Holiday Events in Cabarrus County, NC

October 30, 2019

This North Carolina destination is one of the south’s best for family-friendly holiday fun!

Minutes north of Charlotte, Cabarrus County is known for exciting motorsports attractions and events. Experience the area’s signature offering along with one-of-a-kind holiday events that are sure to keep your family entertained, cozy and connected this season.

From a superspeedway illuminated with 3.5 million lights to snow showers inside the lobby of an indoor waterpark resort, here’s a roundup of this year’s holiday happenings in Cabarrus County.

Photos with Santa – Nov 9-Dec 24

Concord Mills – Concord
Share your wish list and get your picture taken with Santa!

Holiday Open House at Whiskey Prison – Nov 21

Southern Grace Distilleries – Mt. Pleasant
Unlock holiday cheer! Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a free tour, then purchase a seasonal cocktail and holiday gifts.

Historic Downtown Concord Annual Tree Lighting – Nov 22

Bicentennial Plaza – Downtown Concord
Enjoy music, Santa, ice skating, trolley rides, a fireworks display and Art Walk!

Speedway Christmas – Nov 22-Jan 5

Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord
Drive-through light course featuring 4 million LED lights, Christmas Village, drive-in movies and more!

91st Annual Concord Christmas Parade – Nov 23

Church Street to Union Street – Downtown Concord
One of the oldest and largest Christmas parades in the Carolinas!

Kannapolis Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – Nov 24

Village Park – Kannapolis
Celebrate the start of the season with live music and entertainment, kid’s activities and fireworks!

Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express – Nov 24-Dec 30

Village Park – Kannapolis
250,000+ lights, train rides, double-decker carousel and performances by the Kannapolis Signing Bears!

3rd Annual Christmas at Cabarrus Holiday Market – Nov 30

Cabarrus Brewing Company – Concord
Over 100 local vendors offering handmade goods on Small Business Saturday.

Snowland – Nov 30-Jan 5

Great Wolf Lodge – Concord
Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark resort transforms into a magical winter wonderland!

Christmas in the Visitor Center – Dec 1-30

Cabarrus County Visitor Center – Concord
Visitor information, complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, plus classic holiday movies!

Cookies with Santa – Dec 4

Cabarrus Arts Council – Downtown Concord
Complimentary cookies and a free photo with Santa inside The Galleries.

Town of Harrisburg Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – Dec 6

Veterans Park at Harris Square – Harrisburg
Holiday festivities including Santa, craft vendors, horse and carriage rides and entertainment!

Town of Mt. Pleasant Christmas Tree Lighting – Dec 6

Downtown – Mt. Pleasant
Join the community of Mt. Pleasant to light the tree and begin the holiday season!

5th Annual National Lionel Train Day – Dec 7

Lionel Trains – Concord Mills
Celebrate the magic of toy trains and bring the whole family to play and participate in fun-filled holiday festivities.

A Golden Christmas – Dec 7

Reed Gold Mine – Midland
Daytime candlelit tour through underground tunnels at the site of America’s first gold discovery!

Holiday Market at High Branch Brewing  – Dec 7

Gibson Mill – Concord
Exclusive market showcasing works from local artists from the North Carolina area.

Town of Mt. Pleasant Christmas Parade – Dec 7

Downtown – Mt. Pleasant
Celebrate the Christmas season in small town America in the charming Town of Mt. Pleasant!

Christmas Open House – Dec 7-8

Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society – Mt. Pleasant
Decorated museum on the National Register of Historic Places, including antique toy exhibit.

Holiday Bazaar Shop & Sip at Cabo – Dec 8

Cabo Winery – Downtown Concord
Shop for holiday gifts with friends and family while sipping wine.

Nightmare Before Christmas Pop-Up – Dec 13-14

Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company – Concord
Find unique gifts from local makers at this ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’-themed pop-up shop.

81st Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade – Dec 14

Main Street – Downtown Kannapolis
Twinkling nighttime parade of lights through NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhardt’s hometown!

Christmas Open House – Dec 14

Rocky River Vineyards – Midland
Sample seasonal Christmas and mulled wines, shop local vendors and enter the ugly sweater contest.

Christmas Open House – Various Dates

Bost Grist Mill – Concord
Enjoy hot apple cider, door prizes and shopping at this Cabarrus County historic site.

Sea of Lights at SEA LIFE Aquarium – Various Dates

Concord Mills – Concord
Scuba Claus dive shows and thousands of Christmas lights sparkling across every fishy friend!


Ready to slow down this holiday season? Select a place to stay and start planning your Christmas getaway! For more inspiration on how to enjoy any time of year in Cabarrus County, NC, read “A Track for Every Season” on page 20 of the Cabarrus County, NC Destination Guide.

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