festival of trees

The Family Support Network’s Festival of Trees runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 23 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd.

Today-Dec. 8


Bethel parade

The 2019 Bethel Christmas Parade will begin at 3 p.m. today, followed with a performance by students from Bethel School and a community tree lighting at the gazebo beside the library. Visit http://www.hometownbethel.com/bethel_christmas_parade.


Festival of Trees

The Family Support Network of Eastern N.C. will host the 2019 Festival of Trees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 23 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. There is no admission charge. The event features a variety of holiday-themed trees, sponsored by individuals, businesses, and church and civic organizations.


Storytime with Santa

The Family Support Network of Eastern N.C. will host Storytime with Santa at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 10 at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Children will hear a story and have photos taken with Santa. Cost is $10 for one child, $15 for two or $20 for three or more. Reservations are required. Contact 917-4110 or director@fsnenc.org.

Men’s basketball

ECU will play Coppin State at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Tickets are $10-$20. Visit www.ecupirates.com.

Orchestra concert

The Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra present its holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, 510 S. Washington St. This concert also will feature the PCC Choral, the PCSECHS Choir and several students from the music program at PCC. The program will include seasonal music such as “The Christmas Song”, and “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson. Also included on the program is a work arranged by PCC Music Major Dale Cox. His “Christmas Melodies” were written for the PCC Symphony Orchestra which he will be lead for his own arrangement. Michael Johnson, D.H. Conley High School Orchestra director, will lead the orchestra in the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. Free but donations will be accepted. Call 493-7493.

Sounds of the Season

The ECU Combined Choirs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 E. Fourth St. Free, but donations accepted. Call 328-6851.

Concerto Competition

The ECU School of Music will host a concerto competition at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on campus. Free. Call 328-6851.


Christmas Town

Christmas Town in Ayden, hosted by the Ayden Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Ayden, will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event will include food trucks, vendors, a Santa village and photos with Santa. The Ayden Historical and Arts Society will host its second annual Christmas Open House from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the museum, located in the old Dixon Medical Building on Second Street.

‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

Magnolia Arts Center, 1703 E. 14th St., will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-7 and Dec. 12-14. Matinee performances will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday-8 and Dec. 15. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Visit magnoliaartscenter.com.

Jingle Art Jam

Emerge Gallery & Art Center, 404 Evans St., will host “Jingle Art Jam” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. The event will will include A Taste of Uptown offering heavy hors d’oeuvres from more than a dozen restaurants in the district. Other highlights will include a beer tasting, holiday photo booth, art activity and music by Nu Clear Twins. A variety of handmade items will be available for sale at the event, which celebrates the opening of the annual Holiday Artist Market and Exhibit. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple. Visit emergegallery.com.


The Pitt County Schools Early College High School Band and Pitt Community College Jazz Band will present their fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Temple Free Will Baptist Church, 130 W. Fire Tower Road, Winterville. Music will include traditional band, swing band, popular music, rock and holiday favorites. The PCSECHS Band is directed by Miles Huggins, and the PCC Jazz Band is directed by R. Michael Stephenson. The PCC Jazz Combo will also be featured in the performance. This concert free, but donations will be accepted. Call 493-7493.

Party with a Purpose

Party with a Purpose will be held from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday at the main ECU Student Center ballroom. The event, presented by Chris Godley State Farm Insurance, will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern N.C. and will feature Mikele Buck, a contestant on Season 15 of “The Voice,” and DJ Charlie Mac. Tickets are $20. Contact Hannah Theis at Hannah@GodleyInsurance.com.

Wreath making

Pitt County Master Gardener volunteers will lead two wreath-making workshops from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle. A $10 fee will cover all supplies to create a wreath using fresh greenery from the Pitt County Arboretum. Bring small clippers. Class size is limited. Call 902-1709 to sign up and arrange payment.


Greenville Gives

The City of Greenville and Uptown Greenville will host Greenville Gives 5-7 p.m. Friday at Five Points Plaza, Evans and Fifth streets. The event will include a visits with Santa, a tree lighting, a holiday market, family crafts, marshmallow roasting and free treats, a Christmas story reading and holiday entertainment and GREAT Rudolph Bus Rides. Bring a new toy, nonperishable food items and hygiene items to donate. Call 329-4567.

Holiday Artist Market

Emerge Gallery & Art Center, 404 Evans St., will host Holiday Artist Market through Dec. 21. The event will feature works for sale. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with the First Friday Artwalk. Free. Visit emergegallery.com.

