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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 Visits The Night Market

When:  Friday, Nov. 19th, 5:00-8:00pm

Where:  Soiree on South, 111 W South Street, Aberdeen 

Come enjoy a night out with the family with over 30 small businesses showcased, food trucks, adult beverages, live music, a bounce house for the kids, and fun for the whole family. Don't forget to bring your list for Santa!

Santa is Coming to Gulley's

When:  Saturday, November 27th, 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.  


Santa Visits The Little Toy Shop

When:  November 26th & 27th, December 18th, 10:00am-4:00pm

Where:  230 SW Broad Street, Southern Pines

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

Thanksgiving.  He will also make one last stop before he heads back to the North Pole on December 18th. Bring your cameras and Christmas lists! Santa will have goodies for all!

Santa of Color visits Kay's Boutique


November 27th, 11am - 3pm

December 4th, 10am -3pm

December 5th, 18th & 19th, 10am - 2pm

Where:  290 E. Turner Street, Aberdeen 

Your child can sit with Santa, drop off their Christmas list, take photos with Santa in front of the Christmas tree and decorate 2 Christmas Sugar cookies to take home. Attendees will receive an unedited USB drive of their photos or they can be emailed and printed at home.

Price: $20.00 per child. Click HERE to reserve your time. 

Southern Pines Christmas Tree Lighting

When:  Saturday, Nov. 27th, 4:30-6:30 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.  Entertainment begins at 5:00, and the tree will be lit by Santa and the Mayor at 6:15.

Santa Visits the Gardens

When:  Sunday, November 28th, 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 that 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.

Christmas at the Greenspace

When:  Thursday, December 2nd, 6:00-9:00pm

Where:  101 N Middleton Street, Robbins

Get ready for a great night FULL of Christmas!  The Robbins Christmas parade starts at 6pm, followed by the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Be sure to bring your camera and get a selfie with SANTA!  You will enjoy hot chocolate and two of your favorite Christmas movies-- "Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Charlie Brown Christmas Movie"."


Village of Pinehurst Christmas Tree Lighting

When:  Friday, Dec. 3rd, 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.

Wonderland! A Christmas Adventure

When:  Friday, December 3rd, 5:30-7:00pm

Where:  Southern Pines Recreation Center, 160 Memorial Park Ct. 

off of Morganton Road

Children 12 & under are invited to play games, win tickets, and pick prizes! Don't forget to bring a camera for pictures with Santa. Stay afterwards for a Flashlight Candy Hunt. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Festivities will be held in the Recreation Center Gyms.

North Pole at the NAV

When:  Fridays and Saturdays, December 3rd-11th, 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, pinecone decorating contest, s'mores, hot chocolate, Santa's workshop and photos with Santa. Click the title above to purchase tickets.

Christmas in Vass

When:  December 4th,  10:00am-3:00pm

Where:  The Railroad Deli, 3478 US 1-BR, Vass

100 Pavilion Way, Ste C, Southern Pines 

Head to Vass and shop local for Christmas! Multiple pop up vendors will be there--and of course, the big guy-- Santa!  This is a great photo opportunity.

Sensory Santa is Coming to Town

When:  December 4th,  12:30pm-3:30pm

Where:  Carthage Fire Department, 4396 US HWY 15/501

The Moore County Public Safety is hosting it’s 1st 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.

*Families will be met upon arrival for a couple of pre Santa questions to make sure this is a fun experience for you and your child. Face masks will be worn by staff.  Please RSVP HERE.

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. 

Santa's Workshop 

When:  December 4th,  1:30-4:30pm

Where: Southern Pines Train Station, 235 NW Broad Street

Come join the Junior League of Moore County at Santa's Workshop! They  will have gift wrapping and photos with Santa following the Christmas parade in downtown Southern Pines. This is a free event, but  donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to the Junior League of Moore County

Santa at Maison Realty Group

When:  December 4th,  11:00am-1:00pm

Where:  Maison Realty Group, 120 N Ashe Street

 Mark your calendars!  Santa will be at Maison Realty Group ready to hear your Christmas wish and pictures!

4th Annual Santa Soiree

When:  December 4th,  3:00-6:00pm

Where:  Meese Property Group

100 Pavilion Way, Ste C, Southern Pines 

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

Christmas at Kalawi

When:  Saturday, December 4th & 11th, 2:00-9:00pm

Where:  1515 NC HWY 211, Eagle Springs

Hop on the 'sleigh' with one of Santa's helpers, and he'll take you the the Christmas Cabin! You'll meet Santa and Mrs. Clause, eat 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.  Click HERE to book your spot. 

