Celebrate the holidays with family-friendly options in the city of Rocky Mount.
The fun begins Sunday, Dec. 1 with the 64th annual Rocky Mount Christmas parade. Downtown Rocky Mount will be full of floats, marching bands, Santa Claus and more during the event, which will begin at 3 p.m. Entry deadline to be part of the parade is Nov. 15.
The Lighting of the Imperial Centre Christmas tree is a free event taking place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 and will run in conjunction with a First Friday event that includes carriage rides and a visit from Santa.
An annual Winter Wonderland celebration continues the fun from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. The free event will feature music, a sledding hill, arts & crafts activities, carriage rides and a visit from Santa.
Theater will be an exciting component of the season as Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play, will be performed during two weekends at the Imperial Centre.
Black Nativity will feature an all-local cast and tell the Christmas story in dialogue, narrative, pantomime, gospel song and folk spiritual forms. The play will be directed by Imperial Centre Artistic and Managing Director Brooke Edwards and co-produced by Word Tabernacle Church.
Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14, while showtimes are 2 p.m. for the Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 performances.
General admission tickets are $11, $9 for seniors and students and $7 for children 12 and under.