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The Following was taken from the Town Of Cary website, Heart of the Holidays section:
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - events all day long!
Letters to Santa
Santa’s Mailbox will again be located in Town Hall starting on November 24, 2012. We’ve made special arrangements with Santa Claus for Cary Town Hall to be a drop off site for letters to Santa Claus! Have little Johnny and Suzie enjoy this annual tradition as we prepare for Santa’s flight over Cary. Drop off your letters in the Santa Mailbox before December 13th and your child will hear back from our jolly friend in red! Make sure to include your child’s name and address on each letter.
Location: Herbert C. Young Community Center; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cary Teen Council’s annual Holiday Celebration. Children will enjoy a variety of craft stations where they can make a gift for someone special, experience live entertainment by Cary Ballet Company and 3D Project and enjoy visit with a white bearded guy from the NORTH POLE! While at Santa’s workshop, support the Cary Teen Council’s food drive by sending each child with two non-perishable food items or cash donation will be accepted. All contributions will be given to a local charity. There will be a 20 minute break from craft tables at 11:30 a.m., so that everyone may enjoy the entertainment. For more information call (919) 460-4965.
Heart of Cary Association’s Ole Time Winter Festival
Downtown Cary; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Celebrations begin with the Heart of Cary’s Old Time Winter Festival held on the streets of Downtown Cary. Festival goers can enjoy arts & crafts, entertainment, food, activities, and more. Santa will be there. Start (or finish) your holiday shopping!
Heart of the Holidays 2nd annual Gingerbread House Competition
Create a gingerbread house yummy enough for an elf's visit! Entries will be accepted in the following categories: Family, Teen (13-17), and Adult (18 & up). The houses will be on display in Downtown Cary on December 1st. Winning houses will be on display during December at the Cary Arts Center. Rules Registration Form
Art Exhibition: Views from the Middle Kingdome
Town Hall Gallery, Reception: 2 – 4 p.m. (Exhibition opens Nov 21; closes Jan 7)
Diana Bloomfield made these photographs in the fall of 2004, when she was invited to show her work in Pingyao, China, at the Pingyao International Photography Festival, and in the summer of
2006, when she was invited again to show her work at the First International Photography Festival of Xining. Pingyao, nearly 500 miles southwest of Beijing, is located in the Central Shanxi province
and dates back nearly 3000 years. It is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world and names as a World Heritage Site. These images are a small window into the views she experienced while there.
Page-Walker Arts & History Center Holiday Open House
Location: Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 4-6 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit with an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas experience at the Page-Walker’s Annual Holiday Open House. Learn about century-old holiday traditions while touring Cary’s own 1868 historic hotel. Enjoy Victorian Carolers, sing Christmas carols around the piano or enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride. Enjoy holiday refreshments and view historic rooms decorated for the season by the Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel. Fun for the whole family.
The Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Location: Town Hall Campus by the Town Christmas Tree; 6 p.m
The official Christmas tree lighting for the Town of Cary will be on this day as well. This community celebration of the season has become incredibly popular over the past years. It’s a wonderful time to bring your blanket and your loved-ones out to the Town Hall campus and welcome in the holiday season with your neighbors. This festive night features talented actors, singers, dancers, and musicians from our community onstage.
Not only will the beautiful 30 foot cedar tree be illuminated for the first time in the season, but we’ll also unveil Cary's Community Christmas Tree located will be inside at the Town Hall. All sorts of groups that serve our local community will be providing handcrafted ornaments to be displayed on the inside tree. Cary's Community Christmas Tree will truly be a representation of the diversity of Cary.ADD AN ORNAMENT TO THE COMMUNITY TREE!
Cary Players presents A Christmas Story
Location: Cary Arts Center; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Performances also on Nov 30 and Dec 2 and 3 Bring the entire family to this hilarious holiday-classic based on the movie by Jean Shepherd. For more information on A Christmas Story, visit www.caryplayers.org
Cary Apex Piano Teachers Association Recital of Holiday Favorites
Location: Cary Arts Center; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Join us at the Cary Arts Center for beautiful and exciting renditions of holiday favorites as performed by students of member instructors in Cary Apex Piano Teachers Association (CAPTA). Featuring numerous performers throughout the day and evening, stop by and enjoy music that sets the holiday mood! For more information http://capta.trailsong.org/
For more information about any events in the Heart of the Holidays Celebration, call (919) 469-4061.
The Following is from the Apex Downtown Business Association website:
Our Annual "Christmas on Salem Street" events begin at 5:00 PM on Friday November 30th with Christmas Carols at the Depot, followed by the Lighting of the Apex Christmas Tree. Then Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive on one of the Horse Drawn Carriages at the front of the Fire Station between 5:45 and 6:00 PM.
There will be 2 Horse Drawn Carriages (Sleighs) for rides on Salem St in the Downtown Apex from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The cost is $7.00 per person (children 2 & under ride free). Tickets will go on sale starting at 4:00 PM Friday under a TENT at the corner of N. Salem St. and Saunders St. (across from the Downtown Fire House). Tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis, but approximate time appointments will be chosen & assigned to your purchased tickets, per available time slots at the time of your purchase. There are limited amount of tickets available, based on the 3 hour time of the carriage rides. The tickets tend to sell out fast, so come early to get into the purchasing line.
The Carriage rides are loading, start and return to drop you off in the Depot (Chamber of Commerce) parking lot. No tickets are sold at that location (see above). Arrive there close to and prior to the time assigned on your ticket. People will be boarded on the rides according to that assigned time and please remember those times are only approximate due to unknown exactness of the speed of the horses.
After Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive at 6:00 PM, they walk around Downtown Apex to talk and mingle with the children. They do not ride on the Carriage rides.
Because of the Carriage Rides selling out fast, this year we have added a new attraction. We have a "Kiddy Christmas Train Ride" which also runs from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and the ride loads, starts and returns to drop you off at the corner of N. Salem St. and Saunders St. (across from the Downtown Fire House). The cost is $4.00 per person (children 2 & under ride free). Those tickets go on sale at 5:30 PM Friday, following the same system as above under the same tent at that corner of N. Salem St and Saunders St.
Please note that for both the Carriage and Kiddy Train rides, children 12 & under must be accompanied by at least one adult.
We also are having "Make Your Own Ornament" in the area at the front of the Train Depot (Chamber of Commerce Building).
P.S. Don't forget about the Saturday December 1st Activities: Apex Rotary Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 AM at the Apex Downtown Fire House – Pictures with Santa, 9AM - 2PM, also at the Apex Downtown Fire House – and the Grand Christmas Parade starts down Salem Street at 5:00 PM.
And on Sunday December 2nd there is the Annual Apex Historical Holiday Home Tour. This occurs from 1:00 to 5:00 PM and cost is $10.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the Chamber of Commerce or the Rusty Bucket.
Pictures with Santa at the Downtown Apex Fire House will be on Saturday Dec. 1st from 9:00 AM to 2:00PM. Tickets will be available starting at 8:30 AM. These tickets will be for one of the hourly time slots to help give you time to roam downtown and have a closer approximate time when to be in the actual picture line. It does help keep the line waiting time shorter. The cost for the "Pictures with Santa" is $20.00 for a CD of about 12 to 15 pictures. Children are also able to sit & visit Santa for no cost, but pictures are not allowed to be taken.
Again thanks for your interest in Downtown Apex. We hope you have a most enjoyable experience and a Merry Christmas!!
Please help us support the Western Wake Crisis Ministries by bringing some non-perishable food to the large containers at the "Depot" anytime during these events.