Holiday Weekend in Sanford

There’s no place quite like Sanford for the holidays! Swing by for a weekend to enjoy everything from tree-lighting events and dazzling theatre shows to epic Christmas parades and holiday shopping.
Day One
Stop 1  |  Check In at The Hampton Inn 
Centrally located, the Hampton Inn is a warm and friendly home away from home for a holiday weekend in Sanford, NC. When you check in, be sure to ask for a calendar of events and a shopping passport to fill up as you visit downtown shops and stores.

Stop 2  |  Dinner at The Flame
Treat yourself to a delicious mean of prime rib, grilled salmon or homemade crab cakes. The Flame delights visitors with both an elegant dining room and a casual pub atmosphere.

Stop 3  |  Take in a Show
For over 20 years, this local pub and restaurant has offered locals and visitors a friendly spot to relax, grab a beer or cocktail, and chow down on delicious wings, burgers, and pizza.

• Christmas With The Embers – Nov. 22
Sweet Potato Pie – Dec. 13
A Christmas Carol – Dec. 1-18
Day Two
Stop 1  |  Brunch at Mrs. Lacy's
Seeing this Victorian home/restaurant snuggly decorated with seasonal greenery is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. If that doesn't work, try the mimosas! Known year round for its delectable dishes, Mrs. Lacy's Magnolia House pulls out all the sweet finishes to make this time of year simply delicious!

Stop 2  |  Holiday Events to Remember
With a beautifully decorated downtown and a bevy of nostalgic, holiday events, Sanford has all the charm of the North Pole with the milder winter weather of the American South.

Downtown Holiday Open House – Nov. 6
Artisan Fair Market – Nov. 12
Overture to Christmas – Dec. 3
Sunday with Santa Train and Tree Lighting – Dec. 4
Sanford Christmas Parade – Dec. 5
Broadway Christmas Parade – Dec. 10

Stop 3  |  Candlelight Tour at the Alston House
Step back in time this holiday season and experience the Alston House by candlelight. Guided tours take visitor through the downstairs rooms, exploring 18th-century Christmas traditions. After the tour, enjoy a warm cup of cider and a ginger care to-go.
Day Three
Stop 1  |  Lunch at Ron's Barn
Savor comfort food at its finest! Ron's Barn is known to have some of the best fried chicken in all of Sanford. You can also get all the fixins for the perfect Sunday dinner. Be sure to save room for pie and banana pudding!

Stop 2  |  Take Home a Tree
Looking for the perfect holiday tree? Head on over to The Christmas Tree Path or Griffin's Evergreens to choose and cut your own. What could be a better souvenir than that?