Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year events for Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville.
‘Dashing Through the Snow’
The Cary Players presents the comedic play Thursday, Dec. 3, through Monday, Dec. 7, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The play is about the Snowflake Inn and an innkeeper dealing with some challenging guests. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 4 and 7; 8 p.m. on Dec 5; and at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. caryplayers.org.
The Apex Historical Society’s annual Holiday Home Tour is 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children in advance, or $12 for adults and $5 for children the day of the tour. Buy tickets at The Rusty Bucket, 104 N. Salem St., or the Apex Chamber of Commerce, 220 N. Salem St. apexhistoricalsociety.com.
Movies at The Cary
The Cary theater will show Christmas movies in December:
▪ “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10.
▪ “Elf” at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10.
▪ “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17.
▪ A sing-along with “White Christmas” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.
▪ “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24.
The theater is at 122 E. Chatham St. Tickets for each movie except “White Christmas” cost $5. “White Christmas” tickets are $7.50. thecarytheater.com.
Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade
The Christmas Parade through downtown Fuquay-Varina is 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.
Tree lighting at Crossroads
Crossroads Plaza’s annual tree lighting event is 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the shopping center’s food court area. The shopping center is at 213 Crossroads Blvd., Cary. The Victorian Carolers will sing from 3:30-6:30 p.m., and Santa and his reindeer pay a visit from 5-6:30 p.m. bit.ly/1PAexOF.
There will be a toy drive to benefit Zach’s Toy Chest, which brings toys to kids receiving treatment for cancer in local hospitals. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected.
‘Songs of the Season’
The General Assembly Chorus, a 40-man a cappella group, presents its annual holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The concert features the General Assembly chorus and quartets with Downtown Sound, Harmony Grits and the Heart of Carolina Chorus. Tickets are $15 for adult reserved seats and $10 for students 17 and younger. They can be bought at the Cary Arts Center, Etix or from chorus members. generalassemblychorus.org.
Jewish Cultural Festival
Cary’s Jewish Cultural Festival is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. There will be food trucks, vendors, music and crafts for kids. Donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will be accepted.
Holiday Potluck Celebration
The Holiday Potluck Celebration for ages 55 and older is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. Bring a dish to share. To join in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift worth $5 to $10. 919-469-4081.
Holly Springs Main Street Christmas
Holly Springs’ Main Street Christmas is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, downtown. The annual tree lighting will be at 8 p.m. on the Cultural Center lawn at 300 W. Ballentine St.
Santa will visit Town Hall until 7:30 p.m. at 128 S. Main St. There will be hayrides down Ballentine Street, crafts and stories with Mrs. Claus at the Cultural Center. The Holly Springs High School Concert Choir will perform at Town Hall.
For details and more Main Street Christmas events, go to bit.ly/1YgC88z.
Happy Holly Days parade
The Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade in downtown Holly Springs will be 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 12.
Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade
The annual parade in downtown Cary is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The parade has a new route because of road construction. It will start at East Chatham Street at the roundabout and will end at the West Chatham Street roundabout. More detailed information will be available closer to the parade. caryjaycees.org.
Rockin’ Reindeer Hop
The Rockin’ Reindeer Hop for teenagers and adults with disabilities, ages 14 and older, is 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Apex Community Center, 53 Hunter St. Admission is $5 in cash.
Any participant who needs close assistance or supervision must bring a chaperone. Admission is free for chaperones.
The Concert Singers of Cary Symphonic Choir and the Moonlighters Orchestra present “Holiday Pops” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for seniors at etix.com. concertsingers.org.
Celtic Christmas Concert
The Celtic Christmas Concert with the Jennifer Licko Band and Patrick Mangan of Riverdance is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults and $22 for seniors and ages 12 and younger. jenniferlicko.com, thecarytheater.com.
Oak City Brass plays classical Christmas music in the Holly Springs Cultural Center’s Discovery Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets are $5.
“Winterfest ’15” with the Cary Town Band is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the Cary Senior Center Ballroom at Bond Park, 120 Maury Odell Place. The band plays music for Christmas, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice and the New Year.
The Campaneria Ballet Company in Cary will present “International Repertory and Journey to the Nutcracker Suite,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, and Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets are $16. This is the first Nutcracker performance from the school, which professional dancer Miguel Campaneria opened this year. 919-462-2055, campaneriaballetschool.com.
Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina and Morrisville town offices will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Dec. 25. Holly Springs town offices are closed from Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25.
In Apex, garbage and recycling collection for Friday customers will be picked up on Saturday. In Cary, garbage, recycling and yard waste for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be collected one day earlier than usual. In Fuquay-Varina, Thursday and Friday customers’ garbage will both be picked up on Thursday. In Holly Springs, Friday’s collection is delayed by one day. In Morrisville, Friday’s yellow route will be picked up on Saturday.
C-Tran’s fixed route service won’t operate on Thursday, Dec. 24, or Friday, Dec. 25.
The 21st annual Kwanzaa Celebration is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. This year’s theme is “Developing and Encouraging Our Youth.” There will be performances by the Magic of African Rhythm and members of the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers, as well as a traditional procession of the elders and Harambee Circle. Doors open for the market and Children’s Village at 11 a.m. and performances start at 3 p.m.
New Year’s Day closings
Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville town offices will be closed Friday, Jan. 1.
Apex’s garbage and recycling collection for Friday customers will be picked up on Saturday. In Cary, garbage, recycling and yard waste for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday customers will be picked up one day earlier than usual. Trash and recycling for Holly Springs’ Friday customers will be collected on Saturday.
Garbage will be collected as usual in Fuquay-Varina.
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