Charlotte Holiday Tree-Lightings and Parades

Festive parades, special events and evening tree-lightings.
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Head uptown Nov. 28 for the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day parade.

Get out the jingle bells and get excited about the holiday season at a parade or tree-lighting.

(Events are listed by date).

Nov. 15

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting at Northlake Mall. Bring the family to Northlake Mall to welcome Santa. There will be a tree-lighting, stage shows, music and food. 6-8 p.m. Free. Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive. shopnorthlake.com.


Nov. 16

Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting at Birkdale Village. Watch the parade to celebrate Santa's arrival, plus live entertainment, tree-lighting and vendors. Free. 3-8 p.m. Parade is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., tree-lighting following the parade. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville. birkdalevillage.net.


Nov. 22

Piedmont Town Center Tree Lighting. See the tree lighting at 7 p.m. Come early and stay late to enjoy train rides, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a photo booth, balloon artist, face painting, goodie bags and complimentary hot cocoa. Free. Piedmont Town Center, 4725 Piedmont Row Drive. piedmonttowncenter.com.


Nov. 23

Holiday Magic at Rea Farms. Come out for a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Meet Christmas Mickey and Minnie, and visit with characters from Frozen. Shop for gifts from Rea Farms Shops at Stocking Stuffer Lane, and enjoy trackless train rides, face painting, balloon twisters, a cookie decorating workshop and the 7 p.m. tree lighting! 4-8 p.m. Free. Rea Farms, 9855 Sandy Rock Pl. reafarmsclt.com.

Kannapolis Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Celebrate the start of the holiday season with live entertainment, kids’ activities, fireworks, Santa, and the Winterland Express and Carousel. 6-10 p.m. Free. Village Park, 700 West C. St., Kannapolis. kannapolisnc.gov.

Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting at Blakeney Shopping Center. Enjoy the vendor village and activities from 4 to 7 p.m. Santa arrives in a horse-drawn carriage at 6 p.m., and is available for photos until 9 p.m. Free. Photos available for purchase. 4-9 p.m. Blakeney Shopping Center, 9839 Rea Road. shopblakeney.com.


Nov. 26

Mooresville Christmas Parade. The parade features floats, marching bands, dance and tumbling troupes, vintage and modern vehicles and Santa. Free. 3 p.m. Main Street, Mooresville. mooresvillechristmasparade.com.


Nov. 29

Mooresville Holiday Light Show. The annual Holiday Light Spectacular features 150,000 lights set to music. A community favorite not to miss! Free. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Town Hall Lawn, 413 N. Main Street. downtownmooresville.com.


Nov. 30

Light Up Cornelius. Stop by for the tree-lighting, performances, concessions, holiday activities, carriage rides and a visit from Santa. Free. 4-7 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. cornelius.org.

South End Tree Lighting. Watch the tree come to life with holiday lights after shopping Historic South End’s Small Business Saturday. Free. Time is TBD. Historic South End, South Boulevard. historicsouthend.com.


Dec. 1

It's a Wonderful Life Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. Enjoy hot cocoa, games, crafts and a parade. Free. 4-7 p.m. Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Pkwy., Indian Trail. indiantrail.org.


Dec. 2

Belmont Christmas Tree Lighting. Enjoy the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. After the ceremony, stroll down Main Street into Stowe Park for the kickoff of the Festival of Trees. Free. 6 p.m. City Hall, 115 N. Main St., Belmont. cityofbelmont.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.


Dec. 3

Belmont Christmas Parade. The 70th Annual Belmont Christmas Parade will includemore than 100 units,including marching bands, floats, decorated vehicles and characters. The parade begins at the intersection of South Main Street, McLeod Avenue and Myrtle Street, proceeds north on Main Street, turns right on Catawba Street, and continues to the intersection of Church and Tucker streets. Free. 3:30 p.m. cityofbelmont.org.

