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Weekend: Holiday Cheer for the Whole Family

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Cary, NC — It’s the last weekend before Christmas, and there’s so much to do. Check out the calendar to take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, because this weekend is a great one for family-friendly events in and around Cary.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Need help wrapping your holiday gifts? Volunteer “elves” from the National Charity League and Linda Craft Realty will be wrapping presents in Crossroads plaza, between Petco and Marshall’s, from 12 pm-9 pm starting on Thursday and continuing into the weekend. They only ask for a donation to benefit Second Chance Pet Adoptions–a no-kill animal rescue organization.

More Thursday details on the calendar.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Victorian Christmas in the Square will be held under the Crossroads Plaza Christmas tree from 6-8 pm on Friday evening. Attendees can enjoy free hot chocolate, coffees, crepes, appetizers, and music from professional carolers dressed in authentic Victorian costume.

That same night, don’t miss Cary Ballet’s A Very Cary Christmas at the Cary Arts Center at 7 pm. The show will be performed again on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Visit the Cary Ballet website for ticket information.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Join Cary Ballet again on Saturday morning at 10 am for A Mini Very Cary Christmas. In only an hour, guests will enjoy holiday jazz performances, Nutcracker dancers, and a special ballet demonstration. This event is perfect for children because, after the show, little ones can decorate their own tea cup at a special Ballerina Tea. The combined package is $16; visit Cary Ballet online to reserve your tickets.

Families will also have a blast at the White Christmas Interactive Movie Sing-Along at the Cary Theater on Saturday. $5 tickets include a “sing-along kit” and instructions that enable viewers to follow along with this classic movie. Showtimes are 2 and 7 pm.

Support Cary’s basketball team, The Cary Invasion, at Herb Young Community Center at 7 pm on Saturday night as they play against the Robison County Showstoppers. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Finally, wrap up your weekend with some silly fun. Doherty’s Irish Pub on High House Road in Cary is hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest at 9 pm. There will be live music, great food, and the winner will receive a $75 gift certificate to the restaurant.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

A Holiday Market at the Plantation Point Farmer’s Market in Raleigh will take place on Saturday from 9 am-2 pm. There will be holiday treats, free horse-drawn carriage rides, and more.

Starting on Thursday and continuing into Sunday, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be at the Duke Energy Center for the performing arts. Tickets for the musical range from $20-50 and showtimes vary by day; check the schedule for more information.

Additionally, don’t miss this Raleigh holiday classic–the Ira David Wood III showing of A Christmas Carol at the Durham Performing Arts Center this weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Tickets range from $30-80 and are on sale through ticketmaster.com.

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Weekend update by Jessica Patrick. The calendar of events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by laserbub.