Holiday Traditions With A Twist


COVID didn’t steal Christmas this year! Public Power communities around North Carolina have plenty of activities planned to get you and yours into the holiday spirit without risking health. Here’s just a sampling of how your neighbors are spreading tidings of great (socially distanced) joy.


High Point’s COVID-Compliant Nutcracker

Revel in the wonder and awe of a Triad family Christmas tradition, The Nutcracker, presented by two different beloved companies. Gary Taylor Dance and High Point Ballet will both stage joyful, magical performances complete with heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, and the glittering Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Performances alternate the weekend before Christmas, and there will be compliant seating, social distancing guidelines, mask-wearing, and approved sanitizing procedures. Plan your night out here.


Forest City’s Magical Holiday Lights

Back in 1930, Forest City hung its first set of lights on a mere two trees. Today, the magical Hometown Holidays display takes over the town to create spellbinding, twinkly cheer straight from a Hallmark movie. No matter what you celebrate, you’re sure to light up with joy. 2020 marks a new milestone as the town adapts for COVID-19 precautions while still welcoming visitors near and far. Bundle up and enjoy driving or walking through the lights any night free of charge, or reserve a private horse-drawn carriage available weekends in December. See the full festive lineup and ho-ho-have a great time here.


Apex’s Drive-Through Cheer

Since Christmas parades are a no-go this year, Apex has turned to the community for a charming Holiday Tour of Lights. Get cozy in your own car — pack a picnic of hot cocoa and cookies! — and make your way through the town’s tour map. You’ll pass by both homes and businesses decorated with delight. It’s a perfect way to go at your own pace and connect with neighbors near and far. Check back here for the updated tour map.

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