Santa and Mrs. Claus roll through Mebane during the 2018 Mebane Christmas Parade.

The downtown streets of Mebane will once again be merry and bright on the first Friday of December as the annual Mebane Christmas Parade returns after it was not held last year.

The city’s Christmas parade, which will be held this year on Friday, December 3 beginning at 7:00 p.m., is the only nighttime holiday parade in Alamance County, and is extremely popular among Mebane residents and visitors alike. 

Registration to participate in the parade closed in early November but, with roughly 90 floats registered, the return of the parade this year is sure to be a hit.

Starting at 5:00 p.m. on December 3, Clay Street will be blocked off to vehicles. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Center Street (US-70) will be blocked off to vehicles.

The North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums, a traditional Scottish bagpipe band associated with the university’s music department, will be leading things off. Santa will be anchoring the parade.

Long-time South Mebane Elementary School Principal Rebecca Royal, who retired at the end of the 2020-2021 school year, will be the parade’s grand marshal.

Mebane Recreation and Parks Director Aaron Davis said the number of floats is down a bit from 2019, which had roughly 120 floats and was one of the biggest parades ever. 

However, he noted, 90 participants is “still a good number” and good turnout is expected.

“It’s unique because it is at night, the lights and the decorations tend to stand out much more and I think people flock to Mebane because it is different,” Davis said. “Mebane is very proud of having the only nighttime parade [in Alamance County].”

To make the night’s festivities go smoothly, the city has a few requests of attendees.

First, if you’re coming downtown for the parade from south of Center Street, the city asks that you park on that side of Center Street. 

Likewise, if you’re coming from north of Clay Street, you are asked to park somewhere north of Clay Street. 

Everyone’s cooperation in this matter will make it easier for everyone to leave after the parade, Davis noted.

Also, per the city’s longstanding parade policy, attendees and participants are asked not to dress like Santa Claus for the parade. 

Because the appearance of Santa Claus caps off the parade, more than one Santa will take away from the children’s excitement when he appears.

Stay tuned to the Mebane Recreation and Parks Department’s social media pages (listed below) leading up to the parade for more information. 

Facebook:; Twitter: @CityofMebaneRec; and Instagram: @cityofmebanerec.