Charlotte Holiday Tree-Lightings and Parades
Festive parades, special events and evening tree-lightings.
Let these tree lightings and parades add some excitement to your family's holiday!
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(Events are listed by date).
Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting at Northlake Mall. Celebrate Santa’s arrival at the Third Annual Tree Lighting event. Holiday-themed entertainment will be provided by local artists and musicians. 6pm. Free. Northlake Mall, Entry One near H&M, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive. shopnorthlake.com.
Concord Tree Lighting and Art Walk. The event features live music, children’s activities, visits with Santa, artist demonstrations and activities throughout downtown Concord. At 8:30pm, see the tree lighting and fireworks! The Art Walk also serves as the opening reception for the Cabarrus Arts Council's newest exhibition, Clay. 6-9pm. Free. The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S., Concord. cabarrusartscouncil.org.
Piedmont Town Center Tree Lighting. Train rides, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, arts and crafts, balloon art, a magician and face painting. 6-9pm. Free. Piedmont Town Center, 4725 Piedmont Row Drive. piedmonttowncenter.com.
Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting at Birkdale Village. A parade to celebrate Santa's arrival, live entertainment, a tree lighting, vendors, Act and TJ from 96.1, and more. 3-8pm. Free. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville. 704-895-8744. birkdalevillage.net.
Holiday Magic at Rea Farms. Come out for a free photo with Mr and Mrs. Claus! Meet Sir Purr and visit with characters from Frozen. Shop for gifts from Rea Farms Shops at Stocking Stuffer Lane, and enjoy carriage rides, train rides, face painting, carolers and the 7 p.m. tree lighting! 4-8pm. Free. Rea Farms, 9855 Sandy Rock Pl. reafarmsclt.com.
Mooresville Christmas Parade. Floats, marching bands, dance and tumbling troupes, vintage and modern modes of transport, plus plenty of fun and entertainment for the family, and of course Santa! 3-5pm. Free. Marches down Main Street, beginning at Statesville Avenue and ending just past Mills Avenue. downtownmooresville.com.
Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. The largest Thanksgiving parade in the Southeast will include huge balloons, magical floats and exciting marching bands. The parade will run a new route south on Tryon Street, from 9th Street to Stonewall Street. novanthealththanksgivingparade.com.
Kannapolis Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Celebrate the start of the holiday season with live music, entertainment, kids activities, fireworks and the Winterland Express and Carousel. 6-10pm. Free. Village Park, 700 West C. St., Kannapolis.
Light Up Cornelius. Stop by for refreshments, the annual tree lighting, choir and dance performances, holiday crafts, carriage rides, vendors and a visit from Santa. 4-7pm. Free. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. cornelius.org.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Tree Lighting Celebration. The NASCAR Hall of Fame brings the holiday season to light with the fourth annual tree lighting on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza in Uptown Charlotte. The community is invited to join Santa Claus, Champ the Cheetah and Sheri Lynch from WLNK/107.9 The Link for an evening of family-friendly activities, live music and entertainment as the 39-foot tree glimmers with thousands of LED lights. The tree will remain lit for 24 hours a day until Jan. 6. Free. 5-9pm. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. holidaysatthehall.com.
South End Tree Lighting. Watch the tree come to life with holiday lights, and sip on hot beverages. There will also be holiday performances and a Santa sighting! 5:30-7pm. Free. Atherton Mill, 2000 South Blvd. historicsouthend.com.
Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Mount Holly. Visit Downtown Mount Holly for the Annual Christmas parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Parade will begin at 4 p.m. with the Tree Lighting Ceremony to follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Mount Holly. mtholly.us.
Fort Mill Tree Lighting. The annual light up the town with help from the community. 7pm. Free. The Bandstand on Main Street, Main Street, Fort Mill. fortmillsc.gov.
Uptown Tree Lighting. Uptown Charlotte comes to life with holiday spirit at the annual Uptown Tree Lighting. For the first time, the celebration takes place at the Charlotte Christmas Village at the corner of E. Seventh and N. Tryon streets. Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. featuring brass musicians from the Charlotte Symphony, the Hough High School chorus and remarks from various officials. Santa lights the tree at 6:30 p.m. and will be available for pictures until 7:30 p.m. ACC mascots, in town for the ACC football championship, will also be on hand to celebrate. Free. Charlotte Christmas Village, corner of E. Seventh and N. Tryon streets. charlottecentercity.org.
Mint Hill Christmas Tree Lighting. Meet Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate, cider and delicious cookies. Bring a gender neutral toy to support the Mint Hill Police Department's Toy Drive. 7-8pm. Free. 704-545-2335.Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. minthill.com.
Harrisburg's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and watch the tree lighting. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, children's crafts, a live nativity and performances by local dancers and musicians. Local crafts and seasonal refreshments will be available for purchase. 6-9pm. Free. Veterans Park, 4100 Main St., Harrisburg. harrisburgnc.org.
Lighting of Christmas Town USA. Join the annual tree-lighting ceremony in McAdenville. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m., and the switch will be pulled at 6 p.m. to start another Christmas Town USA season. Free. Pharr Family YMCA, 208 Main St., McAdenville. mcadenville-christmastown.com.
Town Center Tree Lighting. Come out for free pictures with Santa, rides, bounce house, s’mores, and entertainment. Tree lighting at 7pm. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. 6-9pm. Town Center, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. huntersville.org.
Rock Hill Christmas Parade. Enjoy this nighttime parade with floats decked out in holiday lights. 6:30pm. Free. Downtown Rock Hill, Oakland Avenue to Main Street, Rock Hill. cityofrockhill.com/parade.
