The holidays are here! Have you made your plan for holiday actives and events? One of the biggest celebrations of the season is Cary’s Heart of the Holidays festival, the city’s official kickoff to the holiday season. This year the Heart of the Holidays will take place on December 5, with activities throughout the downtown area for people of all ages.
For the Kids
Heart of the Holidays actually begins before December. On November 23, Santa’s mailbox will make its way to town hall. Take the kids in your life to drop their letters to the Jolly Old Elf, and they will get a personal response.
On December 5, bring the kids to the Herbert C. Young Community Center from 10 until 12:30 for crafts and a visit with Santa. The event is free, but do plan to bring a donation for the Cary Teen Council’s food drive.
For the Grownups
The Heart of the Holidays Festival is family-friendly, but it provides entertainment for people of all ages. Adults may appreciate the opportunity to explore the Page-Walker Holiday Open House, where they can tour the Page-Walker Arts & History Center from 4 until 6 for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration complete with holiday treats and tours of decorated historic rooms. Cary Town Hall, the Cary Arts Center and the Herbert C. Young Community Center will host art exhibit receptions throughout the day from 2 until 4 as well.
The Heart of Cary Association’s Ole Time Winter Festival, held in downtown Cary from 10 until 4, is something that everyone enjoys. Games, arts and crafts, food activities and Santa himself make it a family-friendly part of the day.
For some indoor entertainment, head to the Cary Arts Center at 3 or 8 to enjoy Dashing Through the Snow, a hilarious, family-friendly holiday comedy. You can also catch a film at the Cary Theater, which will be playing Arthur Christmas at 10, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7:30 and Home Alone at 9:30.
At 6 p.m. on December 5, Cary will open the holiday season with its official Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Live music, the official unveiling of the community tree and the lighting ceremony itself will ring in the Christmas season with plenty of festive cheer. The houses of the 5th annual Gingerbread House Competition will also be on display throughout downtown that night.
The Heart of the Holidays is truly a beautiful, festive way to welcome the holiday season in Cary, NC. Make your plans now to be part of this holiday tradition.