Tarboro’s Christmas season activities get underway Thursday

The town’s holiday events will officially begin at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree on the Courthouse Square.

And in a return to pre-pandemic conditions, there will be caroling as well as carriage rides.

Eric Greene and Shades of Harmony will sing Christmas carols from 5:30-8 p.m. on the Courthouse Square.

Just up the street at the corner of Main and Church, there also will be horse drawn carriage rides until 8 p.m.

Other Christmas season activities include:

  • Dec. 9 — The annual Holiday Art Exhibit gets underway and continues until Jan. 10 at the Blount-Bridgers House and Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery.
  • Dec. 9 — Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Carlisle Funeral Home from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will be joined by The Grinch and Santa’s Elf. There will be Christmas inflatables, hot chocolate and more.
  • Dec. 9 — Students from North East Carolina Prep School and Edgecombe County Public Schools will sing Christmas carols from 6-8 p.m. on the Courthouse Square. At the same time, at the corner of Main Street and Church Street, there will be horse drawn carriage rides from 6-8 p.m. while the Tarboro Parks & Recreation Department will conduct an ornament making class inside the Tarboro Coffee House.
  • Dec. 12 — Vendors and food trucks will be on the Town Common from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for the first time as part of parade Sunday.
  • Dec. 12 — The 56th annual Tarboro Community Christmas Parade will roll from Granville Street at 2 p.m. The parade will turn north on Main Street and continue to Walnut Street, where it will end.
  • Dec. 14 — The North Carolina Symphony will present its annual Tarboro Holiday Performance at 7:30 p.m. in Keihin Auditorium on the campus of Edgecombe Community College. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 each for students ages 6-19 and $25 for adults. Joseph Peters will conduct.
  • Dec. 17 — The Tarboro Parks & Recreation Department will present the Will Ferrell comedy, “Elf,” as a holiday drive-up movie presentation at Indian Lake Park. Tickets for the 6 p.m. showing are $5 per carload. People may register for the movie at recdesk.com/Tarboro or by calling Marco at 641-4210 or Kentay at 641-4215.
  • Dec. 17 — For lovers of country music and Christmas music, “A Country Christmas at the K” will feature Meredith Davis, Chandler James and Robert Hunter. The program will run from 7-9 p.m. in the Keihin Auditorium on the campus of Edgecombe Community College. Tickets are $25 each and are available in advance at the EC Ticket Office at 252-618-6618.

Sponsors include Edgecombe Community College, Westridge Grill, Tharrington’s Auto Works and Collision, Tarboro Realty, NfinityLink and Tarboro Brewing Company.