Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting Dec. 5; Some Streets to Be Closed
Hillsborough’s annual holiday parade and tree lighting will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5, and traffic will be rerouted around the downtown area late that afternoon.
The day’s festivities will begin with the Running of the Elves race along the parade route at 4 p.m., followed by the parade at 4:15 p.m. The parade will follow Churton Street from Corbin Street to Margaret Lane, and will be followed by the annual lighting of the town tree and caroling on the grounds of the Old Orange County Courthouse, 100 E. King St.
This year’s parade, presented by the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce, will feature local bands, fire engines and other first-responder vehicles, local personalities, floats, mascots and cheerleaders, as well as Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Food vendors and portable restrooms will be available on the courthouse lawn from 3 p.m. until after the tree lighting. Downtown shops and restaurants will remain open during and after the parade.
Floats for the parade will be staged along North Churton Street between U.S. 70/N.C. 86 North and Corbin Street. This section of North Churton Street will be closed at 1:45 p.m., while Churton Street will be closed between Corbin Street and U.S. 70-A, just south of the downtown area, at 3:50 p.m. At the same time, South Cameron Street will be closed at East King Street, closing access to East Margaret Lane. Streets will remain closed for 15 to 20 minutes after the parade to allow for cleanup by Hillsborough Public Works employees. Streets likely will be reopened by 6:30 p.m.
To divert traffic from the downtown area, officers will be positioned at every intersection along the parade route — from U.S. 70/N.C. 86 North to U.S. 70-A, as well as at East King and South Cameron streets. Motorists are encouraged to bypass downtown Hillsborough during the parade by using U.S. 70 and Interstate 85.
Attendees are encouraged to carpool and to arrive early. Free parking is available in the Eno River Parking Deck; at River Park Elementary School, 240 St. Mary’s Road; on King Street and other streets within the downtown area; and in various lots, including two lots off West King Street.
Early on the morning of the parade, traffic cones will be placed in on-street parking spaces on Churton Street, as no on-street parking will be allowed during the parade.