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The following list includes places
where children can visit with and
get pictures taken with Santa:

(Click titles to visit each event's website/Facebook Page.)

Santa Max is Coming to Given Memorial

When:  Saturday, November 19th,

9:45am-10:30am or 10:45am-11:30am

Where:  Given Memorial Library

Head to Given Memorial Library to make a craft and see Santa Max! You'll be able to share your Christmas list with him, take a picture, and leave with a special gift bag. Reservations are required. Please call 910.295.3642 to reserve your spot!

Santa Visits The Design Market

When:  Saturday, November 19th, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where:  The Design Market of The Pines, 3086 NC HWY 5, Aberdeen

Don't miss this chance to come see Santa and give him your list!  The kiddos will also have a blast creating a Christmas ornament. 

Santa Visits Aloha Safari Park


Wednesday-Thursday: Nov.23rd-24th

Friday-Sunday: Nov 25th-Dec 11th

Everyday:  Dec 16th-Jan 1st

Where:  159 Mini Lane, Cameron NC

Come see a beautiful 2-mile drive through trail with over 1 million lights! When you're done, go inside for hot cocoa, make a smore, feed a giraffe, and take a picture with Santa and a baby kangaroo!  HOW FUN!  $10.00 per person for ages 2 and over.

Santa is Coming to Gulley's

When:  Saturday, November 26th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where:  Gulley's Garden Center, Southern Pines

Santa is coming to the amazing Gulley’s Garden Center and he will have treats for the kids.  Children of all ages and pets are welcome and every family who says "hi" to Santa will receive 25% off one item!

Santa Visits The Little Toy Shop

When:  November 25th  & 26th

                 Friday: 10am-5pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm

Where:  230 SW Broad Street, Southern Pines

Santa will be at this adorable toy store the Friday and Saturday after

Thanksgiving. Bring your cameras and Christmas lists. Santa will have goodies for all!

Santa is Coming to Southern Charm NC

When:  Saturday, November 26th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where:  130 N Middleton Street, Robbins

Come enjoy some holiday shopping and visit with Santa! Front Porch Photography will be offering photos. 


Southern Pines Christmas Tree Lighting

When:  Saturday, Nov. 26th, 4:30-6:00 pm

Where:  235 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines

Join The Southern Pines Business Association and Southern Pines Recreation and Parks for the annual Tree Lighting celebration at the historic Train Station downtown.  Santa will arrive at 4:30 and he will be available to visit with children until 6pm (bring your own camera).  Entertainment begins at 5:00, and the tree will be lit by Santa and the Mayor shortly after 6pm.

Santa Visits the Gardens

When:  Sunday, November 27th, 1:00-4:00pm

Where:  Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, 3395 Airport Road

Santa and Mrs. Claus are returning to the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens! Your visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus includes pictures with the big guy, story time, face painting, reindeer food craft, letters to Santa, a surprise children’s gardening experience, and Christmas cookie treats.  This free event is held outside. Click HERE to register.

Hometown Christmas

When:  Thursday, December 1st, 6:00pm

Where:  The Town of Robbins' Greenspace

Robbins Christmas Parade at 6pm and Tree Lighting to Follow
Letters to Santa and Santa Visits! Enjoy Hot Chocolate and Popcorn at the Greenspace! Great Family Fun to get you all in the Christmas Spirit!

Village of Pinehurst Christmas Tree Lighting

When:  Friday, Dec. 2nd, 5:00-7:30pm

Where:  Tufts Memorial Park

The Village of Pinehurst comes alive with holiday spirit at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Bring your family and friends to Tufts Memorial Park for music, holiday cheer, and of course the chance to see and have your picture taken with Santa! The official lighting of the tree is scheduled for 6:30pm. Vendors will be onsite with food & beverages available for purchase.

Santa's Workshop 

When:  Friday, December 2nd,  5:30 pm-7:00pm

Where: 210 Memorial Park Court, Southern Pines

Children 12 and under are invited for Holiday crafts and games. Don't forget your camera for pictures with Santa!  Be sure to stay afterward for the Flashlight Candy Hunt. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free, but you must register HERE.

