ROCKY MOUNT - It was a mild evening last Friday for the annual Rocky Mount Christmas Tree lighting in front of the Franklin County courthouse. The Benjamin Franklin Middle School Band performed several Christmas songs to get the evening started. Prizes were given out to the first, second, and third place winners of the Christmas Card Drawing Contest put on by Franklin County Parks and Recreation.
A crowd gathered around the Christmas tree, as overall Christmas Card Winner Isaiah Muse listened to the countdown by the band and flipped the switch to light the tree.
A busy Christmas weekend is coming up!
The 14th Annual Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas starts at 5:30 p.m. with the Biggest Little Parade starting at the Farmer's Market and ending at the train depot. The parade will have scouts, a band, dancers, and Santa Claus.
The event will likely be packed with up to 12,000 people and feature music at the Farmer's Market and Franklin County Library as well as music at the clock tower. Businesses will be open for folks to stop in and look around. There will also be horse carriage rides at the Early Inn.
Then on Sunday, December 3, the Retail Merchant's Rocky Mount Christmas Parade will march through uptown and downtown Rocky Mount.
Cable 12 will be covering both events with multiple cameras. We will see you there!