Senior exhibition

The ECU School of Art and Design’s Wellington B. Gray Gallery will host an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday for the bachelor of fine arts senior exhibition. The gallery is located in Jenkins Fine Art Center on Fifth Street. Call 328-6665 or email graygallery@ecu.edu

‘Time Twister’

“Time Twister,” a play about three teens with autism who find and use their “superpowers,” will be performed at 7 p.m. at the J.H. Rose High School theater, 600 W. Arlington Blvd. The play is written and directed by student Ben Craven. A silent auction at 6 p.m. will precede the performance. Proceeds will go towards funding the Rampant Theatrical Company trip abroad. Highest bidders will be announced at the close of the show. For tickets visit Our.show/timetwister.

Taste of Farmville

The annual Taste of Farmville will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Farmville. About 30 businesses will offer extended shopping and visiting hours, and provide live entertainment along with refreshments. The event also features horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa and strolling carolers.

Gospel holiday concert

Pitt Community College’s music department will present gospel choirs Elements of Praise and D’vyne Encounter (Pitt County Schools Early College High School) in a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Temple Free Will Baptist Church, 130 W. Fire Tower Road, Winterville. Traditional holiday gospel music will be presented, including “Jesus is the Reason” by Kirk Franklin, and “Don’t Take Christ out of Christmas” by Mississippi Mass Choir. Free but donations accepted. Call 493-7493.

Starry Night

A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton, will host an evening planetarium show and stargazing event from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Cost is $5. Call 364-6569 or email brian@atimeforscience.org.


ECU School of Arts and Design’s annual glass ornament sale will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the East Carolina ArtSpace gallery, 3747 S. Main St., Farmville. Proceeds from the sale will support the operation of the studio and glassblowing instruction at ECU. Contact artdesign@ecu.edu or 328-6665.

Art open house

Greenville Museum of Art, 802 Evans St., will host a Center for Art Education open house and holiday sale from noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Dec. 8. The event will feature artwork by Gail Ritzer, Marie Hamra, and their students. Visit gmoa.org.


Nutcracker ballet

Dance Arts Theatre will present “The Nutcracker Ballet” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at ECU’s Wright Auditorium. Net proceeds from this event will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center. Tickets are $36 for adults and $32 for children. Call 328-4788.

Breakfast with Santa

The Greenville Museum of Art, 802 S. Evans St., will host Breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m. Dec.7. The event will include a holiday breakfast, a visit with Santa Claus, a digital photo of each child and a keepsake craft. Tickets are $35 per family for members and $50 for others. Call 758-1946 or visit gmoa.org.

Choral Society

Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir and New Carolina Sinfonia will present Handel’s Messiah, Christmas portion at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Memorial Baptist Church, 1510 S.E. Greenville Blvd. A second performance will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Baptist Church, 113 N. Harvey St., Washington, N.C. There is no admission charge. Visit greenvillechoralsociety.com

Homes tour

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s 18th Annual Christmas Homes Tour will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The tour will include seven homes decorated for Christmas. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour. The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 401 E. Fourth St. There is no admission charge, but lunches will be available for $8. Call 752-3482 for more information.

Greenville parade

The annual Greenville Jaycees Christmas Parade will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday on Evans Street downtown. Visit www.greenvillejaycees.com.

Comedy show

Whirligig Stage, 628 S. Pitt St., will host the IBX Improv Comedy Show from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. This is a ticketed event. Visit www.whirligigstage.com or call 689-8092.

Grifton parade

The Town of Grifton will hold its annual parade and tree lighting beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday on Queen Street. The lighting will take place at the Grifton Depot after the parade and will feature a visit by Santa as well as a Christmas village.

Trees for wildlife

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Decorating Trees for Wildlife from 1-2 p.m. Saturday. Participants will prepare food to take home for wildlife to eat in the winter. Free with Nature Center admission. Call 329-4560.

Owl Outing

Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, N.C., will host Owl Outing at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the visitor center to learn some facts about these mostly nocturnal animals. Afterward, take a hike down the Palmetto Boardwalk and listen to their calls Call 923-2191 or visit www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/gocr/main.php.

Dec. 8-14


Christmas Past

The Eastern Carolina Village & Farm Museum, 4570 County Home Road, will host Christmas Past at the Village 4-7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 5-8 p.m. Dec. 9. The event will include self-guided tours of the buildings and grounds decked out with lights, lanterns, trees, wreaths and ornaments. Docents in period costumes will interpret the history of each open building. There will be hot cider and cookies, children’s holiday crafts, arts exhibitors, holiday music performances and story readings and more. Admission is $10 per person and free for children younger than 5. Proceeds will help with the preservation and operation of the facility.


