Holiday Events in Fayetteville NC (2018)

A Dickens Holiday, downtown Fayetteville’s iconic Christmas-season event, brings a Dickens-era celebration to life this Friday, November 23rd.  From 1 p.m. – 9 p.m, visitors will be treated to the seasonal sites of horse-drawn carriages, windows adorned with holiday decorations, joyful children posing with Father Christmas, seasonal vendors, special activities, musical performances, cider, gingerbread and of course Dickens characters.  At 5:30 p.m., thousands gather in front of the Arts Council building for a candlelight procession to the historic Markethouse. 

A Dickens Holiday is just one of the many Cumberland County events that families can attend to celebrate the season and enjoy the great outdoors.  

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Test your aim with a Turkey Shoot at the Clay Target Center in Spring Lake Nov. 17 and Dec. 7-8 & 14-15.

Cheer as the Harvest Train Parade makes its way thru the Town of Falcon Nov. 20.

Hit the trails for a Thanksgiving Ride at Deep Creek ATV Park in the Town of Linden Nov. 23-25.

Participate in Fort Bragg’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Main Post Parade Field Nov. 29.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas at the Lake in the Town of Hope Mills Nov. 30.

Revel in the season with the Town of Spring Lake during their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall Nov. 30.

Visit the magical wonderland aglow for Holiday Lights in the Garden at Cape Fear Botanical Garden Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, & 19-23.

Get active with the 8th Annual Green Beret Jingle Jog in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 1.

Experience a small-town celebration with the Hope Mills Christmas Parade Dec. 1.

Cherish quality family time during the Festival of Lights at Hope Mills Town Hall Dec. 1.

Take a stroll along the festively decorated trail for Christmas in the Park at Arnette Park Dec. 6-20.

Delight the kids with the Rotary Christmas Parade in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 8.

Hop on one of the Carriage Rides with Santa in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 8-9, 15-16 & 22.

Don your antlers and red nose for Ryan’s Reindeer Run in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 15.

Sip on craft beer while you enjoy a German Christmas Market at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom in Hope Mills Dec. 15.

Keep your New Year’s resolution by joining one of the First Day Hikes at Carvers Creek State Park in Spring Lake Jan. 1.