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Hometown Holidays in Forest City

Main St., Forest City, NC 28043

On Friday and Saturday nights in Downtown Forest City from Thanksgiving Day through December, the Christmas spirit comes alive for the whole family! Enjoy live music as you stroll through downtown on a hay wagon or horse-drawn carriage soaking in the one-million lights wrapped in the live oak trees and hanging overhead. Visit Santa's House or take the kids ice-skating. Warm up with a hot chocolate or hot apple cider and step inside one of the local shops and restaurants. Spend the Holidays with Forest City! New this year is the addition of the Forest City Pavilion on Park Square (POPS). This urban park is located just 50 feet off historic Main Street. The park opened in May 2019 and hosted a variety of events in its first year. For Christmas the park features new displays of lights as well as several excellent photo spots for those holiday selfies! The Town of Forest City kicks off the holiday season on Thanksgiving night, November 28, with the annual tree lighting ceremony near the fountain! The ceremony begins at 6pm and features live music from the local quartet, “In His Glory”. The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce will be drawing the winning ticket from their “Cash for Christmas” raffle. At 7 pm, Mayor Steve Holland and his special guest will flip the switch to turn on over one million Christmas lights! After the lighting ceremony, make your way to the Santa House for complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. The ice-skating rink will be open, and Santa will be on-site. Ice-skating is $8 per person and includes skates. With the competition of POPS, the Santa House and ice-skating rink have been relocated to Park Square, next to the Rutherford County Farmers Market on Park Square! On Sunday, December 1, the Forest City Merchants Association and the Town of Forest City present the Forest City Parade at 3pm. Applications for the parade are being accepted through Tuesday, November 26. There is no entry fee for the parade, but everyone is asked to complete an application. With an estimated 100 units, this parade is always a crowd pleaser! The parade lines up at McNair Stadium and travels East on Main Street to the First United Methodist Church. There will be no parking allowed along the parade route. From Church Street to Powell Street, no parking will be allowed on Eastbound Main Street. From Powell Street to First United Methodist Church, no parking will be allowed on Main Street. Beginning on Friday, December 6, the Town kicks off the weekend Hometown Holiday Festivities! On Fridays through December 20, join us for hayrides, ice-skating, movies at POPS and Santa at the Santa House. Tickets for hayrides can be purchased at the POPS ticket window on Park Square. After purchasing tickets, folks will walk through POPS to the loading area near the POPS water fountain at the corner of Huntley Alley and Mill Street. Cost is $3 per person. Hayrides run from 6 pm-9 pm. The Santa House is open from 6 pm-8:30 pm. There is no charge to visit with Santa, but donations are accepted. Cost for a printed picture is $3. Ice-skating is from 6 pm-until. Cost is $8 and includes skates. The movie begins at 7 pm. On Saturdays, December 7 through December 21, join us for carriage rides, ice-skating, and Santa at the Santa House. Tickets for carriage rides can be purchased at the POPS ticket window on Park Square. After purchasing tickets, folks will walk through POPS to the loading area near the POPS water fountain at the corner of Huntley Alley and Mill Street. Carriage rides run from 6 pm-8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child (ages 3-12). Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations are accepted, and it is cash only. This is often a sell-out and ticket sales are not guaranteed to continue until 8:30 pm. The Santa House will be open from 5 pm-8:30 pm. There is no charge to visit with Santa, but donations are accepted. Cost for a printed picture is $3. Ice-skating is from 5 pm-until. Cost is $8 and includes skates. Explore Forest City Main Street Association will be selling hot chocolate, cider and coffee at the POPS concession stand on Friday and Saturday nights. Santa Paws will be at the Santa House on Sundays, December 8 -December 22. Bring your pet and have their picture made with Santa. Hours are 2 pm-6 pm. A $5 donation is requested, and all proceeds go to the Community Pet Center. While in Forest City, make sure to visit our local restaurants and shops on historic Main Street. Grab a bite to eat, shop for unique Christmas gifts, and view the decorated storefront windows! Lights are on each night Thanksgiving, November 28 through Sunday, January 5 and are on from 5 pm-1 11 pm.