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The Robeson County History Museum Christmas Home Tour is on December 9th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  The cost of the tour is $10 with proceeds to benefit the Museum and its effort to preserve our County’s history.  Homes on the tour include:


The Johnson Home in The Oaks

            The Oxendine Home on McMillan Avenue

            The Thomas Home on Chestnut Street

            The McIntyre Home on Walnut Street

            Two Hawk Employment Services on 5th Street

            Robeson County History Museum


PO Box 2503

Lumberton, NC 28359


Canton Christmas Parade

Thu., Dec. 7

Starting at 6:00 pm - Ending at 8:00 pm

Canton is well known for spectacular parades and Christmas is no exception. Don't forget Santa will stop by!

Admission: Free


Randleman Christmas Parade

Thu., Dec. 7

Starting at 6:30 pm - Ending at 8:00 pm

Randleman's Old Fashioned Christmas Parade kicks off the holiday season with bands, floats, and specialty groups. Tree lighting and live music in Commerce Square following the parade.

Admission: Free

102 Naomi St
Randleman NC 27317


The Thomas Wolfe Memorial

American Literature – A National Historic Landmark

Thomas Wolfe left an indelible mark on American letters. And his mother's boardinghouse in Asheville, North Carolinanow the Thomas Wolfe Memorial has become one of literature's most famous landmarks. Named "Old Kentucky Home" by a previous owner, Wolfe immortalized the rambling Victorian structure as "Dixieland" in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. A classic of American literature, Look Homeward, Angel has never gone out of print since its 1929 publication, keeping interest in Wolfe alive and attracting visitors to the setting for this great novel. Continued

Smithfield Christmas Tree Lighting

Thu., Dec. 7

Starting at 7:00 pm - Ending at 9:00 pm

We will be lighting up the holiday season with the lighting of the town's Christmas Tree. The tree is located at the corner of Third & Market Street, right in front of the library. Come join us for hot chocolate, entertainment, and a special guest from the North Pole.

Kenly Christmas Parade

Thu., Dec. 7

Starting at 7:00 pm - Ending at 9:00 pm

One of the few night Christmas parades in Eastern NC. The Kenly Christmas parade is known as one of the best around. Come early for a good viewing spot and enjoy two hours of entertainment.


Join us for breakfast at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at Carolina Beach on Saturday, January 13, and be the first to see the diagrams of the planned new Fort Fisher Visitor Center and Museum by the architectural firm of Clark Nexsen, the Friends and officials of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

With limited space, all attendees are required to register by December 31, 2017. Use THIS REGISTRATION LINK to the Friends of Fort Fisher website to register easily online. There is no charge for current Friends of Fort Fisher members to enjoy the breakfast, meeting and descendants program, however, non-members will be charged $5.00 to help with facility and breakfast costs. For non-members, complete the registration form, print and mail with payment to the address provided no later than December 31, 2017. 

153rd Anniversary Commemoration: All-day events at Fort Fisher State Historic Site feature infantry drills and artillery firing, living history demonstrations of camp life, historical presenters and music. Heritage organizations will have information tables set up and the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will be selling food to help support Society preservation programs.

Hamlet Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration

Thu., Dec. 7 - Sat., Dec. 9

Thursday 3 - 5 pm; Friday 5:30 - 9 pm; Saturday 6 - 10 pm

Hamlet Christmas Parade and the First Baptist nativity kicks off our Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration. On Thursday, enjoy carolers, horse and buggy rides, activities for the family,. On Friday, we will feature a Snow Queen Stilt-walker, elves, giant bubbles and jugglers. Saturday, enjoy Holiday Shopping Bazaars, hot chocolate, and of course Santa will make this an event you won't want to miss.

Admission: Free

2 W Main Street
Hamlet NC 28345


Christmas on Sunset

Fri., Dec. 8

Starting at 6:00 pm - Ending at 9:00 pm

This traditional family Christmas event showcases downtown Asheboro’s beautifully decorated shops, and features carolers, hot cider sipping, a special nativity story, and horse drawn carriage and wagon rides, and gifts for the children from Santa and his elves.

Admission: Free


Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of eight access areas scattered around the shoreline of this 50,000-acre reservoir that reaches into Virginia. Hundreds of campsites among five of the access areas offer a range of outdoor experience from RV hookups to group camps. There are several swim beaches in the recreation area and multiple boating ramps, some offering 24-hour access with a few reserved for campers. Two private marinas serve boaters and the lake is renowned for excellent fishing. An extensive boat ramp facility at the Nutbush Access is suitable for fishing tournaments. A community building is a popular venue for family or community gatherings.

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

6254 Satterwhite Point Road
HendersonNC 27537


Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.


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