Heart of the Holidays Celebration
NEW FOR 2012!
Holly Daze ShoppeDowntown Cary is getting its first pop-up shop! Pop-up retail, also known as pop-up shop, is a trend of opening short-term sales spaces. They exist for a limited duration. The Holly Daze Shoppe is a pop-up shop that will be in Downtown Cary for three weeks during December that will offer opportunities for artists and related vendors to capitalize on the holiday shopping season. There will be all types of artisans on hand and they may change each week.
WHEN: Saturday, December 1 – Saturday December 22, 2012
LOCATION: 120 E. Chatham Street
HOURS: Monday - Friday: 3-8 p.m. / Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Sunday: closed
2012 HOLLY DAZE FEATURED ARTISTS
DECEMBER 1 - 8
DECEMBER 10 - 15
DECEMBER 17 - 22
Gava Van Der Schyff
The Gifting Trees Project
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 that all reflect this year’s theme of “Giving”. 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.
WINNERS OF THE GIFTING TREE PROJECT!
Trees were judged based on the representation of the theme, “giving,” representation of their organization/company, originality, creativity, and overall presentation. A total of 14 organizations participated in this year’s inaugural event.
First Place: Cary Family YMCA: Leaders Club
Second Place: Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel
People’s Choice Winners (there was a tie!)
Cousins for a Cure—Pancreatic Cancer - benefitting MGH Cancer Center
First Baptist Church of Cary - benefitting Dorcas Ministries
Thanks to Waltonwood Senior Living in Cary, both People’s Choice Winners will each receive $250 to be donated to their charity’s cause
Kick off the season with a full day’s worth of holiday cheer in historic Downtown Cary!
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.
WINNERS OF THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION!
1st Place - Holiday Wilderness House by the Godbold Family
2nd Place - Penguins Paradise Holiday by the Duncan & Sousa Families
3rd Place - Sweet Cary by Leesa & Jackson Brinkley
Teen Winner - O'Holy Night by Annie DiSano
People's Choice Award Winner - Sweet Cary by Leesa & Jackson Brinkley
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.
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.