Did you know Santa Claus lives in Forest City among the town’s display of a half million lights? Read on to discover the holiday events in Forest City and Rutherfordton, NC.
2019 Holiday Events in Forest City and Rutherfordton, NC
Hometown Holidays – Lights, Carriage Rides, Hayrides and Ice Skating
Voted the #1 Top Christmas Town near Asheville and the #2 Top Place for Christmas Lights in Asheville by www.RomanticAsheville.com, the Town of Forest City is the place to be during the Christmas season!
We kick off the Christmas season with our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving night! Join us on Thursday at 6 pm as we begin the ceremony! Enjoy favorite Christmas songs by a local quartet. Stroll down Main Street to Santa’s House located on the Pavilion on Park Square, next to the Rutherford County Farmers Market. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and visit the ice-skating rink. Stores and restaurants will be open and a DJ will play Christmas tunes at the Fountain throughout the evening.
Christmas Parade – Sunday after Thanksgiving
Starting at 3 PM, watch the much-anticipated annual Christmas parade on Main Street – starts at McNair Stadium and ends at First United Methodist Church.
Hay Rides, Ice-Skating, and Santa at the Santa House- Fridays Before Christmas (Dec 6, 13, 20)
On Fridays, we will have hayrides, ice-skating, and Santa at the Santa House!
Carriage Rides, Ice-Skating, and Santa at the Santa House – Saturdays Before Christmas (Dec 7, 14, 21)
On Saturdays, in December we will have carriage rides, ice-skating, and Santa at the Santa House!
Santa Paws – Sundays Before Christmas (Dec 8, 15, 22)
On Sundays in December Santa Paws will be at the Santa House! Bring your furry friends to have a picture made with Santa!
New for 2019
Christmas movies at Pavilion on Park Square at 7 PM (weather permitting).
- December 6: The Grinch
- December 13: Elf
- December 20: Polar Express
Watch this great Hometown Holidays Video:
Rutherfordton – A Small Town Christmas
Join us for our Annual Christmas event in downtown Rutherfordton. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in Main Street Park with cookies and choco and our Christmas Market will give you a perfect opportunity to shop for a unique gift.
Enjoy the interactive live windows that include Santa’s Elves in their Workshop as well as our painted window displays full of holiday cheer. 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 Western North Carolina on the courthouse lawn. A fun-filled day of fun for everyone!