Breakfast with Santa

When:  Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00-11:00am

Where:  Sandhills Women's Exchange

Come have pancakes and bacon with Santa at the Sandhills Women's Exchange!  Santa will arrive on an antique fire engine, and author Annie Hallinan will be there reading stories while you eat. Don't forget your camera for pictures! Seating is limited and reservations are required. Click HERE for pricing and ticket information. 


Cookies with St. Nick

When:  Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00am-12:00pm

Where:  Sandhills Church, 6481 US HWY 1, Southern Pines

Sandhills Church is kicking off the Christmas season with Cookies with St. Nick. Bring your kids for a photo with Santa, decorate a Christmas cookie, enjoy face painting, Christmas crafts, and more! Time slots are limited, click HERE to register. This is a free event. 

Santa at Maison Realty Group

When:  Saturday, December 3rd,  9:30am-12:00pm

Where:  Maison Realty Group, 120 N Ashe Street

Santa will be at Maison Realty Group ready to hear your Christmas wish and pictures!  There will be lots of fun things to do, a station to write and send your letter to Santa, and each child will receive a special gift from Santa for visiting. 

Sensory Santa is Coming to Town

When:  December 3rd,  10:00am-4:00pm

Where:  Moore County Agricultural Building, 707 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage

The Moore County Public Safety is hosting a Sensory Santa experience. This will be an opportunity for families with special needs children to get a picture with Santa and learn more about Public Safety. There will be several first responders form various departments on site to meet and greet families, along with a variety of local resources. Please RSVP HERE.

Weymouth Outdoor Wonderfest & Market

When:  Dec ember 3rd, 10:00am-4:00 pm

Where:  Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities

555 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines

Come enjoy a holiday FUNderland for the whole family! You'll love the Christmas decorations, the craftsmen and artisans, live music, food trucks, and more. The kiddos will LOVE this chance to see Santa!

Holly Jolly Express

When:  Saturday, December 3rd, 10th, 17th  (various afternoon times)

Where:  Trolley Departs from Pollywog's Play Pad

The Sandhills Trolley Company is welcoming Santa on it's Holly Jolly Trolley Express! This 45-minute ride is full of Christmas Carols, hot chocolate, reading The Polar Express and a visit and pictures with Santa!  Click  HERE to find specific times and grab your tickets.

5th Annual Santa Soiree

When:  December 3rd,  3:00-6:00pm

Where:  Meese Property Group

100 Pavilion Way, Suite C, Southern Pines 

Kick-off the holiday season with live music, cookies & cocoa, signature foods, crafts, and most importantly photos with Santa himself!

Santa Social

When:  December 4th,  1:00pm-4:00pm

Where:  SCG Real Estate Solutions, 455 SE Broad St, Southern Pines

Come out for FREE photos with Santa, games, food, crafts, gifts, and a bouncy house at the 2nd Annual SCG Santa Social! Non-perishable food items will also be collected for the local food bank. 

Claus-mopolitan Crawl

When:  Wednesday, December 7th, 4:00-7:30pm

Where: Downtown Southern Pines

Shop, Sip, and Support Local!  Participating shops will each serve samples of a signature cocktail while offering special holiday discounts.  Gather your friends for a fun night out!

Candlelight Tour of Gingerbread Homes

When:  Thursday, December 9th, 5:30-7:00pm

Where:  Episcopal Day School, 340 E. Massachusetts Avenue

Join EDS for a fun tour of a life-sized Gingerbread Village! Real gingerbread houses, made by EDS families, will on be display in the lunchroom.  PLUS-- Santa will be there for pictures!  Guests will also enjoy holiday music by the EDS Music Club Carolers, hot cocoa, and cookies.

