Fill the coffee pot and stock the wine rack, girls and boys, ’cause we’ve brought you the greatest gift of all — a complete list of holiday events that’ll stress you out whilst growing your heart three sizes. Godspeed.
:: Nov. 29-Dec.1: Treat the kids to Gary Taylor’s “The Nutcracker” at Sandhills Community College’s Bradshaw Performing Arts Center. Hint: it’s the only professional performance of the Christmas classic in the Sandhills.
:: Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Get your photo taken with Santa and munch on Christmas cookies and latkes at The Little Toyshop. You can bring your own camera.
:: Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m.-noon: Share a meal with the big man himself at Little River Resort’s Breakfast with Santa. Your $10 tickets gets you a french toast breakfast, access to craft stations and cookie decorating, and photos with Santa.
:: Nov. 30, 4:30-6 p.m.: Southern Pines holds its tree lighting ceremony, with entertainment beginning when Santa arrives by fire truck at 4:30 p.m. Downtown shops will stay open late so you can get a jump on your Christmas list.
:: Dec. 1, 3-4:30 p.m.: Get crafty at Weymouth Center during their Christmas Crafts From and For Nature event. Make fun ornaments and other tree decor using materials from the great outdoors, and get in the holiday spirit.
:: Dec. 8, 2-8 p.m.: Bring your children and their teddy bears to Weymouth Center for a Teddy Bear Tea, featuring cooking decorating, teddy bear bingo and more. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required.
:: Dec. 10, 5:30-7 p.m.: Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance at the Robbins Area Library. Stop by and enjoy stories, refreshment and one-on-one time with Santa.
:: Dec. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.: Hang out with Saint Nick himself at Supper with Santa hosted by Southern Pines Parks and Recreation. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and your ticket includes a catered dinner, crafts and a holiday movie with Santa.
:: Dec. 14, 8:45-9:45 a.m.: Santa makes another stop on his holiday events tour at Pollywogs Play Pad for Doughnuts with Santa. Your ticket includes doughnuts, chocolate milk, a Christmas craft and a meeting with Santa.
:: Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Santa makes yet another appearance at Ace Hardware in Whispering Pines.
:: Now through Jan. 5: The west lawn at the Carolina Hotel transforms into a giant not-so-icy ice skating rink for Skating at the Carolina. Tickets are $10 per person.
:: Dec. 4, 5-9 p.m.: Head to the Sly Fox for their Family Christmas Movie Night showing of “Elf.” The movie starts at 7 p.m., but they’re opening up their buffet that’s $5 for children under 10.
:: Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Don’t miss the Southern Pines Christmas Parade — voted Best Parade in the Best of the Pines competition.
:: Dec. 8, 1-5 p.m.: Take a peek inside five area homes during the Episcopal Day School’s 42nd annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. Your ticket gets you access to three historic homes in Southern Pines (like Briarwood, above), one in CCNC and another on Shadow Lake in Whispering Pines — all of which are decked out in their Christmas best.
:: Dec. 11, 6:30-8 p.m.: Midway Trading Co. is hosting a wreath making class and PJ Polar Express party. Tickets are $40 and include all wreath making materials. Spots are limited, so make sure to sign up ASAP.
:: Dec. 12, 6-8:30 p.m.: Elliotts on Linden hosts A Christmas Story Dinner, featuring the Chop Suey Palace tradition of Peking Duck with all the trimmings. Plates are $38 per person. Make your reservation ASAP.
:: Dec. 14, 4-8 p.m.: Santa and his skydiving elves are flying into the Pik-N-Pig. The kids can get their photos taken with Santa while the adults stuff their faces with some good ole barbecue.
:: Dec. 15, 7 p.m.: Let the Moore County Choral Society’s Holiday Concert lure you out of Scrooge mode and into the seasonal spirit at their Merry and Bright Holiday Concert at SCC’s Owen’s Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children.
:: Dec. 24, 2-4 p.m.: Santa make an appearance at The Sly Fox, and he’s even bringing gifts. Catch up with the big man and get a little gift.
:: Dec. 24, 4:30-9:30 p.m.: Enjoy Christmas Eve dinner at Elliotts on Linden. Special dishes will be available. Call 910-215-0775 to make reservations.
:: Dec. 31, all day: Feast on a NYE dinner of chicken and waffles at The Sly Fox. Plates are $35 per person.
Adults Only Events:
:: Dec. 11, 6:30,7:30 p.m.: Join the Sly Fox for a Christmas Beer Tasting. They’ll be pairing three brews with three bites for $20 per person.
:: Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.: Test your knowledge of a holiday classic during The Sly Fox’s Miracle on 34th Street Trivia Night. The winner gets a $50 gift card.
:: Jan. 1, 5-9 p.m.: Ring in the New Year with National Bloody Mary Day and Breakfast Bar at Elliotts on Linden. You can find $5 house bloody marys, or create your own for a little extra.
:: Nov. 30, 4:30-6 p.m.: Officially kick off the holiday season at the Southern Pines Tree Lighting Celebration.
:: Nov. 30, 6-8 p.m.: The Town of Cameron is hosting a different kind of tree lighting as they flip the switch on their magnolia tree. There’ll be refreshments, activities and Santa.
:: Dec. 3, 5-6 p.m.: Help Carthage ring in the holidays by heading out to their tree lighting. The Union Pines High School orchestra and chorus will be performing, and the parade will take place right after.
:: Dec. 5, 6:15-7:30 p.m.: Watch Aberdeen get lit during the tree lighting downtown. There’ll be refreshments and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”
:: Dec. 6, 5-7:30 p.m.: Watch another tree lighting in the Village of Pinehurst and enjoy activities like cookie decorating, music and more. Word on the street is that Santa will be there.
:: Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Head to downtown Southern Pines for their annual Christmas parade. Santa is staying in town to participate in the fun.
:: Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Head to downtown Aberdeen for their annual Christmas Parade.
:: Dec. 14, 1-2 p.m.: Southern Pines welcomes horse-drawn carriages to the annual, you guessed it, Christmas Horse Carriage Parade.
::Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Sandhills Central Railroad Club is hosting their annual model train show at The Depot in downtown Aberdeen. Admission is $5 and children under 4 ft 8.5 inches are free.
:: Dec. 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Dandelions and Dream Catcher Studio is hosting a sensory friendly Christmas festival in the Belvedere Courtyard and Dream Catcher Studio. Register for the event through the MindBody app.
:: Nov. 22-23: Stop by Possum Run Garden Center in Robbins for their Christmas Open House have a cup of coffee, sample some sweets and pick up a poinsettia or two.
:: Nov. 24, 3-6 p.m.: Pure Barre is turning into a mini mall for Holiday Sip and Shop for a Cause. Stop in, bring five canned goods to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and sip on a glass of wine while knocking out some holiday shopping.
:: Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Knock out some holiday shopping during Small Business Saturday in Pinehurst. Drop your receipts from Pinehurst businesses off at the Welcome Center any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and be entered to win a gift basket.
:: Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Join Sandhills Community College for their Holiday Craft Fair. Browse through handmade items from 30 vendors and pick up some one-of-a-kind presents.
:: Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Pinehurst Business Partners hosts A Village Christmas — a shopping event to promote small businesses. A $15 ticket grants you access to tons of deals from participating businesses.
:: Dec. 8, 12-5 p.m.: Shop items from local artisans at the Maker’s Holiday Market. There’ll be tons of one-of-a-kind gifts available, mimosas and a wrapping station. Your favorite newsletter team may or may not be there, too.
Ye Olde Holiday Traditions:
:: Nov. 23, 8:30-11:30 a.m.: Pregame Thanksgiving with a run around Pinehurst during the 40th Annual Pinehurst Turkey Trot 5K and FlapJack Fest. Once again, yes — we said flapjack fest.
:: Nov. 28, 8-11 a.m.: Take part in a classic Moore County tradition at Blessing of the Hounds. Not only does this event include a bunch of people in formal hunting attire on horseback, but it also includes tailgating. Enough said.
:: Nov. 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m.: And The Sunrise Theater continues their own Thanksgiving tradition with a free showing of The Last Waltz.
:: Dec. 14, 1-4 p.m.: Warm up with apple cider and enjoy cookies while taking in old fashioned decor at Christmas at The Shaw House.
:: Dec. 14, 1-5 p.m.: Malcom Blue Farm gets a seasonal makeover during their Old Fashioned Christmas. The kids can take a break from typing their letters to Santa on the iPad and write a real, handwritten letter using a feather pen. Ancient, we know.
Know of an event that we missed? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be updating this list with more holiday events all season long.
BTW, if you’d like to repay us for combing through Facebook and Google for hours to find these holiday events for you, just send us pics of any screaming children you see having their photo taken with Santa. *Bonus points if there’s a beard snatch involved*