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Holidays in western Wake County

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Home Sweet Home

The Halle Cultural Arts Center will host Home Sweet Home, the seventh annual Christmas tree and wreath exhibition and auction to benefit Western Wake Crisis Ministry, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Monday, Dec. 22, at 237 N. Salem St., Apex.

Holiday Gift Wrapping Benefit

Volunteers will wrap gifts to raise donations for Second Chance Pet Adoption’s animal rescue programs from noon to 8 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 23, and from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Cary Crossroads Plaza between Petco and Marshalls.

Pop-up Holiday Arts and Crafts Market

The Pop-Up Holiday Arts and Crafts Market will be open from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at 511 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina. The market features artwork from Wake County artists.

Hanukkah in Apex

The town hosts three days of activities Sunday, Dec. 21, through Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St. Crafts and educational story hour are from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. There will be a community menorah lighting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, with a concert by the Rogers Park Band. For details, call 919-651-9710.

‘The Polar Express’

The Cary will screen “The Polar Express” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at 122 E. Chatham St. Tickets cost $5 at

‘A Very Cary Christmas’

The Cary Ballet Company and The 3D Project will perform in “A Very Cary Christmas” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and ages 17 and younger. For details, go to

Light show

Magical Winter Lights by Paintscaping will be on display from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, on the Stone Theatre - Park West 14 building, 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville. Story time with Santa is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. There will also be real, falling snow, train rides and carolers on the weekend. Go to

Jewish Cultural Festival

Cary will hold a Jewish Cultural Festival on the seventh night of Hanukkah from 4:30-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. There will be traditional foods, crafts, activities for the whole family, entertainment and educational programs. Donations of hats and gloves will be collected for local shelters. The event will begin with the lighting of a nine-foot menorah.

Christmas Sweater Party

Adults 55 and older are invited to a Tacky Christmas Sweater Party at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center, 820 S. Main St. Participants should bring favorite cookies for a cookie exchange. Register in advance by calling 919-552-1430.


The Ujima Group and the town of Cary will host the 20th Kwanzaa Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Doors open at 11 a.m. for the vendor marketplace and Children’s Village. The program and performance by Chuck Davis and the African-American Dance Ensemble begins at 3 p.m.

New Year Celebration

The Cary Gallery of Artists’ New Year Celebration with guest artist Betty Di Bartolomeo will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at 200 S. Academy St., Cary.

Three Kings Day Parade

The Three Kings Day Parade will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, in downtown Cary. Organizers are accepting applications through Dec. 22 from businesses, non-profit organizations and cultural groups to walk in the parade. Go to or email