December Bucket List


Hughes Entertainment

Amelia Mendes and Sophie Hall

December 2019 Bucket List

1. NC Chinese Lantern Festival (Koka Booth Amphitheatre): Throughout the month of December, you can go to the Chinese Lantern Festival and stroll through all of the beautiful, mesmerizing lights and decorations. The festival is open from 6 to 10 pm throughout the week, except on Mondays. The only Mondays when the festival will be open are December 23rd & 30th. Tickets are $15 for ages 13/older and $10 for ages 3-12.

2. Cary Tree Lighting Ceremony: What better way to kick off the most wonderful time of the year than to attend the annual Town of Cary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony? Complete with performances from community talents and Christmas-themed goodies, this event is a definite must for getting into the holiday spirit.

3. Ice skating: Practice your pirouettes and figure eights, or just cling to the edge and do your best to stay on your skates. Either way, ice skating is a fun way to spend an afternoon with friends and family.         

The Cary Ice House is open…

  • Mondays: 1-3pm
  • Tuesdays: 1–2:45pm
  • Wednesdays:     1:15–2:45PM
  • Thursdays: 1–2:45pm
  • Fridays: 1–2:45pm & 7:30pm–12am
  • Saturdays: 12:30–2:30pm, 8–10pm
  • Sundays: 12:30–2:30pm

Warning: Must be followed by #4. 

4. Hot chocolate/Eggnog: Is it really the holidays if you haven’t cozied up to a warm cup of hot chocolate in front of a fireplace/TV, complete with marshmallows or whipped cream? If you haven’t slowly sipped your eggnog while munching on cookies? No. It’s not. If you haven’t already, grab some friends and hop to the nearest Starbucks. 

5. See Holiday Movie (Die Hard, Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation): Certain movies are meant for certain times of the year and with the arrival of December, we can officially bust out all of those Christmas classics, guilt-free. Whether or not your cuddling on the couch or heading to the theaters, sit back, relax, and soak up all of that holiday nostalgia. 

  • Parkwest 14: White Christmas (December 8th and 11th), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (December 15th & 18th), It’s A Wonderful Life (December 22nd & 24th). 
  • The Cary Theater: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (December 7th), The Grinch (December 8th & 12th), A Christmas Story (December 12), White Christmas (December 13th, 14th, & 15th), It’s A Wonderful Life (December 19th & 22nd), The Polar Express (December 19th), Jingle All the Way (December 19th), Elf (December 21st).

6. Drive around and look at decorated houses: Many have embraced the christmas spirit this winter and filled their houses with colorful lights and giant blow ups to show their excitement. Nothing can quite get you in the spirit like walking around at night surrounded by the decorations of your neighbors. Find your favorite decorated house and let yourself feel the excitement of winter.

7. Christmas shopping: ‘Tis hunting season…hunting for the perfect gifts for friends and family at the perfect prices. If you missed Black Friday and Cyber Monday, have no fear, you still have plenty of time. Wake up one weekend morning, get into your battle gear (sweatpants and sneakers), and hit the stores. With your tactic and impeccable taste, the stores won’t know what hit them. If shopping isn’t your thing (*gasp*), consider giving more sentimental gifts that you made yourself, or something of symbolic value.

8. Go caroling: This is a highly underrated activity which can make someone’s day. Christmas is about spreading joy and what better way to do that than caroling at a local hospital or even just to your neighbors. Even if you can’t sing, I urge you to participate in this activity by creating silly renditions of songs or singing quietly next to the more talented singers.

9. Wear ugly Christmas sweaters: With three weeks of school left it might feel that the closer we are to winter break, the longer the days are. Make school more exciting and festive by dressing up in your favorite silly and ugly Christmas sweaters. If you’re feeling extra festive add some christmas socks as well!

10. Christmas concert: Christmas music— possibly the most iconic staple of the holiday season. Whether or not you believe in listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving or the week of the 25th, it’s definitely a must!!

  • Holiday Pops 2019 – Concert Singers of Cary @ The Cary Arts Center (December 14th)
  • A Motown Christmas Concert in Cary– Cary Players Community Theatre Company (December 27th & 28th)

… If an actual concert isn’t your thing, we highly recommend a car concert of Christmas tunes. If that’s more your style, then some of our personal favorites include…

  • Christmas – Michael Bublé
  • Merry Christmas – Mariah Carey
  • When My Heart Finds Christmas – Harry Connick Jr.
  • The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album – The Beach Boys

Happy Holidays!!