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December Area Calendar of Events

Through January 2016

Holiday Ornaments on Sale!

This year's collectable Downtown Goldsboro ornament features newly completed Center Street, along with Santa in his sleigh and the towering Christmas tree, serving as a backdrop. Get yours before they're sold out! $15 each. ∙ 919.735.4959

Through December 22nd

Gingerbread House Contest and Display

Kick off the holiday season right at the Arts Council of Wayne County! Gingerbread houses will be on display all month long! ∙ 919.736.3300

Through December 21st

Letters to Santa

The Arts Council of Wayne County has a direct line to the man in red. Drop your Letters to Santa in the magic mail drop in front of The Arts Council, so his elves can deliver them to Santa, personally. Address letters to: Santa Claus, 100 The North Pole. Include the sender’s full name and mailing address. ∙ 919.736.3300

December 1st – December 23rd

Take A Selfie with the Elfie DGDC & Downtown businesses bring Elf on the Shelf to life, with a month-long scavenger hunt. Follow Downtown Goldsboro on social media for clues on Jolly McJingles’ whereabouts. Take a selfie with Jolly and post to Downtown Goldsboro’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win Downtown Dollars. Different winners daily, as well as a grand prize winner announced after Christmas ∙ 919.735.4959

December 1st – 22nd 6-8p.m.

FREE Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides FREE horse-drawn trolley rides through Downtown each Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy the holiday lights! The trolley will pick up riders at the corner of John and Mulberry St. ∙ 919.735.4959

December 1st 6:30a.m. – 10p.m.

Y’s Men Eat Chicken

Join us as the YMCA and Chick-fill-A at Berkeley Commons partner to better our community as owner operator Russell Wade will be donating a percentage of the day’s proceeds towards the Y’s Men program that is serving families not receiving any assistance at Christmas. It cost $350 to sponsor one family. Come out and help support a great cause!

December 1st 7-9 p.m.

Holiday Open Writing The Goldsboro Writers Group invites all area writers to participate in the annual “Holiday Open Writing” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1 at the Arts Council of Wayne County, 102 N. John Street in downtown Goldsboro. ∙ 919.736.3300

December 4th 6p.m.

Christmas on the Neuse

It's that time of year again; the holidays are on their way and here at the park that means FLOTILLA Friday, Dec. 4th at 6pm. That's right, and you can be a part of the festivities. If you would like to decorate a boat and be a part of this Wayne County tradition give us a call at 919-778-6234.

December 4th – 5th

Shop the Block Get your holiday shopping done and support local small business owners at the same time! Head downtown to shop and dine, with big savings from downtown businesses! Download coupons online & follow Downtown Goldsboro on social media for clues to win Downtown Dollars in our Shop the Block Scavenger Hunt. ∙ 919.735.4959

December 4th 6-8p.m.

Mt. Olive Christmas

Open House

Downtown Mt Olive. Free for all. Hayrides, Santa Claus, lighting of town tower. write letters to Santa, craftes and refreshments.

December 4th - 6th

The Nutcracker

Treat your loved ones to Goldsboro Ballet's famous Nutcracker at the Paramount Theatre. Reserved seating Tickets are $13-$18/each and are available at the Paramount, by calling 919-583-8432 or online at

December 5th 7a.m. – Noon

Boys & Girls Club

Annual Pancake Day

Tickets are only $6.00 each and can be purchased from any board member or from Club staff at each of the three Club locations in Goldsboro, Fremont and Mount Olive. To purchase tickets, make a donation, or to volunteer, contact the Boys & Girls Clubs office at 919-735-2358. Large take-out orders should call and place an order by Friday, December 4th. This fundraiser directly impacts kids in Wayne County.

December 5th 10a.m.

Mt Olive Christmas Parade

Parade lineup: Henderson St. Come one, come all to see this great Holiday event! A great time for the entire Family!

December 5th 4p.m.

Downtown Christmas Parade


The Young Professionals host this downtown holiday tradition, with a festive theme. Come young and old to enjoy the signs and sounds of the holiday season. For more information call 919.734.2241.

DECEMBER 6th 6pm

Messiah The Chancel Choir and Friends of FIRST AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH, 803 Harris Street, Goldsboro, NC will present MESSIAH by George Friderich Handel on Sunday, December 6, at 6pm in the evening. Please join us for this performance. Hilda Watson Banks, Director; Glenn Little, organist. Soloist are: Lorie Grant, Dr. Denise Murchison Payton, Larry Thomas, Dr. Robert Williams and JoAnne Young.

December 11th - 13th

A Christmas Carol Center Stage Theatre continues a Downtown Goldsboro Tradition with the eighth annual production of the Charles Dickens classic. Reserved seating tickets are $15-$18/each and available at the Paramount, by calling 919-583-8432 or online at

December 11th 8 p.m. to midnight

The Santa Stumble Throw on your tackiest Santa garb and head downtown for this festive bar crawl. Take advantage of great food, drink specials, entertainment, and more! Register on the Downtown Goldsboro Facebook page for details including schedule & deals. ∙ 919.735.4959

December 12th – 15th

III Century Singers Christmas Concert Enjoy the sounds of the season, beautifully recreated by the Third Century Singers – Goldsboro’s performing choral ensemble. Three chances to see this memorable performance in Goldsboro & Mt. Olive. Free admission, donations appreciated. 919.778.8324

December 18th – 20th

Child of Promise Child of the Promise brings the Christmas story to life like never-before. It truly is a beautiful and unique Broadway-style musical for all ages. Reserved seating tickets are $13-$16 and are available at the Paramount, by calling 919-583-8432 or online at

December 22nd 7 p.m.

Family Movie Night: It’s A Wonderful Life “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” Paramount Movie Nights presents this holiday classic the whole family will love. Tickets are $5 each and are available at the Paramount, by calling 919-583-8432 or online at

Through December 4th

Holiday Ticket Package – See All 3 Paramount Shows The annual "Christmas at the Paramount" package featuring three great local productions is back! Save over 25% off the individual ticket price on The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, and Child of the Promise this December at the Paramount Theatre. Goldsboro Ballet, Center Stage Theatre, and the producers of Child of the Promise are working together to once again offer this GREAT holiday package at a very affordable price.


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