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SANTA SIGHTINGS & 
HOLIDAY EVENTS 2023

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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.)

Visit with Santa at Highlanders Farm

When:  Tuesdays and Fridays, November 24th- December 23rd  

Where:  Highlanders Farm, 5784 NC Hwy 22, Carthage

See Santa and have your picture taken with him while you enjoy the drive-thru Christmas light show! Click here for more information.

Visit with Santa Max

When:  Saturday, November 18th, 10:00am-10:45am & 11:00am-11:45am

Where:  Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst

Come take your photo with Santa Max, make a special craft, and receive a goodie bag. Reservations are required and two times are available.

Santa Visits The Design Market

When:  Saturday, November 18th, 1:00pm-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 elves are even coming down for this special sip n' snack!

Come see Santa at Pop Up in the Pines 

When:  Sunday, November 19th, 11:30am-2:30pm

Where:  Southern Pines Brewing Co, 565 Air Tool Drive

Bring your little ones with you as you shop over 70 local vendors for your Christmas gifts! Santa will be there for visits and pictures for just $5.00 per person.  Click here for more information about  Pop Up in the Pines. 

Santa Visits Aloha Safari Park

When: Nov. 22nd - Dec. 31st (Santa's last day is 12/24) 

(Closed Nov. 27, 28, 19 and Dec. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13)

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 25th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where:  Gulley's Garden Center, Southern Pines

Santa is coming to 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 a coupon for $5 off one regular-priced item! Halle will also be there doing her famous Fairy Hair for free!

Santa is Coming to Southern Charm

When:  Saturday, November 25th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where:  310 N Middleton Street, Robbins

Come do a little shopping and see Santa! Front Porch Photography will be there offering professional photos, for a small cost, or you can take one on your own for free. Don't forget your Christmas list and your smile!

Santa Visits The Little Toy Shop

When:  November 24th & 25th, 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. 

 

Southern Pines Christmas Tree Lighting

When:  Saturday, Nov. 25th, 4:30-6:00 pm

Where:  Train Station, Downtown Southern Pines

Join The Southern Pines Business Association 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 at 6:15pm!

Shop with Santa at Nomad Jax

When:  Sunday, November 26th, 1:00-2:00pm

Where:  455 SE Broad Street

Santa is making a special stop at Nomad Jax and you are invited to join in the fun! Madison Media will be on hand taking free professional photos, Apex Kids and Maisonette Coffee will also be there from 10am-4pm.  

Santa in the Gardens

When:  Sunday, November 26th, 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. REGISTRATION is required.

Santa's Riveting Holiday Workshop

When:  Tuesday, November 28th, 5:00-7:00pm

Where:  R. Riveter, 154 NW Broad Street

Come meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at R. Riveter! Your child will have fun decorating cookies and creating their own leather accessory. There will be a hot chocolate bar for the kiddos and beverages for adults. Don't miss out on a magical evening of holiday joy and special discounts!

Village of Pinehurst Christmas Tree Lighting

When:  Friday, Dec. 1st, 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.

Christmas at Kalawi

When:  Friday- Sunday, December 1st -3rd

Friday: 6:30-8:00pm

Saturday: 2:00-8:00pm

Sunday: 3:00-6:00pm

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 at Maison Realty Group

When:  Saturday, December 2nd,  10:00am-12:00pm

Where:  Maison Realty Group, 120 N Ashe Street

Santa will be at Maison Realty Group ready to hear your Christmas wish and take 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:  Saturday, December 2nd,  10:00am-4:00pm

Where:  Moore County Parks & Rec Building, 155 Hillcrest Park Lane, 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. 

6th Annual Santa Soiree

When:  Saturday. December 2nd,  2:00-5:00pm

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 is Coming to The Doberstein Barn

When:  Sunday, December 3rd, 10:00am-6:00pm

Where:  45 Wildcat Lane, Cameron 

Book your time now to have your own private photo session with the big guy! You'll have 20 minutes to spend sharing your list, having your photos done, and you'll leave with a little something special from him. Each session will receive a digital gallery of images. Click here to book your time. 

