People attending this weekend’s holiday events in Zebulon will notice a mix of familiar and new offerings.
The Zebulon Chamber of Commerce’s annual parade remains the anchor event, but the chamber is shaking things up some by adding a vendor market and tree lighting ceremony to the agenda for its Holiday Happenings weekend.
Don’t be surprised to enter the market and discover some of the vendors are from outside the Zebulon area.
“You’ll find a blend of businesses from the local area and from the Raleigh area,” said Denise Nowell, the chamber’s new executive director. “The goal is to promote downtown Zebulon and give people an opportunity to have an attraction to come here for some shopping, and for people who come for the parade to have an option to do something else while they’re waiting on all that’s happening.
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“It’s also a great platform for our vendors to have a way to market themselves.”
The market will be at 209 N. Arendell Ave. in downtown Zebulon and will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The tree lighting was added, in part, as a result of a recent meeting at the Zebulon Woman’s Club, where Clayton businesswoman Joyce Blackley shared ideas on ways Zebulon can draw more people to its downtown district.
“It was also in my first couple months in Zebulon, talking with community members and investors, I heard that Zebulon was looking for something like this again,” Nowell said. “It was mix of (Blackley) and the Woman’s Club and feedback from the community.”
The Woman’s Club is providing the 12-foot tree and Dallas Pearce is supplying the location for the ceremony, at 214 N. Arendell Ave. where his real estate office is relocating.
The tree lighting will begin at 5 p.m. and include comments by Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny.
People are encouraged to use the #HolidayHappenings hashtag on mentions of Zebulon’s event on social media.