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2017 Christmas Village & Tree Lighting 

Thousands of people will pack Main Street Thursday, November 30, 2017 to help bring Downtown Clayton alive with the holiday spirit for the 27th Annual Tree Lighting & Christmas Village! Starting at 5:30 p.m., enjoy two and a half hours of music, holiday cheer, a business open house, a live Nativity, train rides and — of course — a chance to see Santa, now at Horne Square. Make parking easy with shuttles from Clayton High School or the Post Office. The ticket price? Just one non-perishable food item for needy families! The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is held in Town Square.The program begins at 7:45 p.m. and we aim to light the tree at 8 p.m.!  Follow Santa Claus and the honorary “Mr. Christmas” James Lipscomb as they ride in a horse-drawn carriage down Main Street to Town Square. The Doggie Costume Contest participants and the Clayton High School Marching band will also help lead everyone to the square at the corner of Main & O'Neil streets. At 7:45 p.m. Mayor Jody McLeod will welcome the crowd and we'll announce the costume winners and the storefront decoration winners! Miss Clayton High School will perform and then we'll start the countdown to the tree lighting! Don't miss this holiday tradition.  


Happy couple dancing at a Clayton Event.
Free movies, free concerts, a farmer and craft market and so much more is going on in Downtown Clayton. See all our upcoming events here.


Before and After of Downtown Clayton Facade Project
Have a new business in Downtown Clayton? Need a little sprucing up to attract customers? We may be able to help!


Photo of The Clayton Downtown Development Association tent during an event in downtown Clayton.
We have a dedicated group of people who are interested in making Downtown the place to be. What is the Association is working on? How you can participate? Find out more here.


Photo of Downtown Clayton from the Ferris Wheel at the Harvest & Music Festival
Festivals that attract thousands, fresh farmer's markets year-round, and art almost every where you look - Downtown Clayton boasts color and excitement.

The Town of Clayton is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The Town of Clayton and the Downtown Development Association are charged with administering the program at the local level and building a public-private partnership to spur economic development in partnership with the state agency. 


As a Main Street America Affiliate™, The Town of Clayton is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

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