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Lake Norman Area St. Patrick’s Day Parades Festivals and Celebrations 2018

Lake Norman St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

It turns out that this year this Saturday the 10th is a big day for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!

Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebrating this Saturday at the 6th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Downtown MooresvilleThe March 10 event begins at 3 p.m. and will roll down Main Street from Town Hall to Center Avenue. The parade will feature Grand Marshal Margaret Shannon, a leader within the Irish community in the New York/New Jersey area and, for the past 27 years in the Carolinas.  The parade will also include the Connick School of Irish Dance, Ceol na Gael pipers band led by Frank Keenan, the West Iredell 4-H Club, Acrofitness, the Knight of Columbus, and several pageant queens, including the 2016 Miss Iredell County Agricultural Fair Queen Kristy Leigh Smith, and Miss Teen North Carolina Earth Arianna Alverez. Food vendors will be on hand and area businesses will be offering special goodies for sale to those visiting downtown for the festivities. Some of those include Cyn Tucci’s Bakery, which will have St. Patrick’s Day cookies; Tim’s Table, selling scones; and The Pushcart, offering hot dogs.   Several parade participants, the Connick School of Irish Dance and the Ceol na Gael pipers band, will circle back to the Wells Fargo Bank area, where they will perform for the public. Main Street from Moore Avenue to Center Avenue will remain closed until 4:30 p.m. for those performances.  Parade organizer Esther Murphy said she is eager for people to “experience the Irish culture, enjoy the dancers and the pipers and make some new friends.”

For the 21+ crowd one event always stands out: Galway Hooker’s 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. “You can’t get a bigger, better Irish experience anywhere unless you were in Ireland itself! Our Pub was originally located in Ireland, deconstructed and shipped on a huge cargo ship over to the location it sits at now and reconstructed right here in Lake Norman. Step inside and you’ll feel like you just stepped into an authentic Irish Pub, because you did! Get ready for the areas LARGEST block party – our 15th annual St. Patrick’s Day Party! You don’t want to miss this legendary experience: Irish dancers, bagpipers, games, contests, authentic Irish fare, beer-a-plenty, live music and DJ’s throughout the day! There is no where else to be this St. Pat’s but the Hooker!”

But, while Galway Hooker’s may be the largest, there are so many other ways to celebrate, some of which don’t even involve drinking!

Probably the best way to actually celebrate ON Lake Norman would be Queen’s Landing’s St. Patrick’s Day Cruises on Lake Norman.

Or, for a more historic way to celebrate check out the Latta Celtic Festival.   The Latta Celtic Festival runs March 17th & 18th (10am-4pm)  This is it, the event you’ve been waiting all year for, it’s back… The Latta Celtic Festival. For the last six years spectators from near and far have made their way to Historic Latta Plantation in celebration of the Celtic culture James Latta once hailed from. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, you can celebrate all things Celtic by enjoying live music, food and beer vendors, arts and crafts vendors, historic Celtic warriors and heritage demonstrations. Children will enjoy story times, dancing, visiting the farm animals and more. This year our Celtic Festival will feature a special Sunday performance by Master Fiddler Jaime Laval.

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Lake Norman area New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2017/2018

Happy New Year from Lake Norman Real Estate

Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

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Lake Norman’s Christmas, Holiday Parades, Events & Celebrations 2017!

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:

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree at Birkdale Village’s main square

 

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Lake Norman 2017 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches and More!

Happy Halloween Lake Norman!

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary:

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Lake Norman’s 2017 Fireworks, Parades and Celebrations

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From nostalgic patriotic parades to community festivals with firework displays to myriad planned and spontaneous raft- up (boat) parties on Lake Norman, there truly is something for everyone here in the greater Lake Norman area this 4th of July. Get out of your home, save gas and have a great time!” I wrote this EIGHT years ago and it is still just as true this year. So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2017:

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Lake Norman Area New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2016/2017

Happ New Year 2017 from Lake Norman Real Estate

 

For New Year’s Eve 2017/2018 go to:  Lake Norman Area New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2017/2018!

