We found some of the coolest and brightest holiday attractions to do in and around Fayetteville so you didn’t have to.
Sweet Valley Ranch’s Festival of Lights
November 27th – December 30th, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Everyone is raving about the very first year of the Festival of Lights at Sweet Valley Ranch. Upon pulling up, you may notice a familiar (yet serious) face of the nutcrackers at the ranch’s entrance. In our December issue, we had the pleasure of featuring the ranch and its wonderful owners. Make sure to read our December 2020 issue to learn more and visit www.sweetvalleyranchnc.com for more information about the show.
This event is a drive-through light show. Tickets are available for purchase at the gate.
Want a $5 off gift card? Click here
Week #1: November 27th, 28th, 29th from 6:30pm-10:30pm
Week #2: December 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th from 6:30pm-10:30pm
Week #3: December 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th from 6:30pm-10:30pm
Week #4: December 17th, 18th, 19th from 6:30pm-10:30pm
Christmas Week: December 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 26th from 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Final Week: December 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th from 6:30pm-10:30pm
1-3 adults: $7/person
4 adults: $25
5-8 adults: $35
8 adults: $50
Senior Citizens, Military and First Responders $5 off!
Holiday Lights in the Garden
December 4th – December 23rd
Stroll through the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens for a distanced and magical holiday light experience.
PRE-PURCHASED TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL VISITORS
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Holiday Lights!”
Purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/nc–fayetteville/holiday-lights/
Christmas in the Park
December 6-10, 13-17, & 20-22, 6-9 p.m.
A Fayetteville tradition, Christmas in the Park has been transformed to be COVID-19 safe yet better than ever. Christmas in the Park that will provide some sense of holiday normalcy to the local Fayetteville/Cumberland County community.
Christmas in the Park is celebrated at Arnette Park, a beautiful combination of developed facilities and natural woodland spanning 100 acres adjacent to the Cape Fear River.
Remain safely in your vehicle and drive thru the park while taking in the sights and sounds of the Christmas season.
Arnette Park is located at 2165 Wilmington Hwy, Exit 100 off Hwy 87.
Admission is FREE for the 2020 event.
For more information, call (910) 433-1547. For inclement weather, call (910) 306-7325.
Christmas Drive Thru @ The Village
December 11th – 13th, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
The Green Grump Who Stole Foo-Ville
December 12th 1-4 p.m.
All is Bright Christmas Lights Encore @ Falcon Children’s Home
December 18th & 19th, 5:30 – 9:00 PM
Falcon Children’s Home is doing an encore of All is Bright Christmas lights after raving reviews from their first weekend in November.
Come out to see the beautiful Christmas Lights and drop off your commodity goods! You can come at your convenience from 5:30-9:30PM. For more information visit www.harvesttrain.com
Light Up the City- A Holiday Decorating Celebration
December 1st – 31st
Santa @ Cross Creek Mall
December 4th – 24th
In person visits will still be available, but you will have to reserve a special time to see Santa. Click here to reserve your spot now. These visits will be contactless, and hand sanitizing stations will also be available. Scroll further down the page to learn more about available dates, times, photo package pricing and more. Face masks are required to visit Santa for children age 2 and up as well as adults, so remember to bring your festive holiday mask or face covering.
For those unable to see Santa in person or who want additional memorable experiences, we are now offering several online options. You can continue to Create Holiday Magic from the comfort of your home, and celebrate Christmas throughout the season with things like Story Time with Santa, Photos with Santa (including pets), a live zoom call and more! Click here to learn more.
Hope Mills Twinkle Trail
December 4th to January 4th
The Town of Hope Mills is hosting its first ever Twinkle Trail! Located at Hope Mills Municipal Park, this free event features 100 trees with over 12,000 lights to walk by and be amazed. You might even get to see Santa Claus.
German Christmas Market @ Dirtbag Ales
Friday December 11th 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday December 12th 12:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday December 13th 10:00am-2:00pm
The Carols @ Gilbert Theater
December 18th – 2oth
In a brand new musical only ever produced regionally in Pennsylvania, the Carol sisters are struggling to put up their annual production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The problem? All the men in town are currently off fighting in WWII.
Tickets available here
Virtual Christmas Tour of Homes
Heritage Square Historical Society of Fayetteville is taking their classic Christmas Tour of Homes virtual this year. The historical society is currently filming the tour to compile into a wonderful experience for fans of the tour. Although this Fayetteville staple won’t be in its traditional format, they are still committed to spreading Christmas cheer and supporting our community. More details to come soon!