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Christmas On Salem Street


5:00 pm
Caroling at the depot

5:30 pm
Official Christmas Tree Lighting
with Mayor Bill Sutton

6:00 – 9:00 pm
Carriage rides
Santa will appear on the first carriage


• Make Your Own Ornament
• Olde Time Photo Booths
• Christmas Cookie Decorating
• Face Painting
• Sidewalk Carolers
• Bell Ringing Group
• Ballet Exhibit

All stores & restaurants
will be open


7:00 – 11:00 am
Rotary Pancake Breakfast
at the Firehouse

9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pictures with Santa
at the Halle Center

5:00 pm
Rotary Christmas Parade


Holiday Tour of Homes
Apex Historical Society

Christmas on Salem Street


Small Business Saturday
is November 29

Small Business Saturday was first observed around the USA in 2010 as a counterpart to "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday," which are usually associated with the larger big-box and e-commerce retail stores.

The busy holiday shopping season is also very important to small retailers, restaurants, and other businesses such as those in Downtown Apex.

Have some fun and shop / dine in Downtown Apex on Saturday, November 29 and support the local businesses that make Apex a great place to be during the holidays!

Shop Small Business Saturday 2014


ADBA Meeting Schedule

The Apex Downtown Business Association conducts two meetings each month, conducted sequentially on the first Friday of each month. The first meeting, held at 8:30 am, is the Board meeting, where the ADBA Board of Directors debate and vote on actionable matters. The second meeting, held at 9:00 am, is the "membership" meeting, where ADBA members and other interested parties can share information and discuss matters concerning ADBA activities. Other meetings are "special call" meetings by the ADBA President. All are welcome to attend the meetings, which are held at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.


Welcome to

Downtown Apex

light pole with holiday decorations welcome to downtown Apex sign on side of old brick building christmas wreath historic Downtown Apex NC

Apex, North Carolina is a charming blend of rich history and bright future. Founded in the 1860's, the Town got its name from a location at the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad. Downtown Apex, considered one of the most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the area, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an Historic District in 1994, and includes about 60 structures built between 1870 and 1940. The Old Union Depot, built in 1914, is designated as a Wake County Historic Landmark. The Apex Historical Society is located nearby in an old caboose.

Today, Apex is one of the most vibrant, progressive, and fastest-growing communities in the Research Triangle area, and the thriving Downtown Historic District is at the Town's heart. The unique mixture of historic homes, restaurants, and specialty shops gives special meaning to the motto: "Apex, the peak of good living." It's no surprise that Apex and the Triangle area have consistently appeared as a top 10-ranked community in major publications such as Business North Carolina, Money, CNN/Money, and Forbes.

Come and experience the "The Peak of Good Living" in Apex, North Carolina!

Top 10 reasons why you should shop local


Message from the Apex Downtown Business Association President


Well folks, it is only a few weeks before the Apex Downtown Business Association will spread a magical Christmas joy on Salem Street. Come December 5th – we will have music, official Christmas Tree lighting, carriage and train rides, carolers strolling up and down Salem Street, stores chock full of wonderful Christmas cheer and our restaurants preparing to tickle your taste-buds with delicious foods. Also appearing will be our wonderful Santa with Mrs. Claus. Its going to be a day full of wonderful memories. All of this will begin at 5pm. CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFORMATION

Saturday is going to be just as thrilling. The day will start on Saturday, December 6th at 7am when the Apex Rotary Clubs gives the call; "Breakfast with delicious pancakes, sausage, bacon, delicious coffee and juices is now being served." Following breakfast the ADBA will click the camera as the children have their pictures with Santa at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Again, the merchants and restaurants will open their doors for shopping and dining. Last but not least for the day will be the Annual Apex Rotary Club's Christmas Parade at 5 pm with over 100 units in this years parade.

Lets not forget, that on Sunday, December 7, the Apex Historical Society will be conducting their Annual Christmas Home Tour, beginning at 1pm.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year – J.C. Knowles, ADBA President



Shop and Dine Downtown Apex
for the Holidays!

The Apex Downtown Business Association (ADBA) invites everyone to shop and dine in Historic Downtown Apex this Christmas season. Here are some great ADBA Member places to shop and dine.

Christmas wreath


  • All Booked Up
  • Antiques On Salem Street
  • Apex Outfitter & Board Co.
  • Empire Cigars – The Vault
  • Gone Stitching Gifts & Monograms
  • Lilly's Home Furnishings Boutique
  • Make it Your Own Boutique
  • Moment of Peace Massage
  • Moon & Lola
  • My Girlfriend's Closet
  • Sixpence Accents
  • Sophie & Mollie's Boutique
  • Studio 123 Gallery
  • Southern Home Crafts
  • Stylish Living
  • The Rusty Bucket
  • Two Old Birds
  • Virtuoso Jewels


  • Anna's Pizzeria
  • Buttercream's Bakeshop
  • Common Grounds Coffeehouse
  • Greek Garden Restaurant
  • La Rancherita Mexican Restaurant
  • Mesa Fresca Diner
  • Salem Street Pub
  • The Beer Dispensary
  • The Ice Cream Shop
  • The Loft at Anna's



Visit Apex

If you have a group of ten or more, our Apex Ambassador would love to show you our historic downtown. We offer free of charge a 45 minute lecture on the history of Apex at our downtown showcase the Halle Cultural Arts Center. You also have five wonderful dining venues to choose from for lunch or dinner. Following your dining experience, we give you a walking tour of downtown and show you some wonderful places to shop.

If this sounds interesting to you contact J. C. Knowles, Apex Ambassador, at 919-772-5472.


J.C.'s Downtown Historical Moments – Looking Back on Apex

JC Knowles

            10 Years Ago in October 2004

• After years of planning, dealing, and construction, Beaver Creek Commons is finally open. Target cut the ribbon being the first of many stores to open.

• The Apex United Methodist Church celebrates their 20th annual Harvest Festival on the church grounds.

• The Apex Downtown Business Association has had their biggest Trick or Treat celebration since its beginning. Hundreds of children roamed Salem Street for Halloween treats.

J.C. Knowles, Apex Town Ambassador     jc.knowles@att.net


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