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

November 21, 2019

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

This year, bring the magic of those movies to life 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!

Christmas decorations at Snowland

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

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 with Santa, vendors and specialty foods. Outside, experience a live Nativity, Ferris wheel, horse and carriage rides, and drive-in style movies (including Christmas Vacation showing December 12-19) on the 16,000-square-foot HDTV.

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.

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, see a performance by the Kannapolis Singing Bears, make s’mores and more! 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 91st year of the parade, making it one of the oldest and largest Christmas parades in the Carolinas! Then, throughout the rest of the season, bundle up and walk the charming streets decorated with holiday cheer and shop for holiday gifts at local boutiques.

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 fireworks and ice skating to live music and horse and carriage rides.

If you like A Christmas Carol…

… immerse yourself in Christmas Past with the history of old-fashioned holiday celebrations at Reed Gold Mine’s A Golden Christmas. Step back in time and see how miners in the early 1800s celebrated the holidays and learn about the Germanic origins of some of our favorite traditions. Plus, take a candlelit tour of the mine during the day at the site of America’s first gold discovery!

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! Shop local at this two-day pop-up for pottery, jewelry, paintings, pet supplies and more! Grab your crew and sip a scary-good seasonal craft beer while you pick up your last-minute gifts.

 

It’s time to write your own script! Plan a holiday trip for the whole family in Cabarrus County and bring your favorite holiday movies to life!

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