Parks, Recreation
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Heart of the Holidays

Heart of the Holidays Celebration

Kick off the season with a full day’s worth of holiday cheer in historic Downtown Cary!
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Letters to Santa

Santa’s Mailbox is located at Town Hall starting on November 21. We’ve made special arrangements with Santa Claus for the 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 10 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.

Official Town of Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Town Hall Campus by the Town Tree | 6 p.m.

Welcome in the holiday season with the official Christmas Tree Lighting for the Town of Cary. This festive night features actors, singers, and musicians from the community. We’ll also unveil the “Cary Community Christmas Tree” inside Town Hall. Over 120 community groups provide handcrafted ornaments to be displayed inside the tree – a true representation of the diversity of Cary.

Auditions for Official Town of Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 2, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. | The Cary Theater

Do you sing, act, dance, or tell jokes? The Town of Cary is looking for talented community members to perform a variety of acts at the Town of Cary's Official Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Acts can audition as solos, families, or groups. Auditions will be help on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at The Cary Theater (122 E. Chatham St.).

To schedule a 10-minute audition slot, please call (919) 462-3847 or email Slots will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis until all slots are filled.

6th Annual Gingerbread House Competition

Inside Downtown Cary Businesses

Create a gingerbread house yummy enough for an elves’ visit! The houses will be on display in Downtown Cary on December 3. Winning houses will be on display during December at the Cary Arts Center. Registration forms are due by November 23; completed gingerbread houses due on December 2. 

Registration is now open! Download the form in the link below.
6th Annual Gingerbread House Competition Registration Form

First, second, third and People's Choice will be on display at the Cary Arts Center and the Honorable Mentions on display at The Cary Theater from December 6-16. 

5th Annual Gifting Tree Project Presented by The Mayton Inn
Downtown Cary around Town Hall Campus

You are invited to participate in a Christmas Tree Decorating Contest in Downtown Cary with a charitable twist! Represent your family, organization, school, business or more as we surround Town Hall Campus with festive trees. The public is invited to vote and the winning tree will have a donation to the nonprofit group of their choice. 

Registration is now open! Download the form in the link below.
5th Annual Gifting Tree Project Registration Form

The Gifting Trees will be on display along the newly refurbished S. Academy St. The public can vote for their favorite tree, which will win a donation to their nonprofit of choice. 

Santa’s Workshop

Herbert C. Young Community Center | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (age 10 & under accompanied by an adult)

To participate, please bring two non-perishable food items or a cash donation to support the Cary Teen Council’s food drive. 
Children enjoy a variety of craft stations where they can make a gift for someone special and enjoy a visit with the white bearded guy from the North Pole! All contributions (food items or cash donation) will be given to a local charity. There will be a 20-minute break at 11:30 a.m. so Santa can feed his reindeer. For more information, please call (919) 460-4965.


Cary Players presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Cary Arts Center
Saturday, December 3 | 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

What happens when the toughest kids in town takes over the annual Christmas pageant?  A heart-warming comedy for the whole family!. Additional shows on December 1-5. For more information and to order tickets online visit

Page-Walker Holiday Open House

Page-Walker Arts & History Center | 4-6 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit with some old-fashioned Christmas fun at the Page-Walker’s Holiday Open House. Learn about Victorian holiday traditions while touring the 1868 historic hotel. Listen to Victorian Carolers and take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Enjoy holiday treats, make a holiday craft with the kids, and see the building beautifully decorated for the season.  For more information, please call (919) 460-4963. 

For more information about any events in the Heart of the Holidays Celebration, call (919) 319-4560 or email Ryan.O'