Santa is Coming to the Moore County Library

When:  Tuesday, December 5th, 5:30pm-7:00pm

Where:  101 Saunders Street, Carthage

Come tell Santa your wishes, enjoy some refreshments, and get

a goodie bag!

Supper with Santa 

When: Friday, December 8th, 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. 

Breakfast with Santa

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

Where:  Sandhills Woman's Exchange

Come have pancakes and bacon with Santa at the Sandhills Women's Exchange!  Local author Joyce Reehling will be there reading stories while you eat, and there will also be face painting and holiday music. 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 9th, 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 is Coming to Keith Hardware

When:  Saturday, December 9th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where:  207 Monroe Street, Carthage

Don't miss this chance to tell Santa what is on your list and

take a quick picture.  (Don't forget your camera!)

Santa Returns to The Pig

When: Saturday, December 9th, 1:00pm-3:00pm

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

Come out and get some BBQ, see Santa, and his sky diving elves! Donations will be collected  for the local foodbank.  You don't want to miss this annual  celebration that was voted the number 1 Santa Sighting!

Visits with Santa in Carthage 

When:  Saturday, December 9th, 3-5:30pm

Where:  Carthage Historical Museum, 202 Rockingham St. Carthage

As part of Carthage's "Buggy Town Christmas," Santa will be available for visits with the children.  Other happening for the day include historic home tours, downtown holiday shopping, and the annual Christmas parade at 6:30pm.

Santa Visits Red's Corner 

When:  Saturday, December 9th, 3:30-6:30pm

Where:  Red's Corner, 901 SW Broad Street, Southern Pines

Stop by Red's a share your Christmas list with Santa! Please bring a new gift for a child or pet, or a monetary donation for an opportunity to sit with Santa. Don't forget your camera!

Bowl with Santa!

When: Sunday, December 10th, 10am-12pm

Where: Sandhills Bowling Center, 1680 NC HWY 5, Aberdeen

Enjoy 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental,  pizza, a drink, and a picture opportunity with Santa! Reserve your lanes today! Stop by or call to reserve your spot, 910-295-9610.  $15.00 per person.

Santa is Coming to Southern Charm

When:  Sunday, December 10th, 1:00pm-3:00p,

Where:  310 N Middleton Street, Robbins

Come do a little shopping and see Santa! Front Porch Photography will be there offering professional photos, for a small cost, or you can take one on your own for free. Don't forget your Christmas list and your smile!

Visit with Santa at the Vass  Library

When:  Tuesday, December 12th, 5:30pm

Where:  128 Seaboard Street, Vass

Stop by the Holiday Open House at the library and see Santa!

There will be music, refreshments, and goodie bags for the children. 

Santa is Coming to the Robbins Area Library

When:  Tuesday, December 12th, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Where:  161 East Magnolia Drive, Robbins

Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves are coming to the library!

Come say "hi" and enjoy some stories, songs, and refreshments. 

Breakfast with Santa  

When:  Saturday, December 16th, 8:00am-11:00am

Where:  The Doberstein Barn at Wildcat Creek, Cameron

Come enjoy a pancake  and sausage breakfast with the big man himself-- Santa! He'll be there for pictures, so be sure to bring your smiles and cameras.  Local vendors will be on site, and non-perishable food will be collected to support feeding the local youth. Breakfast is $8.00.

 

Santa is Coming to Pollywog's  

When:  Saturday, December 16th, 9:30am-12:30pm

Where: Pollywog's Play Pad, 155 Hall Ave., Southern Pines

Santa is making a stop at Pollywog's and he'd love for your little to come play and say "hi"!!  This is a great chance to share their Christmas list and have a photo opportunity.  (Don't forget your camera.) Click here to reserve your spot. Regular entry fees will apply

Breakfast with Santa  

When:  Saturday, December 16th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where:  Southern Pines Recreation Center

Children 12 and under are invited to come have breakfast with Santa and enjoy holiday crafts and games. Don't forget your camera for pictures! Seating is limited and reservations are required. Click HERE for pricing and ticket information. 

