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
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.
Also at Birkdale Village, on Saturday, December 13 at 8:30am and 9:45am come and enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Red Rocks Café. Enjoy music, food and fun all in one place!Tickets for Breakfast with Santa will be on sale starting November 17th online at www.ourtownshabitat.org . All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Our Town’s Habitat for Humanity.
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. Special hours: December 22 – 24 from 11am – 3pm. (Not to mention some of the best shopping and restaurants in Lake Norman!)
Mooresville’s Christmas Parade is before Thanksgiving? Yep, it is Tuesday, November 25th 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 70th 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.
Light Up Cornelius is the Town of Cornelius’s annual tree lighting ceremony and a visit with Santa on the lawn at Cornelius Town Hall on Saturday, November 29, 2014, from 4:00 – 6:00pm. They will turn on the lights at 5:30 pm. Enjoy community group performances, holiday songs by local performers, children’s activities, carriages rides, refreshments and a visit from Santa!
This year’s theme is “Christmas in Toyland”. The week kicks off on Sunday November 30th with Santa, the Tree Lighting Ceremonies and community sing with students from our local schools from 5:30 to 6:45 at Lake Norman Lutheran Church, Natalie Commons Drive and Business 16. The 2014 Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec 6 from 2pm to 4pm, starting on North Pilot Knob and Hager’s Ferry Rd, proceeding north to Captain’s Cap. There is NO Rain Date.
OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS:
*Lake Norman Yacht Clubs 4th Annual Christmas Sailboat Flotilla and Parade*
Hosted by Lake Norman Yacht Club’s Keelboat Fleet, this lake-wide event will feature decorated sailboats on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:00pm.
Looking for something a bit more old fashioned? The Latta Plantation is holding A Plantation Christmas November 28-29th (10am-4pm) Experience a Colonial Christmas as you walk through the cotton plantation. See period Christmas decor, meet Father Christmas, see Christmas baking in the kitchen, and learn about period Christmas traditions. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, ages 5 and under free.10am-4pm.
I will continue to write about additional fun festivities and happenings through the rest of the year. Email me your additions as well!