By Kay Whatley, Editor
This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond including a few unique coastal or mountain events. While most listed events are free happenings, some ticketed events may be included.
Events may be rescheduled, delayed by weather, canceled, times adjusted, or locations changed without our knowledge. Contact an event’s organizer directly via provided links for updates.
Friday, November 30, 2018
Pecan Day at the State Farmers Market
Friday, November 30, 2018, 11am-1pm
The NC Pecan Growers Association will celebrate NC Pecan Month this Friday at the State Farmers Market, 1201 Agriculture Street, Raleigh NC. During the event, visitors may enjoy free samples of a pecan dessert and purchase local pecans. The Association’s online directory of orchards may be found at www.buyncpecans.com.
Bailey Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 6pm
Joine the Town of Bailey for its annual tree lighting. There will also be an opportunity to take photos with Santa Claus, join in the singing, and enjoy a hot chocolate. The tree is located at 6207 Main Street, Bailey NC. The the Bailey Chamber of Commerce Facebook page may contain updates. The Town of Bailey is on Facebook here.
Bunn Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 6-7pm
Join the fun at the 5th-annual lighting of the Town of Bunn’s Christmas tree, located outside Town Hall, 601 Main Street, Bunn NC. Enjoy the fellowship, listen to music, eat free food, and maybe win a door prize. Santa will be there. Updates may be posted to the Town of Bunn’s Facebook page.
Knightdale Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 6-8pm
Knightdale’s annual Tree Lighting includes Santa, food vendors, music, and more. The tree is lit at the conclusion of the event. Follow updates on the Town of Knightdale’s Facebook page.
NOTE: This tree lighting is part of the town’s “Christmas on First Avenue,” which actually kicks off with a Holiday Fair on Thursday, November 29, 2018 (6-8pm). Stop by and shop for gifts at local vendor stations.
Lighting of Wake Forest
Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 6-8:30pm
Spend the evening on Centennial Plaza, 301 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC, and see the town’s Christmas tree lit by the mayor, see Santa Claus, listen to live music and entertainment. The town will, while supplies last, provide free hot chocolate, cookies, and glow necklaces. See the town’s extensive list of events at www.wakeforestnc.gov/christmas-in-wake-forest.aspx.
Stepping Into The Past
Saturday, November 30-December 1, 2018
This series focuses on demonstrations and displays of traditional / old-time processes. This presentation is included with museum admission fee. See upcoming topics at www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org/events/stepping-into-the-past. Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC.
Kenly Christmas Celebration is November 30 and December 1, 2018.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Youngsville Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 10-11am
The parade will make its way down Main Street, Youngsville NC, with Santa available at the end of the parade (Youngsville Armory), along with children’s activities. The Town of Youngsville website is www.townofyoungsville.org.
A Downtown Christmas featuring Candyland!
Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 10am-9pm
Join “A Downtown Christmas” celebration in Wilson NC with events downtown, at the courthouse plaza (tree lighting), and in the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. Free, family-friendly events are planned. See details at www.historicdowntownwilson.com/downtown-christmas and on the city’s Historic Downtown Wilson Facebook page.
Gingerbread House Contest
Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 11am-noon
After the town’s parade, head to the Youngsville Library, 218 US-1A Hwy, Youngsville NC, to watch prizes being awarded in their Gingerbread House Contest. Entered houses will be on display at the library. The Friends of the Youngsville Library are on Facebook here.
Bailey Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 2pm
Knightdale Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 2pm
The Christmas Parade will draw over a thousand people to watch as local schools, non-profits, and businesses parade their floats, bands, and decorated vehicles down First Avenue, Knightdale NC. Follow updates on the Town of Knightdale’s Facebook page.
A Red Oak Christmas
Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 3-7pm
Join the fun in Ennis Park, Red Oak NC (address is W.B. Ennis Memorial Park, 4605 N Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount NC) with a craft fair, food vendors, train rides, a dance party, Santa, and more. Tree lighting takes place at 7pm. See details here.
Goldsboro Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 4pm
Tree Lighting Celebration
Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 4-8pm
Head downtown for a downtown party including live music, dancing, craft activities for children, caroling, and much more, including the lighting of the tree scheduled for 6:30pm. The celebration centers around the tree, which will be set up at Dallas Pearce Realty, 214 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC — at the corner of N Arendell Avenue and E Sycamore Street. Visit the Zebulon Chamber’s website, or watch for updates on their Facebook page.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Rolesville Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 2-3pm
Watch this annual parade march through Rolesville NC. Organized by the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there. Updates may be found here.