Santa is Coming to Once Upon a Child

When:  Sunday, December 17th, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where:  180 Commerce Ave., Southern Pines

Come snag some great sales, eat some Christmas cookies, see Santa and take advantage of this photo opportunity. Don't forget your camera!

Pet Photos with Santa

When: Thursday, December 14th, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Filly & Colts, 26 Sandpiper Drive, Whispering Pines

Santa is coming to see his favorite pups and help share some love for area rescue dogs. Filly & Colts is collecting gifts and donations for the pups at Paws of the Pines, so please bring something with you!

Santa Paws

When: Wednesday, December 20th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: Martin Off Leash Dog Park

Santa didn't forget his furry friends. Come see Santa for

pictures, treats, and much more!

Santa is Coming to The Sly Fox

When: Saturday, December 24th, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where: 795 SW Broad Street, Southern Pines

Santa is making one last stop in The Pines! Stop by The Sly Fox and make sure Santa has you on the "nice" list! This will be the last chance to give him your Christmas list before the big day!

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MORE EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
(Click the titles to visit each event's website/Facebook Event Page.) 

27th Annual Festival of Trees

When:  Wednesday, November 15th - Saturday, November 18th

10:00am - 8:00pm daily 

Where: Carolina Hotel Grand Ballroom

Enjoy this beautiful display of Christmas magic full of holiday trees, wreaths, centerpieces, gift baskets, and more....sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Come just to look, or come to bid.  Everything is up for auction to raise funds for Sandhills Children's Center.

Drive Thru Christmas Light Show

When:  November 25th- December 28th

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 6-8:30pm

Thursdays - Saturdays:  6-9 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.  

Pop-Up Holiday Market

When:  Saturday, November 25th, 9am-2pm

Where:  The Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Rd, Pinehurst

Enjoy a Saturday of Christmas shopping with over 30 local vendors selling a variety of homemade and unique gifts. This new holiday market is becoming a tradition and a way to celebrate Small Business Saturday!

Christmas Craft Market

When:  Saturday, November 25th, 9am-4pm

Where:  Elise Middle School, 180 W. Elm St, 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 25th,  5:00pm

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.

Carolina Hotel Holiday Carriage Ride

When:  Saturday, November 25th,  6:00pm-9:30pm

Where:  Carolina Hotel, 80 Carolina Vista Drive

Cozy up with family and friends and enjoy a  horse drawn carriage ride through the decorated Pinehurst Resort and Village of Pinehurst. Your ticket includes s'mores and hot chocolate that you can enjoy by the fire pits at the hotel. Click here more information and to get your tickets.

Holly Jolly Lights

When: November 29th- 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! 

Weymouth Outdoor Wonderfest & Market

When:   December 1st & 2nd, 10:00am-4:00 pm

                   Sunday, December 3rd, 12:00pm-4:00pm

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, classic cars, and more.

Christmas  Pop up Festival

When:  December 1st & 2nd, 7th-9th, 5:00pm-9:00pm

Where:  9348 NC 705, Eagle Springs

Shop local crafters while surrounded by tens of thousands of Christmas lights. Rumor has it, Santa's elves will 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!

Farley Family Lights

When: December 1st- December 25th, 6-9:30pm 

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!  Friday nights are Disney Nights when they play all of your Disney favorites!

Drive-thru Davis House Christmas Lights

When: Thursdays-Sundays in December, full week of Christmas through New Year's Day, 6-9pm

Where:  536 Bascom Chapel Road, Robbins

Come enjoy the beautiful Christmas light display! Please consider bringing a new or gently used toy or canned food item to give to families in need through December 26th. 