 

Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

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Lake Norman’s Christmas and Holiday Parades, Events & Celebrations 2016

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:

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

FOR 2017 GO TO:

Lake Norman’s Christmas and Holiday Parades, Events and Celebrations 2017 

 

 

HUNTERSVILLE and BIRKDALE VILLAGE

Huntersville kicked off the holidays with the arrival of Santa and their annual tree lighting ceremony this past Saturday, November 12th at Birkdale Village.  Sorry I am too late for this one!

Saint Mark’s Christmas Bazaar: November 19th: 11th Annual Saint Mark Christmas Bazaar is this Saturday, November 19, 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!

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

MOORESVILLE

Mooresville’s Christmas Parade  is before Thanksgiving? Yep, it is Tuesday, November 22nd 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 72nd 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.

Mooresville's Annual Christmas Parade

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 2nd, 9th and 16th and 18th – 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 4 – The 8th 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

Davidson’s Holiday Gala: November 28th and 29th 1st: In its fourth 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 December 1,2 and 3rd 6-9pm!  Christmas in Davidson is an event started by our business community 28 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 24th – January 1st Temple Kol Tikvahh of Lake Norman

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Lake Norman under Stage 1 Drought Conditions

Lake Norman Lake Levels down

Our Lake Norman area as well as most of western North Carolina experienced a summer of higher than normal temperatures and lower than average rainfall.  The result is a drop in our lake levels a Stage 1 drought condition declared by Duke Energy which limits the use of lake water for irrigation.  Here is the latest update from Duke Energy’s’ Website:

Lake Norman

01-NOV-16 Long-term dry weather conditions have resulted in the implementation of Stage 1 drought conditions for the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. The community is asked to be mindful of its water use and consider conserving energy which also saves water. Residents who use water from a Duke Energy lake for lawn irrigation are asked to limit watering to Tuesdays and Saturdays. Updated lake levels are available any time at www.Duke-Energy.com/lakes or by calling 800-829-5253. As always, we encourage those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood prone areas to pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions. We will provide updates if conditions change.

94.5 ft.

As of 11/10/2016 at 09:37AM

If you want to keep up with this or want to check Lake Norman’s lake levels just go to the Duke Energy website.  Hopefully we will get some rain soon!

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Lake Norman’s 2016 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches and More!

 

Happy Halloween Lake Norman!

*****For 2017 Halloween Events and More CLICK HERE

 

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary:

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Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2016!

Lake Norman Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations

 

For 2017 fireworks and events: Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks, Parades and Celebrations 2017

 

From nostalgic patriotic parades to community festivals with firework displays to myriad planned and spontaneous raft- up (boat) parties on Lake Norman, there truly is something for everyone here in the greater Lake Norman area this 4th of July. Get out of your home, save gas and have a great time!” I wrote this SEVEN years ago and it is still just as true this year. So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2016:

 

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Lake Norman Area New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2015/2016: More and Better Than Ever!

Lake Norman Area New Year's Eve 2016 Events

Attention!!!  Go here for our: Lake Norman Area  2016/2017  New Year’s Eve Celebrations!

 

Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2015 and New Year’s Day 2016. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

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Lake Norman’s Christmas and Holiday Events 2015 start this weekend!

For a list of 2016 Christmas and Holiday events go to : Lake Norman Christmas and Holiday Parades, Events and Celebrations 2016

 

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:

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree at Birkdale Village’s main square

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Lake Norman Halloween Events and Pumpkin Patches 2015: BOO!

Happy Halloween Lake Norman!

 

Click here for 2016 Halloween events!

 

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary: Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2015!

