Holiday Notes: Nov. 24

November 22, 2013 

‘A Carolina Christmas’

The Country Music Showcase at Johnston Community College will present “A Carolina Christmas” at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $17.50 at the door. For tickets, visit or call 919-209-2099 between 1:30 and 5 p.m. weekdays.

‘Breakfast with Santa’

The 50-210 Fire Department will serve “Breakfast with Santa” from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, 152 Bratton Drive in the Cleveland community. The breakfast costs $5, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Calls from Santa

The Selma Parks and Recreation Department is providing a “direct line” to the North Pole. From 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, Santa Claus will call children to hear their Christmas wishes. The calls are free, but registration is required by Friday, Dec. 6. For more information, call 919-975-1411.

‘Christmas in Clayton’

“Christmas in Clayton” is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Neuse Colony and Neuse Colony Estates subdivisions. Artists will sell their works in homes decorated for the holidays. Musicians and Christmas carolers will performs. For tickets, which cost $10, go to, call 919-550-8934 or stop by Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St., Clayton. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at the entrances to the two subdivisions.

Christmas market

A 4-H Merry Market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Johnston Country Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. More than 40 vendors will offer items, including crafts. Also, the event will offer pony rides, Fraser fir wreaths, hot soup and sandwiches. For more information, call 919-989-5380.

Christmas at the SRAC

The Smithfield Recreation and Acquatics will host a couple of holiday-themed events. The SRAC is at 600 E. Booker Dairy Road.

• Swim with Santa is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Santa will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes. Admission is free to SRAC members. For all others, it’s $5.

• The SRAC invites children ages 6-15 to make a Christmas Mouse ornament from 9 a..m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14. The cost is $15. To register, call 919-934-1408 no later than Thursday, Dec. 12.

Festival of Trees

The 10th annual Festival of Trees will open at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.

The annual event will run through Saturday, Dec. 14. This year’s theme is “A Merry Christmas to All.”

The festival is a display of 55 Christmas trees sponsored by businesses and decorated by individuals and groups. Performances by school and church choirs, soloists and other musical and dance groups take place throughout the festival. Admission is free.

The festival is a project of Keep Johnston County Beautiful. At noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, Keep Johnston Beautiful will raffle a Christmas tree decorated by Smithfield City Florist. Raffle tickets, at $1 each, will be available from greeters at the festival.

A cookie-baking contest will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. Volunteer judges will name the best-tasting cookie and best-decorated cookie in divisions for adults and children. Winners will receive cash prizes. The entry form is available on the Festival of Trees website, The deadline to enter is Monday, Nov. 25.

The festival will also collect nonperishable foods for local pantries.

‘Home for the Holidays’

Carolina Music Showcase and the Benson Foundation for the Arts will present “Home for the Holidays,” a Christmas show, through Nov. 24 in the W.J. Barefoot Auditorium, 303 E. Church St., Benson. The Sunday starts at 3 p.m. For tickets, which cost $12, call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825. For more information, visit

Jubilee Christmas

The American Music Jubilee’s Christmas show continues this week with performances at 1:40 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Nov. 30. Shows are at the Rudy Theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For tickets, call 919-202-9927.

Live nativities

A live nativity is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Smithfield Advent Christian Church, 2777 N.C. 210 Smithfield. A hayride will take visitors through the scenes. The church will serve refreshments.

“A Miracle in the Manger,” an outdoor nativity, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13-14 at Baker’s Chapel Church, 2421 Baker’s Chapel Road, Smithfield. For more information, call Elaine at 919-989-7615.


The Clayton Christmas Parade is scheduled for 3 p.m Saturday, Dec. 14, on Main Street.

The Kenly Christmas parade will step off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

The Selma Christmas parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, downtown. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, Nov. 27. For more information, call 919-975-1411.

The Smithfield Christmas parade will step off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. The parade will run along East Market Street.

Santa’s workshop

The Clayton Parks and Recreation will host a Santa’s workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. For admission, bring two canned goods per child. For more information, or to register, call 919-553-1550.

Tree lightings

The Town of Clayton will light its Christmas tree during a celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in downtown. Here’s the schedule of events:

• Santa’s workshop – 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., Mosaic Community Garden, 439 E. Main St.

• Downtown business open house – 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Main Street.

• Live nativity – 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 120 E. Main St.

• Doggie Christmas Costume Contest and Parade – 5:45 p.m. at 113 E. First St.

• Dance and choral performances by children – 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Horne Square.

• Clayton Area Ministries’ holiday food drive – intersection of Fayetteville and Main streets.

• Tree lighting – 8:15 p.m. on the Town Square, 100 W. Main St.

For more information, call 919-553-5002.

The Town of Smithfield will light its Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the corner of Third and Market streets. The event will feature hot chocolate, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.

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