Christmas Parade and Winter Wonderland Festival. The parade starts at 3pm in Downtown Kings Mountain with the festival following immediately afterwards in Patriots Park. Festival features live performances, food vendors, crafts and activities for the entire family, and the grand arrival of Santa Claus! 3-6pm. Free. Patriots Park, Railroad Ave., Kings Mountain. clevelandcountyevents.com.
Fort Mill Christmas Parade. Come enjoy this yearly tradition! 11am. Free. Tom Hall Street, Fort Mill. fortmillsc.gov.
Pineville Christmas Tree Lighting. Watch Santa light the tree at Pineville's Christmas Tree Lighting at Pineville Lake Park, complete with children's craft tent, train rides, candy cane hunt, hot chocolate, balloon artists, bonfire with s'mores, juggler, stilt walker and carolers. 3-5:30pm. Free. Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville. pinevillenc.gov.
Holiday Festival of Lights. Downtown Waxhaw will be transformed into a winter wonderland and decorated with 500,000 lights. Enjoy the live Christmas concert, carnival games and rides, live nativity, carriage rides, and the arrival of Santa. 4-8pm. Free. Downtown Waxhaw, Waxhaw. waxhaw.com.
North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade. See high school bands, horses, tractors, school groups, dance and tumbling groups, and more. Starts at 1pm. Free. Parade starts in Davidson at the intersection of Griffith Street and Highway 115 and goes into Cornelius at the intersection of Highway 115 and Catawba Avenue. davidsoncommunitycalendar.org.
Town of Matthews Hometown Holiday and Tree Lighting Celebration. Enjoy holiday crafts, activities, entertainment and a tree lighting with lots of surprises! 3-6pm. Free. Town Green Park, 232 Matthews Station St., Matthews. matthewsnc.gov.
It's a Wonderful Life Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. Come watch Indian Trail's Christmas Parade, which features floats, groups, horses and fire trucks. Downtown Indian Trail near Crossing Paths Park, Indian Trail. 4-7:30pm. Free. 704-821-5401. indiantrail.org.
Jaycees Gastonia Christmas Parade. Come enjoy this festive holiday parade, which marches down the streets of Gastonia. 4-5pm. Free. Main Avenue, Gastonia. gastoncojaycees.org.
NODA Christmas Tree Lighting. Decorate the tree together! Enjoy community ornament making, hot chocolate, cookies, games and more! The tree will be lit at 7:45 p.m. 5:30-8pm. Free. Johnston YMCA, 3025 N Davidson St.
Belmont Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Visit Belmont for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in front of City Hall. Witness the candle light ceremony with Christmas carols. 5:30pm. Free. 115 N Main Street, Belmont. cityofbelmont.org.
Belmont Christmas Parade. Marching bands, professional floats, decorated vehicles of all descriptions and a wide assortment of other entries will parade through downtown Belmont. 3pm. Free. Downtown Belmont. cityofbelmont.org.
Christmas in Cramerton. Celebrate Christmas in Cramerton with a Christmas parade on 8th Ave. After the parade, witness the tree lighting, and enjoy free pictures with Santa and carriage rides. 4pm. Free. Market St. and Eighth Ave., Cramerton. cramerton.org.
Indian Land Christmas Parade. Indian Land will host its first annual Christmas Parade this year, complete with special characters to make the parade a magical event! There will be food trucks and vendors, so come in early! 3pm. Indian Land High School, 8063 River Road, Indian Land. ilcpo.org.
4th Annual Christmas Enchantment in the Garden. Mount Holly Community Garden, 126 N. Main St., Mount Holly. 5-9pm. Free. Why settle for one tree, when you can light up the whole garden? The garden will have 52 decorated garden beds, hundreds of luminaries, live music, food trucks, hot cider and cookies. Topping off the evening is a visit by Santa! mounthollycommunitygarden.com.
Lighted Boat Parade. The 22nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade is a lake-wide event that is open to the public. Concessions begin at 5 p.m., and Santa arrives via fireboat at 6 p.m. with the parade to follow. The Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Blvd., Cornelius. peninsulayacht.com/lbp.
Light Up MillBridge. MillBridge will sparkle with thousands of luminaries. Lights, wreaths and greenery will decorate the community house, streets and Christmas tree. Visit with Santa, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, assemble crafts and savor delicious treats. 5:30-8:30pm. Free. MillBridge, 1401 MillBridge Pkwy., Waxhaw. millbridge-nc.com.
Kannapolis Christmas Parade. The Kannapolis Christmas Parade will celebrate its 80th Birthday this year when it returns to South Main Street and Dale Earnhardt Boulevard. Thousands of lights decorate the parade. 6pm. Free. Main St. and Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis. kannapolisnc.gov/christmasparade.
Waxhaw Christmas Parade. The Waxhaw Christmas Parade features local school marching bands and entries and floats by hundreds of businesses and members of the community. 3pm. Free. Downtown Waxhaw. waxhaw.com.
Yule Log Parade and Ceremony. Join residents as they pull the yule log through town to Legacy Park where it will be ignited. The evening continues with caroling and a visit from Santa. 5:30-8:45pm. Free. Pharr Yarns Main Office, 100 Main St., McAdenville. mcadenville-christmastown.com.
Dallas Christmas Parade. Come watch the parade in Dallas, NC to get in the holiday spirit. Young spectators might even catch some candy! 4pm. Free. Downtown Dallas, Dallas. dallasnc.net.
Light up Lowell Festival and Christmas Parade. Visit Lowell for vendors, music, food, kid’s activities, and lots of Christmas cheer! The City of Lowell Christmas Parade begins at 3 p.m. at Harold Rankin Park and ends at Popular Street.! 2-5:30pm. Free. E. 1st Street, Lowell. lowellnc.com.