Fayetteville Christmas Parade

A truck decked in Christmas cheer scoots down the parade route in Fayetteville during a previous Christmas Parade. The annual Christmas Parade, presented by City of Fayetteville Parks Recreation, is set for 5 p.m. Saturday. 

The City of Fayetteville Parks & Recreation Department will hold its annual Christmas Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Organizers confirmed last week Santa Claus has made plans with Fayetteville Parks and Recreation to appear in the parade again this year.

The theme is “Old Fashioned Christmas.”

The grand marshals for the 2021 parade are all Lincoln County High School Lady Falcon athletes. The Lady Falcons will represent each sport at the school.

The parade will form on Thornton Taylor Bypass. Floats should be in position by 3 p.m. Judging will start at 3:30 p.m. All entries to be judged must display the line-up number. All entries not being judged should be in position no later than 4:30 p.m.

The parade will start at the intersection of Thornton Taylor and Wilson parkways and make its way up Main Avenue, across the town square, ending in the area of Washington Street. 

Parade participants are not allowed to throw candy, according to organizers. Candy can be given out by those walking alongside floats and vehicles, and Santa will have candy at the end of the parade.

“We hope we have a good turnout.

this year,” said Linda Griner, Fayetteville Parks and Recreation coordinator.

Griner said they’ve had several parade entries. “It’s more than last year,” she said. “We’ve been pleased with the turnout so far.”

For now, she’s just hoping Fayetteville is blessed with good weather the night of the parade.

Bright Lights & Festive Nights

Bright Lights & Festive Nights will be Friday, Dec. 3, at Stonebridge Park with a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.

Christmas trees will be on display along Shawnee Avenue and Stone Bridge Park for 20 days.

The event is sponsored by Fayetteville Parks and Recreation.