North Pole at the NAV

When:  Fridays and Saturdays, December 9th-17th, 5:30-9:00pm

Where:  National Athletic Village, 201 Air Tool Drive, Southern  Pines

Come enjoy an evening of fun!  There will be face painting, lights along Holiday Trail, sleigh rides, Christmas crafts, s'mores, hot chocolate, Santa's workshop and photos with Santa. Click the title above to purchase tickets.

Supper with Santa

When: Friday, December 9th, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Aberdeen Recreation Center, 301 Lake Park Crossing

Join the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department for a catered dinner, holiday crafts, and a holiday movie as you hang out with Santa. Pre-registration by December 1st  is required. Registration required.

Christmas at Kalawi

When:  Friday- Sunday, December 9th -11th

Friday: 6:30-8pm

Saturday and Sunday: 2:00-8:00pm

Where:  1515 NC HWY 211, Eagle Springs

Hop on the 'sleigh' with one of Santa's helpers, and he'll take you to the Christmas Cabin! You'll meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy some yummy cookies, and sing fun Christmas Carols.  You'll also be able to meet a few of the elves and enjoy a bonfire sing along.  All tickets must be pre-purchased. Click HERE to book your spot. 

Santa & Mrs. Claus Are Coming to Dunrovin

When: Sunday, December 11th, 11:00am-5:00 pm

Where: Dunrovin Country Store, 5456 US HWY 1, Vass

Confirmation has been received straight from the North Pole that Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Dunrovin. This isn't a fake beard wearing Santa either, kids. He is the real deal! Parents grab your cameras and your kids or  even the grandkids or the neighbors kids and come see Santa! 

Santa is Coming to Southern Charm NC

When:  Saturday, December 11th, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Where:  130 N Middleton Street, Robbins

Come enjoy some holiday shopping and visit with Santa! Front Porch Photography will be offering photos. 

Santa Returns to The Pig!

When:  Dec ember 11th, 11:30am-4:00 pm

Where:  Pik-N-Pig, 194 Gilliam McConnell Rd, Carthage

SANTA is BACK at the Pik-N-Pig this year and everyone could not be more excited! Although it will look a little different this year, you are invited to come out to get some great food from some local Food vendors like Wood Fired Pizza and Trompos Tacos and enjoy Watching Santa land at the Pig again. Santa is set to land around 1pm.  Food will be there from 11:30am- 3:30pm, so come early and eat, or eat after you see Santa. As done in years past, please bring in canned goods, coats, and or toys to be donated to the local community. 

Santa Visits Cox's Double Eagle

When:  Dec ember 11th, 12:00pm-3:00pm

Where:  Cox's Double Eagle Harley, 7540 NC HWY 15/501, Pinehurst

Santa is heading to Cox's Double Eagle for a chance to hear your Christmas wishes and take pictures!  Bring your kiddos or pets for this FREE photo opportunity and enjoy popcorn, hot chocolate, and incredible sales on gifts!  The first 20 people received a free sling bag.  Pictures begin at 1pm. 

Santa Claus visits Bob's Pizza

When:  Wednesday, December 15th, 6:00-8:00pm

Where:  Bob's Pizza, 5700 US HWY 1, Vass

Enjoy a great dinner and  visit with Santa.  You can even get pictures with Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas!

Santa at Mason's Restaurant & Grocery

When:  Saturday, December 18th, 9:00am-11:00 am

Where:  Mason's, 111 N. Sycamore Street, Aberdeen

Join Santa for breakfast at Mason's.  Bring the whole family to enjoy a great breakfast!  Santa will be serving up biscuits and Christmas cheer!

Breakfast with Santa!

When:  Sunday, December 19th, 11:00am-1:00pm

Where:  Mac's Breakfast Anytime, 1904 Sandhills Boulevard

Come have a delicious Holiday Breakfast and have your picture taken with Santa.  Don't forget your list! 

Santa Visits Kickback Jacks!

When:  Thursday, December 23rd, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where:  Kickback Jacks, Southern Pines

Santa is coming to Kickback Jacks! Come enjoy a yummy meal and tell Santa what is on your list!  This is a great photo opportunity. 

