The holidays are upon us and that means lots of holiday cheer and events.
The Town of Fuquay-Varina, the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce and Fuquay-Varina Downtown have planned plenty of events to make even a Grinch smile.
On Sunday, Dec. 2, the Chamber of Commerce will host the Christmas parade at 3 p.m. on Main Street between Ennis Street and Fuquay Avenue. This may seem earlier than in years past, but the Christmas parade is always the first Sunday in December and the Christmas tree lighting is always the first Thursday in December. More times than not, the Christmas tree lighting precedes the parade, but this year is the exception. Either way, both will be full of holiday cheer. The parade promises floats, bands and, of course, Santa.
The Town of Fuquay-Varina will host the annual Christmas tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 6, in the large municipal lot at the corner of Vance and South Main Street. The event begins at 6 p.m. with free face painting provided by Girl Scout Unit #15. Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m. Holiday music will be provided by Ballentine, Lincoln Heights, Herbert Akins and Fuquay-Varina Elementary and High School. Fuquay-Varina Middle School will provide both choral and band music. Grab some free cocoa and cookies, then mingle with friends as Fuquay-Varina rings in a traditional holiday season.
While at the Town’s Christmas tree lighting, visit the free sleigh rides organized by the Downtown Revitalization Association and sponsored by Patriot State Bank. These beautiful horse-drawn sleigh rides start at T.R. Ashworth’s B.P. Station at 120 South Main St. from 6 to 8 p.m. Make sure to be in line by 7:30 p.m. because rides end at 8 p.m. sharp.
Finally, don’t forget neighbors in need. The Fuquay-Varina Fire Department is collecting non-perishable food items for the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Bank through Dec. 14. Donations will feed local families. Drop donations at one of the fire stations, Town Hall or the Food Lion located at 1508 Broad St.