Event: Christmas Parade | Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9

Raleigh Christmas Parade | Nov. 18

Date: 11/18/2023 start at 9:30am
Location: Downtown Raleigh

The 1.4-mile parade route starts near the corner of Hillsborough St. and Glenwood Ave., cruises down Hillsborough St. for several blocks where it runs into the North Carolina State Capitol, then snakes its way onto Fayetteville St. From there it’s a six-block, straight shot to the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, before one last turn onto Lenoir St. where the parade ends at the Raleigh Convention Center and Red Hat Amphitheater.

The Raleigh Christmas Parade, the largest such parade between Atlanta and Washington, D.C., marches through downtown Raleigh for more than two hours, drawing nearly 80,000 visitors to the streets to see marching bands, dancers, superheroes, giant balloons and Santa Claus (more than 115 entries are expected to peruse the route).

The 2023 version of one of Raleigh’s favorite holiday traditions will be the 79th annual edition of the parade!

For more information: Christmas Parade | Raleigh NC

Apex Rotary Christmas Parade | Dec. 2

Date: 12/02/2023 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Apex

The parade kicks off at Apex Peakway and Ambergate Station, turning down Salem Street, and ending at Moore Street.

The Annual Apex Rotary Christmas Parade traditionally takes place the first Saturday of December. The parade is the only nighttime holiday parade in Wake County. The Apex Rotary Club organizes the parade, with proceeds benefitting numerous local charities; the primary benefactor being Western Wake Crisis Ministry.

For more info, visit the: Rotary Christmas Parade | Apex, NC (apexnc.gov)

Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade | Dec. 9

Date: 12/09/2023 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Downtown Cary

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.

For the past 44 consecutive years, the Cary Jaycees have sponsored the Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade in downtown Cary. The parade is a joyful celebration which includes bands, mascots, local businesses, community groups, and churches.

This is a rain, snow, or shine event. Questions? Contact: [email protected].

Learn More:  Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade | Town of Cary (carync.gov)


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