Santa’s Coming to The Sly Fox

When:  Friday, December 24th, 1:00pm- 3:00pm

Where:  The Sly Fox, 795 SW Broad Street

Santa’s coming to town, and he’s making a stop at The Sly Fox! Head on down and have a great meal and tell him all your last minute gifts. Parents, don't forget to grab a picture or two!

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Drive Thru Christmas Light Show

When:  November 24th- December 8th

Tuesdays- Saturdays only:  6-8:30 pm

Where:  Highlanders Farm, 5784 NC HWY 22, Carthage

Enjoy a beautiful drive-thru Christmas light show with your family!  Highlanders Farm will have homemade ice cream, hot chocolate, and hot cider available.  Admission: up to 6 passengers- $20, vans (no buses)- $30.00. Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

Vass Lighting of the Christmas Tree

When:  Friday, November 25th, 5-7:45pm

Where:  Downtown Vass 

With more than 12,000 lights set to music, live music, food trucks, beverage service, and more... this year's Tree Lighting in Vass will be bigger and better than ever! Food and beverage trucks will be on hand, live music, and rumor has it-- Santa will make an appearance.

Holly Jolly Lights

When:  November 25th- January 1st, 5:30-10pm

Where:  135 Fox Run Rd, Pinehurst 

Christmas time is here again and so is the awesome light display at Holly Jolly Lights!  Put on your Christmas jammies, tune your radio to 98.9 FM, grab some hot chocolate to go, get a soft blanket to cuddle under, jump in the car, and come on by to check out the lights! 

Christmas Craft Market

When:  Saturday, November 26th, 9am-3pm

Where:  120 N. Middleton Street, Robbins

Plan your Christmas Shopping for Small Business Saturday. This Christmas craft market is full of arts, crafts, food, and the perfect gifts!

Cameron Christmas Tree Lighting

When:  Saturday, November 26th,  5:30pm

Where:  Under the Magnolia beside the Post Office

Come out to the Old Magnolia for an old fashioned lighting of the Cameron Christmas Tree, with evening full of fun, fellowship, cookies, hot chocolate, a Live Nativity, Santa, and more.

Farley Family Lights

When: December 1st- December 25th,

6-9pm(10pm Friday-Sunday)

Where:  95 Farley Rd, Cameron

With over 9,000 individual LED lights, this light show is sure to put you and the entire family in the Christmas Sprit!  New this year-- every night is a double feature including Disney Night every night!

Lights in The Pines

When:  December 1st- January 1st, 5:30-11pm

Where:  2994 US Business 1, Vass

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with lights galore in Vass! Enjoy 12,000 lights set to music.  Tune into 91.7FM, and you'll be able to enjoy from the comfort and warmth of your car!

Greene Brothers Christmas Light Show

When:  December 1st- January 1st, 6:00-11:00pm

Where:  4200 Niagara Carthage Rd, Whispering Pines

Enjoy this awesome Christmas light show from the comfort of your car! With over 50,000 lights synced to your favorite Christmas songs, this is one ride you will surely come back to!  (Tune your radio into 106.3FM.)

Christmas Lights Pop up Festival


December 1st & 2nd, 5:00pm-9:00pm

December3rd:  2:00-9:00pm.

Where:  9348 NC 705, Eagle Springs

Shop local crafters while surrounded by tens of thousands of Christmas lights. Rumor has it, Santa and his elves may be there, too! There will be food tents/trucks, free hay rides, children's activities, antique farm equipment, walking trails and more.  This is a free event the whole family will enjoy!

Aberdeen Christmas Tree Lighting

When:  Thursday, December 1st  6:15pm

Where:  100 East Main St., Aberdeen 

Enjoy the lighting of the Aberdeen Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa! There will be special performances and light refreshments. 

A Village Christmas Holiday Open House

When:  Friday, December 2nd, 4:30-7:30pm

Where:  Village of Pinehurst

The Pinehurst Business Partners invite you to shop local this holiday season during their Holiday Open House in this special debut collaboration with the Pinehurst Tree Lighting.

