Holiday Wish #3: Celebrate the Festive Arts!

December 4, 2018

You've probably heard me brag on our thriving arts scene before. Well, that's no more evident here than during the days leading up to Christmas, when all the arts come alive in our galleries, theaters, and churches. For this installation of my "Holiday Wish" blog series, I'm highlighting those events where you can make lasting traditions and sweet memories in the communities of Cumberland County. Simply put, my third holiday wish for you and yours is to celebrate the festive arts!

christmas concerts fayettevilleDowntown Candlelight Loft Tour

Shop for handmade gifts and artistic treasures during the Annual Members' Holiday Exhibit at Cape Fear Studios thru Jan. 22 (closed Sundays & Mondays).

Soak up all the local music-scene talent that will be on stage for Goldy’s Local Artist Holiday Showcase at Cape Fear Regional Theatre Dec. 4.

Join congregants in celebrating the season at The Throne of David Forever: A Christmas Production at Northwood Temple Church Dec. 5-9.

Take a guided tour of Icons in Transformation, an internationally renowned exhibit by Russian-born contemporary artist Ludmila Pawlowska, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Dec. 5, 12, 15, 19 & 26 and Jan. 2 & 9.

Explore 16 festively decorated lofts with a Candlelight Loft Tour while joining in the popular Art Walkabout in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 6.

Warm your heart on Sweet Tea Shakespeare's performance of Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata and savor the offerings of Hugger Mugger Brewery and Winterbloom Tea at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Dec. 6-8 & 13-15.

Laugh at all the hilarious antics going down in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Cape Fear Regional Theatre Dec. 6-9, 13-16 & 19-22.

Relish spoken-word poetry performances and sweet treats during Art Meets Life at The Sweet Palette Dec. 7.

Make memories with caroling hay rides, a craft-making corner, musical entertainment (select nights), and more during Holiday Lights in the Garden at Cape Fear Botanical Garden Dec. 7-9, 14-16, & 19-23.

christmas concerts fayettevilleThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever (PC: CFRT)

Witness the sweetest Christmas drama unfold during the Singing Christmas Tree production at Highland Baptist Church in the Town of Hope Mills Dec. 7-9.

Fall in love with the North Carolina State Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Crown Theatre Dec. 8 & 9.

Savor the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at the Crown Theatre Dec. 10.

Experience a special evening with a Grammy Award-winning superstar and other exceptional musicians performing Norman Brown's Joyous Holiday Concert at Fayetteville State University's J.W. Seabrook Auditorium Dec. 13.

Create unforgettable memories with the family at Disney on Ice: Mickey's Search Party at the Crown Coliseum Dec. 13-16.

Watch an ageless film classic, It's a Wonderful Life, come to life on stage at Gilbert Theater Dec. 14-16.

Exult in the Messiah Sings! concert by the Cumberland Oratorio Singers at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Dec. 15.

Pause from the hustle and bustle of the season for a Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert at Methodist University's Huff Concert Hall Dec. 16.

Several of the venues mentioned above appear on one or more of our Cultural Heritage Trails; discover specifically more arts destinations here on our Patri-Arts & Gardens Trail. For even more ideas on how to celebrate the season here, be sure to check out all my suggestions in "Holiday Wish #1: Savor the Season Outdoors!" and "Holiday Wish #2: Gather 'Round Our Tables!". You'll also find those holiday events and much more on the FACVB's Calendar of Events.

christmas concerts fayettevilleSinging Christmas Tree (PC: Jason Brady)

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