Pitt County towns have planned lots of free holiday events that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

   Here's a schedule:

Nov. 29

   * Christmas Town in Ayden, 4-8 p.m., 4144 West Ave.

   The holiday event, hosted by the Ayden Chamber of Commerce, includes Santa's Village in front of the Fire Department with photos with Santa and snow machines.

   Hayrides will be held on the corner of Third and Pitt streets from 4-6:30 p.m. Vendors will be set up on Lee Street and food trucks will be in the Town Hall parking lot.

   Downtown businesses will be open with treats and activities for children.

   Carolers will be singing along the parade route from 6-6:30 p.m.

   The Christmas Parade of Lights will be held at 6:30 p.m. The parade  begins at Third and High streets and will go in front of Town Hall and the fire department.


  * Winterville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6 p.m., Railroad Street.

  Mayor Doug Jackson will read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," and carols will be sung. There also will be a gift card giveaway. The Winterville Town Council and Mayor Reception with snacks and refreshments will follow at the Winterville Fire Department.


Dec. 1

   *  Grifton Christmas events, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Grifton Train Depot

   A Christmas Village, featuring products available for purchase from local small and home-based businesses, will begin at 11 a.m.

   The Grifton Christmas Parade will be held at 4 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony.

   A BBQ chicken plate dinner will be held inside the Grifton Train Depot, with a silent auction and raffle hosted by the Grifton Shad Festival Committee.


Dec. 7

   * Greenville Gives, 5-8 p.m., Five Points Plaza, parking lot at Fifth and Evans streets

   The City of Greenville joins with Uptown Greenville for its annual tree lighting and donation collection to benefit those in need in the Greenville area.

   Mayor P.J. Connelly will read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and Santa and Ms Claus will be on hand.

   The event will include a holiday market; community performances; crafts and activities for the entire family; free horse-drawn carriage rides; and free treats from local businesses.


Dec. 8

   * Farmville Christmas Parade, 10:30 a.m., Main Street


   * Winterville Christmas Parade, 2 p.m., beginning at A.G. Cox Middle School and runs along Church Street to Main Street and Ange Street.


   *Greenville Christmas Parade, 5-7 p.m. beginning at the Town Common and continuing along Evans Street.

   The Greenville Jaycees host the annual parade, which will feature more than 150 entrants including numerous Boy Scout  and Girl Scout troops, several high school bands, area media outlets, local merchants and, of course, Santa.


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