Holiday Events in Cabarrus County, NC

November 17, 2020

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 while staying safe this season.

From a superspeedway illuminated with over four 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.

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

Cabarrus Virtual Holiday Celebration (VIRTUAL) – Nov 20

Online – Virtual Event
Tune to Channel 22 (CabCoTv) for virtual Christmas Tree lightings, musical performances, holiday cooking tips, a special reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a visit from Santa Claus.

Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express – 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!

92nd Annual Concord Holiday Parade (VIRTUAL) – Nov 21-Dec 31

Online – Virtual Event
Ignite the holiday spirit with a journey through time, highlighting unforgettable memories of years past. Join for tidings of joy and a possible check-in from a special guest zooming in from the North Pole!

Sea of Lights – Nov 21-Jan 3

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium – Concord Mills
Journey through over 10,000 holiday lights as they sparkle across 5,000 fishy friends! Take part in self-led crafts, boogie it up with socially-distanced dance parties, and write letters to your favorite animals.

Speedway Christmas Presented by Count On Me NC – Nov 21-Jan 17

Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord
In its 11th year, this spectacular drive-through light course features over 4 million LED lights along a four-mile course around the legendary track, through the infield and under the concourse. Plus, enjoy the all-new 5,400-square-foot real ice rink open daily and catch drive-in holiday movies on the 16,000-square-foot Speedway TV every Thursday-Sunday!

 Lights. Camera. Santa! – Nov 27-Dec 24

Concord Mills – Concord
Make your reservation today for this socially-distanced Santa photo experience! Visit the state’s largest outlet and value retail shopping center to share your wish list and get your picture taken with Santa.

4th Annual Christmas at Cabarrus Holiday Market – Nov 28

Cabarrus Brewing Company – Concord
This COVID-safe edition of 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 29-Jan 2

Great Wolf Lodge – Concord
Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark resort transforms into a magical winter wonderland! Bring your pack to enjoy activities like Unique as a Snowflake Story Time and the Snowball Family Dance Party!

Christmas in the Visitor Center – Dec 1-11

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

sip co. Christmas Market – Dec 11

sip co. – Concord
From 3pm-9pm, sip co. and Sweetest Beginnings invite you to join in on holiday festival fun! This socially-distanced outdoor event features local vendors, s’mores, crafts, Santa and more! Plus, enjoy food trucks and live music from local artist Lauren Light.

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt – Dec 15

Dorton Park – Concord
Ths outdoor holiday event takes you on a flashlight adventure through the park’s fields in search of candy canes! Plus, enjoy a trackless train ride, artificial snow machines, and an onsite Christmas craft.


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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