Spectacular Holiday Events 2021

It’s not the Holidays until the Christmas tree lighting ceremony! Early winter is full of pre-Christmas activities, parties, and events. This year there are Christmas tree lighting ceremonies scheduled in Raleigh, Knightdale, Rocky Mount, Wendell, Charlotte. These Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies draw huge crowds, so bring your family and enjoy the festivities!

Raleigh, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Downtown Raleigh’s holiday season officially kicks off when they light up the City Christmas Tree on November 19, 2021, at 6 pm. The celebration continues with a walk through Moore Square where you can visit Santa & Mrs. Claus and other characters; You can also have your photo taken with Santa. Triangle popup and downtown Raleigh Alliance will also present their Holiday Market with local vendors and food options, come out and celebrate the season.

The Holiday Gift Market 

The Holiday Gift Market will be at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Thanksgiving Weekend!

November 26- November 28

9:00–6:00 pm Friday, Saturday

11:00–5:00 pm Sunday

This will be the 34th Annual event and a Thanksgiving tradition in the Triangle. Over 250 exhibitors showcasing their craftsmanship. Over 9,000 sq ft of space makes it one of the most significant Christmas show events in the state.


On November 19, Knightdale Chamber of Commerce will kick off early with their Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 pm. Enjoy holiday music and entertainment.
Santa will be coming too!

Rocky Mount, NC’s Holiday Tree Lighting Event

A tree lighting ceremony downtown Rocky Mount,

“Come home to a Franklin County Christmas.”

December 3, 2021, enjoy live music, the North Pole, food and Craft Vendor, buggy rides, and festive holiday fun!

Carowinds Winterfest

Charlotte, NC on Dec 3-31

The premier theme park is located on the border of North and South Carolina.

Walk Through Christmas Village 

Friday, Dec 3-Sat, December 4, 2021, in Kenly, NC

At the Tobacco Farm Life Museum (tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org)

A unique indoor, walk-through Christmas experience!

Clayton Christmas Parade

The 152nd Anniversary Year!

Saturday, December 11, 2021, E Main St, Clayton N.C.

Roving performers and entertainment. Craft vendors and fantastic food! Don’t forget Santa!

WRAL Nights of Lights

WRAL, in partnership with the City of Raleigh, will be bringing back NIGHTS OF LIGHTS, a drive-through holiday show in Dorothea Dix Park.

From Nov, 26-Dec, 16, 2021, tickets will be available at (Etix.com)

Brighten your holidays and see the magic of Christmas in North Carolina. We hope you enjoy the events this holiday season! (URL: https://www.visitnc.com)

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