EASTERN WAKE COUNTY — Decorations and light shows are already in place. Santa Claus is making his annual rounds and parades will overtake area roadways in the coming weeks.
The holiday season is officially underway in Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon.
The second-annual “Wendell Wonderland” term began with the opening of the Lake Myra Christmas light show on Nov. 19 and the lighting of the J. Ashley Wall Towne Square Friday.
The popular light show, one of the largest in the state, moved from its longtime home on Lake Myra Road to downtown Wendell for the first time last year.
More than a quarter-million lights synchronized to music – also found on radio 100.1 FM – will be on display nightly through Dec. 31 on the corner of Hollybrook Road and Fourth Street, as long as weather permits.
The show hours are 6-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Santa Claus will be on site every Saturday night the light show is held.
Wendell’s Old-Fashioned Candy Store has opened up for its second seasonal year of operation in downtown Wendell.
In Zebulon, the chamber of commerce has designated this Sunday, Dec. 1, as the date for its annual Christmas parade.
The parade is set for 2 p.m. with a start point on Gannon Avenue near J&M Chevrolet.
The route calls for a right-hand turn onto Arendell Avenue, marching through downtown before concluding at the Zebulon Community Center.
Parade organizers expect about 75 participants, including favorites like local princesses and marching bands, and dance, step and martial arts teams. The main attraction, GlaxoSmithKline’s Santa float, will bring up the rear.
The Town of Knightdale has a busy two days scheduled for Dec. 6-7.
Its annual tree lighting is slated for 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 on First Avenue downtown. Hot chocolate and local entertainment will be provided, and Mrs. Claus is in line for an appearance in the red caboose.
Knightdale’s Christmas parade is set for the following day, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.
The parade starts at Knightdale Elementary School and strolls up First Avenue with a finish line at Northside Community Church.
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