Listed below are area parades and holiday happening planned in the area of Wake, Franklin, Johnston, Wilson, and/or Nash and Edgecombe. Be a spectator at a parade… and maybe catch a little candy along a parade route. Or, take part in tree lightings, and walk/shop around these North Carolina small towns and cities during their weekend holiday events.
Bailey, North Carolina
Join the fun on Main Street downtown with a tree lighting, nativity, and Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Bailey’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: Friday, December 3, 2021 @ 5:30pm (organized by the Bailey Chamber of Commerce)
Live Nativity: Friday, December 3, 2021 @ 5:30pm; singing at 6pm (by Bailey Baptist Church)
Annual Bailey Christmas Parade: Saturday, December 4, 2021 @ 2pm (Organized by the Bailey Chamber) — Craft vendors will be open on Main Street starting at 9am. Enjoy live music, face painting for kids, and more. Stick around for the parade at 2pm!
Bunn, North Carolina
Lighting of the Christmas Tree: Friday, December 3, 2021, 6-7pm — Mini-subs and treats will be served near town hall. (by Town of Bunn)
Bunn Christmas Parade: Saturday, December 11, 2021 @ 10am — Line the main street to watch this annual holiday parade.
Clayton, North Carolina
Clayton Christmas Parade: Saturday, December 11, 2021 — This annual parade is organized by the Rotary Club of Clayton. See claytonrotaryclub.org.
Garner, North Carolina
Knightdale, North Carolina
Town of Knightdale Tree Lighting Ceremony: Friday, December 3, 2021 at 6:30-9pm — join this free event in Knightdale Station Park, Knightdale, NC.
Knightdale Christmas Parade: Saturday, December 4, 2021 @ 2pm — Organized by the Town of Knightdale. Visit www.knightdalenc.gov/…/christmas-celebrations for details.
Louisburg, North Carolina
Louisburg Christmas Parade: Sunday, December 5, 2021 @ 3-5pm — Details on the Town of Louisburg’s Parks and Recreation Department annual Christmas Parade may be found at townoflouisburg.org/event/louisburgs-2021-annual-christmas-parade.
Rolesville, North Carolina
Rolesville Christmas Wonderland: Sunday, December 5, 2021 @ noon-2pm — Parade is 2-3pm, organized by the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce. See details at business.rolesvillechamber.org/events/details/christmas-parade-2021-2166.
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Lighting of Wake Forest: Friday, December 3, 2021 @ 6-8:30pm — Join the fun in Centennial Plaza, 301 S Brooks Street with the tree lighting, music, Santa, and more.
Check out the list of weekend events around town here.
Wendell, North Carolina
Wendell Wonderland: Friday, December 3, 2021 @ 5-9pm — Activities in downtown Wendell, NC include Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Cookie Walk, holiday market vendors, song and dance, and more.
Lake Myra Lights Show: Nightly now through December 31, 2021 @ 5:30-10pm — 10 S Cypress Street, Wendell, NC. See details here.
Wilson, North Carolina
Candyland Christmas: Activities November 27, 2021 through December 12, 2021 — See details at www.historicdowntownwilson.com/candyland-christmas.
Wilson Christmas Parade: Saturday, December 4, 2021 @ 11am-1pm — Organized by the city of Wilson. See details at www.wilsonnc.org/how-do-i/apply-for/wilson-christmas-parade.
Youngsville, North Carolina
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Friday, December 3, 2021 at 4:30-7pm — Follow updates here.
Youngsville Christmas Parade: Saturday, December 4, 2021 @ 10am — Organized by the Town of Youngsville. See details at www.townofyoungsville.org/how_do_i_/-register_for_the_christmas_parade.php.