Aberdeen Tree Lighting

The annual Aberdeen tree lighting takes place at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Depot in historic downtown Aberdeen.

There will be special performances, light refreshments, time to visit with Santa and hear “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Pauley Lecture

On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center in Owens Auditorium on the Sandhills Community College Campus, Michael Mann will present “Leaving the Madhouse: The Path to Climate Change.”

Mann, a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center and has received numerous awards on climate science communication. In addition, Mann has written more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and has written four books on climate change. This lecture is hosted by Sandhills Community College.

For additional information visit www.ruthpauley.org.

Pinehurst Tree Lighting

Pinehurst holds its annual tree lighting Friday, Dec. 6, at Tufts Memorial Park, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with the official lighting of the tree at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free, but food and beverages will be available for purchase. There will be music, holiday cheer, cookie decorating, kids’ holiday crafts and the chance to see Santa.

Canned goods and nonperishable items will be collected for the Sandhills Chapter of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C. A canned good yields a raffle ticket for the latest Village of Pinehurst Christmas ornament.

Kirk Tours and Limousine will offer free shuttles to and from the event.

Cameron Parade

The Cameron Christmas Parade will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Cameron.

S.P. Christmas Parade

The Southern Pines Christmas Parade, hosted by the Southern Pines Business Association, will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Co-hosted by Southern Pines Recreation and Parks, the parade includes local organizations, bands, floats and more, ending with the big guy himself — Santa.

The parade route begins on Broad Street at Vermont Avenue, proceeds down the west side of Broad Street until it reaches Massachusetts Avenue, crosses the tracks and proceeds back down the east side of Broad Street.

MPO Concert

The Moore Philharmonic Orchestra plays its 15th annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Owens Auditorium at Bradshaw Performing Arts Center (BPAC) on the campus of Sandhills Community College.

The concert is free, but donations are appreciated.

‘A Christmas Carol’

Encore Center presents “A Christmas Carol,” the holiday classic tale of the greedy and mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge, with performances Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

Encore Center is located at 160 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines. Tickets are $15 to $20. Visit http://encorecenter.net or call (910) 725-0758.

House in the Horseshoe

The warm glow of candlelight and festive greenery will welcome visitors to “O Blessed Season!” at House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site. The Alston House will be decorated for Christmas and opened to the public Saturday, Dec. 7. 

Guests will learn how Christmas was celebrated in Colonial America and how many modern holiday traditions had not yet been introduced. Tours of the candlelit house will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $2 each and available at the door or at Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/o-blessed-season-a-colonial-christmas-tickets-53918292063?aff=ebdshpfprimarybucket). 

Visitors can enjoy warm cider and cookies by a campfire and sing their favorite Christmas carols. Children and adults are invited to make and take a Christmas ornament in the museum.

Located at 288 Alston House Road, Sanford, House in the Horseshoe is 16 miles west of Sanford off N.C. 42 and 10 miles north of Carthage on the Carbonton-Carthage Road. The house was built in 1772 by Philp Alston who proved a fiery leader for the Whig cause during the American Revolution. 

For additional information call (910) 947-2051.

Open House

A Christmas open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Carthage Museum, 202 Rockingham St., Carthage. Admission is free, but donations to the museum are welcome.

The museum will be decorated for the season, and there will be refreshments and live music.

“Join the Carthage Girl Scouts for caroling on the porch from 3 to 4 p.m.,” says a spokesman. “Children are welcome to write letters to Santa.”

EDS Candlelight Tour

The 42nd annual Episcopal Day School Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

Featured are three historic homes in Southern Pines and two custom new homes in Pinehurst and Whispering Pines.

Tickets are $25 in advance and are available for purchase at the EDS Man Office or at www.ticketmesandhills.com. Tickets the day of the tour are $30.

“We will also have our EDS Holiday Cookbook: Volume 2, featuring breakfast and brunch recipes, that will be available for purchase that day,” says a spokesman.

Spectacular at Fair Barn

The 10th annual Christmas Spectacular at the Fair Barn will take place Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6:45 p.m.

The event will feature the Home For Christmas Tour, with award-winning Southern Gospel artists, The Mark Trammell Quartet and The Whisnants.

There will be no admission charge but a love offering will be received for the BackPack Pals program, which is a division of the Food Bank.

The Fair Barn is located at 200 Beulah Hill Road South, Pinehurst.

For more information, call (910) 692-7360 or email christmasoutreach19@gmail.com.

Holiday Open House

The Moore County Historical Association announces holiday events at its historic sites.

The annual Bryant House and McLendon Cabin Christmas open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

There will be music by Sharon McDonald and David McDonald. The cabin will be lit with a warm and inviting fire and the Bryant House will be adorned for the holiday with the usual local greenery and berries. Handmade ornaments will decorate a live Christmas tree.

Homemade cookies and hot cider will be available for all. The Union Pines High School orchestra will finish out the day with a medley of holiday tunes. Parking will be in the nearby sand field, and visitors can be transported to the houses via golf cart, if needed. The Friends of the Bryant House host this free event at 3361 Mount Carmel Road, Carthage. For more information, contact info@moorecountyhistory.com or (910) 692-2051. 

Reindeer Fun Run

The Reindeer Fun Run Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., in Aberdeen, offers something for serious runners, walkers, families and pets with a 12Ks of Christmas Run, a 5K Run/Walk and the popular Egg Nog Jog for ages 9 and under.

The McDonald’s Kids’ Zone offers face painting, pony rides, music, games, food, fun and Santa.

During the Reindeer Fun Run, Page UMC will have a free cookies and cocoa booth along with Christmas caroling in the church sanctuary.

