Christmas in any town just isn’t complete without a parade! All of the charming towns in the High Country offer their own unique parades celebrating the joy of the season.
The Town of West Jefferson, known for Christmas in July celebrations, often holds its parade early in the season, before Thanksgiving. The Town of Boone holds its parade, the biggest in the High Country, on the first Saturday in December. And the Town of Blowing Rock holds its parade on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Each parade is a wonderful celebration not only of Christmas, but of several local businesses and well-known faces in the community. Appalachian heritage is celebrated by clogger dance groups, high school marching bands provide a rousing soundtrack for the event, friendly faces and costumed characters wave and smile from floats, classic cars and farm equipment abound, and candy is passed out by happy walkers.
Nearly any spot along the parade route will give you a great view of the parade as it passes by. The West Jefferson parade runs along Jefferson Avenue, the town’s main street, and the Town has over 30 Christmas light displays to enjoy. The Blowing Rock parade route runs from Highway 221, down Main Street, and ends near the Art & History Museum. The Boone Parade runs from the Horn In the West parking lot, down Horn Drive and King Street, and ends at Poplar Grove Extension.
All the parades are free and open to locals and visitors alike, and the more the merrier! Don’t forget to watch for Santa in each parade!
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