“Jingle all the Way” Down to holiday events in Cary

One can almost hear the “jingling of sleigh bells” off in the distance in the Town of Cary around this time of year, especially when just minutes from your family’s new dream house in the Preston Retreat luxury new home community in the downtown area, the season of celebration begins with a host of holiday events in Cary.

Saturday, December 1 will be the day where many of these highly anticipated annual holiday events in Cary begin, with something for family members and friends of all ages to enjoy. Making a full day of  “spreading the cheer” the fun starts at 10:00 am and will go on into the evening. The following are all events that will take place as part of the 2018 holiday events in Cary (with some actually starting a bit earlier than that Sunday):

Letters to Santa at Downtown Park 

November 19-December 9

Jolly ol’ St. Nick will be using Downtown Park in Cary as a drop off point for all girls and boys to use his mailbox and get their lists off to be sure he makes a stop at their home on Christmas Eve. Little ones always enjoy this annual tradition as we prepare for Santa’s flight over Cary. Drop off letters in the Santa Mailbox in Downtown Park before December 10 and your child will hear back from our jolly man in red, just be sure to include name and return address and have all letters dropped in the mailbox by December 10.

Santa’s Workshop, Sat. December 1 

10:00 am-12:30 pm (ages 10 and under with caregiver)

Herbert C. Young Community Center, 121 Wilkenson Avenue, Cary

Children can enjoy a variety of craft stations and a visit with the white bearded guy from the North Pole! While at Santa’s Workshop, you can support the Cary Teen Council’s food drive by sending each child with two non-perishable food items or a cash donation. All proceeds will be donated to charity. There will be a 20-minute break at 11:30 a.m. so Santa can feed his reindeer.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Variety Show, Sat. December 1

6:00 pm

Town Hall Campus

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 125 community groups provide handcrafted ornaments to be displayed on the inside tree — a true representation of the diversity of Cary. The schedule for this annual tradition will be:

6 p.m. – Variety Show on the south lawn of Town Hall
6:45 p.m. – Introduction of the 2017 Tree Lighter and words from Town Council
7 p.m. – Reception inside Town Hall

For further information on these and all other holiday events in Cary and everything else going on this winter across town, visit

Photo Credit: Town of Cary



Cary Halloween Events: So Fun its Scary

The holiday events in the Town of Cary are always plentiful, with many great choices for you and your family to enjoy all just a few minutes from your new home in the Sedgefield neighborhood. One of the more popular holiday’s amongst the kids especially, this trend certainly holds true with such a variety of Cary Halloween Events for you to check out upcoming in the next few weeks some might say “it’s scary.”

The array of Cary Halloween Events begins on Friday, October 27, followed up by several “spookatcular” stops to choose from on the weekend starting Friday, October 27- Tuesday, October 31. The listing of Cary Halloween Events by date goes as follows:

Pumpkin Flotilla
Friday, October 27 | 4-7 p.m. | Free

Fred G. Bond Metro Park, Boathouse
Bring your carved pumpkin and watch it set sail across Bond Lake at twilight! Enjoy discounted boat rentals. Cousins Maine Lobster and Stuft food trucks will be on site, and Justin Runyon will perform!

Herbert’s Haunted House
Friday, October 27-Saturday, October 28 | 7-9 p.m. | $2 per person
Herbert C. Young Community Center
The Cary Teen Council will take you on a spooky walk through their house of horrors. Those who dare will navigate through the building to experience all of the thrills that Cary’s teens have dreamed up to get your adrenaline rushing! All ages welcome but parental discretion is advised. For more, call (919) 460-4965.

The Cary Theater’s ZOMBIEPALOOZA!
Friday, October 27 | 7 p.m.

The Cary Theater
We’re excited to bring you the 2nd annual Zombiepalooza, featuring local filmmakers’ own zombie films, cosplay zombies, and classic films to scare the pants right off of you!  For more, visit The Cary Theater or call (919) 462-2051.

Costume Dance Party
Saturday, October 28 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Age 3-10 with Caregiver| $1 per person
Cary Arts Center
Dress up in your favorite costume creation for our Costume Dance Party! Party includes light refreshments, an art activity, dancing and costume awards. For more, call (919) 469-4069.

Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve
Saturday, October 28 | 2-8 p.m. | All ages | Free

Downtown Park
Stop by the Pumpkin Patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve at one of the carving stations (or bring your own). Pumpkins will be lit for display and judged in a variety of categories. Stay for family friendly Halloween specials shown outdoors, including “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”! Pumpkins are for sale at low cost; all other activities are free. For more, call (919) 469-4061.
Pumpkin Patch and Carving Stations | 2-5:30 p.m.
3-D Pumpkin Carving Instructional | 2:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Pumpkin Lighting & Judging | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Family Friendly Halloween TV Specials | 6:45-7:45 p.m.
*To sign up for the 3D Carving Instructional, please email Ryan.O’ Instruction is appropriate for ages 13+ and is free with the purchase of a $5 pumpkin.

Ghost Walk in Downtown Cary
Saturday, October 28 | 6:30, 7, & 7:30 p.m. | Age 10 & up | $15
Page Walker Arts & History Center
Spooky stories and ghostly legends sure to send chills up your spine are dramatized by Cary Players. These macabre walking tours of historic Downtown Cary are offered at three different times for your convenience. For more, call (919) 460-4963.

Halloween Mall Crawl
Saturday, October 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  All ages | Free  

Cary Towne Center
Calling all goblins, ghosts, princesses, superheroes, and everything in between!  Dress in your best Halloween costume and join us for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, storytelling, and a magic show.

Witches Tea
Tuesday, October 31 | 2-4 p.m. | Age 55 & up | $10

Cary Senior Center
“Eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog!” What possible surprises will we brew? Definitely tasty treats and hot teas, or maybe some lizard legs and spider knees. Costumes are welcome but not required! To reserve your spot, register by October 24 using course code 102577. For more, call (919) 469-4081.

With so many Cary Halloween Events to choose from in the upcoming weeks for both the kids and the adults in the community, the hardest part it seems is choosing which ones to attend. To see more details on each of these great Cary Halloween Events in addition to a few more that will be going on, visit