Winter Holiday Events

Events listed below are a mix of Community Events, and Town-Organized Events. What does this mean?


Support Small Business

Small Business Saturday
November 26th, 2023

Holiday Receipt Raffle
November 25th, 2023

Holiday Love Local Bingo
December 1st, 2023

Click here for more information on how you can support small businesses in Apex this holiday season.


Saturdays on Salem - Holiday Edition
Check back for 2023 dates!

Four straight Saturdays of in-store specials and promotions, holiday activities, Santa sightings, and more! Get the details...


Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Auction & Exhibit
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Visit the Halle Cultural Arts Center to view and bid on wreaths submitted by local businesses and organizations. Want to participate as a business, school, performing group, individual, etc.?


Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 1st  |  4:30 - 6:00 pm

Join Apex Town Council in downtown Apex as the tree at The Depot is lit! Santa will join in on the fun throughout the event. Grab a #selfiewithSanta! Event Details:

  • 4:30 pm: Performance by Lufkin Road Middle School students
  • 4:55 pm: Performance by Apex High and Apex Friendship High students
  • 5:30 pm: Performance by Apex Friendship Elementary students
  • 5:45 pm: Tree Lighting with Apex Town Council

Rotary Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, December 2nd  |  7:30 - 11:00 am

Hosted by the Apex Rotary Club

Head over to Fire Station 1 on Salem Street for the annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast. Ticket includes pancakes, choice of sausage/bacon, and unlimited orange juice and coffee. Proceeds are donated to scholarships at Apex High School, Apex Friendship High School, and Wake Tech CC.

Visit the official Rotary website.


Apex Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 2nd  |  5:00 pm

Hosted by the Apex Rotary Club

Bring your lawn chairs and set up along the parade route to be a part of this Apex tradition! The parade route begins at the intersection of Ambergate Station and Apex Peakway, heading down Salem Street and ending at the Apex Public Works buildings on Upchurch Street. Get the details... 

Visit the official Rotary website.


Holiday Tour of Lights
December 2nd - December 31st | Every night 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Get the details on sign-ups and tips for taking the tour! 

menorah icon for Chanikah Festival by Chabad of Cary

Chanukah Festival
December 8th | 5:00 pm

Join Mayor Jacques Gilbert as he lights the shamash on the menorah in downtown Apex to celebrate the beginning of Chanukah! Get the event details...

What is the difference between a Community Event and a Town-Organized Event?

Community Events 
This is an event that a non-profit organization runs, pays for, and plans. Town of Apex staff provides an event location (Town Hall Campus, Salem Street, etc.), along with staff from public safety, public works and other departments, as necessary.

Town-Organized Events
This is an event that the Town of Apex creates, pays for, and plans. Town of Apex staff manages the programming, including activities, logistics, and vendors. This is sometimes referred to as a “Town Owned Event”.