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Heart of the Holidays

Heart of the Holidays Celebration

Fun ways you can get involved in the Heart of the Holidays!


1. Perform! Audition to be part of the 2014 Town of Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!

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Create! Make a gingerbread house for the 4th annual Gingerbread House Competition!

3.
Decorate! Register to decorate a Christmas Tree along Academy Street as part of our 3rd annual Gifting Tree Project for a chance to donate to your favorite charity!

4. Write! Write a letter to Santa and drop it off at his mailbox outside Town Hall! 

**Please see below for registration forms, deadlines and more information.


Kick off the season with a full day’s worth of holiday cheer in historic Downtown Cary!

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - events all day long!



Letters to Santa
Santa’s Mailbox located at Town Hall starting on November 24, 2014


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 12th 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; December 6 at 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 on stage.

Not only will the beautiful 30-foot cedar Christmas Tree be illuminated for the first time in the season, but we’ll also unveil the “Cary Community Christmas Tree” that 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. Our Community Christmas Tree will truly be a representation of the diversity of Cary. For more information, call (919) 469-4061. 

Audition to be part of this year's Tree Lighting Ceremony Variety Show! 

Cary Community Christmas Tree Ornament Participation


4th annual Gingerbread House Competition
Inside Downtown Cary Businesses


Create a gingerbread house yummy enough for an elf's visit! All ages and groups are welcome!  Registration forms due by NOVEMBER 26. House drop off will be Friday, December 5th. The houses will be on display in Downtown Cary on December 6th. Winning houses will be on display during December at the Cary Arts Center and honorable mentions will be displayed at The Cary Theater. 

Gingerbread House Registration Form  - Due November 26!
Gingerbread House Rules

For more information, please email Sarah.Hagan@townofcary.org 

3rd annual Gifting Tree Project
Downtown Cary along Academy Street


You are invited to participate in a Christmas Tree Decorating Contest in Downtown Cary with a charitable twist! Represent your family, organization, school or more as we line the streets of Downtown Cary with lighted trees. The public will be invited to vote and the winning tree will have a donation (provided by our Gifting Tree Project sponsor) to the non-profit group of their choice! Other prizes will also be awarded. Registration forms are due by November 26.

Full Details and Registration Form

Presented by: Supported by:

Gifting Tree Logo 1                                    Gifting Tree Logo 2

If interested, please contact Ashley McCall for full details: Ashley.McCall@townofcary.org or (919) 462-3847.

Page-Walker Holiday Open House
Page-Walker Arts & History Center, December 6 from 4 - 6 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit with old-fashioned Christmas fun! Learn about Victorian holiday traditions while touring the 1868 historic hotel. Listen to Victorian carolers and take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Kids can participate in a hands-on holiday craft. Taste holiday treats and view historic rooms decorated for the season by the Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel. For more information, contact the Page-Walker, (919) 460-4963

Santa’s Workshop
Herbert C. Young Community Center; December 6 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (age 10 & under accompanied by an adult)


Join us for Cary Teen Council’s annual Holiday Celebration. Children will 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! 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 at 11:30 a.m. so Santa can feed his reindeer. For more information call (919) 460-4965.


Films @ The Cary: The Muppets Christmas Carol & National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
The Cary Theater, 122 E. Chatham Street


Get into the spirit with some of your favorite Christmas movies! All movie tickets are $5. 
The Muppets Christmas Carol –  December 6th at 10:00 a.m. 
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation –  December 6th at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. 
Box Office: At the Cary Arts Center Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and one hour prior to events at The Cary.


Cary Players presents It's a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play 
Cary Arts Center; Dec. 4-8, 7:30 p.m. & Dec. 6 & 7, 3:00 p.m. 


This beloved American holiday classic is presented as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With an ensemble that brings over 60 characters to the stage, and help of live Folly artists creating old-fashioned sound effects, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers his fate one Christmas Eve. Radio Guys and Gals perform original jingles featuring Cary establishments. A family-friendly story of redemption that resonates with all ages. For more visit www.caryplayers.org or call (919) 462-2055.

Heart of Cary Association’s 11th annual Ole Time Winter Festival 
Downtown Cary;  December 6 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Celebrations begin with the Heart of Cary’s 11th annual Ole Time Winter Festival held on West Chatham Street in Downtown Cary. Festivalgoers can enjoy arts & crafts, entertainment, food, activities, and more. Santa will be there. Start (or finish) your holiday shopping! 
For more information, visit www.heartofcary.org/ole-time-winter-festival.

Art Exhibit Openings
Highlights of Monet’s Gardens & Duke Gardens: Michael Weitzman – Herb Young Community Center, 2-4 p.m.

Cary Photographic Artists – Cary Art Center Gallery, 2-4 p.m.
Jessica Chang: A Warm Interlude in the Florida Keys – Town Hall Gallery

For more information about any events in the Heart of the Holidays Celebration, call (919) 469-4061.