“We will begin a new session of carols led by Pastor Mamie every 15 minutes during the Fun Run,” says the Rev. Mamie Alley

Tickets for the run are available at https://reindeerfunrun.com.

Craft Fair

Sandhills Community College will hold a holiday craft fair Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dempsey Center on the college campus.

Jr. Flea Market

Southern Pines Recreation and Parks presents the Junior Flea Market for young people ages 7 to 16, during which they may sell crafts, toys and clothes, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Downtown Park.

The event will be held rain or shine, with set up from 8 to 9 a.m. at 145 SE Broad St. Spaces are $5 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. “Bring your own table,” says a spokesman. “Children must be accompanied by an adult.”

For information, email agrieve@southernpines.net.

Weymouth Center

“Christmas On Connecticut” is an event-packed new adaptation of Weymouth Center’s traditional celebration.

In a new approach to the Christmas Open House, this year, visitors will enter by donation at the door (no advance tickets required) to enjoy the downstairs of the Boyd House fully dressed for the season by decorators, florists and several garden clubs. Visitors will enjoy live holiday music, tea and homemade cookies.

A Christmas Shoppe for small gifts and handcrafted baked goods will complete the experience. The open house is Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Fabulous 40 Gala on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 11 p.m., celebrates the 40th anniversary of Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities. and the legacy of James and Katharine Boyd. Live dance music from the 1940s, by the John Hatcher Quintet, hors d’oeuvres and dinner by Elliott’s on Linden and a full bar. A special tribute to the military, both active duty and retired, will be delivered by Capt. Chuck Deleot, U.S. Navy (ret.), president of the Patriot Foundation. Tickets for the gala are available at www.ticketmesandhills.com.

The Teddy Bear Tea, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., and co-sponsored by the Katharine L. Boyd Library at Sandhills Community College, is an activity-packed event for children ages 4 and up, accompanied by an adult. All are welcome to bring their favorite teddy bear for an afternoon filled with cookie decorating, teddy bear bingo, stories, poems, children’s author and sing-alongs as well as treats. Reservations for the tea are required at www.ticketmesandhills.com.

Temple Theatre

Temple Theatre in Sanford presents “Away in the

Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas” Dec. 5-22.

In 1959, the ladies are planning the Sunday School Christmas program. As the children rehearse in the sanctuary, the ladies finish up the small details and discuss church politics.

Adult tickets are $29, and students are $17. Adult groups of 10 or more are $24 as are active military. Call (919) 774-4155 or visit www.templeshows.com.

Toy Giveaway

The Father’s House Closet will hold its Christmas toy giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 536 Bascom Chapel Road, Robbins.

“Every child is welcome, but children must be present in order to receive gifts, which will not be wrapped,” says Ronnie Davis.

For information, email davisronniejr99@gmail.com.

UPHS Orchestra Winter Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m. 1981 Union Church Road, Cameron Annual Winter Concert featuring all 3 of the Union Pines Orchestras. Concert starts at 7:00. Admission is to bring cans of food for the Vass Lions Club Food Drive

Top Hat and Tails

Top Hat and Tails: Fifty Shades Darker, a fundraiser for Animal Advocates of Moore County, will be held Friday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Homewood Suites by Hilton, at Olmsted Village in Pinehurst.

Tickets are $50 per person and include beer and wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, adoptable pets, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and music by Tim Wilson and Friends.

Special guest is Dana Shook, of Sly Cooperette’s Ringtail Rescue and Sanctuary.

Tickets are available at Longleaf Animal Hospital and The Mod Shop in Southern Pines and Cooper and Bailey’s in Pinehurst as well as by calling Jan at (910) 673-2918.

Dualing Pianists

Pianists Anastasia Bryant and Lubov Borisova will perform Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 1517 Luther Way, Southern Pines.

The program includes selection from “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” a variety of classics and pieces from the “Nutcracker Suite.”

Refreshments of hot cider and Christmas cookies will be served at a meet and greet with the artists.

The program is free, although a freewill offering will be collected to help support the musicians, with the rest donated to charity.

For information, call (910) 692-2662. 


Southern Pines Recreation and Parks Department presents “Wonderland: A Christmas Adventure,” Friday, Dec. 6, at Memorial Park and Southern Pines Recreation Center, 210 Memorial Park Court, Southern Pines.

Children ages 4 and under are welcome at 5 p.m.; children 12 and under may attend at 5:30 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

There will be a bouncy house, obstacle course, games and more.

“Bring a flashlight for the candy cane hunt at 7 p.m.,” says a spokesman. “Bring your camera or phone for a photo with Santa.”

For information, call (910) 692-7376.

Weymouth Woods

Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m., Monica Rother, of UNC Wilmington gives a presentation on tree-ring methods used to determine the fire history in longleaf pine forests and the project currently underway at Weymouth Woods.

Weymouth Woods is located at 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Call (910) 692-2167 for information.

Healing Experience

Oasis of Peace presents 40-minute healing experiences Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for reiki, jin shin juts, craniosacral therapy or guided meditation. This takes place at Shadowlawn at the Clara McLean House, 20 First Village Drive, Pinehurst.

Reserve a time by calling Sandy Jones at (910) 639-9449.

Donations for Clara McLean House are being accepted.

Robbins Library

Robbins Area Library plays host to Mr. and Mrs. Claus Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m. “Join us for stories, refreshments, and live yuletide music,” says a spokesman.

The Friends of Robbins Library sponsors this occasion.

The library is located at 161 E. Magnolia Drive, Robbins. For information, call (910) 948-4000.

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