Our Lake Norman communities offer an amazing array of festivities and celebrations during the holidays. From small town parades to Christmas bazaars, old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, hot apple cider, carolers, Santa and even a sailboat parade, you will find myriad ways to celebrate your holidays. It is amazing how Santa gets around Lake Norman!
Here are some of the biggest to get you started:
Christmas Tree at Birkdale Village’s main square
HUNTERSVILLE and BIRKDALE VILLAGE
Huntersville kicked off the holidays with the arrival of Santa and their annual tree lighting ceremony this past Sunday, November 12th at Birkdale Village. Sorry I am too late for this one!
Saint Mark’s Christmas Bazaar: November 18th: 12th Annual Saint Mark Christmas Bazaar is this Saturday, November 18, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saint Mark Catholic. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC 28078 FamilyCenter Free goody bags to the first 500 attendees. Gifts in all price ranges for all ages; $1 adult admission for adults. All proceeds go to benefit programs and charities at Saint Mark Catholic Church. 60+ Booths: Raffles, Bake Sale, Layered Gift Jars, Jewelry, Fleece Items, Kitchen Items, Home Décor, Religious Gifts, Wreathes, Jams & Jellies, Handmade Wooden Toys, Handmade Cards, Entertaining Items, Scrapbooking, Hair Bows, Original Art, Local Honey, Toys & Baby Items, Purses & Accessories, Holiday Decorations, Concessions and More!
YET TO BE CONFIRMED: This year the Town Of Huntersville is combining their annual Christmas Tree Lighting with their A Huntersville Christmas into a three day event on December 2,3 and 4! The official tree lighting is December 2nd at 6/9pm. Festivities continue on the 3rd and 4th including a skating rink and Santa Claus. Learn more by clicking on my link “A Huntersville Christmas” above!
Breakfast with Santa at Birkdale Village is Saturday, December 10th at 8:30am. The rest of the season visitors of Birkdale Village can enjoy the beautiful displays/decorations and even photos with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon – 6pm. (Not to mention some of the best shopping and restaurants in Lake Norman!) Check out their Facebook Page for more details: Birkdale Village
LangTree Lake Norman Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: Saturday, November 18th 5-8pm.
Mooresville’s Christmas Parade is before Thanksgiving? Yep, it is Tuesday, November 21st starting at 3:30. It is a long story, but I guess each town around Lake Norman and Charlotte was designated a different week for their parades and Mooresville ended up with the Tuesday before Thanksgiving!
This year is the 73rd Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade. It just keeps getting bigger and better every year yet organizers work hard to make sure it retains its ‘home town’ feel. Entries include floats and performers traveling down Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville. These will include marching bands, Scout troops, dance schools, floats and Santa! 12,000 – 15,000 of our local residents come out each year to enjoy the fun so get there early, especially if you want a good spot in the heart of Downtown.
December: Visit “Downtown’s Holiday Light Spectacular” | An orchestrated light show that includes over 115,000 lights set to music. Begins November 27 and runs nightly through late December. On the lawn at Town Hall – 413 N. Main St. Free!
December 8th and 15th: Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Mooresville |Music, Santa visits, Christmas Tree Lane, Wagon Rides, 75,000 Holiday Light Spectacular & more!! 6pm – 8pm & activities take place on Broad & Main Streets. Loading and unloading for wagon rides takes place at the Christian Mission on Broad Street. Santa visit and wagon ride loading ends promptly at 8pm
December 3rd: The 9th Annual Holiday Children’s Party. Join in the fun and don’t forget to dress to impress because Santa and Rudolph will be there to take complimentary photos! From 9am-11am at The Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. Brought to you by the Town of Mooresville.
Davidson’s Holiday Gala: November 27th and 28th : In its fifth season, the Holiday Gala continues to delight sold-out audiences. The unofficial beginning of the town’s annual “Christmas in Davidson” event, the Holiday Gala brings together the college choirs, symphony orchestra and jazz band with local community talent to ring in the holiday with dancing, singing, festive lights and seasonal sounds. Get your tickets before they’re gone and see for yourself why the Holiday Gala is our newest beloved holiday tradition!
