Celebrating the Raleigh Christmas Parade: Sharing the Triangle's holiday memories and traditions

Relive the sights, sounds and holiday memories we’ve made as a community as WRAL celebrates the Raleigh Christmas Parade.

Just like the real Raleigh Christmas Parade, you can expect visits from old friends, live performances, memorable parade moments (and a few surprises too!) as WRAL brings this Triangle tradition to the comfort of your home!

The special presentation – WRAL Celebrates the Raleigh Christmas Parade – includes historic photos and familiar faces as old friends like Charlie Gaddy, Laurie Clowers, Bill Leslie, Kelcey Carlson, Lynda Loveland and Valonda Calloway share their favorite memories of the holiday festivities.

Other holiday happenings this year

Just like any other year, WRAL Celebrates the Raleigh Christmas Parade is just the kickoff to all the fun, annual festivities!

There's a lot to celebrate this year!

  • WRAL Tower Lighting: WRAL's traditional Tower Lighting Ceremony will take place on Dec. 1. This year, we'll light the towers in Raleigh at WRAL Studios, in Durham at American Tobacco Campus and at Rocky Mount Mills during a televised special.
  • WRAL Coats for the Children: Just like years past, we will be collecting coats to help make a warmer, happier holiday for kids in the Triangle – and you can share in this tradition of giving! The annual telethon begins on Dec. 11.
  • Nights of Lights: A dazzling drive-through light show at Dix Park. Illuminated trees, festive light displays, and local art installations will delight visitors of all ages along the 1.3-mile route. Begins Dec. 16 and runs through Dec. 31.

Hidden Raleigh: Christmas History

If you grew up in Raleigh, you might remember buying trees at Booger Mountain. Or seeing a little Christmas tree hanging over the Beltline and wondering about its story. Or driving past the old Cross Family Lights on New Bern Avenue. Or seeing A Christmas Carol at Raleigh Memorial Theater.

Let's step back in time to Raleigh Christmas Past and explore some of those good old fashioned Christmas memories you'll only have if you grew up Christmasing in Raleigh!

The family story behind Raleigh's little Christmas tree, hanging over the Beltline since 1988

Then and now: Scenes of Fayetteville Street at Christmas through the decades

Parades of the past