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The Essential Twin Counties 2023 Holiday Event Guide

The holiday season is upon us, and the Twin Counties are packed with events to get you into the holiday spirit! We’ve compiled a list of holiday markets, parades, tree lightings, and more so that you can plan for these great upcoming events.

  • Saturday, Nov. 18 | Jingle Mingle Artisan Market | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount | Start your holiday shopping with handmade, unique items crafted by around 45 local vendors

  • Saturday, Nov 18 | Harrison Family YMCA Kick off into the Holidays | 2 – 4 p.m.| | Harrison Family YMCA, Rocky Mount | Snacks, arts & crafts, and watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving | Join on this day and receive a waived joining fee

  • Saturday, Nov 25 | Red Oak 6th annual Christmas Festival | 12 – 6 p.m. | Parade at 2 p.m. | Tree Lighting at the end of the event

  • Saturday, Nov. 25 | Tarboro Holiday Market | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | 409 N Main St, Tarboro | Shop from local vendors showcasing handmade goods

  • Saturday, Nov. 25 | Holiday Vendor Fair | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Small Shops Mall, 2916 Sunset Ave, Rocky Mount

  • Saturday, Nov. 25 | Tarboro’s Annual Tree Lighting & Caroling | 6 – 8 pm. | Courthouse Square, Tarboro | Featuring The Fantastic Shades of Harmony

  • Tuesday, Nov 28 | Lights of Love | UNC Health Nash | 5:30 p.m. | Donate by Nov. 17 to place a light or an ornament on the Christmas tree in honor or celebration of a loved one

  • Wednesday, Nov. 29 | Rocky Mount Mills 6th Annual Tower Lighting | 5 – 8 p.m. | Horse carriage rides, Santa, live music, The Grinch, and more!

  • Friday, Dec. 1 | City Lake Tree Lighting | 6 p.m. | Carriage rides, visit with Santa, inflatable play area, DJ, vendors


City Lake Park in Rocky Mount illuminated in 2022. City Lake Park will hold its tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

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