Our favorite time of the year is here, in Cumberland County, and this long holiday weekend presents several opportunities for visitors and locals seeking festive forms of entertainment on the town. If you are already anticipating Black Friday regrets or cabin fever setting in this weekend, then the greater Fayetteville area offers some perfect solutions to both predicaments. And best of all? Every event we are sharing here is free to attend.
A Dickens Holiday, Downtown Fayetteville – Friday, November 25
Step back into the Victorian era with this beloved Fayetteville tradition. The holiday season would not be complete around here without Ebenezer Scrooge’s appearance downtown. Hop on a horse-drawn carriage, savor the cider and gingerbread and join the candlelight procession to the Market House. Most importantly, create some lasting memories with your loved ones.
Annual Members’ Holiday Exhibit, Cape Fear Studios and Gallery – Friday-Saturday,
While downtown Friday evening, pop by this art gallery for the opening reception of their holiday exhibit. For months, studio members have been creating paintings, pottery, ornaments and more, and their works are all on display (and sale) throughout the Christmas season. If you haven’t spent all your Black Friday cash, pick out a few artistic treasures to cross off that shopping list.
Christmas in Paradise, Paradise Acres, Hope Mills – Friday-Saturday, November 25-26
Make your way to “Paradise” to experience a new holiday destination in Hope Mills, open to the public through December 23rd. Twelve acres of Christmas lights offer visitors the chance to walk off those extra Thanksgiving calories. Be sure to visit the live nativity scene and take a ride on the Paradise Acres Express. Planning to make a night of it? Then take your pick from Brunswick stew and fried Moon Pies outdoors or a holiday buffet indoors (at a cost).
Christmas at the 1897 Poe House, Museum of the Cape Fear – Friday-Sunday,
Tour this historic home to experience a true Victorian Christmas. Every year, the 1897 Poe House dresses up for the season with a tree in the parlor, candlelit windows and festive adornments. The decor will remain up through January 8th, and visitors may join any one of the free, regularly scheduled tours. Just don’t forget your camera for the perfect Christmas card photo-op.
Looking for more ways to celebrate the season in the upcoming weeks? Read about some of Cumberland County’s favorite holiday destinations in last week’s featured blog, “Holiday Nature Escapes.” This coming weekend offers several other festive and fun happenings, and details about those may be found on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events.