The next few weeks will bring a host of options for celebration and entertainment in Columbus County. Most of the events listed below are free to the public.
Although reasonable efforts have been made to include correct times and places for all area events, readers may find more complete and accurate information by calling the sponsoring groups or checking their websites and social media.
More listings may be posted on nrcolumbus.com and on The News Reporter’s facebook page as details become available.
Friday, Dec. 1
Whiteville Junior Woman’s Club will again present the Mistletoe Market at Vineland Station. A donation of $5 includes admission, plus hot chocolate and coffee and a tote bag. More than 20 local merchants and craftspeople will offer unique goods; on-site photography and monogramming will also be available. For an additional donation, volunteers will wrap items for shoppers, whether purchased at the market or brought from outside.
Shopping hours are 12 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.
Friday, Dec. 1
The Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum will sponsor a Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting Dec. 1, beginning at the Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. Participants will stroll to the Christmas tree lighting, then enter the depot for cookies and hot chocolate.
Saturday, Dec. 2
This weekend will bring activities in Chadbourn, Whiteville, Tabor City and Lake Waccamaw, plus one motorcycle event that will travel to six towns in the county. Mistletoe Market will continue, and the following events will be held:
The annual “Toy Run” to benefit local children will be the joint effort of the Concerned Bikers Association/Abate, the Military Vet Riders Association and Columbus Baptist Association on Saturday, Dec. 2. Dollar General stores and East Carolina Surgical are also sponsors. Riders will meet at Walmart at 9 a.m. Cost is $10 or one unwrapped toy per person. More information is available at 840-6033 or 445-3062.
Lake Waccamaw will hold its Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. The route will start at Elizabeth Brinkley Park, leading to Lake Shore, then to Flemington. To enter, call Town Hall at 646-3700. Participation is free.
The Columbus County Farmers Market will present its 10th annual “Christmas From the Heart” craft show and sale from 9 a.m. to noon. The market is on Government Complex Road north of Whiteville. Local crafters and artists will offer handmade items suitable for gifts. Baked goods will be available to freeze for upcoming family gatherings. Fresh local produce still arriving includes greens, pecans, honey and sweet potatoes.
Children and adults will have breakfast with Santa Claus Saturday morning in Chadbourn. Santa will arrive by train at 8:30, and the meal will be from 9 to 11 a.m. inside the depot. Tickets ($5 for children and $10 for adults) are available at Old Towne Florist and at CresCom Bank in Chadbourn.
At 3 p.m. that same day, the Chadbourn Christmas parade will start out in front of McArthur Supply, head up North Brown Street, then take Strawberry Blvd. to Howard Street, finishing at Chadbourn Baptist Church. Old Towne Florist is the place to call for information at 654-5646.
Northwood Church in Whiteville will host NewSong’s Very Merry Christmas Tour 2017 Saturday, Dec. 2. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at iTickets.com for $20-30.
The Town and Country Christmas Parade of Homes, sponsored by Dixie Belle Place bed and breakfast at 106 Mallard St., will take place from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in and around Tabor City. Tour tickets are available for $20 at Ooh La La Gift Boutique and Home Décor, at Grapefull Sisters Vineyard and through Pam Byrd at 625-7974. Proceeds benefit the Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. at Dixie Belle Place, with vendors selling handmade items. Ticket-holders attending the reception will have a chance to win door prizes donated by the vendors.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Whiteville’s Christmas parade will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, traveling from the high school to downtown. Host of the parade is Peace Baptist Church; for entry information, call Carol Clark at 234-5628.
Saturday, Dec. 9
Fair Bluff’s parade and Christmas on Main Street will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Lineup on Causey Avenue will begin at 9 a.m.
Whiteville Junior Woman’s Club will offer breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 9, with seatings at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Cost for the pancake meal and professional photo by Sugar Plum Lane will be $10 (2 and under free) The event will be at First Baptist Church, 412 N. Madison St. Proceeds benefit the club’s year-round service projects.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville will celebrate a Vineland Christmas with a 10 a.m. reading of The Polar Express, followed by a showing of the movie at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
Southeastern Community College will welcome a touring production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at 7 p.m. in the SCC auditorium. Five actors perform all the roles in the story while also producing the sound effects. Gold circle tickets ($25) and general admission tickets ($15) may be purchased at www.sccnc.edu. More information is available at 642-7141, ext. 308.
Monday, Dec. 11
Tabor City’s visitor center will hold its sixth annual Christmas open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A tree will display ornaments representing North Carolina. Refreshments will be served. The center is at 301 E. Fifth St.
Southeastern Oratorio Society will present a concert of Christmas-themed classical music and carols Monday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. A brass ensemble and organist will accompany the singers. Local and guest soloists will be featured. The free concert will be at First Presbyterian Church, 511 N. Thompson St., in Whiteville. Readers may call 910-499-1947 with any questions about the concert.
The Collegiate Choir Ensemble from Southeastern Community College will present its holiday concert Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in the SCC auditorium. The program will include traditional carols, gospel celebrations and popular numbers performed by soloists and duets as well as pieces sung by the full ensemble.
Saturday, Dec. 16
The RailRoad Gift Shop at Lake Waccamaw’s Depot Museum will hold an open house Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers can enjoy cider and cookies while shopping for special gifts. Proceeds support depot restoration and programs.
Saturday, Dec. 16 is the date for Tabor City’s second “Christmas on the Lake” decorated-boat flotilla at Lake Tabor. Boat registration is free. The event begins at 6 p.m. with same-day registration available starting at 5 p.m. although organizers strongly recommend that boat owners register ahead of time.
There will be food for purchase. Children will have a chance to meet Santa, the Grinch and even Cindy Lou Who.
To enter a boat or for further information, call the Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce at 377-3012.