2023 Christmas parades and events happening in central North Carolina

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Friday, December 8, 2023
2023 Christmas parades and events in central NC
Feeling festive? Here's a list of the Christmas parades, tree lightings and holiday events across the Triangle.

Here's a list of the Christmas parades and events happening throughout the Triangle and Fayetteville.


The Rink

November 18 - January 15

The outdoor ice skating rink is located at Red Hat Amphitheater

Check here for hours of operation and tickets.

The Dessertery

Open from November 17 through December 23, The Dessertery is a boutique holiday café at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts.

Ticket holders get 1 hour of access to all-you-can-eat holiday treats and hot cocoa.

On select nights, Santa will make an appearance and be available for pictures.

Tickets are required for entry.


Durham Christmas Parade

Durham's Holiday Parade: Saturday, December 9. Starts at 10 a.m. rain or shine.

The parade will make its way down Main Street in Downtown Durham.


Chinese Lantern Festival

From November 17 to January 14 the Koka Booth Amphitheatre will be lit up for the holidays.

Tickets are required for entry.

Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 9: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The parade starts on E. Chatham Street at Ward St, proceeds down E. Chatham to S. Academy Street, turns left onto S. Academy Street, and ends at Dry Ave in front of the Cary Arts Center.


Fayetteville's annual Christmas parade will be on Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at Person Street to Market House to Hay St. to Railroad Station


Don "Big Weather" Schwenneker will emcee the Holly Springs Christmas Parade. It's scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Dec. 9


Christmas on the Farm in Middlesex

November 24 - December 23

11959 Hwy 222 W, Middlesex, NC 27557


The Town of Clayton will host the 2023 Clayton Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 9. The parade will take place at 3 p.m. in Downtown Clayton on Main Street.


The Elfland Christmas Festival is happening this year on Dec. 15 and 16. The event runs from 6 - 9 p.m. each night at The Barn at Lloyd's Dairy. You'll be able to see holiday decorations, shop and enjoy other festive traditions.

Tickets are $10 per person. Click here for more information.


The Town of Carrboro is celebrating the holiday season with its annual tree lighting and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community Holiday Parade.

The tree lighting will take place on Friday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in front of Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.

The parade will happen on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. It will start at 140 West Plaza, travel along Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, go to Main Street in Carrboro, and end at Carrboro Town Hall.