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Christmas festivities planned throughout Johnston County

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SMITHFIELD — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Johnston County as towns prepare for upcoming holiday events

Kicking things off this Saturday is the Archer Lodge Christmas Celebration. The parade begins at the Mulhollem Farm at 3 p.m. Children’s activities are from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and include $1 train rides, letters to Santa, face-painting, photos with Santa (bring your own cameras) and musical entertainment. The Christmas tree-lighting takes place after all the activities.

Selma’s annual Christmas tree-lighting is planned for 6 p.m. Dec. 3 in front of Town Hall on Raiford Street The Smithfield-Selma High School and Selma Elementary School choirs will perform and the tree will be lit at 6:45 p.m

At 7 p.m., the Christmas parade begins. The parade will begin at Selma Elementary School and make its way through town and continue the entire length of Raiford Street and then turn up Anderson Street and end once again at Selma Elementary. Fireworks begin at 7:45.

The Kenly Christmas parade is also on Dec. 3 and begins at 7 p.m.

On Dec. 5, the Smithfield Christmas tree-lighting is scheduled for 7 p.m. The tree is located at the corner of Third and Market streets, right in front of the library. There will be hot chocolate, entertainment and Santa Claus. There will be food trucks and things for the children to do. For more information, call 919-934-2148.

On Dec. 6-7, the Kenly Area Chamber of Commerce presents Christmas on Main. On Dec. 6, there will be candlelight tours, entertainment and refreshments at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum.

On Dec. 7, it’s PJs and Pancakes with Santa at the Kenly Fire Station at 8:30 a.m. Photos with Santa are scheduled for 10 a.m. at Santa’s workshop. There will be a cookie and candy bake-off competition, activities for the children, holiday shopping, live entertainment, a live Nativity scene, food vendors and a touch-a-truck display.

Smithfield will have its annual The Grinch ~ Stink Stank Stunk 5K run on Dec. 7.

All participants are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy or gift card. All toys will benefit the Harbor and the Johnson County Department of Social Services’ Angel Tree project. There will also be prizes awarded for favorite “Whoville” characters, so participants are encouraged to dress up and have fun.

Registration forms are available at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center or online at

Race packet pickup is 4-7 p.m. Dec. 6. Toys can be dropped off when contestants pick up their race packets. The run starts at 9 a.m. the following morning.

Also on Dec. 7, the Hinnant Outreach Center in Micro will have a toy giveaway and “Hot Dogs with Santa” lunch beginning at 11 a.m.

Later that day, the Princeton Christmas parade begins at 1 p.m. and the Wilson’s Mills Christmas tree-lighting and parade begins at 4 p.m.

On Dec. 8, Pine Level will hold its Christmas parade at 3 p.m.

On Dec. 12, Smithfield will have its annual Christmas parade at 7 p.m. The parade route is along Market Street and Second through Sixth streets.

On Dec. 14, Micro will hold its Christmas parade at 4 p.m.

Also on Dec. 14, the Clayton Rotary Club and the town of Clayton will host the Clayton Christmas Parade during Clayton’s 150th anniversary year. The parade will take place at 3 p.m. in downtown Clayton.