‘Breakfast with Santa’
The 50-210 Fire Department will serve “Breakfast with Santa” from 7-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, 152 Bratton Drive in the Cleveland community. The cost is $5, and proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
Carriage rides with Santa
Free carriage rides with Santa Claus are scheduled from 6 till 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in downtown Smithfield. The carriage departs from the corner of Third and Market streets.
‘Christmas in Clayton’
“Christmas in Clayton” is scheduled from 3-7 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 perform. For tickets, which are $10, go to ClaytonVisualArtsNC.org/calendar/Christmas-In-Clayton, 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.
Festival of Trees
The 10th annual Festival of Trees has opened at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.
The annual event will run through Dec. 14. This year’s theme is “A Merry Christmas to All.”
The festival is a display of 55 live 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. 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 festival will also collect nonperishable foods for local pantries.
Home for the Holidays
The Johnston County Chorale will present “Home for the Holidays” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. An orchestra will accompany the chorale, and dancers and children will perform. Santa Claus will visit. For tickets, call 919-209-2099 or visit johnsoncc.edu/performingarts.
The American Music Jubilee’s Christmas show continues with performances at 2:10 p.m. Dec. 8; 1:40 p.m. Dec. 9-10; 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Dec. 12; 7:40 p.m. Dec. 13; 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Dec. 14; amd 2:10 p.m. Dec. 15. All shows are at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839 or go to www.amjubilee.com.
Lights on the Neuse
Lights on the Neuse has opened on Boyette Family Farms, 1620 Loop Road, Clayton. Take a hayride through a display of holiday lights. Also, visit the Christmas Barn and Sweet Shoppe, and visit Santa Claus. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8, Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 19-23 and 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and older and $7 for ages 3-11. Children 2 and younger get in free. For tickets, visit www.lightsontheneuse.com.
Clayton – 6-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 19-20, in the grassy lot across from First Baptist Church, 411 N. Fayetteville St. During the nativity, the town will close North Fayetteville Street between West Whitaker and West Hinton streets.
Princeton – 7-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 12-14, at Hephzibah Baptist Church, 4633 U.S. 70 East. The nativity will feature music, Bible narration and live animals, including a camel. For more information, call 919-965-5886 or visit hbcprinceton.org.
Smithfield – 5-7 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.
Smithfield – “A Miracle in the Manger,” 7-9 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.
Make an ornament
The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center 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 by Thursday, Dec. 12. The SRAC is on Booker Dairy Road next to Smithfield-Selma High School.
The Meadow Lights are on display at 4546 Godwin Lake Road, Benson. Through Dec. 31, hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free.
Clayton – 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, on Main Street.
Kenly – 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.
Micro – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, on Main Street.
Smithfield – 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, on Market Street.
Santa at the Depot
Santa Claus will hear Christmas wishes and sit for photos from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Selma train station, 500 Railroad St., Selma. Also, ride Tommy the Train. Bring your own camera.
Santa in Smithfield
Santa Claus is hearing Christmas wishes at the corner of Third and Market streets in downtown Smithfield. Here’s the schedule: 4-6 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 21.
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. Admission is two canned goods per child. For more information, or to register, call 919-553-1550.