1. Attend a live nativity

Join Emmanuel Independent Baptist Church as they step back in time to witness the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. In this walk-through outside drama, you will experience performances, caroling and live animals. There will also be hot chocolate and cookies served. The live nativity will be performed Dec. 9 and 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 252-393-7300.

2. Search for lost belongings

The second Friday of each December the world turns its attention to Official Lost and Found Day, Dec. 9. It is on this day that we take a moment to recall the stuff we’ve lost and perhaps make an effort to find it. So head back to the movie theater or coffee shop and see if your coat and sunglasses are still there.

3. See a movie with Santa

Santa and a Movie will take place on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation, 7500 Emerald Drive. Children of all ages can join Santa for a Christmas story after enjoying milk and cookies and watching a short Christmas movie. Kids are encouraged to wear their most comfy Christmas pajamas and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on. Admission fee is one unwrapped gift per child. Contact Sheila Lowe at 252-354-6350 or slowe@emeraldisle-nc.org.

4. Check out a book

Saturday is Dewey Decimal System Day, which celebrates Melvin Dewey (born on December 10, 1851) a librarian, educator and inventor of the eponymous system. So head to the library this weekend to celebrate.

5. Have breakfast with Santa

Join the Town of Surf City and have Breakfast at Santa’s Workshop on Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m at the Surf City Community Center. Cost is $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Ticket includes a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, a photo opportunity with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, crafts, raffles and Christmas shopping. For more information, call 910-328-2716.

6. See a movie

The big movie opening at theaters this week is “La La Land,” rated PG-13, and starring Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in Los Angeles. Also in theaters is the R-rated comedy “Office Christmas Party” wherein hard-partying branch manager (T.J. Miller) and his chief technical officer (Jason Bateman) rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party to impress a potential client and hopefully close a sale that will save their jobs from being cut by his CEO sister (Jennifer Aniston).

7. Attend a Christmas parade

Richlands Christmas Parade will be held at dusk Dec. 10. The parade will line up at Richlands High School and proceed through downtown Richlands. Santa will be stopping at the Onslow County Museum where cookies will be served to children who want to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus.

8. Bake some gingerbread

Get baking on Sunday so you can spend Monday, Dec. 12, celebrating Gingerbread House Day. It doesn’t matter whether you buy a gingerbread house kit or create your own architectural model out of gingerbread cookies, the fun is making the house with family or friends. According the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s largest gingerbread house was 60 feet long and 10.1 feet tall.

9. Attend a gingerbread festival

Come join the fun at the 4th annual Crystal Coast Hospice House Gingerbread Festival at the Crystal Coast Civic Center Dec. 9-11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enter your edible masterpiece in our competition to benefit SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House and, of course, for a chance to win great prizes and revel in that “gingerbread feeling”. For more information, call 252-808-2244.

10. Observe a meteor shower

Look to the sky Sunday night to view the 2016 Geminid shower, which can be annually observed between Dec. 4 and Dec. 17. The best time for viewing is from 9 or 10 p.m. until dawn. The sky show continues and is supposed to peak on the night of Dec. 13 and early morning hours of Dec. 14.