St. John Paul II Christmas Bazaar

When:  Saturday, December 2nd,  10:00am-3:00pm

Where:  2922 Camp Easter Rd., Southern Pines

This Christmas Bazaar will feature local vendors, food trucks, baked goods, a holiday photo opportunity, and more! Come out and support local and have a fun, festive afternoon.

Candlelight Tour of Homes

When:  Sunday, December 3rd, 1:00-5:00pm

Where:  Various around Pinehurst and Southern Pines

Tour five unique, beautiful homes decked out with holiday finery in Pinehurst and Southern Pines. Grab a friend or bring your family and come out for an afternoon of Christmas cheer.

A Village Christmas & Lighting of the Pinehurst Tree 

When:  Friday, December 1st, 4:30-7:30pm

Where:  Village of Pinehurst

The Village of Pinehurst invites you and your family and friends to the annual Christmas tree lighting. Stroll the Village's specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, and featured pop ups! Participating businesses are offering exclusive sales, giveaways, and treats. The lighting of the tree is scheduled for 6:30pm. 

Cameron Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 2nd, 10:00am

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 2nd, 11:00am 

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! This year's grand marshal will be Elijah McCormick who will perform with his band! 

Holiday Pop Up Market

When:  Sunday, December 3rd, 12pm-4pm

Where:  Rec Room Southern Pines

Time to get that Christmas shopping list done! Enjoy an afternoon of local vendors, food trucks, and live music!

Live Nativity Drama

When: Saturdays and Sundays: Dec. 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th,  5:00-9:00pm

                 Friday: Dec. 8th, 6:00pm-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. Online reservations are booked, but they are welcoming walk-ins, and suggest coming after 7:30pm for shorter wait times. 

Bryant House Holiday Open House

When:  Sunday, December 3rd, 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. 

Claus-mopolitan Crawl

When:  Wednesday, December 6th, 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!

Robbins Christmas Parade a & Tree Lighting

When:  Thursday, December 7th, 6pm

Where:  Downtown Robbins

Come out for the 33rd Annual Robbins Christmas Parade! The parade will end with the lighting of the town Christmas Tree.  Pay it forward and bring a canned food item, or two, to help the Robbins Christian Ministries. 

Aberdeen Christmas Tree Lighting

When:  Thursday, December 7th  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. 

Aberdeen Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 9th, 11am

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!

Jingle Tails & Ales Howliday Mini Market

When:  Saturday, December 9th, 11am- 4pm

Where:  Southern Pines Growler Co., 150 W New York Avenue

Shop amazing Sandhills Dog Fair vendors that will have all kinds of holiday goodies for your pets or your friend's & family's pets!  Enjoy drinks & food, photo ops, and a raffle to support local pet rescues and shelters.

Carriage Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 9th, 1 pm (Dec. 16th Rain Date)

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 9th, 1pm-5pm

Where:  Malcolm Blue Farm, 1177 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen

Come celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas at Malcolm Blue Farm. The farmhouse will be open and decorated 1800s style, 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 9th, 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

When:  Saturday, December 9th, 6:30 pm

Where:  Downtown Carthage

Following visits with Santa (see Santa section above), historic home tours, and downtown holiday shopping, enjoy the parade at 6:30 as Carthage rings in the holiday season!

Vass Christmas Parade

When:  Saturday, December 16th, 11am

Where:  Downtown Vass

Enjoy the Town of Vass' Christmas Parade.  Gather everyone

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

Pop Up Christmas  Market

When:  Saturday, December 16th, 11am-4pm

Where:  1480 Joel Road, Carthage

Enjoy a Christmas Market with local vendors, food, and holiday cheer at the Magnolia Cottage of Bell Ridge Farm. Admission and parking are free. 

Santa is touring Pinebluff

When:  Sunday, December 17th, 12pm

Where:  Various around Pinebluff

Santa sent word that he will be touring the town of Pinebluff! He'll be starting on the east side around noon. Keep your eyes out for his route, as it will be posted soon!

If you know of an event that is not listed, please email moorechoicesnc@gmail.com.

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