Choir gives a free holiday concert. This diverse group of kids will perform carols and seasonal standards at 6 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Center for the Arts. Visit wakeforestrencen.org.

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