Uptown Tree Lighting. Uptown Charlotte comes to life with holiday spirit at the annual Uptown Tree Lighting. The celebration takes place at the Charlotte Christmas Village where there will be food and drinks available for purchase. Free. 6:30 p.m. Charlotte Christmas Village, Corner of 7th and N. Tryon streets. cltchristmasvillage.com.


Dec. 4

Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Mount Holly. Feel festive at the annual Christmas parade and tree-lighting ceremony. Free. 4-6 p.m. Downtown Mount Holly. mtholly.us.


Dec. 5

Christmas in Cramerton. Celebrate Christmas in Cramerton with a parade, tree- lighting, and free pictures with Santa. Photos with Santa begin at approximately 6 p.m. Free. 4 p.m. Market Street and Eighth Avenue, Cramerton. cramerton.org.

Fort Mill Tree Lighting. The annual light up the town with help from the community. Free. 7 p.m. The Bandstand on Main Street, Main Street, Fort Mill. fortmillsc.gov.


Dec. 6

Harrisburg's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Visit the new Veterans Park for the lighting of the Christmas tree. Enjoy performances by local groups, craft vendors, food, free horse and carriage rides, and free visits with Santa!  Free. 6-9 p.m. Veterans Park at Harris Square, located in the Publix Shopping Center off Highway 49 and Veterans Bridge, Harrisburg. harrisburgnc.org.

Huntersville Town Center Tree Lighting. After the 7 p.m. tree-lighting, enjoy free activities that include pictures with Santa, rides, obstacle courses, s’mores, ice sculptures and music by North Mecklenburg Community Chorus. Free. 7-9 p.m. Town Center, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. huntersville.org/393/A-Huntersville-Christmas.

Rock Hill Christmas Parade. Enjoy this nighttime parade with floats decked out in holiday lights. Free. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Rock Hill, Oakland Avenue to Main Street, Rock Hill. cityofrockhill.com/parade.


Dec. 7

Christmas in the Park. Take photos with Santa by the tree, and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate provided by JessKakes. Kids can make crafts and jump in a bounce house. Tree lights up at 5:20 p.m. 2-6 p.m. Stallings Municipal Park, 340 Stallings Road, Stallings. stallings.org.

Christmas on Main.  Mark your calendars for Monroe's annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Bazaar! Enjoy live entertainment, a petting zoo, train and trolley rides, Santa, and more. Shopping will begin at 3pm, and other festivities will start at 6pm. Tree will be lit at 7pm. Main Street, Monroe. facebook.com/monroe.carolina.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival. See the lighting of Tega Cay’s Christmas tree, and meet Santa. Free. 6-9 p.m. Philip T. Glennon Community Center, 15083 Molokai Drive, Tega Cay.

Fort Mill Christmas Parade. Come enjoy this yearly tradition! Free. 11 a.m.Tom Hall Street, Fort Mill. fortmillsc.gov.

Holiday Festival of Lights. Downtown Waxhaw is transformed into a winter wonderland and decorated with 500,000 lights. Enjoy the live concert, carnival games and rides, live nativity, carriage rides, and the arrival of Santa. Free. 4-8 p.m. Downtown Waxhaw, Waxhaw. waxhaw.com.

Home for Christmas Parade and Winter Wonderland Festival. Holiday fun begins with the Christmas parade and Santa’s arrival on Dec. 7 and then continues on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 with live performances, Santa’s Workshop, living nativity, carriage rides, a holiday market and light display. Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Patriots Park, 420 Railroad Ave., Kings Mountain. clevelandcountyevents.com.

Lancaster Christmas Tree Lighting. Enjoy live entertainment, refreshments and the lighting of the city Christmas tree. Free. 7 p.m. 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster, South Carolina. lancastercitysc.com.

Matthews Hometown Holiday and Tree Lighting Celebration. An afternoon filled with holiday crafts, activities, entertainment and a tree-lighting.  Free. 3 p.m. Town Green Park, 232 Matthews Station St., Matthews. matthewsnc.gov.

