Holiday Wish #1: Savor the Season Outdoors!

November 16, 2018

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I recently compiled a list of 50 holiday events for the annual Christmas card we send out from the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Yes, you read that right. FIFTY. And they're not just happening in Fayetteville. Twenty of those events are spread throughout every one of Cumberland County's communities. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be sharing with you four blogs that feature different types of holiday happenings. In this first blog, we're talking everything outdoors in Cumberland County—from light shows to parades to runs—and the whole season of festivities starts tomorrow. So here's my first holiday wish for you and yours: to savor the season outdoors!

Kick off the holiday season with the Town of Stedman during Christmas in the Park at Ernest Freeman Park Nov. 17.

Test your aim with a Turkey Shoot at the Clay Target Center in Spring Lake Nov. 17 and Dec. 7-8 & 14-15.

Cheer as the Harvest Train Parade makes its way thru the Town of Falcon Nov. 20.

Roll back the clock to the Victorian era at A Dickens Holiday in Downtown Fayetteville Nov. 23.

Hit the trails for a Thanksgiving Ride at Deep Creek ATV Park in the Town of Linden Nov. 23-25.

Participate in Fort Bragg's Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Main Post Parade Field Nov. 29.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas at the Lake in the Town of Hope Mills Nov. 30.

Revel in the season with the Town of Spring Lake during their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall Nov. 30.

Visit the magical wonderland aglow for Holiday Lights in the Garden at Cape Fear Botanical Garden Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, & 19-23.

Get active with the 8th Annual Green Beret Jingle Jog in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 1.

Experience a small-town celebration with the Hope Mills Christmas Parade Dec. 1.

Cherish quality family time during the Festival of Lights at Hope Mills Town Hall Dec. 1.

Take a stroll along the festively decorated trail for Christmas in the Park at Arnette Park Dec. 6-20.

Delight the kids with the Rotary Christmas Parade in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 8.

Hop on one of the Carriage Rides with Santa in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 8-9, 15-16 & 22.

Don your antlers and red nose for Ryan's Reindeer Run in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 15.

Sip on Glühwein while you enjoy the Deutscher Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmast Market) on the grounds of Dirtbag Ales' new brewery in Hope Mills Dec. 15.

Keep your New Year's resolution by joining one of the First Day Hikes at Carvers Creek State Park in Spring Lake Jan. 1.

Whenever I'm downtown, attending events like A Dickens Holiday, I often take the opportunity to knock out some Christmas shopping, as well. Retail Salute recently shared their "2018 Fayetteville North Carolina (Fort Bragg) Holiday Gift Guide," and it features several beloved downtown shops and even a few other charming spots. Being a big believer in the #LoveLocal / #ShopLocal movement, I'd encourage all our visitors to check out some of those shopping destinations while you're out enjoying our holiday happenings. For even more options, refer to the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's (FACVB) Shopping site. You'll also find all our holiday events on the FACVB's Calendar of Events.

Christmas in the Park at Arnette Park

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