Elizabeth Land, 9, walks through a man-made blizzard on her way to talk to Santa Claus and Elsa the Snow Queen during Christmas Town in Ayden in 2018.

With Thanksgiving here, the Christmas season will swing into high gear with several area activities planned. Here are some highlights:

  • Ayden: The town’s annual Christmas parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in downtown as part of the Christmas Town in Ayden. For information about participating, visit aydenchamber.com. The Ayden Historical and Arts Society Museum also will hold its annual Christmas open house 4-8 p.m.
  • Family Affair: Homeplace of Ayden, 3815 Emma Cannon Road, Ayden, will host the second annual Outside Family Affair Festival from 4-10 p.m. Dec. 3. The event will feature gospel music with Mike and Jimille Mills, Ernest Silver, Bailey Buck and Pam Carson, along with food trucks and vendors. Visit homeplaceofayden.com.
  • Farmville: The town will hold its annual tree lighting at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Town Common gazebo. Following, the Chamber of Commerce will host the Taste of Farmville event where downtown businesses will be open. The Farmville Christmas parade will be at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 on Main Street. Pray for Farmville will take place at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the gazebo. The May Museum Christmas Tea will be 4 p.m. Dec. 12.
  • Fountain: The town will have a tree lighting at town hall at 6 p.m. Dec. 3.
  • Grifton: The town’s Christmas parade will be 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Donations of canned food will be collected. Call 814-3747 for more information.
  • Hookerton: The town will have a tree lighting on Main Street at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29. The event will include singing carols and light refreshments.
  • Light at the Refuge: The light display will be held from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 26-27, Dec. 2-4, Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-18 and Dec. 20-23 at The Refuge, 1380 Lower Field Road, in Greene County. The event includes a live Nativity scene and other displays to spotlight the Biblical message of Christmas. There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted. Visit ncrefuge.org or facebook.com/NCRefuge.
  • Snow Hill: The town will host its annual Christmas parade at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4.
  • Winterville: The town’s Christmas parade will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 4. A holiday market will be held from 2-7 p.m. at 252 Main St., and the annual tree lighting ceremony and reception will begin at 6 p.m.

Contact Bobby Burns at baburns@reflector.com and 329.9572.