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 display in the lunchroom.  PLUS-- Santa will be there for pictures!  You will also enjoy holiday music by the EDS Music Club Carolers, hot cocoa and cookies!

Miracles at Weymouth Holiday Festival

When:  Dec ember 10th-12th, 11:00am-4:00 pm

Where:  Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities

555 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines

Come enjoy fun for the whole family! You'll love the decorated windows, the many vendors and artisans, hot chocolate, cookies, and other goodies. And the kiddos will LOVE seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa's Toy Shop! 

Santa is Coming to Southern Charm NC

When:  Saturday, December 11th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where:  130 N Middleton Street, Robbins

Come enjoy some holiday shopping and visit with Santa! Paige Evans Photography is offering photos with Santa! Photos are $20 per child, if more then 2 children it's $10 more. Free family group photo is included. Photos will be delivered via online gallery with digital download and print release through Paige Evans Photography website. All the proceeds are going to Abe and his family. * You are also welcome to take your own photos at no cost. 

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 is Coming to Southern Charm NC

When:  Friday, December 17th, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where:  130 N Middleton Street, Robbins

Santa is making one last stop at Southern Charm!  Grab your Christmas list and camera, you won't want to miss this!

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!

Santa Visits The Little Toy Shop

When:   December 18th, 10:00am-4:00pm

Where:  230 SW Broad Street, Southern Pines

Santa is making one last stop before he heads back to the North Pole at the most adorable toy shop in Southern Pines! Bring your cameras and Christmas lists! Santa will have goodies for all!

Donuts with Santa!

When:  Saturday, December 18th, 10:30am-1:00pm

Where:  Pollywog's Play pad, 155 Hall Avenue, Southern Pines

Join Santa for donuts and morning of jolly good fun! Santa will arrive at 11:30am and be here until 1:00pm.  Spots are limited. Register HERE

Santa Visits The Design Market!

When:  Saturday, December 18th, 12:00pm-2:00pm

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

Don't miss this chance to come see Santa and give him your list!  This is the perfect opportunity for pictures! 

Santa & Mrs. Claus Are Coming to Dunrovin

When: Saturday, December 18th, 12:00pm-5:00pm

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 & Mrs. Claus at Springhill Suites

When: Saturday, December 18th, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Springhill Suites by Marriott, 10024 US HWY 15/501

Here's your chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus!   You'll enjoy, crafts, candy cane putt-putt, face painting, vendors and more! Admission to this event is a new, unused toy or a Child's coat- which will be given out to children in Moore County by Caring Hearts of Moore County.  Parents, don't forget your camera!

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 at "A Polar Express Pajama Party"

When:  Monday, December 20th, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Where:  Piggy & Co., Southern Pines

Join Santa for a Polar Express pajama party! Lolly's Lens will be on hand to take your picture and you'll be able to share your Christmas list with him! There will be hot cocoa, and homemade cookies, enjoy creative time with Maddox Avenue and  story time with SANTA!  Two time slots are available. Tickets are one per family and limited. Ticket purchase included a $10.00 shopping pass. .  Click HERE to purchase tickets and reserve your time.

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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Letters to Santa

When:  Monday, November 1st - Friday, December 3rd, 8:00am-5pm

Where:  Aberdeen Park & Recreation, 301 Lake Park Crossing

Bring your letter to Santa, and the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation will send them off for you!  Make sure to include your return address on the envelope and address it to: Santa Clause, North Pole. *The office will be closed 11/25-11/26 for Thanksgiving.

Drive Thru Christmas Light Show

When:  November 23rd- December 31st, 6:00-9:30 pm

Where:  Highlanders Farm, 5784 NC HWY 22, Carthage

Enjoy a beautiful drive-thru Christmas light show with your family!  Highland farms will have homemade ice cream, coffee, hot chocolate, and hot cider available.  Admission: up to 8 passengers- $20, vans with up to 15 passengers- $30.00 Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

Holly Jolly Lights

When:  November 25th- January 1st, 5:30-10:00pm

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! 

Lights in The Pines

When:  December 1st- January 1st, 5:30-11:00pm

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.)

Vass Lighting of the Christmas Tree

When:  November 26th, 5-8pm

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! In addition to the 25 foot tree, donated from a Family right here in Vass, there will also be lighting a 9 foot tree that will feature hundreds of handmade ornaments created by the students of Vass Lakeview Elementary School.  Food and beverage trucks will be on hand, live music, and rumor has it-- Santa will make an appearance!

