The Holidays in Kernersville

Just take a drive through Kernersville during the holiday season, and you’ll agree—it’s a special place to be. The mini-metropolis that has grown tremendously in the last few years still retains the charm of a small town community, with a dash of Norman Rockwell-esque holiday spirit. The warmth of the season thrives, and not only does Kernersville offer great local shopping experiences for holiday purchases, but seasonal events you won’t want to miss.

This holiday season, support your local shops that make our community a Neighborhood Champion for Small Businesses, starting with…

December 2nd: Christmas Around the World (from 1–7 pm) and the Christmas Tree Lighting

Start at the Train Depot (104 East Bodenhamer Street) where the kids can get excited about their world tour through games, writing letters to Santa, and a Christmas-themed photo booth! When you’re ready to begin your journey, you’ll receive your passport to visit dozens of participating stores in downtown Kernersville! Travel from store to store, and admire how each will represent a different country, complete with regional décor and food to sample. Be sure to get your passport stamped at each stop, so at the end of the world tour, you can be added to a special drawing! Complete your travels at The Museum, with cookies and hot cocoa with Santa!

At 7 pm, make sure you’re at Harmon Park for the Annual Tree Lighting! Whether it’s your first visit or a regular family tradition, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to sing carols with Santa, drink hot chocolate by a roaring fire, and watch the lighting of the community Christmas tree.

December 3rd: Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Kernersville

Wrap up the weekend of festivities with the area’s largest Christmas parade! Downtown Kernersville will sparkle with the sounds of the season, as over 2000 parade participants will help kick off the holiday season. Enjoy marching bands, fire trucks, dance groups, antique cars, professionally decorated floats, and of course, Santa Claus—the man himself!

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The holidays give us a wonderful opportunity to support local businesses and “shop small.” Our local entrepreneurs and business owners depend on community support throughout the year, but what a great gift to give them—to shop small, shop local during the holiday season! Remember—for every $100 you spend locally, $68 stays in the community. When it comes to a national chain, only $43 remains local.