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Welcome the Town of Clayton, North Carolina

Thank you to everyone who came out and all of the businesses who helped make the 2017 Clayton Christmas Village & Tree Lighting

Join us Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 for this Clayton holiday tradition!  

Downtown at Christmas

Thousands of people will pack Main Street Thursday, November 29, 2018 to help bring Downtown Clayton alive with the holiday spirit for the 28th 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. Make parking easy with shuttles from Clayton High School or the Post Office. The ticket price for the shuttle? Just one non-perishable food item for needy families!

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Town Square 
Program begins 7:45 p.m. – We aim to light the tree at 8 p.m.! 

Christmas Tree

Follow Santa Claus and the honorary “Mr. or Mrs. Christmas” as he or she ride in a horse-drawn carriage down Main Street to Town Square.  At 7:45 p.m. Mayor Jody McLeod will welcome the crowd and lead the countdown to the tree lighting! Don't miss this holiday tradition.  

Santa & Ms. Claus – 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Clause are slipping duties and spreading out!  Santa Clause is once again at Horne Square! Join us at the Square at 348 E. Main Street, on the corner of Lombard and Main streets, where children can sit on Santa's lap and share their Christmas wishes! Two trackless trains will circle the parking lot at Horne Square to deliver the children to the photo area! Families get to snap free pictures with their cameras or cell phones. Mrs. Claus will also be taking photos with her elves at the Main Street Community Garden, but if you want Santa - head to Horne! She's be joined by other fun characters in the garden too! 

Downtown Business Open House – 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Downtown Business Open House

Hundreds get to experience all that Downtown Clayton has to offer from retail to service businesses. Come get to know our small businesses - there are so many new shops to explore! They'll welcome you in with holiday refreshments including cider, soft drinks, cookies, candies and other gifts. If your stomach is calling for more than just snacks, all downtown restaurants are open for dinner.


Attention Drivers: Main Street will officially be closed from Smith Street to O’Neil Street from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. for this Christmas Village to be created!

About the Clayton Downtown Development Association

Christmas Tree

The Clayton Downtown Development Association Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to coordinate revitalization work in the historic downtown district. The CDDA advocates and provides business improvement services in the downtown district, administers incentives for downtown improvements and organizes several special events — including the Town Square Concert Series and the Christmas Village and Tree Lighting. For more information about this event and others sponsored by the CDDA, please call 919-553-5002 or send us an email!

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