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Forest City - A Christmas Wonderland

During the Christmas season, downtown Forest City turns into a wonderland of lights. Their Hometown Holidays lighting extravaganza dates back to the 1930s and today features more than a million Christmas lights, carriage rides, an ice-skating rink and of course, Santa.

Throughout the year, this historic small town features modern boutiques, nostalgic antiques and “mom and pop” eateries. Classics like a soda fountain, vintage cars and wooden-bat baseball round out the small town American experience. Whether you pick the holidays to plan your visit or another time, come experience this "Small Town with Deep Roots" for a true southern hospitality experience. 

Every winter, Forest City’s Hometown Holidays celebration lights up
Main Street with more than one million lights, an annual tradition since 1930.
But that's not the only reason to visit this historic town originally known as Burnt Chimney.
This beautiful downtown is easily recognized by the fountain featured in the center of Main Street and is
well known for "The Fountain" at Smith's Drugs, a favorite stop for locals and visitors that serves up lip-smacking food at breakfast and lunch.

Don't Miss Stops


Winter is one of the best times to visit us as we light up Forest City with more than a million holiday lights. Take a carriage ride through downtown... Find out more

Cherry Bounce Trail

Art Murals

Bennett Car Museum

Downtown Forest City Carriage Rides

Town of Forest City - Perfect All Year Round