Troutman plans assortment of holiday events

Posted at 4:08 PM on Nov 12, 2017



Time to mark your calendars for holiday fun!

A Santa breakfast, holiday craft fair, a revived Christmas parade, a 5K run and a tree lighting ceremony and caroling are on tap in Troutman in early December to usher in the holiday season.


On Saturday, December 2, several events will appeal to residents of all ages. The Troutman Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast with Santa is from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Troutman Elementary School. The breakfast features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon and eggs, as well as a visit with Santa.

Tickets are $8 each for adults, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under eat free. Proceeds will benefit South Yadkin Baptist Association’s “Toy Store for Jesus” and other children in the community.

Boxes will also be available for collection of non-perishable foods and toys to assist families in need.


The Troutman Christmas Parade tradition resumes on Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m. Organizations, bands, and others are welcome to complete an application to participate by Wednesday, November 22.

The parade, hosted by the Town of Troutman, will leave from the Career Academy & Technical School (CATS) at 350 Old Murdock Road and travel southwest to North Eastway Drive and then down Eastway Drive to Troutman Baptist Church.

The Christmas parade was revived last year after being dormant since in 1966.

Beauty queens, local dignitaries, show cars, dancers, police and fire vehicles, and holiday-themed floats are among the entrants. Application and rules for this year's parade are below.

Entrants must be at the staging area located at the Career Academy & Technical School (CATS) at the Auto Tech entrance at 258 Murdock Road, no later than 10 a.m. the morning of the event, with the parade starting at 11 a.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Angela Hoover at the Town of Troutman at 704-528-7600 or email

The town is also starting a new tradition with this year’s parade. Staff will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. They are in need of toys for all ages of children and usually have more difficulty getting toys for children 12 years and up.

A trailer carrying the collected toys will travel behind Santa in the parade. Parade spectators can also donate more toys as the trailer comes by on the parade route give them to staff walking with the trailer.

Community members can also bring them to Town Hall anytime between now and December 2. Please consider helping out with this great program.


For great gifts and holiday decorations, residents can also stop by the annual holiday bazaar at South Iredell High School on Saturday, December 2, before or after the parade from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event benefits the Junior/Senior Prom fund at SIHS.

Organizer Cheryl Harmon said the free event will be in the auxiliary gym. Along with handmade crafts, decorations, woodwork, jewelry, scarfs, baked goods, essential oils, several commercial vendors, such as Thirty-One, Mary Kay, and Pampered Chef, will be displaying their wares.

Admission is free.


To continue the festivities, the 5K Jingle Run/Walk is set for Sunday, December 3, on the Town of Troutman greenway near the Barium Springs YMCA. The free event begins at 3 p.m. and is suited for all ages and ability levels.

Participants are encouraged to wear their most festive holiday gear to get into the holiday spirit.

Please consider donating a gently used coat or personal care item for the Children's Hope Alliance, formerly known as Barium Springs Home for Children.

Register for the race online at

Participants can also register at Troutman Town Hall.

For more information, contact Emily Watson at or at 704-528-7600.


Troutman’s annual tree lighting will be on Thursday, December 7, at 6 p.m. at Troutman’s ESC Park (338 North Avenue). The town invites community members to join the festivities, including holiday carols, hot chocolate and cookies sponsored by the Troutman Grange, and a visit from Santa Claus. The Troutman Elementary chorus and percussion ensemble will provide entertainment, as will students from Iredell Charter music department.


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