Blowing Rock’s Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town celebration is an annual holiday event that you are sure to love. Join us for games, music and caroling, and visits with Santa. Hot chocolate will be available from local vendors right next to the park, too! The festival is always the Friday after Thanksgiving, and is the perfect time to kick off your holiday and Christmas celebrating! Bring the whole family, or enjoy the romance of the lights and fun, jovial atmosphere with your significant other.

The Blowing Rock Christmas Parade follows on the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year! Note that this year’s parade time is 10:00am, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day in and around Blowing Rock.

Schedule for Friday, November 25, 2022:

12:00 Р3:00 pm:  Meet Santa for photos

1:30 – 3:30 pm: Carnival Games in Memorial Park

2:00 – 5:00 pm & 5:40 – 7:00 pm Hayrides

2:30 – 6:30 pm: Live Music

Approximately 5:30 pm: Lighting of the Town

All events take place in Memorial Park, right on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.

Free Parking is available on Maple Street and in the parking decks by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum and the American Legion, both on Wallingford Street. All three public lots are just one short block off Main Street. More parking is available at Davant Field on Clark Street, connected to downtown via a walking path through Broyhill Park.
The parking lot at Blowing Rock School on Morris Street is available for public parking on weekends, and school groups often fundraise by charging a small fee for parking. The Rumple Church lot on Wallingford Street is often a paid option on event weekends as well, and funds benefit the church and its programs.

Don’t miss the parade on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 10am!

The Christmas Parade on Main Street is a holiday tradition. It’s filled to the brim with holiday cheer and Christmas spirit with fun costumes, floats, animals, and more.

*PLEASE NOTE: The Parade time is 10am. In addition, Main Street will be closed to parking from midnight the night before, to just after the parade on November 26. No parking on Main Street for the parade will ensure better visibility and safety. To make parking easy on parade day, a complimentary shuttle service will run from the parking lot at Tanger Outlet to Main Street, beginning at 8:00am. The shuttle will run continuously through 5:00 pm.

For more information, contact Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation at 828-295-5222

The local Choose & Cut Christmas Tree season gets underway during the Thanksgiving weekend, so make time to go get your family tree at a local farm- you pick it, they’ll cut and bale the fresh tree for you to take home!

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