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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

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




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’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’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

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 26, 2016, from 4:00 – 6:00 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, ACSG Carolinas Division Super 8 train display, magic show, balloon artist, face painting, arts & crafts and more!

2016 Denver Christmas: This year’s theme is “A Story Book  Christmas”.  The week kicks off on Sunday November 27th 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 2016 Parade will be held on Saturday, December 3rd  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.


 The Latta Plantation as always has some wonderful Holiday events:

One Hundred Years of Christmas November 25 & 26, 2016 (10am-4pm)

Candlelight Christmas December 3, 2016 (6pm-9pm)

Holiday Homeschool Day & Ladies of Liberty December 8th, 2016 (10am-2pm)

Private Visits With Santa December 10, 2016 (10am-8pm)

Old Fashioned Christmas Tea December 11, 2016 (2pm-4pm)

*Lake Norman Yacht Clubs 5th Annual Christmas Sailboat Flotilla and Parade*

This event is not yet on their website so check back here:  Lake Norman Yacht Club

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.

I will continue to write about additional fun festivities and happenings through the rest of the year. Email me your additions as well!


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