It's the most wonderful time of the year So, get in the holiday spirit with these exciting, fun-filled Fayetteville-area events!


Holiday Lights at Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Cape Fear Botanical Garden / Weekends in December + Nightly Dec. 15-21

Winter is right around the corner so it must be time for the annual Holiday Lights show at Cape Fear Botanical Garden! Round up the spouse and kids, because it'll be fun for the entire family! 


CFBG Holiday Lights-2


Festival of Lights
Sweet Valley Ranch / Open Daily starting Dec. 1

Witness as Sweet Valley Ranch transforms into a magical Holiday Wonderland with more than 1 million lights and over 350 animals as stars of the show! The light show is drive-through but guests can also park across the street to enjoy a visit with Santa, vendors, gift shops, amusement rides, food, and more! 


Sweet Valley Ranch Festival of Lights


Fayetteville Rotary Christmas Parade
Downtown Fayetteville / Dec. 9 

Established in 1920, the Fayetteville Rotary Christmas Parade features more than 100 businesses and organizations participating in the year's biggest homemade Christmas float competition! Paraders include local schools and characters like the Grinch, Santa, and Mrs. Claus!


Fayetteville Rotary Christmas Parade


The Snowman Concert
FSU Seabrook Auditorium / Dec. 10

Join the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for a classic holiday-themed family concert that is FREE for the community! Get there early to find the best seating!


NC Symphony


Disney On Ice Presents Magic In The Stars
Crown Complex / Dec. 15 - 17

Join Disney On Ice characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy as they set off on a Magical Winterland adventure meeting other modern Disney characters along the way. Together, they learn dreams CAN come true, but the brightest light shines inside of YOU!


Disney on Ice


Messiah with Cumberland Choral Arts
Berean Baptist Church / Dec. 16

Watch as the Berean Baptist Church chorus joins Cumberland Choral Arts performers to perform the timeless Handel’s Messiah at the beautiful Berean Baptist Church. 


Cumberland Choral Arts


A Christmas Carol
Dec. 1 - 24 / Gilbert Theater

You know the story: ghosts, regrets, humbugs, epiphanies, and the biggest Christmas goose to be found! The Gilbert Theater's production of Charles Dickens' holiday classic is not to be missed this holiday season!


A Christmas Carol Play


Santa Photos at Cross Creek Mall
Cross Creek Mall / Dec. 1 - 24

Create lifetime memories with pictures with Ol' Chris Kringle this Christmas holiday season! Just visit Santa's Workshop at Cross Creek Mall and be prepared to smile for the camera!


Cross Creek Mall Santa Photos


Singing Christmas Tree
Highland Baptist Church / Dec. 8 - 10

Come and join Highland Baptist Church Chorus as it presents three nightly performances of the Singing Christmas Tree and "All is Well - A Christmas Musical."


Singing Christmas Tree


Drive-thru Christmas in the Park
Arnette Park / Dec. 3-7, 10-14, 17-21

Head to Arnette Park this holiday season to take in the sights and sounds of Christmas with family and friends - all in the comfort of your vehicle! No runny noses or shivering from the cold here! The best part is that admission is FREE!


Drive-thru Christmas at the Park