You can find Christmas parades in every corner of the Triangle, including Raleigh, Cary and many more towns. Read on to learn about a few of the highly anticipated holiday parades, but then scroll down for a big day-to-day list of Christmas and holiday parades in the Triangle in 2021, from before Thanksgiving to Three Kings Day, including Solstice lantern walks and a Hanukkah parade.
The Christmas parades are generally your first chance to see Santa Claus this holiday season, and they’re also a great chance to see the talents of community members on display.
Raleigh Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 20th, 2021
The Raleigh Christmas Parade Presented by Shop Local Raleigh is the earliest Christmas parade in the Triangle, and is the parade that ushers in the holiday season. It’s also the largest Christmas parade between Washington, DC and Atlanta, and is especially loved for the giant balloons.
Durham Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 18th, 2021
The Durham Holiday Parade features floats, mascots, drill teams, and school and community groups. We don’t have information yet about Fun Fest, which usually follows. When we hear that it’s happening, or not happening, we will update.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade
This parade is not taking place in 2021. Please read on to learn about a lot of other holiday parades in the Triangle.