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Parade to Park Festivities

Join us post parade for a jolly good time at 'Parade to Park Festivities'! Live music, delicious food trucks, and more await!
Dec 9, 2023
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us post parade for a jolly good time at 'Parade to Park Festivities'! Live music, delicious food trucks, and more await!

Join us for a jolly good time at Downtown Cary Park leading up to and following the 2023 Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade! Get ready to keep the celebrations rolling at our 'Parade to Park Festivities' starting right after the parade's conclusion at 4 p.m. As the sun sets, Downtown Cary Park will transform into a vibrant hub of merriment and delight!

Experience the magic with live performances from the Triangle Pride Band and Graceful Expressions, setting the tone for an evening filled with rhythm and cheer. Explore a diverse array of tantalizing delights from our lineup of food trucks, offering an assortment of culinary delights to please every palate. Come find the Poetry Fox for a whimsical journey of words and creativity, and don't miss the chance to glide and twirl on our Skating Rink, adding an extra layer of joy to this already dazzling affair. Bring your loved ones for an unforgettable celebration as we keep the holiday spirit alive and kicking in the heart of Cary!

Grab your friends and family, and let's make memories together at Downtown Cary Park's 'Parade to Park Festivities' – an evening of music, delicious bites, poetic enchantment, and icy escapades!


  • Art Cart: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Nest Pavilion
  • Poetry Fox: 12-5 p.m. at the Academy Pavilion
  • Food Trucks: 4-8 p.m. along Park St Courts
  • Triangle Pride Band: 5-6 p.m. on the Performance Pavilion and Great Lawn
  • Graceful Expressions: 6:15-6:30 p.m. on the Performance Pavilion and Great Lawn
  • Skating Rink: 2-10 p.m. in Park Street Arena


  • This event is free to attend, and tickets are not required, but we strongly encourage you to RSVP. RSVPs help us plan for how many people to expect and you can receive important event updates including inclement weather information.


  • This event will be held throughout multiple areas of Downtown Cary Park (327 S. Academy St, Cary, NC 27511)
  • There is an accessible parking deck located behind the Cary Regional Library (113 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27511). Additionally, parking is available in the parking lot on Charlie Gaddy Lane (Old Library Site), at designated street parking throughout Downtown, and at the Town Hall Parking Deck (121 Wilkinson Ave, Cary, NC 27513).
  • A rideshare drop-off location for the Park is available on S. Walker St. near The Walker Apartment building.
  • Make the most of the free GoCary bus service to easily access the Park. All eight GoCary bus routes conveniently connect at the Cary Depot, which is less than half a mile from the Park. If you prefer not to walk, simply board either bus Route 5 – Kildaire Farm or Route 6 – Buck Jones at the Cary Depot and hop off at the S Academy St at Downtown Cary Park bus stop, right in front of the park entrance. To plan your trip or access the GoCary Ride Guide please visit


  • The Park has two food and beverage facilities. The Bark Bar will serve beer and wine as well as non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks. Market 317, located in Academy Pavilion, is an elevated grab and go style café that will offer delicious wraps, sandwiches, charcuterie boards and more.
  • For water, there are four bottle filling stations located at various locations throughout the Park.
  • Guests can bring their own food into the Park, but outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. You may, however, purchase and consume alcohol from participating permitted businesses within the social district.
  • Food trucks will also be onsite for this event.


  • There are 5 individual bathroom areas and 24 total public toilets throughout the Park.
  • Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome throughout the Park, but please use your best judgement to determine if your dog will enjoy the event! With a dog park pass, the Barkyard is accessible from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


  • If we need to postpone or cancel due to inclement weather, we will communicate through Eventbrite email. Downtown Cary Park has the right to cancel programs onsite if severe weather impacts the event or poses a safety risk


  • For questions, please call 311 (919-469-4000 if not in town limits) or email
  • Guest Services is open Monday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Downtown Cary Park FAQ


  • Downtown Cary Park strives to provide a positive experience for all guests. Our goal is to accommodate you and meet your individual needs. Please reach out to for more information.