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Forest City Christmas Lights - NC

November 23, 2017-January 2, 2018
For the ultimate festive small town experience to get you in the holiday spirit, drive and stroll down Main Street decked out with a million lights for Hometown Holidays in our top "Christmas Town" Forest City in Rutherford County. Wrapped around the live oak trees and hanging overhead, the displays center around the town fountain. The tradition dates back to 1930 when the town hung its first set of lights on two trees. Bundle up with a cup of hot chocolate and hop on a carriage or hayride (offered on weekends) through the magical display of holiday lights. Read more about Forest City.

While you can enjoy the lighting extravaganza free of charge every night of the week, there are some extra events:

Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017
Join the kick-off celebration from 6-9 PM with the annual lighting ceremony. Enjoy favorite Christmas songs by a local quartet. Stroll down Main Street to Santa's House for complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and visit the ice-skating rink. Stores and restaurants will be open and a DJ will play Christmas tunes at the Fountain throughout the evening. Iconic small-town America festive evening - just like a Hallmark movie!

Sunday, November 26
Starting at 3 PM, watch the much-anticipated annual Christmas parade on Main Street.

Fridays: December 1, 8, 15, 22
Visit Santa's House (6-8:30 PM), go ice skating (6 PM until) $7/person and take a hayride (6-9 PM) $2/person through the lights. Live music too.

Saturdays: December 2, 9, 16, 23
Visit Santa's House (5-8:30 PM), go ice skating (5 PM until) $7/person and take a horse drawn Carriage Ride (6-8:30 PM) $7/adult, $3/child. Live music.

Sundays: December 3, 10 & 17
Take your pets to Santa Paws for photos with Santa, 2-6 PM