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Christmas In the High Country

Christmas In the High Country: CHRISTMAS PARADES


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.

Blowing Rock Parade officials The Blowing Rock Police captured the Grinch Who Stole Christmas! Accompanying them were the Color Guard and the Blowing Rock Fire Department

Blowing Rock Parade officials
The Blowing Rock Police captured the Grinch Who Stole Christmas! Accompanying them were the Color Guard and the Blowing Rock Fire Department

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.

Gorgeous classic cars in the Blowing Rock Parade

Gorgeous classic cars in the Blowing Rock Parade

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.

Cloggers from Appalachian Rhythm in the 2014 Blowing Rock Christmas Parade

Cloggers from Appalachian Rhythm in the 2014 Blowing Rock Christmas Parade

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!

Santa in the Blowing Rock Parade

Santa in the Blowing Rock Parade

Don’t miss the other articles in our Christmas In The High Country series! Check out the info about the Dewey’s Bakery Holiday Store and Christmas Tree Farms!

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All text and photos copyright 2014 Cassandra Hartley, Blue Ridge NC Guide. No portion of this article is to be copied, saved, or otherwise distributed without express written consent. Sharing is encouraged using the designated social media sharing buttons at the bottom of this article. Author received no compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this article.

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