2023 Christmas parades and events happening in central North Carolina

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The 2023 Raleigh Christmas Parade took place on November 18. No motor vehicles were allowed.

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.

Christmas by Candlelight

Friday, December 1 & 8: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

2828 Duke Homestead Road

Holiday Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 2: Starts at 5:00 p.m.

Downtown Durham in CCB Plaza - The event will include music and live performances.


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.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 2

Downtown Cary Park

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.


Lighting Wake Forest

Friday, December 1: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., and along East Owen Avenue.

At 6:15 p.m. - Mayor Vivian Jones is scheduled to light the Town's 30-foot-tall Christmas tree.


Apex Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 2: 5:00 p.m.

Downtown Apex


The Town of Garner will hold its holiday block party and parade on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Garner Christmas Parade scheduled to start at 4:30p.m.

The free family-friendly event will feature Holiday kids' crafts, food trucks, games, music, and more.

The block party starts at 2 p.m. at the Garner Rec Center Greenspace in downtown Garner and will be followed by a parade at 4:30 p.m. and a tree lighting at 6:00 p.m. Two performances of Elf Jr. at the Garner Performing Arts Center are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

For more information click here.


The Town of Selma will hold their annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 5 at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Town Hall located at 114 N Raiford Street.

The event will be followed by a parade that will start at 7:00 pm. starting at the intersection of East Richardson Street and North Raiford Street.


Fayetteville's annual Christmas parade will be on Dec. 9 at 10:00 a.m. The parade will begin at Person Street to Market House to Hay St. to Railroad Station


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 3:00 p.m. in Downtown Clayton on Main Street.


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.