• Town of Rutherfordton

North Carolina’s Largest Living Cedar Christmas Tree

Start a new tradition and join us for our Carolina Christmas event in downtown Rutherfordton. The day kicks off with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Main Street Park for pictures, along with our Christmas Market which has the best deals of the season on unique gifts and local artwork. Stroll around downtown and enjoy the interactive live windows that include Santa’s Workshop and painted window displays. The party really gets started at 5:00 with the annual Christmas Parade featuring marching bands, fire engines, dancing, floats and of course Santa. Make sure you stay for the lighting of the largest cedar Christmas tree in North Carolina on the courthouse lawn. Ol’ 74 Jazz will be performing your holiday favorites. Come kick-off your holiday season with us on December 2nd. A fun filled day of fun for everyone! See the schedule of events listed below. Download a schedule here.

1-2:30 – Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Main Street Park

1-4:00 – Christmas Market – Shop unique items

2:00-4:00 – Live windows including Santa’s Workshop

5:00 – Christmas Parade

6:30 – Tree Lighting

6:00 on – Live music from Ol’ 74 Jazz


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