It’s Snowing in Garner

The holidays officially kick off in Garner this weekend, with a little snowy something for everyone!

The fun begins with real snow on Friday night, at the Light Up Main tree lighting celebration.

Set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Garner, this family-friendly event features paint-your-own ornaments, local entertainment and food, and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

New this year: The tree lighting will be held at the start of the event, so don’t miss it!

On Saturday, the Garner Christmas Parade steps off at 10 a.m. from Main Street complete with floats, marching bands and more.

After the parade, head to Polar Ice House at the end of Main Street for free skating admission and skate rental from 1 to 3 p.m. (Pick up your ticket at the Friday night tree lighting or during the parade.)

Get all the details on the tree lighting and the parade, plus parking notes, at

Then, on Sunday, tap your toes to the tunes of the Raleigh Concert Band, taking the stage at 2 p.m. at the Garner Performing Arts Center for an afternoon full of holiday music and favorite Christmas carols.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (919) 846-1944. For more information, visit

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