What a great time of year for the kids. This time of year a great way to spend quality family time with all the hussle and bussle of the holidays is to take the kids out and look at the Christmas lights displays in the area.
Christmas in River Hills
610 River Hills Dr.,Greenville,NC 27858 US
20,000 lights with 9 years of experience lit from December 1-January 1 5:00pm-10:00pm.
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Winterville Wonderland564 Stillwater Dr, Winterville, NC 28590, USA
40,000 lights with 10 years of experience lit from November 26-January 1 5:30pm-9:30pm.
38 Sir Dillons Lane,Tarboro,
NC 27886 US
1,000,000 lights with 16 years of experience lit from December 5-December 31 5:00 pm-11:0 pm.
No Scrooge's Allowed 900 oak grove rd,Rocky Mount,NC 27804 US
75,000 lights with 5 years of experience lit from December 1-January 1 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.
The Toke Family Light Show 900 Oak Grove Rd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
12,000 lights with 6 years of experience lit from November 1-January 1 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.
Hoveland House of Lights913 Leeward Dr.,Trent Woods,NC 28562 US
100,000 lights with 19 years of experience lit from December 1-December 31 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
So pack the kids in the car buckle them up and grab some hot chocolate and popcorn and enjoy the night. The expression on their faces will melt your heart as a parent. Enjoy!
There’s no denying it, the holiday shopping season is upon us! Even with Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, those of us shopping for the holidays will likely be out looking for sales and deals for the next few weeks. However, don't let the pursuit of the perfect present be a reason to let your guard down when it comes to safe shopping.
Gift cards are always a popular present. After all, who wouldn’t be excited about buying something for themselves that suits their individual wants and needs and can be used at their convenience? (It’s important to note that under North Carolina, gift cards purchased for a specific store or restaurant (not a generic gift card, for example, that can be used for any business in a mall or a Visa/MasterCard gift card) are valid for 4 years. Under federal law, they are valid for 5 years but may be subject to certain fees in the fifth year.) Buyers and recipients should remember to always treat a gift card like cash—if you lose it, it’s not replaceable. And if the store goes out of business, generally there is no recourse if the gift card has not been redeemed.
Although convenient, gift cards are also frequent targets for scammers. Gift card vendors have become better at preventing theft by, for example, requiring PINs or other extra steps before making a purchase, but these tactics are not foolproof. Be especially wary of emails, pop-up ads, or websites offering FREE gift cards. These enticements could be an attempt to steal your personal information, release malware into your computer, or otherwise get you to disclose your financial information (like a credit card number).
Even those racks and racks of gift cards in the grocery stores could be tampered with by thieves. If you do purchase one of these cards, ensure that its outer packaging is completely intact, so that no one could have copied the card number or scratched off the PIN that may appear on the back of the card. Better yet, buy gift cards directly from the company’s website or physical store.
While on the subject of purchasing gifts online, which many shoppers do these days, be sure to directly type the retailer’s web address into your browser. Just conducting a web search for a company that you’re interested in may send you to a fake or look-alike website. Also, when making any purchases online, make sure that the address in the top of your internet browser begins with https and not just http. That extra “s” at the end means that the website has secured your personal information through encryption or some other means.
Remember: Thieves DON’T take a holiday. Happy—and safe—shopping!
North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (1-877-566-7226) or (919) 716-6000.
Do you find that, once Halloween is over, you find yourself thinking about Christmas? I start thinking about Christmas right after Halloween. It doesn’t matter that my family is thinking about Thanksgiving right after Halloween. As I attempt to avoid eating too much leftover Halloween candy, I begin to anticipate decorating the house, putting up the tree, baking cookies, shopping, and wrapping presents. Here’s my list of top ten signs you’re obsessed with Christmas:
4. You start surfing the channels, attempting to find Christmas movies much sooner then most people. The Hallmark Channel suddenly becomes your favorite channel. “Love Actually,” “Christmas Vacation.” “Home Alone,” are all on Netflix if you didn’t already know. (You’re Welcome.)
5. You started a holiday count down in October. You quickly become the ‘go-to person’ when a friend is curious about how many days remain until Christmas.
6. Buddy the Elf is your spirit animal.
10. Once Thanksgiving is over and everyone else is starting to feel the pressure of the Holidays you are sitting back and singing Christmas music out loud and spreading the Christmas Cheer.
Hi, I'm Laurie!
Hi 👋 My name is Laurie and I am a Social Media Marketing Manager based in New Bern, NC. I am married to the man of my dreams, a mom and in love with my adorable grandson, Noah. I love checking out new local restaurants, festivals and events while searching for great places to host monthly Girls Night Out. You can usually find me checking out all things live music, the best hospitality in town and working on my campaign to bring Bonefish Grill to New Bern-it's going to happen!!