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Saving Christmas - A Guide to Reidsville’s Socially Distanced Holiday Happenings

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

This year especially, the holiday spirit is more important than ever. It will be a different kind of Christmas with families staying closer to home and some that will be alone for the first time during the holidays. Team Reidsville and our downtown partners have put together lots of fun activities that give residents and visitors safe options for participating in the holiday fun. Below is a list of holiday events with details on how to participate.

Downtown Holiday Windows

Our downtown businesses have gone above and beyond to bring the holiday spirit to Reidsville. They are participating in a window decorating contest. Winners will be chosen on Nov. 24, and we encourage you to come and visit these windows and support our local merchants. They are depending on you to #shoplocal now more than ever before. Let’s show our support for our downtown businesses and find some unique Christmas gifts along the way.

Walking Story Book

Take a stroll through a book, literally! During the months of November and December, 14 downtown windows have pages from two children’s books; Gracias, Thanks (November) and When Winter Comes (December) displayed. The story begins at the Library on Morehead St., turns down Scales St. and then finishes at House of Wax. Fill out the bookmark and bring it back to the Library to be entered in a drawing to receive a free hard copy of that month’s book.

Holiday Hunt with RDC

Another way you can support local businesses is by participating in our Holiday Hunt. We’ve made a list of top stops along the way. By just visiting and getting a sticker for your card you can be entered to win a huge candy tree. If you not only stop by but spend at least a total of $35 in any stores you are entered to win the grand prize two free tickets to the grand opening of Reidsville Showcase next spring! Contest runs through Nov. 30.

Saving Christmas Weekend - Dec 4-6

Tree Lighting - December 4 @ 6:00 pm

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year it will be broadcast live on WGSR and on Facebook Live from the Reidsville Chamber & Visitors Page. Veronica Jones will be singing some Christmas carols, TRE our Team Reidsville Elf on the Shelf will be there with a few of his elf buddies, Academy of Dance will be providing some entertainment and of course Santa will be there to say hello to all the kids. Due to COVID-19 and limited crowd mandates this event is closed to the public; you can view it live at WGSR and on the Reidsville Chamber and Visitors Center Facebook page.

Parade - December 6 @ 5:00 pm

This year’s parade will be a little different. It is for VEHICLES ONLY - NO SPECTATORS. WGSR will be onsite filming as well so that you can watch from home. We encourage everyone that wants to participate to decorate (this includes lighting) their cars, trucks, tractors, etc. and line up behind the police department at 5:00 pm. Let’s make a great show for the folks at home that still want to see the parade. Christmas creativity is encouraged! Follow this link for more information.

Polar Express - December 12 @ 6:30pm

Take a ride on the Polar Express with this socially distanced event hosted by RDC. Downtown Dog House, SIP Coffee and Kelly’s Kitchen will be on hand with some holiday treats to keep you warm and well fed during the event. Santa will be making his rounds to each car, at a safe distance, and each child will get a bagged craft they can easily make in the car plus a free book from Rockingham County Partnership for Children. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their PJS to get into the holiday spirit. Gates open at 5:30 for entry and you can reserve your spot on Eventbrite through this link: This event is limited so you must sign up in advance.

To find out more about what Reidsville has to offer, at or contact us directly at (336) 349-1099.

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