Since the 1940s, people have lined the streets of downtown to watch the Durham Holiday Parade, but dwindling attendance and participation prompted city leaders to switch this year to a downtown festival they are calling the Holiday Fun Fest.
“We wanted to revamp the event to make sure we kept the components of the parade but provided a more inclusive event,” said Cynthia Booth, with the Durham Parks and Recreation Department.
The Fun Fest will include a parade with Santa Claus and bands, but it won’t be as big as it used to be, she said. Added to the celebration are snow sledding, a petting zoo, food vendors and a tree-lighting ceremony.
The city will also use the event to collect food for the needy and to send holiday messages for troops serving overseas.
The Fun Fest is set for 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St. Events will also be happening at the Durham Armory, at 212 Foster St.
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