All Aboard Christmas in Downtown Kernersville

By Heather Chapman

Tradition, sparkle, laughter, and spreading good cheer! There is something so very special about Christmas in Kernersville! It is a time of festivities, celebrating community, and enjoying the season with a host of small-town charm!  

Christmas Tree Lighting  |  Saturday, Dec. 2  |  6-7 pm
Town Hall Courtyard, 134 E. Mountain Street

It is the most wonderful time of the year, and we are delighted to invite you to join us in celebrating the magic of the season! Bring the entire family out on Saturday, December 2, to our annual Kernersville Christmas Tree Lighting where we kick off the holiday season and enjoy the evening.

The tree lighting festivities will kick off at 6:00PM, at a new location, (134 E. Mountain Street), in Kernersville’s Town Hall courtyard! The Town will be debuting a new artificial, 38-foot tree that will span, with the Moravian star, to be 42-foot. The tree will be lit from Saturday, December 2 – through the New Year!

Our ceremony will feature musical performances by local choral and dance groups, and a special lighting of the tree by Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus.  Warm up with free hot chocolate and donuts under the Kernersville Farmers Market shelter, provided by Pierce Jefferson Funeral Home. 

Free parking is available along several side streets and parking lots in Downtown Kernersville. Designated accessible parking will be available in the Town Hall parking lot.

Blooms to Bells  | Saturday, Dec. 2  |  5-9pm
Downtown Kernersville

The Town of Kernersville and the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce are working together this holiday season to bring you Blooms to Bells. All aboard our enchanted Christmas Trolley for a ride through downtown Kernersville. Embark on a festive journey of the sights and sounds of the beautifully decorated store fronts and twinkling lights. Do not miss any scheduled events as the trolley can be boarded at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden (Blooms), Kernersville Museum, and the Kernersville Depot (Bells). The travel route also conveniently passes by local boutiques and shops.  Make the most of this opportunity to do a little Christmas shopping and support our local businesses.  The streets from Railroad Street to Harmon Lane will be closed off during this event to allow pedestrians to stroll and walk through downtown safely. 

Thank you to our sponsor, Parks Chevrolet Kernersville for sponsoring this year’s downtown trolley! 

Spectacular Holiday Blooms  |  Nov. 24 – Dec. 30
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Start a new family tradition this holiday season with a visit to Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden’s Spectacular Holiday Blooms. This one-of-a-kind holiday light display features over 8,000 flowers created from recycled plastic bottles. Tulips, foxgloves, dogwoods, and poinsettias are just a few of the flowers you will see this year. The Spectacular Holiday Blooms will be lit November 24 – December 30 on Thursdays & Sundays from 5:30pm – 8:30pm and Fridays & Saturdays from 5:30pm – 9:00pm. Last tickets are sold 30 minutes prior to close each evening. Tickets are $5/Adult (18+), $2/Student (6-17), and Children 5 & under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or at the door.

Ice Skating Rink I Kernersville Museum

The Kernersville Museum’s Ice-Skating Rink will be opening again this season! Visit their website,, for dates and times it will be operating. We hope that you will come out to skate and enjoy the festive atmosphere of Downtown Kernersville at Christmastime! 

Also, stop by and see our “Spirit of Christmas” trees decorated by local businesses, clubs, charitable organizations and Kernersville families. The Kernersville Museum is partnering with the Town of Kernersville to spread the Christmas cheer. In previous years, you may have become accustomed to our holiday silhouettes around town at welcome signs, parks, and interchanges. Many of the silhouettes are close to 50 years old, and need to be re-fabricated, re-wired, or replaced.  They now pose a hazard, so the Town of Kernersville will be replacing some of their holiday silhouettes with the “Spirit of Christmas” trees in various locations throughout town.  

We are all fortunate to live in a town that cares so much about community. Take advantage of the what the town you live in has to offer. 

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