Lake Norman Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations

 

For 2017 Fireworks, parades and celebrations go to:  Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2017

From nostalgic patriotic parades to community festivals with firework displays to myriad planned and spontaneous raft- up (boat) parties on Lake Norman, there truly is something for everyone here in the greater Lake Norman area this 4th of July. Get out of your home, save gas and have a great time!” I wrote this SIX years ago and it is still just as true this year. So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2015: Continue reading

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Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in Charlotte is February 20 – 22nd AND February 27th – March 1, 2015

 

Southern Spring Home and Garden show 2015

 

Based on the popularity of HGTV, sites like Houzz.com and what I see on Facebook and Pinterest, it seems like just about everyone enjoys seeing beautiful homes and gardens and getting ideas and inspiration. The Southern Spring Home and Garden Show is a GREAT opportunity for us Lake Norman area residents to do this in person. I know it requires driving, parking and walking but seriously it is well worth it!  They have an amazing array of lectures, demonstrations, displays and vendors/experts who you can chat with about your own thoughts and project ideas.  And yes, there is shopping and eating too! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Area New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2015: More and Better Than Ever!

Happy New Year From Lake Norman Real Estate!

Attention! For New Year’s Eve 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017 please click here:  Lake Norman New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2016/2017

 

Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2014 and New Year’s Day 2015. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

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Lake Norman’s 2014 Christmas & Holiday Events Start This Weekend!

Lake Norman truly is a fantastic place to celebrate Christmas and the holidays.  From small town parades to a sailboat parade to old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, hot apple cider, carolers and Santa, 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:

HUNTERSVILLE and BIRKDALE VILLAGE

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

Huntersville kicks off the holidays with the arrival of Santa and their annual tree lighting ceremony on November 16th at 5 pm – 8pm at Birkdale Village.The event organized by the Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary Club will benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids! Shop, dine and stroll the vendor booths, but be sure to secure your spot along the parade route by 5:30pm. Then watch Santa light the 34 foot tree! Enjoy music, the singing bears and a new special attraction this holiday season! Don’t forget to visit Santa at his home directly across from the tree and cherish the moment with a photo. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Halloween Happenings & Events 2014, BOO!

Happy Halloween Lake Norman!

 

*For 2016 Halloween activities and events to go: Lake Norman’s 2016 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches and More!

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary: Continue reading

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The 2014 Lake Norman Folk Art Festival is October 4th!

Lake Norman Folk Art Festival 2014

Our Lake Norman Folk Art Festival is now in it’s 6th year and it just keeps getting bigger and better.  This really is a must attend if you enjoy festivals, southeastern folk art, local foods and food trucks, live music and plenty of activities for kids of all ages! Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s new Mooresville Town Square is coming to life!

Mooresville Town Square Rendering

If you haven’t checked out the Mooresville Town Square on the corner of Brawley School Rd. and Williamson Rd lately then you are definitely in for a great surprise! After a slow start thanks to the recession, it is now a happening place to go. With it’s upscale architecture, beautiful gardens and walking paths it reminds me a little bit of a Birkdale Village in it’s early stages. This 200,000 square foot “lifestyle center” offers great food, hangouts, shopping and services all walkable. Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2014!

Lake Norman 4th of July 2013

 

For Lake Norman’s 2017 Fireworks and Celebrations go to: Lake Norman 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2017

From nostalgic patriotic parades to community festivals with firework displays to myriad planned and spontaneous raft- up (boat) parties on Lake Norman, there truly is something for everyone here in the greater Lake Norman area this 4th of July. Get out of your home, save gas and have a great time!” I wrote this SIX years ago and it is still just as true this year. So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2014: Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Southern Spring Home & Garden Show is February 28 – March 2, 2014

Lake Norman Charlotte Southern Spring Home and Garden Show

“Better Living, Home. Garden. Life.”

Here is a little secret: some of us living on Lake Norman enjoy gardening  just as much as boating!  I confess that I am one of those crazy folks.  So, news about our annual Southern Spring Home & Garden Show on February 28th – March 2nd, 2014  might be even more exciting than the boat shows to some of us.  (This year they actually are holding it on two weekends but I missed last weekend’s!).

