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Holiday Events in Cabarrus County, NC

November 10, 2021

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

Cabarrus County is one of the south’s best destinations for family-friendly holiday fun!

These one-of-a-kind holiday events are sure to keep your family entertained, cozy and connected this season.

From a superspeedway illuminated with over four million lights to snow showers inside the lobby of an indoor water park resort, here’s a round up of this year’s holiday happenings in Cabarrus County.

Sea of Lights – Nov 17-Jan 3

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord AquariumConcord Mills
Located at Concord Mills, the aquarium’s signature holiday event features over 15,000 holiday lights! Journey through the illuminated aquarium as the lights sparkle across 5,000 fishy friends.

24th Annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Nov 19

Rotary Square – Downtown Concord
Along with the tree lighting, this family-friendly event is free to the public and feature children’s activities like visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music and dance, and fireworks.

Speedway Christmas – Nov 19-Jan 16

Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord
In its 12th year, this spectacular drive-through light course features over 4 million LED lights along a 3.75-mile course around the legendary track, through the infield and under the concourse. Plus, enjoy the infield Christmas Village and catch drive-in holiday movies on the 16,000-square-foot Speedway TV every Thursday through Sunday night!

‘Tis the Season for Photos with Santa – Nov 19-Dec 24

Concord Mills – Concord
The ultimate holiday tradition is back: Photos with Santa! Make your reservation at the state’s largest outlet and value retail shopping center to share your wish list and get a photo with Santa.

93rd Annual Concord Christmas Parade – Nov 20

Union Street – Downtown Concord
Grab a seat along the parade route through Historic Downtown Concord to attend one of the oldest and continuously running Christmas parades in North Carolina!

Kannapolis Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov 20

Village Park – Kannapolis
Kannapolis celebrates the start of the Christmas season and beginning of their Festival of Lights with live music and entertainment, kid’s activities and fireworks.

Kannapolis Festival of Lights – Nov 20-Dec 30

Village Park – Kannapolis
Take in over 250,000 lights, go on a train ride through the illuminated park, see the Kannapolis Singing Bears perform a Christmas Carol, roast marshmallows for s’mores and visit with Santa!

Nightmare Before Christmas Pop-Up Nov 20

Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company – Concord
Shop handmade items from local artists and vendors while enjoying craft brews during this special themed 26 Makers Market. Plus, the event is pet friendly!

Santa Scramble 5K Nov 20

Concord Christmas Parade Route – Downtown Concord
Run the route of the 93rd Annual Concord Christmas Parade! Run this fast, flat course through the parade crowd and be cheered throughout the race.

5th Annual Christmas at Cabarrus Holiday Market – Nov 27

Cabarrus Brewing Company – Concord
The CBC Annual Holiday Market includes several local vendors featuring handmade crafts, jewelry, artists, a variety of services and more to help you find that perfect gift.

Snowland – Nov 28-Jan 5

Great Wolf Lodge – Concord
Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark resort transforms into a magical winter wonderland! Bring your pack to enjoy activities like visits with Santa, Snowflake Story Time, and Family Dance Party.

Christmas in the Visitor Center – Dec 1-23

Cabarrus County Visitor Center – Concord
Make a pit stop at the cozy and festive Visitor Center! Discover holiday fun across Cabarrus, shop for locally made gifts, and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and classic Christmas movies.

Town of Harrisburg’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Dec 3

Harrisburg Park – Harrisburg
Join in on an evening of holiday cheer! See the official lighting of the Town’s Christmas Tree, enjoy food trucks, horse and carriage rides, local performances and so much more!

A Golden Christmas Dec 4

Reed Gold Mine – Midland 
Go on a hayride and tour 450-feet of restored vein work, lit with candles for the holiday season at the site of the America’s first documented discovery of gold!

Kannapolis Christmas Parade Dec 11

Downtown Kannapolis
Thousands of lights decorate participating floats making this nighttime parade one of the holiday’s most special events. Join the festivities on the streets of Downtown Kannapolis.

In need of a Christmas vacation? Select a place to stay and start planning your holiday adventure to Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

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