December is a time to celebrate the Christmas Season – and in Granville County, it’s also a time to gather with family and friends. There are four branches to the Granville County tree that help make up The Holiday Season. The first are the many Christmas events that draw families to their local communities. The first weekend of December means Christmas in the Park in Butner on Friday the 1st and their Christmas Parade on Saturday. That same schedule holds in neighboring Creedmoor, with the Tree Lighting on the 1st and the Creedmoor Christmas Parade on Saturday. For the second weekend of the month, the Christmas festivities shift to the northern end of the county to Oxford for their “Lighting on the Green” and Christmas Parade on Friday the 7th. Dance teams, Santa, floats, and music are the highlights, with decorations adding to all the shows.
What’s Christmas without shopping? Two events standout on Saturday the 8th as Oxford holds its annual Jingle & Mingle with downtown merchants and Carlee Farms presents its Holiday Marketplace featuring goods from over 30 local vendors.
The third branch of the tree is the Granville Christmas Farm, as it transforms into a Christmas light show! From the tunnel of lights to Santa and his reindeer to a beautiful nativity scene, the farm’s light show will light up the hearts of the entire family. Viewed from the comfort of your car, the Holiday Show allows you to drive through the display at a leisurely pace.
Finally, The purpose of Christmas is the highlight of the season, with Oxford’s Delrayno Baptist Church presenting their “Back to Bethlehem” – Drive-Thru Nativity from Dec. 9 – 11. Following a brilliant light that can be seen from counties afar, cars pass through a detailed recreation of the Town of Bethlehem, including the marketplace, various shops, town’s people hustling about, the Inn that was full, and myriads
of Angels announcing the Birth of Jesus.
For information on all of Granville’s festivals, visit www.visitgranville.com