Held in Charlotte every spring, this wonderful event promises to inspire and tempt attendees with stunning Showcase Gardens, Kitchen and Bath vendors’ latest and greatest products, a Green Living and Market and plenty of experts on hand to answer even your most esoteric questions about everything from orchids to home remodeling.

Lake Norman garden

JUST THE FACTS

The Southeast’s Largest Home and Garden Show

You can:

  • Talk with home design and products experts.
  • Learn from award-winning landscapers.
  • Get the latest clean and green ideas.
  • Splurge on the perfect accessory or newest tools.
  • Find a fabulous hand-turned pot.
  • Taste your favorite foods and wine.
  • Soak up the beauty of 20 colorful gardens.
  • Explore designer rooms, Orchids, Bonsai & Ikebana.
  • Enjoy horticulture, design, and how-to clinics

February 28th – March 2nd 2014

The Park Expo and Conference Center located at 2500 East Independence Blvd in Charlotte

704.376.6594

Website: Southern Spring Home and Garden Show

Facebook: Southern Spring Home and Garden Show

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Lake Norman Real Estate: Early Signs of Spring

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Lake Norman, Our Inland Sea

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Lake Norman New Year’s Celebrations 2014

 

Lake Norman New Year's Eve Celebrations

Happy New Year Lake Norman!

 

For Lake Norman New Year’s Celebrations 2015:  Lake Norman Area New Year’s Celebrations 2015: More and Better Than Ever!

 

 

Unlike my home town of Pasadena CA with the annual Rose Parade/Rose Bowl, Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have one major New Years’ celebration. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

Probably the ultimate Lake Norman New Year’s Eve celebration is a cruise on our beautiful lake!

  • The Queens Landing New Year’s Eve Cruises offer truly elegant dining on the Lady of the Lake or a bit more casual on the Catawba Queen.

The best sources for lists of New Years Eve events in our Lake Norman area are LKNFun.com which has a long list of special events in the Lake Norman area restaurants and bars and, 704 Events.com which are websites devoted to entertainment and dining information in the greater Lake Norman area.

The best way to find out what is happening in Charlotte is to pick up a free copy of Creative Loafing. Here is a link to their New Year’s Eve events…it is very long and growing! They even do hourly updates on their Food and Drink section.

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Lake Norman’s Christmas in Davidson 2013 is December 5th-7th!

Horse drawn carriage at Christmas in Davidson's 3-evening celebratiion

Carriage rides at Christmas in Davidson

“Christmas in Davidson” is truly one of the most special Lake Norman area celebrations for the holidays. It is definitely one of my favorite community events of the year. 2013 marks the 26th year of this three-evening celebration which is being held this year on December 5th,6th, and 7th in Downtown Davidson. Three “magical”evenings from 6pm – 9pm, this very local, old-fashioned celebration is great fun for the young and young at heart. Here is a list of just some of what you will experience:

  • Main Street will be filled with the sounds of carolers and other live music
  • Carriage rides
  • Santa Claus will visit with children each night at the library
  • The Doggie Fashion show is back, tonight, Friday, on South Main St
  • A large tent on the Village Green will offer lots of artists and vendors selling holiday crafts and gifts
  • Local merchants are offering their own special events as well

Learn more:

Complete Event Guide

Santa’s House

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides & Hay Rides

Doggie Fashion Show

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest

Davidson Lions Club Christmas Tree Pick Up

Rotary Club Christmas Tree Village

Trollys will shuttle visitors from the Exit 30 parking area to Downtown Davidson. For more information about parking and the event itself just go to their website:

Christmas in Davidson

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Lake Norman Holiday Celebrations & Events for 2013 Start Tomorrow at Birkdale Village!

Christmas tree at Birkdale Village in Lake Norman

Lake Norman’s Popular Birkdale Village’s Holiday Decorations

Huntersville kicks off the holidays with The arrival of Santa and their annual tree lighting ceremony on November 16th at 5 pm at Birkdale Village.  The rest of the season visitors of Birkdale Village can enjoy the beautiful displays/decorations and even meet Santa!  (Not to mention some of the best shopping and restaurants in Lake Norman!) Continue reading

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Lake Norman Halloween Happenings 2013

* For 2015 Halloween Events go to: Lake Norman Halloween Happenings and Events 2015; BOO!

