Up & Coming Weekly

December 17, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM DECEMBER 18-24, 2019 UCW 13 'Holiday Lights in the Garden' a must see by DR. SHANESSA FENNER Ah, the holidays. Music. Performances. Shop- ping. And lights. e cheerful, glowing, twin- k ling lights. If you haven't been yet, bring your favorite people and head to Cape Fear Botanical Garden's 9th annual "Holiday Lights in the Gar- den" Dec. 19 – 23 from 5:30-9 p.m. It celebrates this special time of year and showcases the splendor and magic of the winter season in one of the area's most sublime settings. "Holiday Lights is a walking tour of Cape Fear Botanical Garden at nighttime," said Lia Hasa- pis, marketing coordinator of Cape Fear Botani- cal Garden. "We light up the garden with lights, other gigantic lights, twink ling lights and it showcases beaut y in the winter." Hasapis added that this year, they decided to bring the focus of the experience back to what they are — which is a Botanical Garden. ere are natured themed displays throughout the gar- den to enhance the light displays. W hile lights are a big part of the event, there is so much more that makes it a special place to visit this time of year. "e event will feature caroling hayrides, live performances each night, pictures with Santa, s'mores and much more," said Hasapis. "e live performances will take place each night, and it will feature communit y members from churches, schools and up-and- coming artists from Fayetteville," said Hasapis. "ere will be a holiday market that will have vendors that will sell holiday crafted items. … We have consignment items in our garden gift shop from holiday crafts and necessities that ever y- body will need this holiday season." Hasapis added there will be several food trucks, s'mores, apple cider and hot chocolate available for purchase. "e hay riders will ride through a special path that is only for the hay riders that is through the garden and it is roped off," said Hasapis. "ey will see different kinds of lights, other parts of the garden. And at the end of the hayride, there is an animated stor y that has gigantic lights that form characters from the stor y as well. "e event is going to be a lot of fun, and you just need to come and glow with us this holiday season," said Hasapis. Admission cost is $12 for nonmembers and members will get preferred pricing ever y other night at $8. A family picture with Santa is $10. For more information call 910-486-0221. "Holiday Lights in the Garden" runs through Dec. 23. EVENTS DR. SHANESSA FENNER, Princi- pal, WT Brown Elementary School. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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