Mint Hill Christmas Parade and Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The parade travels down Matthews-Mint Hill Road from Bain School to the Mint Hill Library. Santa leaves after the parade and returns to Town Hall for the tree-lighting. Enjoy hot chocolate, cider and cookies. Free. 5:30-9 p.m. Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill. minthill.com.

North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade. See high school bands, horses, tractors, school groups and civic groups. Parade starts in Davidson at the intersection of Griffith Street and Highway 115 and marches to Cornelius at the intersection of Highway 115 and Catawba Avenue. Free. Kicks off at 1 p.m. davidsoncommunitycalendar.org.

Reindog Parade and Mistletoe Market. Shop the outdoor market, see a parade of dogs in sweaters, roast marshmallows, watch a holiday movie at the German-inspired beer haus, hear local musicians, purchase seasonal food and sip on a hot drink in a limited-edition enamel mug. Free admission. 4:40-10 p.m. Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Ave. camp.nc.


Dec. 8

NODA Christmas Tree Lighting. Enjoy family activities, hot chocolate, cookies and music at this tree lighting. Free. 4-7 p.m. Johnston YMCA, 3025 N Davidson St.

Waxhaw Christmas Parade. The Waxhaw Christmas Parade features local school marching bands and floats by businesses and members of the community. Free. 3-5 p.m. Downtown Waxhaw. waxhaw.com.


Dec. 12

Yule Log Parade and Ceremony. Join residents as they pull the yule log through town to Legacy Park where it is ignited. The evening continues with caroling and a visit from Santa. 5:30-8:45 p.m. Free. Pharr Yarns Main Office, 100 Main St., McAdenville. mcadenville-christmastown.com.


Dec. 13 and 20

Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Mooresville. Experience music, Santa visits, Christmas Tree Lane, wagon rides, a life-size snow globe, holiday light spectacular and more. Wagon rides begin at the Christian Mission on Broad Street. Free. 6-8 p.m. Downtown Mooresville, Broad and Main Streets, Mooresville. downtownmooresville.com.


Dec. 14

5th Annual Christmas Enchantment in the Garden. See 52 decorated garden beds, hundreds of luminaries, live music, food trucks, hot cider and cookies. Topping off the evening is a visit by Santa! Free. 4-8 p.m. Mount Holly Community Garden, 126 N. Main St., Mount Holly. mounthollycommunitygarden.com.

Kannapolis Christmas Parade. Thousands attend this event each year, so make sure to get your spot early! Free. 6 p.m. Main St. and Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis. kannapolisnc.gov/christmasparade.

Lancaster Christmas Parade. Watch this evening parade with a Grinch theme! Free. 6 p.m. Main Street, Lancaster, South Carolina. lancastercitysc.com.

Lighted Boat Parade. The 23rd 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 Lowell Festival and Christmas Parade. Visit Lowell for the annual Christmas Parade, which will begin at 4 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony following at 5 p.m. Food trucks and Santa will be at the tree lighting. First Baptist Church, 400 W. 1st St., Lowell. lowellnc.com.

Light up MillBridge. Luminaries will light the streets of MillBridge, leading visitors through a covered bridge to a lit Christmas tree. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate and s’mores, and a special visit from Santa! Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. MillBridge, 1401 Millbridge Pkwy., Waxhaw. millbridge-nc.com.


Dec. 21

Lake Norman Christmas Light Boat Parade. Take pictures with Santa, and enjoy the parade of boats with holiday lights passing by the EnergyExplorium cove. Food trucks will be available. Free. 5-7pm. EnergyExplorium, 13339 McGuire Nuclear Station Road, Huntersville. duke-energy.com.


Dec. 23

Menorah Lighting. Come watch the lighting of the menorah in Downtown Waxhaw. Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Downtown Waxhaw, E. N. Main Street, Waxhaw. waxhaw.com.


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