Christmas in Davidson is, hand’s down, my favorite event of the season. Mark your calendars for November 30th and December 1st and 2nd 3rd 6-9pm! Christmas in Davidson is an event started by our business community 29 years ago. We try to honor its history as well as keep things current. As our core values state, the physical, social and intellectual well-being of Davidson citizens is fundamental to our community, so we will provide and encourage enjoyable, safe, and affordable recreational and cultural opportunities in town. There is something fun and entertaining for everyone of all ages at Christmas in Davidson!
Chanukah December 12th – 20th at Temple Kol Tikvahh of Lake Norman
Light Up Cornelius
is the Town of Cornelius’s 4th annual tree lighting ceremony and a visit with Santa on the lawn at Cornelius Town Hall on Saturday, November 25, 2016, from 4:00 – 71:00 pm.
They will turn on the lights at 5:30 pm. Enjoy community group performances, holiday songs by local performers, children’s activities, carriages rides, arts & crafts and more!
2017 Denver Christmas: This year’s theme is “The 12 Days of Christmas”. I have yet to be able to confirm the date but the week kicks off on with Santa, the Tree Lighting Ceremonies and community sing with students from our local schools from 5:15 to 6:45 at Lake Norman Lutheran Church, Natalie Commons Drive and Business 16.
The 2017 Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 2rd from 12:15 to 2:30pm, starting on North Pilot Knob and Hager’s Ferry Rd, proceeding north to Captain’s Cap. There is NO Rain Date.
Statesville’s 11th annual Christmas Parade: December 10th starting at 3:00pm in Downtown Statesville on Center Street. Sponsored by the 30th Masonic District
OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS in our area:
JUST ADDED!: Winter Wonderland SouthPark!
- Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink is an open-air holiday experience in Charlotte, North Carolina nestled between SouthPark Mall and Symphony Park. It features a 5,000 square for ice skating rink, a pub and a coffee shop and features live music, special events, guests and activities.
The Latta Plantation as always has some wonderful Holiday events:
- One Hundred Years of Christmas November 24th & 25th, 2017 (10am-4pm)
- Candlelight Christmas December 2nd, 2017 (6pm-9pm)
Christmas Town USA, McAdenville, NC has the most amazing Christmas lights in the entire Charlotte/Lake Norman area. The official lighting of Christmas Town USA is December 1st starting at 4;30.
Charlotte Christmas Village/ChristKindleMarkt: From Thanksgiving Day until Christmas Eve, Romare Bearden Park in Uptown becomes the Charlotte Christmas Village. Inspired by the German tradition of Christmas markets, vendors sell homemade crafts, gifts and specialty foods from wooden huts. Strudels, bratwurst, German beer, mulled wine and more flow freely!
The Annual Singing Christmas Tree: At Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, Carolina Voices presents a Christmas favorite. Join in on the lyrics on December 9th and 10th as the MainStage Choir sings your favorite Christmas jingles. The show incorporates dance, puppetry and a giant “singing” tree composed of talented members. A version for children takes place at an earlier time each day.
Charlotte Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”: At the Belk Theater from December 9th – 23rd. Elaborate sets and costumes and phenomenal choreography are accompanied by live music from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: From November 17th to December 31st, the garden becomes a winter wonderland via the beloved Holidays at the Garden spectacular. The Garden glows with holiday spirit from the twinkling trees to the sparkling fountains and is transformed into a natural winter wonderland filled with unique festive décor including a towering tree of orchids, more than 600,000 lights, and illuminated displays. Each night visitors will enjoy live music, holiday shopping in The Garden Store, crackling fires to warm cold hands or roast a marshmallow, and the Children’s Holiday Discovery Trail of activities. Model train displays created by the Metrolina Model Railroaders can be found throughout the Garden. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from Southern Breezes Carriages from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 31 and also Dec. 18-20. Carriage rides are $6/adult, $4/child 3-10, and free for children under 3. The Garden Tram will be available for rides on evenings when the carriages are not available and rides are free with admission from 6 to 9 p.m.
I will continue to write about additional fun festivities and happenings through the rest of the year. Email me your additions as well!