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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!

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“Christmas in Davidson” is December 2-4th 2010!


Horse Drawn Carriage at Christmas in Davidson

 Yikes, I nearly missed “Christmas in Davidson”!  This is truly one of the very best events in our Lake Norman area celebrating the holidays.  It actually started last evening but runs through Saturday evening so you still have time.  Held from 6pm – 9pm, this very local, old-fashioned celebration is great fun for the whole family.  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
  • “Taste of South Main Street” will feature treats from Restaurant X, Campania, and Fuel Pizza
  • 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 venders selling holiday crafts and gifts
  • Local merchants are offering their own special events as well

Trollys will shuttle visitors from the Exit 30 parking area to Downtown Davidson.

For more information:  Christmas in Davidson

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Christmas at Birkdale Village in Huntersville

It is not too late to get out and enjoy some of the many special holiday activities in the Lake Norman and greater Charlotte area!  While I didn’t write this in time to tout my favorite:  The Davidson Christmas which was held last weekend, I was still able to find quite a few events, programs and fun from now through the rest of the year!

  • It’s a Wonderful Life”  Davidson College Community Players  @ the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. 8pm Thursdays – Saturdays and 1:00pm Sundays.  704.892.7953
  • Charlotte Children’s Choir:  December 13th at 3pm.  Mooresville High School.  659 E Center Ave. Mooresville.  704.878.0743.  Iredell Concerts Website
  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown:  December 19th @ 11:00am, 1:30pm and 4:00pm.  No reservations needed.  Davidson College Community Players  @ the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. 8pm Thursdays – Saturdays and 1:00pm Sundays.  704.892.7953
  • Downtown Mooresville Holiday Festivities:  December 18th at Historic Downtown Mooresville. Visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and live entertainment!
  • Christmas Wonderland of Lights (Through January 1): One million lights pepper tow miles of forest in Troutman!  A nativity scene, pony rides, petting zoo, a candy shop and visits from Santa!  $20 per car or $5 per person.  6pm – 10p.m.  Exit 42 of Ostwalt Amity Rd.  704.245.6446. Put on by Zootastic.
  • Davidson’s Holiday Farmer’s Market!  Saturday, Dec. 19th from 9am – noon.  Learn more at Davidson Farmers Market’s website
  • Hanukkah Party in Mooresville: Dec. 13th Noon – 3pm.  Lighting of the Beth ShalomMenorah at Mooresville Town Square.
  • Holiday Lights at The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden:  Events include light displays, old fashioned trains, carriage rides, holiday carols, baked treats and more!   Now through December 31st.  Go to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden website  for more information.
  • The Light Before Christmas: An animated film about for children at Discovery Place’s IMAX theatre in Charlotte: Discovery Place website
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Lake Norman is a great place to be for the 4th of July, 2009

There is nothing like fireworks over Lake Norman!

 For the 2010 list of July 4th activities in and around Lake Norman, go to:  Lake Norman 4th of July 2010: Plenty of Ways to Celebrate!

“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 exactly one year ago and it is still just as true this year.  So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2009:

Troutman/ Iredell County 4th of July Parade

Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am  the Annual Iredell County Independence Day Parade will be held once again 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 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 over one hundred entries including floats with United States Veterans from all of our wars, local clubs and civic organizations, beauty queens and just about any thing you can imagine including at least one John Deere Tractor.

Also on Saturday, June 27th, for the younger crowd, Vinnies Raw Oyster Bar is holding their popular annual bikini contest. 

Friday, July 3rd from 5:00pm – 10:00m is the Third Annual Summer Celebration at Lowe’s YMCA in Mooresville.  This free event will feature children’s games, inflatables, rock climbing and velcrowalls, a jousting arena, balloon artists, face painting, a veteran’s ceremony and a performance by the Lake Norman Orchestra.  The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks show.  There will also be 100 food vendors, local arts and crafts and businesses in an effort to support the Chamber of Commerce’s “Buy Local” campaign.  A free shuttle bus will run from Peninsula Baptist Church on Brawley School road to the YMCA.  Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more information: Summer Celebration at the YMCA website.

The Town of Huntersville will be hosting their 7th Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4th from 10:00am – 1:00pm at Birkdale Village.  Activities will include bike decorating, face painting, a down bounce, children’s art provided by the Children’s Arts Project, a parade, a water fight between fire stations, music, food and “a whole lot of fun!!!”

The Town of Davidson will hold their annual Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4th from 4:30 – 8p.m.  Festivities include their annual small-town parade.  All are invited to “patriotically  dress their bicycles, wagons, pets and strollers and participate by meeting at Davidson Town Hall at 4:30pm”. Music and games for all ages will be set up on the Village Green and a children amusement are will be available for a $5 admission.  Live entertainment will be provided by Rough Draft.  There will be no fireworks this year.

Looking for something a little bit racy?  How about the Independence Day Blastoff at East Lincoln Speedway in Stanley NC.  Gates open at 5:00 and races start at 7:30pm.  704.263.5347

Fireworks displays are officially planned for Queens Landing on Lake Norman but trust me, if you are out on the lake, you will see many private fireworks displays!  If you want to party, The Sandbar is always a lot of fun.  Need directions?  Also be sure to check out where you will find a great list of celebrations at our many restaurants and bars.

Going to Uptown Charlotte?  On July 4th at 9:30pm there will be a spectacular fireworks display at the Memorial Stadium.  “Red White and Boom!” will offer “wholesome family fun”  Admission is free and the fireworks show can also be viewed from a variety of locations around the city.

Finally, if you want to have your own, legal, fireworks display, in past years they have set up a stand where they sell fireworks at the corner of Williamson Rd. and Brawley School Rd.

Have fun and be safe!


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