Cameron Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 3rd, 10am

Where:  Downtown Cameron

Put on those Christmas sweaters and Santa hats and head out to the Cameron Christmas Parade! 

Holiday Open House at KT Horse Farms

When:  Saturday, December 3rd, 10:30am-3pm

Where:  455 Tufts Vis, Jackson Springs

Head out to the farm and  finish your Christmas Shopping, play

holiday games, meet the horses, and warm up with hot chocolate. 

Southern Pines Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 3rd, 11am-12pm

Where:  Downtown Southern Pines

Mark your calendars for this amazing parade full of high school bands, dance teams, floats created by local organizations and Moore County businesses, fire trucks, antique cars, Misses and Princesses, political representatives, and of course, Santa Claus!

Live Nativity Drama

When: Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 5:30-9:00pm

Where:  Yates Thagard Baptist Church, 3820 Vass Carthage, Road

You are invited to experience a FREE outdoor LIVE Nativity Drama at Yates Thagard Baptist Church. This 30 minute walk-thru event is designed for the whole family. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Click HERE to make your reservations.  Large groups are welcome. 

Bryant House Holiday Open House

When:  Sunday, December 4th, 1:00-4:00pm

Where: 3361 Mount Carmel Road, Carthage

Get into the holiday spirit at the Bryant House & McLendon Cabin Christmas open house! The Cabin will be lit with a warm and inviting fire and the Bryant House will be adorned for the holiday with the usual local greenery and berries. Homemade cookies and hot cider will be available for all. Admission is free. 

Teddy Bear Tea

When:  Sunday, December 4th, 1pm or 3:30pm

Where: Weymouth Center, 555 E Connecticut Ave

Enjoy tea-time, holiday stories, kids crafts, cookie decorating, and more. This fun-filled event is designed for children ages 3 to 10 and they must be accompanied by an adult. Choose from two seating times. 

Click HERE to purchase your tickets.

Claus-mopolitan Crawl

When:  Wednesday, December 7th, 4-7:30pm

Where: Downtown Southern Pines

Shop, Sip, and Support Local!  Participating shops will each serve samples of a signature cocktail while offering special holiday discounts.  Gather your friends for a fun night out!

Aberdeen Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 10th, 11am- 12pm

Where:  Downtown Aberdeen

There's nothing like a parade to help get you in the holiday spirit.

Grab your family and friends and head to Downtown Aberdeen

for a jolly good time!

Carriage Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 10th, 1 pm

Where:  Downtown Southern Pines

One of the town favorites is back!  Enjoy an old fashioned

Christmas parade full of horse & pony drawn carriages.  

Old Fashioned Christmas

When:  Saturday, December 10th, 1pm-5pm

Where:  Malcolm Blue Farm, 1177 Bethesda Road

Come celebrate Christmas in the spirit of the 1800s! The farmhouse will be open and decorated in the fashion of the 1800s, the pack house will be open with children’s activities such as writing letters to Santa with feather pens and making bird feeders, and the museum will be open for tours. Music and light refreshments will be provided.

Shaw House Holiday Open House

When:  Saturday, December 10th, 1-4pm

Where: 110 Morganton Road, Southern Pines

Enjoy old-time decorations at the annual Christmas Open House. Tour three house-museums built between the 1700s and 1800s. The event is free to the public to let people see how early Southern Pines and Sandhills residents lived. 

Carthage Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

When:  Saturday, December 10th, 6:30 pm

Where:  Old Courthouse, Downtown Carthage

Come enjoy the town of Carthage Christmas Parade, The parade

will follow the County Christmas Tree Lighting at the Old Courthouse.

Vass Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 17th, 11am

Where:  Downtown Vass

Enjoy the Town of Vass' Christmas Parade.  Gather everyone

you know and head out to get in  the holiday spirit!

Girl Decorating the Christmas Tree
Christmas Cookies
Santa and Boy
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Christmas Tree Lights and Ornament

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