Lake Norman is a great place to celebrate Halloween. From haunted houses to old-fashioned Main Street celebrations to costume parties and live entertainment at local night clubs there truly is something for everyone!

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, Corn Mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions have their own neighborhood events but here are some more options:

If you are in search of a pumpkin patch:

  • Carrigan Farms: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch 9-4 Saturday and 12-4 Sundays through Halloween. Pick a pumpkin, visit the animals and have some fresh apple cider.
  • Patterson Farm: Pumpkin patch is open with tours through Nov. 6th and on weekends don’t miss Paw Paw Carl’s Playground where you can enjoy hayrides, a corn pit, Tomato Slingshot, Duck Races and more! See their website link above for more details.
  • Davidson United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch offers pumpkins for sale through Halloween on the lawn of the  Molly McKay House, 260 S. Main Street, Davidson

Or, just look to any of our many local produce stands like Josh’s Produce Market on Williamson Road in Mooresville who are brimming over with pumpkins and decorations for your Lake Norman home!

Of course, it would not be Halloween without some fun, and even spooky events for all ages and Lake Norman is full of options!

  • This year, Carrigan Farms’ Scarrigan Farms is supposed to be so scary that moms enjoying smores on the other side of the quarry can hear their kids screaming as they walk throw the haunted trail. As they say on their website: This is not a trail for kids. If you’re under 12 come back when you’re old enough. We’ll be waiting. If someone hasn’t peed in their pants by the end of the night we know haven’t done our job. Come gather around the bonfires, at the well-known Carrigan Farms Rock Quarry, before or after you enter the haunted trail. Visit Scrarrigan Farms on Facebook.  It began October 5th and continues Friday to Sunday nights through November 2nd and includes Thursday, October 31st of course!  (Today their website was down but hopefully it will be up shortly.)

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Lake Norman Folk Art Festival is this Saturday, October 5th, 2013!

Lake Norman folk art festival 2013

 One of my first exciting discoveries after moving to Mooresville back in 2005 was the wonderful array of art available, particularly from the Southeastern United States. Southern Folk Art can be colorful, whimsical, dramatic and fun and is also be highly collectible. If you haven’t had an opportunity to view the wonderful variety of Southeastern Folk Art and meet some the our talented artists from all over the Southeast, then this Saturday, October 5th,  is a perfect opportunity for you since Lake Norman is hosting Hickory Museum o f Art’s 5th annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival from 11-4 pm at 3630 Drum Campground Road, Sherrills Ford, NC

In it’s 5th year, there will be more changes, improvements and additions.  Here is their update and links. Check out the list of artists and photos of their works!!!!:

Lake Norman Folk Art Festival

Saturday, October 5
10 AM – 4 PM

There are exciting changes for this year’s festival! 

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North Carolina & Lake Norman’s Tax Free Weekend Starts This Friday, August 2nd!

Lake Norman Back to School

 

Our annual sales tax holiday is this weekend, August 2nd through August 4th! Created in an effort to help families during the costly back-to-school shopping time, the “August Sales Tax Holiday provides an exemption for certain items of tangible personal property sold between 12.01 am on Friday, August 2, 2013 and 11:59 pm Sunday, August 4th” according to the North Carolina Department of Revenue website.

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Lake Norman’s 4th of July 2013 Fireworks and Celebrations!

Lake Norman 4th of July 2013

For 2016 Fireworks and Celebrations please go to: Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2016!

