By Kay Whatley, Editor
This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond including a few unique coastal or mountain events. While most listed events are free happenings, some ticketed events may be included.
Events may be rescheduled, delayed by weather, canceled, times adjusted, or locations changed without our knowledge. Contact an event’s organizer directly via provided links for updates.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Coffee With a Cop
Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 8-9am
Meet local police officers, ask questions, voice concerns, open a dialog. Gather at Charron’s Cafe, 120 E Main Street, Youngsville NC. Organized by the Town of Youngsville.
The RTP Mistletoe Market
December 13, 2018 @ 4-7pm
The fourth-annual Mistletoe Market returns to The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park NC. This holiday market offers holiday shopping from 50 local vendors and artisans. Shoppers may also enjoy complimentary beer and wine. Visit www.rtp.org/event/the-rtp-mistletoe-market. The Grey Area News will be at the market with a #ReadLocal promotions booth, with local author books on sale, and handouts on eastern NC writers.
Wee School Train of Lights
December 13-16, 2018 @ 5:30-9pm
Only four dates remain for this opportunity to ride the train at Recreation Park Miniature Train, 500 Sunset Road NW, Wilson NC. See Christmas lights, enjoy music, and soak up the holiday spirit. Train rides are $2 per rider. See this event and more via the Wilson Parks and Rec Facebook page.
Note that on Thursday, December 13, 2018, from 6:30-8pm, Santa will be in the Recreation Park Community Center (same address) offering a photo opportunity.
Smithfield Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 7-8:30pm
Join the Town of Smithfield in celebrating the season and watch the parade march down Market Street, Smithfield NC. See the town’s holiday activities on www.downtownsmithfield.com.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Christmas in Wake Forest:
Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 11am and 6:30pm
The Town of Wake Forest wraps up its holiday events with Santa’s Enchanted Workshop at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. Tickets are $12 per person if purchased in advance, or $15 per person at the door. Purchase tickets here.
Holiday Film Series
Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 4-5:30pm
Enjoy a holiday-themed movie at the library. The Muppet Christmas Carol is The Muppets’ version of the Dickens holiday classic about a miser who’s visited by three ghosts. The movie features Kermit the Frog as the penny-pincher’s hardworking and loyal employee. (Rated G 85 minute run time). Held at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC. With questions, call East Regional Library at 919.217.5300, or visit www.wakegov.com/libraries/locations/erl.
Walk-Thru Living Nativity
December 14-16, 2018 @ 6pm
Walk through this Nativity at First Baptist Church, 200 S Church Street, Rocky Mount NC. Scenes depict the birth of Christ with live actors and animals. The church is online at www.fbcrm.org.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Make Art: Drop-in Workshops
Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 11am-1pm
Join the fun and experiment with different types of art. Children are guided around Imperial Center’s Art Gallery and Art Education Building to see the sculptures, photography, art, and more displayed, and then may make their own with hands-on activities. Instructor is April Dickens. This drop-in program is free and open to age 6 and up. Registration is not required, but workshop maximum size is 25 participants. Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. See this event listed with other programs at imperialcentre.org/arts-center/programs-events.
Free Family Movie Night
Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 5:30-8pm
Join the fun for this free family movie screening. Description: “Warm pajama attire, pillows and blankets are welcome. Hot chocolate, popcorn and hot dogs will be served.” Hosted by Harris Chapel Baptist Church, 2960 Tarboro Road, Youngsville NC. The church is on Facebook here.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Tarboro Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 2-4pm
Watch the parade down Main Street, Tarboro NC. Organized by the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce. (The Tarboro Christmas Parade was moved from December 9 to the new date, December 16, 2018. The time is still 2-4pm.)
Discover Your World Family Movies @ The Library
Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 2pm
Create your own lego creation while we watch Wonder, a New York Times bestselling book made into a movie. Join us for an incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story, August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, in a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite his family, his new classmates, and the larger community and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. (Rated PG Run time 1 hour 53 minutes). Held at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC.
The Kwanzaa Kickoff Celebration
Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 3-6pm
This free event will celebrate and introduce African-American heritage and Kwanzaa principles through interactives, African drum and dance performances, and exhibitions featuring Kente cloths and drums. Kwanzaa is December 26, 2018 through January 1, 2018. Held at the Imperial Centre, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. See event details at imperialcentre.org/2018/12/10/kwanzaa-kickoff-celebration.
The Gift of Music
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 4:30-5:30pm
Gather in the Main Assembly Room at Wilson County Public Library (main library), 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC, for a holiday-themed musical performance by the Toisnot Middle School Band. With questions, contact Scott Houston at 252.237.5355 x.5073 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 4pm
All ages are welcome to come and decorate cookies. Listen to festive stories too. Held at the Wilson County Public Library’s Lucama library branch, located at 103 E Spring Street, Lucama NC. For more information, call 252.239.0046. Registration is not required.
Live Nativity: Cradle to the Cross
Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 6-9pm
This organization will hold Nativity showings at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm. Fellowship and hear/see the story of Jesus at Building 323, 73 Wilder Road, Middlesex NC. The organization is on Facebook here.
Sundays, December 23, 2018 @ 2-4pm
Sundays are for families, and are free. Bring your family to the Art Gallery for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities instructed by April Dickens. Drop into the gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour! Registration is not required, drop-ins of age 3 and up with accompanying adults welcome. Held at Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. See the event on Facebook. For more information, visit imperialcentre.org. (Article)
Christmas at the Barn
Sunday, December 23, 2018 @ 4:30-8pm
Join the fun with First Fruits Farm, 1950 East River Road, Louisburg NC. There will be a live Nativity, hot chocolate, Christmas Carols, and treats. Bring a treat to share. There will be food for sale. See the First Fruits Farm event information here.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating this joyous holiday.
Game Night at the Library
Thursday, December 27, 2018 @ 5-7pm
Play board games at the Franklin County NC Library, 906 N Main Street, Louisburg NC. With questions, call 919.496.2111.
Family Holiday Movies
December 27-28, 2018 @ 11am-1pm both dates
Bring the kids to these free family movie nights, with free popcorn and lemonade. No registration required. Held in the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC. See movie titles via the library calendar. With questions, contact Genevieve at 252.237.5355 x.5050.
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