TubaChristmas will be held from noon-1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Hammock Garden located in the 400 block of Evans Street, Uptown Greenville. The city of Greenville is a sponsor of the event. ECU professors, students and community musicians will present the outdoor performance featuring traditional holiday songs. The concert is free to attend. Any community musician who plays baritone, euphonium, tuba or sousaphone is invited to perform in TubaChristmas with a $10 donation to benefit the Harvey Phillips Foundation. Musician registration begins at A.J. Fletcher Music Center, 10th Street, ECU campus, from 9:30-10 a.m., with a rehearsal in Fletcher from 10-11 a.m. and the performance at noon at the Hammock Garden. In case of rain or freezing temperatures, the performance will be held at Fletcher. To register to perform, call 328-1693 or email WILLIAMSJARR17@ECU.EDU.


Polar Express

The Jolly Trolley Polar Express will run Saturday and Dec. 13-14. This is a 20-minute joyride around Uptown Greenville, including a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s ”The Polar Express,” cocoa and cookies and an art activity at Emerge Gallery and Art Center, 404 S. Evans St. Time slots begin at 4:25 p.m. and the last train boards at 8:25 p.m. Registration is limited. Tickets are $30 for the first ticket and $10-$15 each for additional tickets. Free for ages 2 and younger. Visit emergegallery.com.

Pops Christmas

The Community Pops Singers will hold their “It’s a Wonderful Christmas with the Pops” concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec 13 at John Paul II Catholic High School at 2725 E. 14th St., with a 7:15 piano prelude. Pieces will include “It’s a Wonderful Christmas” medley, “Happy Christmas” (War is Over), “Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow,” along with the “Whistling Shepherd” and other favorites. Call 258-4850.


Farmville parade

The 2019 Farmville Christmas Parade, “A Christmas Filled with Magic,” will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14 in downtown Farmville. For more details, call the Town of Farmville at 753-2963.

Santa’s workshop

River Park North, 1000 Mumford Road, will host Santa’s Workshop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. The outdoor event will include a hayride, hot chocolate, marshmallows over a campfire and a meet and greet with Santa. Cost is $5 per child for city residents and $7 for others. Call 329-4560.

Men’s basketball

ECU will play Campbell at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Tickets are $10-$20. Visit www.ecupirates.com.

Youth concert

Greenville Choral Society Youth and Children’s Winter Concert will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Memorial Baptist Church, 1510 S.E. Greenville Blvd Free. Visit greenvillechoralsociety.com.

Big Band Christmas

The Emerald City Big Band will perform its annual Big Band Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Jarvis United Methodist Church Taft Christian Life Center, 510 S. Washington St. Admission is $10 for adults. Proceeds will support the Ed Wheatley ECU Jazz Trumpet Endowment Fund. This concert celebrates more than 30 years of holiday music from the band, which will present a program of instrumental and vocal favorites. Christmas cookies, coffee and tea will be provided during intermission.

Dec. 15-21


Women’s basketball

ECU will play Howard at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Tickets are $5-$12. Visit www.ecupirates.com.


Men’s basketball

ECU will play UMES at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Tickets are $10-$20. Visit www.ecupirates.com.


All About Bears

Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, N.C., will host the program All About Bears at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. Meet at the visitor center. Call 923-2191 or visit www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/gocr/main.php.

Dec. 22-31


Men’s basketball

ECU will play UNC-Charlotte at 4 p.m. Dec. 22 in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Tickets are $8-$20. Visit www.ecupirates.com.


Men’s basketball

ECU will play Eastern Kentucky at 4 p.m. Dec. 28 in Minges Coliseum’s Williams Arena. Tickets are $8-$20. Visit www.ecupirates.com.

Paint in the Park

Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, N.C., will host Paint in the Park at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 28. A ranger will bring painting supplies down to the Pamlico River swim beach tables for participants to use to create nature-based artwork. Paper, acrylic paint and brushes will be supplied, but participants may bring supplies as well. Call 923-2191 to register or visit www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/gocr/main.php.


New Year’s Eve

New Year’s The City of Greenville and the Greenville Jaycees will host the city’s first New Year’s Eve celebration from 9 p.m. to midnight Tuesday1 at the Town Common, 105 E. First St. Proceeds will benefit Third Street Education Center. Visit nye.greenvillenc.gov for details.

Contact Kim Grizzard at kgrizzard@reflector.com or call 329-9578.