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Things to do in Cabarrus County Based on Your Favorite Holiday Movie

November 9, 2021

Christmas decorations at Snowland

Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C.

No holiday season is complete without watching your favorite festive movie.

This year, bring the magic of those movies to life and celebrate the holidays in Cabarrus County with classic winter activities and backdrops that will make you feel like you’re on set! From indoor snow showers reminiscent of the North Pole to twinkling lights and a magical train ride to visit Santa, you’ll find holiday enchantment for the young–and young at heart–in Cabarrus County!

If you like The Santa Clause…

… book a stay during Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge. In this holiday classic, Scott Calvin and his son, Charlie, are whisked away to Santa’s factory where they meet his top elves. For a taste of the North Pole right here in Cabarrus County, visit Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge, a winter wonderland complete with indoor snow showers, visits from Santa and the best hot cocoa around.

If you like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation…

… zip around Speedway Christmas. Charlotte Motor Speedway gives Clark Griswold a run for his money with more than four million LED lights strung around a 3.75-mile route and timed to holiday music. On Thursday-Sunday, visit the Christmas Village to enjoy holiday activities like photos with Santa, shopping for gifts, and making s’mores by the fire, and then cozy up to popular drive-in movies (including Christmas Vacation!) on the 16,000-square-foot Speedway TV.

If you like Jingle All the Way…

… shop for the hottest toys and gifts at Concord Mills. North Carolina’s largest outlet and value retail shopping and entertainment center has more than 200 stores where you can check everyone off your list. Don’t be like Howard and wait until Christmas Eve! Concord Mills is open special hours throughout the season providing plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. Looking for more ways to make shopping for the holidays in Cabarrus County special? Plan an entire adventure around completing your gift list!

If you like The Polar Express…

… ride The Winterland Express at Village Park. All aboard! Enjoy more than 250,000 twinkling lights on a picturesque train ride through the park. Once you arrive in the North Pole, kids can visit Santa and see a performance by the Kannapolis Singing Bears! Be sure to also visit Lionel at Concord Mills – the brand’s only retail store – to see model train displays and pick up collector’s items including your very own Polar Express train!

If you like Miracle on 34th Street…

… stroll downtown Concord and watch the Concord Christmas Parade. This two-mile-long parade features bands, floats and Santa himself. This year marks the 93rd year of the parade, making it one of the oldest Christmas parades in North Carolina! Then, throughout the rest of the season, bundle up and walk the charming streets decorated with holiday cheer and shop for gifts at local boutiques an specialty stores.

If you like Home Alone 2: Lost in New York…

… head to one of Cabarrus County’s annual tree lightings. If you share Kevin McCallister’s love of Christmas trees, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit! Cabarrus County offers tree lighting ceremonies in Concord, Kannapolis and Harrisburg. The events feature a variety of activities from live music and entertainment to fireworks.

If you like A Christmas Carol…

… immerse yourself in Christmas Past and step back in time with the annual holiday celebration at Reed Gold Mine, “A Golden Christmas.” This daytime event at the site of America’s first documented discovery of gold features free, self-guided tours through 450 feet of restored vein work of the underground mine, lit with candles for the holiday season.

If you like The Nightmare Before Christmas…

… you won’t want to miss the Nightmare Before Christmas Pop-Up at Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company on November 20! Shop local during this 26 Makers Market pop-up with Starving Artist Market CLT. Grab your crew and sip a scary-good seasonal craft beer while you pick up your last-minute gifts.

Write Your Own Script

Celebrate the holidays in Cabarrus County, North Carolina with a festive trip for the whole family and bring your favorite holiday movies to life! Start planning your visit with these Places to Stay.

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