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Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas NC! | 2022 Christmas Parades, holiday events and light displays in Central NC

Here is a list of Christmas parades and events held throughout the Triangle and Fayetteville.


Presented by Shop Local Raleigh, the ABC11 Raleigh Christmas Parade 2022 will take place on November 19th in downtown Raleigh.

The parade kicks off the holiday season with celebrations at 9:30 a.m. on the street side and on ABC11, the ABC11 streaming apps and ABC News Hulu.

Celebrating its 78th year, the annual event is the largest parade between Atlanta and Washington DC. More than 65,000 people will line the streets, in addition to 250,000 other spectators at home.

The Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Event will be held on Friday, November 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts on E. South Street.

Annual tree lighting in North Hills

Saturday, November 19: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

4321 Lassiter on North Hills Ave

Nights of Lights 5K

Saturday, November 19: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

Dorothea Dix Park, Richardson Drive

NC Capitol Tree Lighting

Thursday, December 12: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

E. Edenton Street, Raleigh

Join Governor Roy Cooper for the annual tree lighting tradition. The celebrations begin at 5:00 p.m. in Capitol Square with luminaries and holiday music.


Holiday pop-up

Sunday, November 27: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.

Christmas by candlelight

Friday, December 2: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m

2828 Duke Homestead Road

Holiday spectacle 2022

Saturday 17 December: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

Durham Central Park


Light up the place

Saturday, November 19: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

Paragon Theaters-Fenton, 21 Fenton Main St Suite 110

Christmas tree lights

Saturday 3 December: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

Campus City Hall

Cary Jaycee’s Christmas parade

Saturday 10 December: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m

Downtown Cary


Apex Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 3: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

downtown apex


The City of Garner will host their Christmas Block Party and Parade on Saturday, December 3rd.

Garner Christmas parade It is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m

The free family-friendly event features Christmas crafts for kids, food trucks, games, music and more.

The event begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Garner Rec Center in downtown Garner and will be followed by a parade at 4:30 p.m. and tree lighting at 6:00 p.m

For further information, click here.


The City of Selma will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on December 6th at 6pm in front of City Hall at 114 N Raiford Street.

A parade will follow the event at 7:00 p.m. starting at the intersection of East Richardson Street and North Raiford Street.


Fayetteville’s annual Christmas parade takes place on December 3rd at 10:00 am


Christmas on the farm in Middlesex

November 25 – December 23

11959 NC-222 at Middlesex


The City of Clayton will host the Clayton Christmas Parade on Saturday 10th December 2022. The parade takes place at 3:00 p.m

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