Letters to Santa

When:  Monday, November 29th - Friday, December 3rd, 8:00am-5pm

Where:  Pinehurst Community Center

Bring your letter to Santa and the folks at the Pinehurst Community Center will send them off for you!  Make sure to include your return address on the envelope and address it to: Santa Clause, North Pole.  

Farley Family Lights

When: December 1st- December 31st,

6:00-9:00pm(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 Friday is Disney Night and interactive bracelets are available for purchase that change colors and keep in time with the songs. 

Christmas Lights Festival


December 2nd & 3rd: 5:00-10:00pm.

December 4th, 1:00pm:10:00pm

Where:  9348 NC 705, Eagle Springs

Shop local crafters while surrounded by tens of thousands of Christmas lights.  there will be food tents/trucks, free hay rides, children's activities, antique farm equipment, walking trails.  This is a free event the whole family will enjoy!

Aberdeen Christmas Tree Lighting

When:  Thursday, December 2nd  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. 

Holiday Open House at KT Horse Farms

When:  Saturday, December 4th, 10:00am-3:00pm

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. 

Cameron Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 4th, 10:00- 11:00am

Where:  Downtown Cameron

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

Southern Pines Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 4th, 11:00am-12:00pm

Where:  Downtown Southern Pines

The Southern Pines Christmas Parade is back! Mark your calendars for this amazing parade full of bands, local businesses, old-fashioned cars, Santa, and so much more.

Kid's Christmas Charcuterie

When:  Sunday, December 5th, 1:00-2:00pm or 2:30-3:30pm

Where:  Southern Pines Train Station

Cheese and meats are too "high class" for kids! Bring out all the sugary green and red treats! Create a fun, kid friendly charcuterie board that you can take home. Click HERE to register. 

Carthage Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

When:  Tuesday, December 7th, 6:00 pm

Where:  Old Courthouse, Downtown Carthage

Come enjoy the town of Carthage "World Famous" Christmas Parade, The parade will follow the County Christmas Tree Lighting at the Old Courthouse.

Claus-mopolitan Crawl

When:  Wednesday, December 8th, 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!

Christmas in the Pines: Winter Wonderland 

When: Thursday, December 9th, 5:30-7:3pm

Where:  Rubicon Farm, 570 Rubicon Rd, West End

Enjoy a night of family fun evening at Christmas in the Pines: Winter Wonderland Edition! There will be Christmas carols performed by local groups, hot chocolate & cider, cookies, games, a gingerbread house competition voting, and plenty of  opportunities for your family photos! Ticket prices will be $15/person (children 10 and under are free). All proceeds go to the C.A.R.E. Group programs and services.

A Village Christmas

When:  Friday, December 10th, 5:00-8:00pm

Where:  Village of Pinehurst

The Pinehurst Business Partners invite you to shop local this holiday season during their Holiday Open House.  Each participating business is offering exclusive sales, giveaways, or treats. Stroll through the Village's shops, galleries, restaurants, and enjoy live music!

Aberdeen Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 11th, 11:00am- 12:00pm

Where:  Downtown Aberdeen

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 11th, 1:00 pm

Where:  Downtown Southern Pines

One of the town favorites is back!  Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas parade full of horse & pony drawn carriages.  Rain date is December 18th.

Adult Holiday Shopping Night

When: December 10th, 6:30 pm- 8:30pm

Where: The Little Toy Shop, 230 SW Broad Street 

The Little Toy shop is helping you "treat yourself" to a “child free” shopping experience complete with light appetizers and drinks. It will be time for your Santa to choose the best toys for the best children in time for a Christmas Morning surprise. Complimentary gift wrapping will be available.

Old Fashioned Christmas

When:  Saturday, December 11th, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Where:  Malcolm Blue Farm

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

Decorating for Christmas

When:  Sunday, December 12th and 19th, 1-2 pm and 2:30-3:30pm

Where:  The Train House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave.

Cost: $25 (Christmas Cookies), $30.00 (Gingerbread House)

Spend a cool December afternoon decorating Christmas Cookies or a Gingerbread House with local chef and baker, Kay Beazley. Enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate while singing all the tunes!

Registration is required. Click HERE to register. 

Vass Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 18th, 11:00am-12:00pm

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
Christmas Tree Lights and Ornament

Check back...we will be adding events to this page as we hear about them. 

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