The holidays are special in any hometown, but we happen to think that our Christmas season holds just a little something more.  Our downtown decorations enhance our community's charm and with our fabulous shopping and wonderful restaurants, it's no wonder so many people come back to Rutherfordton to celebrate the season year after year.

Our Annual Snowman Decorating Contest and Christmas parade, held the first Saturday in December, just so happens to be some of our biggest draws!  With marching bands and festive floats; wide-eyed tots and Christmas carols - there's no better place to jump start your holidays than right here in Rutherfordton.

These are a few of our favorite things

  • A parade filled with marching bands, decorated floats, horses, dance troops and our guest of honor, Santa Claus

  • Santa Claus in Main Street Park

  • Live music

  • Painted holiday windows up and down Main Street

  • Hot chocolate and other seasonal treats

  • Our merchants' put on seasonal window featuring Santa, his elves and sometimes puppies!

  • The largest Christmas Tree in NC is lit on the courthouse lawn along with a live band playing some of your favorite carols

2018 Schedule of Events

11:00 - 2:00: Pictures with Santa in Main Street Park. We do have a indoor location as a backup in case of rain.

11:00 - 5:00: Holiday Market at The Shoppes Under Main. Find that perfect gift from a selection of local artists.

5:00 - 6:00: Christmas Parade. The parade starts in Spindale at 3:30 and makes it way to Rutherfordton at 5:00.

Immediately following the parade: The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Courthouse lawn.  Sing and dance as Ol' 74 Jazz plays your favorite holiday hits and we light WNC largest cedar Christmas tree.  The First Baptist Church Handbell Choir and students from Rutherfordton Elementary School will also be performing.  There will be restaurants open with specials throughout the evening as well as food truck vendors serving up some sweet treats.


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