 From nostalgic patriotic parades to community festivals with firework displays to myriad planned and spontaneous raft- up (boat) parties on Lake Norman, there truly is something for everyone here in the greater Lake Norman area this 4th of July. Get out of your home, save gas and have a great time!” I wrote this FIVE years ago and it is still just as true this year. So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2013:

Saturday, June 29th at 11:00am the 9th Annual Troutman Independence Celebration Parade will be held on a 3-mile route from the Iredell County Fair Grounds ending at the Troutman Elementary School. (Highway 21).If you want to experience a slice of true, old-fashion, small-town Americana, this is a must attend parade. The streets are lined with flags, yellow ribbons and folks of all ages, many with signs honoring our military past and present. The parade itself has about 100 entries including floats with United States Veterans from all of our wars, military units, WWII Vehicles, local clubs and civic organizations, beauty queens and just about any thing you can imagine including at least one John Deere Tractor! This year The Military Order of the Purple Heart/Wounded Warriors veterans will serve as the Grand Marshals. What a great way to honor those who have given so much for our country! Again this year the parade is followed from 5:30-9:30 pm by the Troutman Independence Day Festival at the fairgrounds and ending with a breathtaking fireworks display at 9:30!

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Lake Norman’s 50th Anniversary Celebration is this Saturday: June 22, 2013

Lake Norman 50th Anniversary photo of dam in progress

Photo courtesy of Visit Lake Norman on Pinterest circa mid-1960’s

Lake Norman is celebrating a major milestone this summer.  50 years ago the 4-year flooding of the countryside of the Catawba River was completed and Lake Norman became a reality!

This Saturday, June 22nd, a celebration of Lake Norman’s 50th anniversary is being held at Queens Landing beginning at 2pm.  This free, family friendly event will feature games and live music by the Gospelaires, Sunny Skyyz and the Rainmakers and the Red Dirt Revelators.  There will also be educational booths set up by the Lake Norman groups who worked to present this celebration including  Duke Energy, The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, Save Our Lake Organization and the Catawba Riverkeeper.

Lake Norman truly was and is an impressive feat.  Construction of Lake Norman, now  the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas, began with a dynamite blast on September 28, 1959.  Once the dam completed in March of 1962,  the waters of the Catawba River began backing up and flooding towns, farms, woods, bridges until it reached the  760-foot sea level line which we now refer to as “full pond”.

A few interesting facts:

  • 33.6 Miles long and 9 miles wide at its broadest point
  • 520 Miles of shoreline
  • 3.4 trillion gallons of water
  • 110 feet deep at its deepest point
  • Named for Norman Atwater Cocke, a former president of Duke Power
  • Cowans Ford Dam hydroelectric station provides power for hundreds of thousands
  • The McGuire Nuclear Station, built in 1981, provides electricity for millions

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Lake Norman New Year’s Celebrations 2013

 Happy New Year  from Lake Norman Real Estate

 For 2014 New Year’s Celebrations in Lake Norman go to: Lake Norman 2014 

Unlike my home town of Pasadena CA with the annual Rose Parade/Rose Bowl, Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have one major New Years’ celebration.  Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte.  From 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

Probably the ultimate Lake Norman New Year’s Eve celebration is a cruise on our beautiful lake! Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s’ 25th Annual Christmas in Davidson Is November 29 – December 1, 2012!

Christmas in Davidson Horse Drawn Carriage

 

Yikes, I nearly missed telling you about this year’s “Christmas in Davidson”!  This is truly one of the most special Lake Norman area celebrations for the holidays. It is definitely one of my favorite community events of the year.  2012 marks the 25th year of this three-evening celebration which is being held this year on November 29th – December 1st in Downtown Davidson. Three “magical”evenings from 6pm – 9pm, this very local, old-fashioned celebration is great fun for the young and young at heart.  Here is a list of just some of what you will experience: Continue reading

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Lake Norman Area Halloween Happenings 2012

Lake Norman is a great place to celebrate Halloween.  From haunted houses to old-fashioned Main Street celebrations to costume parties and live entertainment at local night clubs there truly is something for everyone!

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, Corn Mazes,  Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters.  Many of our subdivisions have their own neighborhood events but here are some more options: Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s 39th Carolina BalloonFest is October 19-21, 2012!

