Christmas on Salem Street 2018

Friday November 30 Activities


The Annual “Christmas on Salem Street” events begin at 5:00 PM on Friday November 30th with Christmas Carols at the Depot, followed by the Lighting of the Apex Christmas Tree by Mayor Lance Olive. Then Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive on one of the Horse Drawn Carriages at the front of the Downtown Fire House between 5:45 and 6:00 PM.

tree lighting Christmas on Salem Street in Downtown Apex NCThere will be several horse drawn carriages for rides along Salem Street, between Center and Hunter Streets, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The cost is $10.00 per person (children 2 & under ride free). Tickets will go on sale starting at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 18 and are sold ONLINE ONLY. There are limited amount of tickets available, based on the 3 hour time frame carriage rides will operate. The tickets tend to sell out fast, so stay tuned for the start of online ticket sales starting at 4:00pm on November 18.

click HERE to go to the Tickets page

horse drawn carriage rides Christmas on Salem Street in Downtown Apex NC The Carriage rides will load, start, and return to drop passengers off on Salem Street in front of the Halle Cultural Arts Center. No tickets are sold at that location, and will be available ONLINE ONLY starting on Sunday, November 18 at 4:00pm. Please arrive there close to and prior to the time assigned on your ticket. People will be boarded on the rides according to that assigned time, and please remember those times are only approximate due to unknown exactness of the speed of the horses.

After Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 6:00 PM, they walk around Downtown Apex to talk and mingle with the children. They do not ride on the Carriage rides.

Santa visits with children Christmas on Salem Street in Downtown Apex NC Because the Carriage Rides tend to sell out fast, there is also an added attraction – a “Kiddy Christmas Train Ride” which also runs from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. That ride also loads, starts and returns to drop passengers off on Salem Street in front of the Halle Cultural Arts Center. The cost is $5.00 per person (children 2 & under ride free). Those tickets are also available ONLINE ONLY starting on Sunday, November 18 at 4:00pm, and will also be available on November 30 in front of the Halle Center unless all of the tickets sell out online before the event.

Please note that for both the Carriage and Kiddy Train rides, children 12 & under must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

Christmas on Salem Street Downtown Apex NC Other Attractions & Activities:

  • “Make Your Own Ornament” in the areas in front of the Apex Chamber of Commerce (Old Train Depot) from 6 to 9 PM
  • Christmas Cookie Decorating
  • Face Painting
  • Sidewalk Carolers




Saturday December 1 Activities


Christmas Parade on Salem Street in Downtown Apex NC
  • Apex Rotary Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 AM at the Apex Downtown Fire House
  • Pictures with Santa, 9AM – 2PM, will be at The Apex Depot (Chamber of Commerce)
  • And the Grand Christmas Parade starts down Salem Street at 5:00 PM. The Apex Rotary Club manages the parade, and more information can be found on the Apex Rotary Club website.
NOTE: The “Pictures with Santa” are being done at The Apex Depot (Chamber of Commerce) on Saturday Dec. 1st from 9:00 AM to 2:00PM.

Tickets will be available starting at 8:30 AM. These tickets will be for one of the hourly time slots to help give people time to roam downtown and have a closer approximate time when to be in the actual picture line. It does help keep the line waiting time shorter.

The cost for the “Pictures with Santa” is $25.00 for a CD of about 12 to 15 pictures.

Children are also able to sit & visit Santa for no cost, but pictures are not allowed to be taken.

Sunday December 2 Activities


Annual Apex Historical Holiday Home Tour.

  • This occurs from 1:00 to 5:00 PM and the cost is $10.00 per person.
  • Tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the Apex Chamber of Commerce or the Rusty Bucket.

A big THANK YOU to everyone for your interest in Downtown Apex. The Apex Downtown Business Association hopes everyone has a most enjoyable experience and a Merry Christmas!!

All of the downtown restaurants and shops will be open for business Friday Evening and all day Saturday. Some will be open on Sunday too.

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The Apex Downtown Business Association works alongside local Apex area organizations to bring special events and fun activities to Historic Downtown Apex NC. This makes Downtown Apex unique in the Triangle and Southwest Wake County, North Carolina, for shopping, dining, and fun.
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