Zebulon Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 2-3:30pm
Line the main streets of Zebulon NC and enjoy the floats, marchers, dancers, and more, with Santa Claus near the end. The parade route runs from the Zebulon Community Center down Arendell Avenue, then turns down W Gannon Street, ending in the parking lot at J&M Chevrolet. Because this parade draws a large crowd, it’s best to pick a spot early along the parade route. Follow updates via the Zebulon Chamber’s Facebook page.
Rocky Mount Parade
Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 3pm
Head into downtown Rocky Mount NC to enjoy their traditional parade with floats, performers, and Santa Claus. Watch the Downtown Rocky Mount website for information on the parade route and other details.
Louisburg Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 3-6pm
The Christmas Parade makes its way through the Town of Louisburg with everything from floats to horses and antique cars to school bands. Santa Claus will be there. The town is online at townoflouisburg.org.
Selma Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 6-8pm
Kick off the holiday season with Selma Parks and Recreation in downtown Selma NC. Live entertainment starts on the Town Hall stage (Raiford Street), followed by the parade (7pm), and then the tree lighting ceremony (and fireworks). See event flyer here. Selma Parks and Rec information/updates may be found on their Facebook page. Another good Facebook page to follow for Selma events is S’Uptown Selma.
Christmas ~N~ Middlesex
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 10am
This annual event offers a parade and gift-shopping from vendors set up around downtown Middlesex NC. The day’s enjoyment includes inflatables, giveaways, and refreshments. The parade begins at 2pm. See updates via the new Christmas N Middlesex Facebook page.
Gingerbread House Festival
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 10am-noon
Stop by and check out gingerbread houses at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E Market Street, Smithfield NC. The “Cookie Corner” begins at 10am, with award ceremony at 11am. See details here.
Wake Forest Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 1pm
The Wake Forest Christmas Parade is scheduled, rain or shine. It will follow a route through downtown Wake Forest NC. Come and watch as parade floats, marchers, business/organization entries, and Santa Claus travel through the town. See details here.
Rockin’ For The Rescues Benefit Concert
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 4-6pm
Arkham Comix hosts this special night of music at their Wilson location. The address is 3710 Peppermill Drive Suite F, Wilson NC. The students of String Theory Music Lessons offer this concert as a fundraiser for The Maggie Society. To enjoy the event, donate a bag of dog food for entry; no other fee to enjoy the music. These incredible kiddos will take the audience on a journey through music history. Donations of other pet goods are also welcome, including pet toys, bedding, and others.
Santa Storytime and Holiday Movie
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 4-7:30pm
Register in-advance at the HD Cooley Library () and your child will receive a wrapped book. Storytime begins at 4pm, followed by pictures with Santa until 5:30pm. The movie begins at 5:30pm and concessions will be available. Bring something comfy to sit on as we watch Elf on the big screen in the gym at Nashville Elementary School, 209 E Virginia Street, Nashville NC.
Greenville Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 5-7pm
Organized by the Greenville Jaycees, the Christmas parade marches along Evans Street/downtown Greenville NC, with the potential for 150+ entrants in the parade. See information here.
Tar River Christmas
December 5-9, 2018
The Town of Tarboro NC holds various evenings including musical events/concert, children’s activities, the parade (Sunday, December 9, 2018 @ 2-4pm), and a Holiday Market. See an overview here.
Sundays, December 9 & 23, 2018 @ 2-4pm (every-other Sunday)
Sundays are for families, and are free. Bring your family to the Art Gallery for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities instructed by April Dickens. Drop into the gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour! Registration is not required, drop-ins of age 3 and up with accompanying adults welcome. Held at Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. See the event on Facebook. For more information, visit imperialcentre.org. (Article)
The RTP Mistletoe Market
December 13, 2018 @ 4-7pm
The fourth-annual Mistletoe Market returns to The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park NC. This holiday market offers holiday shopping from 50 local vendors and artisans. Shoppers may also enjoy complimentary beer and wine. Visit www.rtp.org/event/the-rtp-mistletoe-market.
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