 

Did you know that our very own Statesville NC is considered the “Kitty Hawk of ballooning” and is second only to Albuquerque NM for ballooning in the entire nation? It turns out that our Lake Norman area weather and terrain are perfect and October is a prime month according to Charles Page, past Chairman of Nation Balloon Rally Charities which hosts the annual Carolina Balloonfest. “People who come here are the cream of the crop in terms of experienced pilots” Page said. Continue reading

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Downtown Mooresville’s Annual Wiener Race is this Saturday, October 6th!

 

If you have never seen a “Wiener Race” then you are in for a whole lot of fun this Saturday!  First, just being there in the midst of so many adorable dachshunds is worth the visit.  But, watching the dogs racing (I use that term loosely!) and their owners at the finish line doing anything to get their dog to run to them is hilarious!

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Lake Norman Beer Festival is Saturday, September 22nd!

 

Lake Norman has a growing number of “craft beer” makers who offer innovative and unique beers of all kinds. This year’s Annual Lake Norman Beer Festival   will offer up to 70 different featured beers from around the world including some local breweries.  Here is a perfect opportunity for Lake Norman area beer lovers to try a plethora of beers in one place on one day while enjoying great live music.  A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids Continue reading

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Lake Norman & Charlotte’s 2012 Southern Ideal Home Show is August 24-26th

 

“Ideal Home. Ideal Experts. Ideal Lifestyle.”   is the theme of this year’s Southern Ideal Home Show which is being held Friday, August 24th – Sunday August 26th at The Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte.  (2500 East Independence Blvd, Charlotte.)

Perfectly timed just as Lake Norman area schools are back in session and right before the busy fall season of home improvement, this will be a great source of inspiration and information for just about anything to do with your home or garden! Continue reading

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North Carolina’s Tax Free Week-End is here!

 

 

Our annual sales tax holiday is this weekend,  August 3rd through August 5th! Created in an effort to help families during the costly back-to-school shopping time, the “August Sales Tax Holiday provides an exemption for certain items of tangible personal property sold between 12.01 am on Friday, August 3, 2012 and 11:59 pm Sunday, August 5th” according to the North Carolina Department of Revenue website. Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s 4th of July 2012 Fireworks and Celebrations!

 

For July 4th 2016 events go to:  Lake Norman’s 2016 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations

From nostalgic patriotic parades to community festivals with firework displays to myriad planned and spontaneous raft- up (boat) parties on Lake Norman, there truly is something for everyone here in the greater Lake Norman area this 4th of July. Get out of your home, save gas and have a great time!”  I wrote this FOUR years ago and it is still just as true this year.  So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2012: Continue reading

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Historic Downtown Mooresville, Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations

Downtown Mooresville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is this Saturday, March 10, 2012!

 

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays where just about everyone  feels at least a wee bit’o Irish simply because it is such a fun day.

That is why the news that Mooresville is holding its first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in over 20 years is welcomed by so many!  While a full week before St. Patrick’s Day, this Saturday, March 10th from 2-4 pm promises enough shamrocks, leprechauns and green to get everyone in the spirit.

“Hosted by the Mooresville Downtown Commission, the parade will feature a bagpipe band and local dance groups, said MDC Executive Director Kim Atkins” according to a recent article in the Mooresville Tribune.

The parade will be on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville starting at Iredell Avenue at 2pm.  While there, you might want to check out the many wonderful shops and restaurants as well and help support our local businesses! Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Southern Spring Home & Garden Show 2012 Starts February 29th!

IMAGINE      CREATE       INSPIRE       SAVE       LEARN”

 

Here is a little secret: some of us living on Lake Norman enjoy gardening  just as much as boating!  I confess that I am one of those crazy folks.  So, news about our annual Southern Spring Home & Garden Show on February 29 – March 4, 2012  might be even more exciting than the boat shows to some of us.

