‘A Carolina Christmas’
The Country Music Showcase at Johnston Community College will present “A Carolina Christmas” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $17.50 at the door. For tickets, visit www.jccperformingarts.com or call 919-209-2099 between 1:30 and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Carriage rides with Santa
Free carriage rides with Santa Claus are scheduled from 6 till 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. The carriage departs from the corner of Third and Market streets.
A holiday open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks.
Costumed interpreters will decorate the Harper House kitchen in festive themes using natural materials such as holly, magnolia, fruits and popcorn strands. Visitors can enjoy cookies and cider while listening to period music. Costumed military interpreters will talk anbout how the common soldier spent his time on furlough with friends and family.
‘Breakfast with Santa’
The 50-210 Fire Department will serve “Breakfast with Santa” from 7-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, 152 Bratton Drive in the Cleveland community. The cost is $5, and proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
Calls from Santa
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department is providing a “direct line” to the North Pole. From 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, Santa Claus will call children to hear their Christmas wishes. The calls are free, but registration is required by Friday, Dec. 6. For more information, call 919-975-1411.
‘Christmas in Clayton’
“Christmas in Clayton” is scheduled from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Neuse Colony and Neuse Colony Estates subdivisions. Artists will sell their works in homes decorated for the holidays. Musicians and Christmas carolers will performs. For tickets, which are $10, go to ClaytonVisualArtsNC.org/calendar/Christmas-In-Clayton, call 919-550-8934 or stop by Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at the entrances to the two subdivisions.
Christmas in Cleveland
Christmas in Cleveland is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, on Technology Drive near Fit for Life. The community will light its Christmas tree, entertainers will perform, and Santa Claus will visit.
A 4-H Merry Market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Johnston Country Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. More than 40 vendors will offer items, including crafts. Also, the event will offer pony rides, Fraser fir wreaths, photos with Santa from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., door prizes, hot soup and sandwiches, and custom bow making with at least six yards of your own ribbon. For more information, call 919-989-5380.
Christmas on Main
Benson’s Christmas on Main celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with the tree lighting at 406 E. Main St. The Benson Elementary School chorus and Sydney Wheeless and Friends will perform. The Christmas parade will follow. After the parade, dance school students will perform. Stores on Main Street will serve hot beverages.
Christmas at the SRAC
The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center will host a couple of holiday-themed events. The SRAC is at 600 E. Booker Dairy Road.
• Swim with Santa is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Santa will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes. Admission is free to SRAC members. For all others, it’s $5.
• The SRAC invites children ages 6-15 to make a Christmas Mouse ornament from 9 a..m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14. The cost is $15. To register, call 919-934-1408 by Thursday, Dec. 12.
Festival of Trees
The 10th annual Festival of Trees will open at 9 a.m. Dec. 6, at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.
The annual event will run through Dec. 14. This year’s theme is “A Merry Christmas to All.”
The festival is a display of 55 live Christmas trees sponsored by businesses and decorated by individuals and groups. Performances by school and church choirs, soloists and other musical and dance groups take place throughout the festival. Admission is free.
The festival is a project of Keep Johnston County Beautiful. At noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, Keep Johnston Beautiful will raffle a Christmas tree decorated by Smithfield City Florist. Raffle tickets, at $1 each, will be available from greeters at the festival.
A cookie-baking contest will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Volunteer judges will name the best-tasting cookie and best-decorated cookie in divisions for adults and children. Winners will receive cash prizes. The entry form is available on the Festival of Trees website, www.jcfestivaloftrees.com. The deadline to enter is Nov. 25.
The festival will also collect nonperishable foods for local pantries.
Flowers Plantation will light its Christmas tree during festivities from from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 120 Flowers Parkway, Clayton. The event will include an open house for the Dr. Watson Inn. For more information, call 919-553-1984, ext. 3.
Four Oaks will usher in the holiday season from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Vendors will sell Christmas wares, and musical groups will perform in Barbour's Grove Park starting at noon. The parade will step off at 4:30 p.m., and the town will light its Christmas tree at 6 p.m.
The American Music Jubilee’s Christmas shows continue with performances at 1:40 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Dec. 5-6; and 1:40 p.m. Dec. 7. All shows are at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839 or go to www.amjubilee.com.
Lights on the Neuse
Lights on the Neuse has opened on Boyette Family Farms, 1620 Loop Road, Clayton. Take a hayride through a display of holiday lights. Also, visit the Christmas Barn and Sweet Shoppe, and visit Santa Claus. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6-8, Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 19-23 and 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and older and $7 for gas 3-11. Children 2 and younger get in free. For tickets, visit www.lightsontheneuse.com.
A live nativity is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Smithfield Advent Christian Church, 2777 N.C. 210 Smithfield. A hayride will take visitors through the scenes. The church will serve refreshments.
“A Miracle in the Manger,” an outdoor nativity, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13-14 at Baker’s Chapel Church, 2421 Baker’s Chapel Road, Smithfield. For more information, call Elaine at 919-989-7615.
The Meadow Lights are on display at 4546 Godwin Lake Road, Benson. Through Dec. 31, hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free.
Clayton – 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, on Main Street.
Kenly – 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.
Micro – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, on Main Street.
Smithfield – 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, on Market Street.
Santa at the Depot
Santa Claus will hear Christmas wishes and sit for photos from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Selma train station, 500 Railroad St., Selma. Also, ride Tommy the Train. Bring your own camera.
Santa in Smithfield
Santa Claus is hearing Christmas wishes at the corner of Third and Market streets in downtown Smithfield. Here’s the schedule: 4-6 p.m. Dec. 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 21.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation will host a Santa’s workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. Admission is two canned goods per child. For more information, or to register, call 919-553-1550.
The Town of Clayton will light its Christmas tree during a celebration from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, downtown Clayton. Here’s the schedule of events:
• Santa’s workshop – 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., Mosaic Community Garden, 439 E. Main St.
• Downtown business open house – 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Main Street.
• Live nativity – 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 120 E. Main St.
• Doggie Christmas Costume Contest and Parade – 5:45 p.m. at 113 E. First St.
• Dance and choral performances by children – 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Horne Square.
• Clayton Area Ministries’ holiday food drive – intersection of Fayetteville and Main streets.
• Tree lighting – 8:15 p.m. on the Town Square, 100 W. Main St.
For more information, call 919-553-5002.
Kenly – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 206 W. Second St.
The Town of Smithfield will light its Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the corner of Third and Market streets. The event will feature hot chocolate, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.