Find Your Family Tradition in Cumberland County

November 17, 2017

Each holiday season I try to plan a new outing for my family that will hopefully become a lasting tradition. Last year, we experienced the grandeur of Holiday Lights in the Garden. Year before that, we joined the downtown revelry at A Dickens Holiday and took in the classic It’s a Wonderful Life on stage. As this season quickly approaches, I’m noticing how many festivities are planned not just in Fayetteville, but in every one of Cumberland County’s communities. Take your pick from turkey shoots and light shows, parades and breakfasts with Santa, tree-lighting ceremonies and hikes. To our visitors, I hope you, too, find your family tradition, and make yourself at home here, in “Cumberland’s Corners.”


Discover the meaning behind Christmas through a theatrical performance of the Biblical story with Breakfast in Bethlehem at Lebanon Baptist Church (Dec. 2).

Ring in the new year at one of North Carolina’s most unique holiday celebrations, the New Year's Eve Flea Drop, in the Community Center (Dec. 31).


Make a new family tradition out of attending the Harvest Train parade, program and lunch—starting at Town Hall and concluding at J.A. Culbreth Memorial Auditorium (Nov. 21).

Fort Bragg

Join the troops in giving thanks and partaking in a bountiful Thanksgiving Feast at the Iron Mike Conference Center (Nov. 23).

Witness the infamous Golden Knights parachuting into the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Main Post Parade Field (Nov. 30).


Tour the festively decorated Oak Grove Plantation, take a horse-and-carriage ride, feast on Brunswick stew and more at the Christmas Open House (Dec. 16-17).

Hope Mills

Walk or drive through a spectacular 12-acre light show, feast on a Holiday Buffet and enjoy all the kid-friendly fun with Christmas in Paradise at Paradise Acres (Nov. 30; Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23).

Find the perfect spot to park and watch the Christmas Parade make its way through town (Dec. 2).

Enjoy all the festivities and an outdoor movie with Christmas in the Village at Town Hall, immediately following the parade (Dec. 2).

Reserve your family’s spot at the table for a delicious Breakfast with Santa in the Recreation Center (Dec. 9).


Step into a magical winter wonderland with Christmas Lights at Denton Ridge, where a tram ride will transport you to a quaint country village all lit up with lights (Nov. 24-25; Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 & 29-30).


Kick off the holiday season early at Ernest Freeman Park with Christmas in the Park, where folks will enjoy musical performances, a visit from Santa, the tree lighting and more (Nov. 18).


Take in the Christmas play "It All Happened in the Country" with one of Cumberland County’s oldest congregations at Bluff Presbyterian Church (Dec. 10).

Pause from the revelry to return to the church and reflect on the meaning of the season at their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Dec. 24).

Spring Lake

Compete in a challenging sporting event at the Fort Bragg Clay Target Center with a Turkey Shoot, where winners will walk away with a free turkey or ham (Nov. 17-18; Dec. 8-9 & 15-16).

Gather family together outside Town Hall for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and seasonal festivities (Dec. 4).

Surprise the kids by taking them to a tasty pancake-and-sausage Breakfast with Santa in the Community Center (Dec. 9).

Tackle that fitness goal on New Year’s Day by joining one of the First Day Hikes at Carvers Creek State Park (Jan. 1).

Many holiday festivities take place between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day all over the City of Fayetteville, as well; find details about those happenings on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events. Recently, we also shared some adventures and good eats to be had in the Town of Spring Lake; discover more on "An Autumn Day-Venture in Spring Lake."

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