America’s Hometown Happenings: December 9 – 11

December 8, 2016
Breakfast with Santa Spring Lake NC

Breakfast with Santa (Photo credit: @townofspringlake)

We make it our job to keep track of Santa around the greater Fayetteville area, and this weekend, he is due to pop up in multiple places. Get the children dressed in their holiday best and ready to greet Santa over breakfast, in a parade or on a carriage ride. Then surprise the family with tickets to a kid-friendly holiday performance. This weekend is all about making holiday memories for Santa’s smallest fans in Cumberland County.

Make reservations now for the kids to feast on a hearty pancake and sausage Breakfast with Santa at Spring Lake Community Center or Breakfast with Santa at Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM), both occurring Saturday morning. In addition to the meal, Santa will be hosting special activities at the Community Center and offering traditional pictures at the ASOM.

After filling your bellies, find the perfect spot along the streets of downtown Fayetteville to take in the sights at the Rotary Christmas Parade late Saturday morning. This annual tradition is a family favorite, with over 100 units participating, and features Old St. Nick on a float, of course.

Before leaving the downtown area, hop on one of the Carriage Rides with Santa being offered by the Downtown Alliance on Saturday (also on December 11th, 17th and 18th). Santa himself will be driving the horse-drawn carriage around the cobblestone streets of old Fayetteville.

For some comedic relief, surprise the kids with tickets to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, ongoing through December 18th at Cape Fear Regional Theatre. This hilarious show—featuring the story of “the most inventively awful kids in history”—has been delighting its young audiences for over 25 years in Fayetteville.

Rotary Christmas Parade Fayetteville NC

Rotary Christmas Parade

To experience a timeless holiday classic, treat the children on Saturday or Sunday to the North Carolina State Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, now in its 40th consecutive year of production. When the cast of 60 dancers and actors take the stage at the Crown Theatre, we are all transported to that dream world of sugarplums and fairies.

Are you planning some daytime adventures for the kids during their upcoming winter break? Read about a free tourist tool that makes sight-seeing around Cumberland County easy in this week’s featured blog, “Your Passport to Kid-Friendly Destinations.” Additionally, there are 18 other holiday events going on throughout the weekend here, and details on those may be found on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events. is owned by the
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