In small towns and big cities across the state, smiling faces line the streets (and waterfronts) as communities gather to celebrate the season — and get a sneak peek at Santa.
Let There Be Peace
During the Civil War, Christmas became a season of longing for soldiers and their loved ones waiting at home.
A Visit from St. Nicholas
At the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, Santa Claus arrives during the most wonderful time of the year to make every child feel that they’re part of the mosaic of North Carolina life.
Here Comes the Big Parade
For the past 75 years, North Carolina’s largest Thanksgiving parade has rolled through Charlotte’s streets nearly every holiday season, a jubilant reminder that Christmas is just around the corner.
Glen Alpine Santa Delivers Good Cheer
Every Christmas, the jolly man with the white beard collecting mail at the Glen Alpine Post Office dons a red suit and becomes Postmaster Santa.
The Concord House of 10,000 Santas
What began as a hobby to help Judy Barnhardt out of a rough patch became a house full of jolly ol’ St. Nicks — and a way to say thank you.
Santa’s Helpers: Santa Al
Twenty-five years of Santa-ing led Al Capehart to write a book about his Santa Claus adventures.
Santa’s Helpers: The Certified Santa
With an Advanced Master's Degree in Santa Clausology, Jac Grimes is the real deal when it comes to Santa Claus.
Santa’s Helpers: Colonel Claus
Some Santas prefer to be dressed all in fur, but Jim Dyer chooses camouflage.