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Dec 6, 2023

Downtown Fayetteville Celebrates the Holidays with a Decorating Competition and New Year’s Eve Spectacular Event

Sponsored Content provided by Bianca Shoneman - President & CEO, Cool Spring Downtown District, Inc

Downtown Fayetteville businesses and stakeholders have made getting festive a friendly competition. Visit the city center throughout the month for a self-guided walking tour of the Art and Entertainment districts’ decorated buildings. As you stroll along, you’ll be treated to an array of holiday delights, such as the festive Holiday Alley on Hay Street. Nearby, children can mail their letters to Santa in a special mailbox. 

As you continue on your way in Downtown Fayetteville, you may spot a giant stack of ornaments perfect for capturing portraits or selfies, holiday-themed augmented reality stations, a 4,000 digital projection, and, of course, Fayetteville’s 22-foot Carolina Fir holiday tree. In total, there are 12 major holiday installations throughout the district. 

Everyone is invited to vote for their favorite decorations to win the "Viewer's Choice Award." Cast your vote for the Downtown Fayetteville Holiday Winterscape Viewer's Choice Award here:

On December 31, Downtown Fayetteville’s New Year’s Eve celebration will heat up! Cool Spring Downtown District is organizing the third annual Night Circus: A District New Year’s Eve Spectacular on behalf of the City of Fayetteville. The 2023 NYE celebration will feature Grammy-award-winning DJ and rapper Spinderella and Soul Train Music award-winning group, Dru Hill.

Party-goers also will be treated to stunts and carnival attractions including stilt walkers, acrobats, face painters, fire dancers, magic shows, and more. Of course, some of Fayetteville’s favorite food trucks will also be there. To welcome 2024, we will raise a glittering star into the sky to countdown to the New Year, along with a dazzling fireworks show. 

Sponsors for this year’s celebration include title media sponsor ABC11, Healy Wholesale, and the Fairfield at Marriott, The Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County, MetroNet, and PWC. Organizations and individuals interested in becoming a sponsor should contact Bianca Shoneman, President/CEO of Cool Spring Downtown District at (910) 223-1089 or

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact

For more information on the Night Circus: A District New Year's Eve Spectacular, visit our website:

About Cool Spring Downtown District: Cool Spring Downtown District is a charitable, nonprofit corporation formed in 2017 to create and sustain an arts and entertainment district in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina, as a vibrant center of artistic, cultural, civic, and commercial activity.

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