Held in Charlotte every spring, this wonderful event with over 400 exhibitors promises to inspire and tempt attendees with 24 stunning Showcase Gardens, Kitchen and Bath vendors’ latest and greatest products, a Green Living and Market and plenty of experts on hand to answer even your most esoteric questions about everything from orchids to home remodeling. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Guide to New Year’s Celebrations 2012

 

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Unlike my home town of Pasadena CA with the annual Rose Parade/Rose Bowl, Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have one major New Years’ celebration.  Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte.  From 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

Probably the ultimate Lake Norman New Year’s Eve celebration is a cruise on our beautiful lake!  You have several options:

  • New Year’s Eve Cruise on Lake Norman on Yachta Yachta Yachta  launching from Peninsula Yacht Club.  Sailing time is 9:00pm – 1:00am and includes music, heavy hors d’heurves, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight.
  • The Queens Landing  New Year’s Eve Cruises offers truly elegant dining on the Lady of the Lake or a bit more casual on the Catawba Queen.

The best sources for lists of New Years Eve events in our Lake Norman area are LKNFun.com  (New Years Eve 2012) and 704 Events.com (New Years Eve 2012) which are websites devoted to entertainment and dining information in the greater Lake Norman area. Continue reading

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Christmas in Davidson is this Weekend: December 1- 3, 2011

 

Christmas in Davidson , an annual tradition since 1988, is my absolute favorite holiday event in and around Lake Norman.  This amazing 3-night, small-town holiday festival can’t help but get you in the holiday spirit and remind you of the warmth and comfort in our communities.  From strolling along Main Street enjoying hot cider to taking a carriage ride or doing so serious gift shopping there truly is something for everyone and every age!

Here is a great summary from DavidsonNews.net (a GREAT resource for local news and events):

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Mooresville’s Christmas Parade 2011

Mooresville Lake Norman's Christmas parade float

 

Mooresville’s 67th Annual Christmas Parade is being held Tuesday, November 22nd (2011) on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville kicking off at 3:30pm!

What, Mooresville’s Christmas Parade is before Thanksgiving?  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! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Area Halloween Happenings 2011

My daughter and I had some fun with our pumpkins!

 

Lake Norman is a great place to celebrate Halloween.  From haunted houses to old-fashioned Main Street celebrations to costume parties and live entertainment at local night clubs there truly is something for everyone!

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, Corn Mazes,  Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters.  Many of our subdivisions have their own neighborhood events but here are some more options:

If you are in search of a pumpkin patch:

  • Carrigan Farms: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch 9-4 Saturday and 12-4 Sundays through Halloween. Pick a pumpkin, visit the animals and have some fresh apple cider.
  • Patterson Farm: Pumpkin patch is open with tours through Nov. 6th and on weekends don’t miss Paw Paw Carl’s Playground where you can enjoy hayrides, a corn pit, Tomato Slingshot, Duck Races and more!  See their website link above for more details.

Or, just look to any of our many local produce stands like Josh’s Produce Market on Williamson Road in Mooresville who are brimming over with pumpkins and decorations for your Lake Norman home!

Of course, it would not be Halloween without some fun, and even spooky events for all ages and Lake Norman is full of options! Continue reading

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Downtown Mooresville’s Weiner Race is this Saturday,October 8, 2011!

 

If you have never seen a “Wiener Race” then you are in for a whole lot of fun this Saturday!  First, just being there in the midst of so many adorable dachshunds is worth the visit.  But, watching the dogs racing (I use that term loosely!) and their owners at the finish line doing anything to get their dog to run to them is hilarious:

The annual Mooresville Wiener Race  is organized by the Mooresville Downtown Commission and volunteer Tom Kilroe.  The event’s mission is to raise money for two non-profit organizations; Friends of the Animals-Iredell County  and the Humane Society of Iredell County NC.  Races start at 11:00am but I highly recommend you get there early to get a good place along the race fence to see the dogs doing their best to figure out what they are supposed to be doing.  There are 4 categories:  Puppies, Juniors, Adults and Seniors.  You will see some actual racing in the Adult group! Continue reading

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