Before "The Big Guy" heads to the North Pole, he makes a couple of stops in Granville to shop, play and enjoy the holiday season.  Here's a list of where you and your family can go to see him and all the wonderful activities that make Granville a great place to visit during the holidays:
(The cover photograph to this page was taken by Atkins Photography ).  

Local Tree Lighting & Christmas Parades:

oxfordDowntown Oxford will host Lighting of the Greens & Annual Christmas Parade on Friday, December 1st. The Lighting of the Greens activities will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Main Street. Followed by the evening parade at 6:30 p.m.   Log onto for more information.  For an application to enter the parade, CLICK HERE.

creedmoorThe City of Creedmoor has a Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st at 7:00 pm.  Residents and visitors gather for the tree lighting in front of City Hall at 111 Masonic Street in downtown Creedmoor. The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm with performances by local elementary and middle school choirs and instrumentalists, a reading of “The Christmas Story”, and a visit from Santa Claus himself! Creedmoor's Annual Christmas Parade on December 2nd at 11:00 am.  The parade features a very special Grand Marshal, holiday floats, marching bands, and of course, Santa himself! For more information log onto

butnerThe Butner Community Association kicks off the holiday season with Christmas in the Park on December 1st.  This is a beautiful time of Santa for the kids, Christmas music and entertainment, reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and official lighting of the town’s Christmas tree.  Children can visit with Santa from 6:00 until 7:00 pm and at 7:00 pm, the program will begin.

The Annual Christmas Parade is on December 2nd at 2:00pm which features floats and parade entertainment coordinated by Butner Community Association. If you have questions, would like to volunteer or enter the parade, please contact Bill Cheek at 919-606-5167 or email at  For more information, log onto

stemThe Town of Stem host their Annual Christmas Parade on December 9th at 12:00pm.  Following the Stem Christmas Parade:  Visit with Santa - Your Photo - No Charge Pictures are available for a fee by Kristen Jones (Photographer).  For more information, log onto their Facebook page Stem Christmas Parade & Festival

grassyThe always unique Grassy Creek Christmas Parade is on December 9th at 2:00pm. This community is located in northern part of Granville County and is guaranteed to be a special event for the whole family.

Other Santa Sightings

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Cedar Creek, a glass & pottery gallery will be having their Annual Holiday Open House 
November 18th and 19th.  
Join them the weekend before 

Thanksgiving for: Hundreds of handmade ornaments in glass, metal, clay and fabric!

Pose for Selfies with Santa, John Martin's handcrafted holiday tree, Unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, Seasonal decor 2017 Holiday Ornament to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Food Truck, Live Music in the gallery and more!   CLICK HERE for details or log onto for more information.


Vino Oasi will hosting Cocoa with Santa on Sunday, December 3rd from 3 pm to 6pm.  Bring the whole family to see Santa arrive on a firetruck! Photos with Santa


 by Xpressions by Alicia.  There will be cookies, snacks, craft activities for the kids. Other beverages and gifts available for sale. Also, there will be a Ugly Sweater Contest for Adults and a raffle to win the Vino Christmas Tree (no decor included).  For more information, log onto

rememberSanta and Mrs. Claus are coming to Remember When Antiques & Collectibles, Gift & Garden Shoppe for pictures on November 26 from 1 pm to 4 pm. No appointment necessary.  Photos taken by Believe Photography.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Come join Santa on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 till 11:00 at Southern States on Main Street in Creedmoor. They are doing are doing Doggy and/or Kids Santa photos. Pictures will be available for pick up the following Saturday at Southern States.  For more information, log onto their Event Page  Doggy and/or Kids Santa photos.

santa pawsThe Granville Animal Shelter will host Santa Paws Donation Drive on December 9th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Please bring donations for a photo with Santa Claus.  Kids, pets, and adults are welcome.  The staff and volunteers of Granville County Animal Shelter will be providing light refreshments.  Please come out to see Santa Claus and support your local animal shelter.  For more information, please contact 919-693-6749.



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