Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Dec. 20-23, 2018

Things To Do in NC When You're Bored holiday
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored holiday

Compiled 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 20, 2018

Christmas Take and Make Craft

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 9am-6pm

While supplies last, stop by the HD Cooley Library, 114 W Church Street, Nashville NC, and pick up a Christmas Llama ornament kit to make at home.

Cookie Social

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.

Santa’s Workshop

December 20-21, 2018 @ 4-6pm

Bring the kids to the corner of Third and Market Streets in downtown Smithfield NC and visit Santa in his workshop. For more information about Historic Downtown Smithfield, see

Friday, December 21, 2018

Christmas Take and Make Craft

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 9am-5pm

While supplies last, stop by the HD Cooley Library, 114 W Church Street, Nashville NC, and pick up a Christmas Llama ornament kit to make at home. Library activities may be listed on the Cooley Library’s Facebook page.

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.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Holiday Artisan Market

Saturday, December 22, 2018 @ 8am-1pm

This is the final holiday-specific market for the year. Take the opportunity to shop for locally-made gifts and goodies at the Nash County Farmers Market, 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount NC. Entry to the market is free, and open to the public — you don’t have to live in Nash County to utilize the market. Potential offerings include “handmade crafts, arts, baked goods and seasonal winter produce from local craftsmen and farmers.” The Nash County Farmers Market is online at

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 22, 2018 @ 10-11:30am

Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the May Museum, Farmville Public Library, and the Farmville Parks and Recreation, will be held at the Farmville Public Library, 4276 W Church Street, Farmville NC. Enjoy stories by Connie Widney of the library, breakfast goodies, do a fun craft, and visit with Santa Claus (bring a camera to take photos). The library is online at

Annual Santa’s Workshop at Deans Farm Market

Saturday, December 22, 2018 @ 10am-4pm

Head to Deans Farm Market, 4231 NC Hwy 42 W, Wilson NC, for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Bring a camera to take photos, listen to a story with Mrs. Claus, take part in a Christmas craft and build your own snack. A Christmas movie will be playing throughout the event. Tickets are $10 per person (under 2 is free), available at, with some of the visit times already sold out. Be sure to arrive for your ticket’s designated time.

Pokemon Game Day

Saturday, December 22, 2018 @ 3pm

Pokemon fans, join the fun and play, trade, and more at this social event. Entry is $3 per person. Held at Comic World 122 E Gannon Avenue, Zebulon NC. Note that this event will be held again on January 26, 2019, at 3pm. Comic World is on Facebook here.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Family Sundays

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 (Article)

Christmas Banquet

Sunday, December 23, 2018 @ 4pm

Held at the Anointed Temple of Worship Center, 121 S Tarboro Street, Wilson NC. This is a formal-attire event. The evening will include live music, catered meal, a photographer, and performance of a skit for the holiday season. Tickets are $10 per person, or $20 per couple. Connect via Facebook here.

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.


Coming Soon

Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate 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.

Wilson PD Holiday Kickball Mayhem Camp

December 27-28, 2018 @ 9am-1pm

Head to the Recreation Park Community Center, 500 Sunset Road NW, Wilson NC., for a light breakfast, kickball and other activities, and a concluding lunch. To register a child with Wilson PD PAL, call 252.399.2316 or email M. Mincey.

Crafty New Year Countdown

Friday, December 28, 2018 @ 12:30-3:30pm

Celebrate the New Year with crafts, games, and crazy fun. It all ends with a special countdown and toast to celebrate the year that was 2018. Registration deadline is Friday, December 21. Held at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. Designed for ages 7-12. Cost is $15 for residents; $20 for non-residents.

New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop

Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 5-8pm

Gather at the Burgaw Depot, 115 S Dickerson Street, Burgaw NC (Pender County), for the New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop. Enjoy music, community, and purchase dinner/snacks from food trucks on-site. The Blueberry Drop will take place at 7pm, which is midnight GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). The Town of Burgaw is online here.

New Year’s Eve “Hop Drop” at Rocky Mount Mills

Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 8pm-midnight

Ring in the New Year, 2019, at Rocky Mount Mills, 1151 Falls Road, Rocky Mount NC. This inaugural event takes place on the Mills campus, with shops available offering food and drink. See party details at

Fort Macon Astronomy Night

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 6-9pm

This family-friendly night of star-gazing and astronomy will be held in the parking lot at Fort Macon State Park, 2303 E Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach NC. Ranger Paul Terry is scheduled to discuss the night sky. Hoping for clear weather, there will be telescopes set up; guests are welcome to bring telescopes from home.  This State Park is online at

PLJCS Financial Aid Workshop

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 6pm

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will host a Financial Aid Workshop provided by a representative from the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). If you will be enrolling in higher education for the first time or have questions about the FAFSA, this event may be helpful as it will present the financial aid process. Library address is 305 E Market Street, Smithfield NC. With questions, call Katie Barbour at 919.934.8146 x.3. The library website is

College Financial Aid Workshop flyer. Source: Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, North Carolina
College Financial Aid Workshop flyer. Source: Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, North Carolina


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Ed. Notes:

Event information gathered from various sources. While attempts are made to verify data, for most events contact details are included. If you’re planning to attend an event, use contact information or event links to confirm, check for updates or changes, or verify space is available. These events are publicized by The Grey Area News, but are not events overseen by this news site or staff. 

Highlighted events are selected by staff, generally due to prior experience with the event, knowledge of offerings, or relation to a recent article on this news site.

Why are the day, date, and year included, repetitively, under each dated heading?  The better for visitors to cut-and-paste complete event information to share with others… Though sharing of the full article’s link is encouraged, so readers may see all upcoming events.

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