Our Lake Norman communities are humming with an amazing array of parades, 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 sailboat parades, 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
Huntersville Christmas and Town Center Tree Lighting December 6th-7th: at the Huntersville Town Center including holiday activities, carolers, horse-drawn carriages, pictures with Santa. Friday evening December 6th from 6-7:00 pm (tree lighting at 7pm) and Saturday, December 7th from 2-8pm.
Birkdale Village started their Christmas celebrations on November 14th but there are plenty of opportunities to see Santa. See the link for times and more information.
Breakfast with Santa at Birkdale Village is Saturday, December 7th at 8:30am and 9:45. The rest of the season visitors of Birkdale Village can enjoy the beautiful displays/decorations and even photos with Santa . (Not to mention some of the best shopping and restaurants in Lake Norman!)
Lighting up the Lake: December 8th: Colin Furcht hosts a boat parade that begins at Blythe Landing and makes its way up to Ramsey Creek about 6pm and the arrives at its final stop at Duke Energy Explorium at 7:00pm. There will be food trucks, music and Santa. Admission is free but please bring an unwrapped toy for Little Smiles. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LangTree Lake Norman Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: Saturday, November 16th 5-8pm. If you missed this event you can still enjoy the beautiful tree and more holiday events. See their Facebook Page.
Mooresville’s Christmas Parade is before Thanksgiving? Yep, it is Tuesday, November 26th 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 75th 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, bands, 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.
November 29th-31st : “Downtown’s Holiday Light Spectacular” | An orchestrated light show that includes over 150,000 lights set to music. Light show runs nightly through late December. On the lawn at Town Hall – 413 N. Main St. Free!
December 13th and 20th: 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 2nd: 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.
Light up the Lake! Boat parade hosted by the Lake Norman Yacht Club on Dec. 1st. It begins at the Lake Norman Yacht Club and ends at Hello Sailor at 7pm. Please bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots!
Denver’s Tree Lighting is Sunday December 1st at 5:50!
The 2019 Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7th from 12:30 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 13th annual Christmas Parade: December 8th starting at 3:00pm in Downtown Statesville on Center Street. Sponsored by the 30th Masonic District
Troutman’s Christmas Parade and Toys for Tots: December 7th at 11:00am
OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS in our area:
- Opens November 29th, 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:
- Victorian Christmas November 29th & 30th, 2018 (10am-4pm)
- Candlelight Christmas tours December 13th and 14th, 2019 (6pm-9pm)
- Colonial Christmas Tea December 7th and 8th (2-4pm)
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 Monday December 2nd.
Charlotte Christmas Village/ChristKindleMarkt: From November 24th 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 13th -15th 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 6th – 23rd. Elaborate sets and costumes and phenomenal choreography are accompanied by live music from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: From November 20th to January 5th, the garden becomes a winter wonderland via the beloved Holidays at the Garden spectacular.
- Delight in a stroll through the shimmering Mile of a Million Lights this holiday season! Along your journey, discover the colorful lights of the topiaries dancing to merry tunes, LED cherry trees glowing along Canal Garden, waves of color glittering in the Piedmont Prairie, enchanting fairy villages and model trains flourishing in the Orchid Conservatory, and so much more.
- Pause to warm your hands or roast a marshmallow by a crackling fire, marvel at the towering orchid tree, listen to live holiday music, engage in an activity for children, shop for gifts in The Garden Store, sip a warm beverage, and enjoy every moment of this festive annual tradition with those you cherish. Model train displays built by the Metrolina Model Railroaders can be found throughout the Garden.
- Santa Claus will be available for professional photos with families on Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (additional fee, reservations required). Santa will also be available Tuesday through Thursday from Dec. 3 – 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for personal photos (no fee). Mrs. Claus will visit the Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Food service will be available in addition to beverages including coffee, hot chocolate, cider, beer, wine and other spirits.
I will continue to write about additional fun festivities and happenings through the rest of the year. Email me your additions as well!