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2015 Cabarrus Magazine Holiday Guide, Presented by CiCi's Pizza, Gerber Collision & Glass

Nov 16, 2015 10:56AM ● By Kevin
There's plenty to do in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties and the surrounding area this holiday season. Here are some great family-friendly ways to brighten your holiday season, Presented by Cabarrus Magazine - Concord, NCCiCi's Pizza and Gerber Collision & Glass.

From breakfast with Santa and all of the venues for local shopping to volunteer opportunities to help those who are less fortunate and Christmas tree farms - the bonding activities with friends, neighbors, and most importantly, family, are endless.

This year, we highlight some of the coolest light shows, parades and events in the area for you and yours to experience.

Cabarrus County


• Music, children’s amusements, horse-drawn wagon rides and trolley rides, and of course Santa Claus! The event is highlighted by a fireworks display. Read More » 

EGGNOG JOG 5K - Nov 20, 2015 4:00PM

• This is a non-timed fun run that does NOT require you to chug eggnog, we just thought it was fun to say! You can run... Read More » 

Arzie Rogers Memorial 13th Annual Toy Run - start Nov 21 2015 0830AM

Arzie Rogers Memorial 13th Annual Toy Run - Begins: Nov 21, 2015 8:30AM

Saturday, November 21, 2015 at CMC-Northeast Stadium. Concludes at Speedway Harley-Davidson. Registration begins 8:30 AM. First bike out 11:00 AM. Rain Date: Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 ... Read More » 


• One of the oldest and largest Christmas parades in the Carolinas Read More » 

SPEEDWAY CHRISTMAS - Nov 21 - Dec 24, 2015 5:30PM

• In its fifth year, Speedway Christmas has a completely redesigned route of 3.1 miles, more than 3 million high-efficiency LED lights in 800 displays and a drive-the-track experience tha... Read More » 

DOWNTOWN KANNAPOLIS PRESENTS: The Holiday Farmers Market - Nov 27 - 28, 2015 10:00AM

• Unique hand-crafted gifts, cakes, candles, cookies, canned goods, jewelry, jackets, jingle bells, great photo-op with Santa and Mrs. Claus Read More » 


• The lighting of the community Christmas tree will kick off the Celebration of Lights. • The Winterland Express will be running after the fireworks launch. • Music and special guests Read More » 

The Winterland Express  - start Nov 28 2015 0600PM

The Winterland Express - Nov 28, 2015 6:00PM

The Winterland Express train runs every evening from November 28th – December 30th (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 6-9 p.m. Sundays – Thursdays and from 6 – 10 p.m. Fridays ... Read More » 

Old Courthouse Theatre Presents - start Dec 03 2015 0800PM

Old Courthouse Theatre Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas - Dec 03 - 20, 2015 8:00PM

It is not Christmas without Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the Peanuts gang TV Christmas special. Now you can enjoy the classic animated television special, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS as... Read More » 

Intimidators Holiday Laser Light Experience - start Dec 04 2015 0500PM

Intimidators' Holiday Laser Light Experience - Dec 04, 2015 5:00PM

The Kannapolis Intimidators are bringing a new event to our community with our Holiday Laser Light Experience featuring three nightly laser light shows and fun attractions for families... Read More » 


• Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a horse and carriage ride around Town Center and enjoy a live nativity. • On-stage entertainment by local church, school and civic groups • Hot chocol... Read More » 


Breakfast with Santa - Dec 05, 2015 08:00AM

The Shrine Club of Cabarrus County is hosting 'Breakfast with Santa' for ONLY $5! (Children 4 and under eat for FREE). You can take all the pictures you want with Santa, enjoy a pancake breakfast, do a craft, drink hot chocolate and much much more.                         Read More »

Friends of Midland Library Christmas Extravaganza - Dec 05, 2015 8:00AM

December 5th: Christmas Extravaganza - Toys For Tots Program Join the Friends of the Midland Library at their Christmas Extravaganza, Saturday, December 5, from 8am-3pm at the... Read More » 

A GOLDEN CHRISTMAS - start: Dec 05, 2015 10:00AM

• Good food, good music and holiday cheer with a little history added in! Blacksmithing, quilting, woodworking, basket weaving, underground candlelight guided tours of the mine. Read More » 


CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL - start: Dec 05, 2015 02:00PM

• Crafts; food; business, church and non-profit agency vendors; carnival rides and inflatables; Kannapolis Singing Bears and Santa! Read More » 


HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS - start: Dec 05, 2015 11:00AM

• Free horse-drawn wagon rides and face painting for young and old alike. Children can participate in a Gingerbread Candy Hunt where they visit participating businesses along Union Street... Read More » 


This is Christmas - start Dec 05 2015 0300PM

This is Christmas - start: Dec 05, 2015 03:00PM

Make plans now to participate in the 2015-16 Piedmont Prime Time Community Band, the region's premiere community band and the only adult concert band in the Charlotte area of North Caroli... Read More » 


Holiday Craft Market at Peachtree Market - Dec 06, 2015 2:00PM

Come join us on December 6, 2015 from 2-6PM for the Holiday Craft Market at Peachtree Market in Concord, NC! Featuring local artists, handcrafted items with plenty of refreshments. Get all of your holiday shopping done at one place!... Read More »

The 77th Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade -  Begins: Dec 12, 2015 6:00PM

This special night time parade travels through the streets of downtown Kannapolis. Read More » 


• More than 250,000 lights • Ride the Winterland Express and see if you can find all 12 Days of Christmas! Tickets for the train are $2 per rider. Read More » 


MT. PLEASANT CHRISTMAS PARADE - start: Dec 12, 2015 11:00AM

Downtown Mt. Pleasant • The parade route begins at Mt. Pleasant Middle School on N. Main St. • Contact Samantha Fisk for more info: 704-436-9803 Read More » 


FROSTBITE 5K 2015 - start: Dec 19, 2015 10:00AM

The FROSTBITE 5K is a 3.1 mile run through Kannapolis Greenway and surrounding communities with challenging hills. The FUN RUN is a one mile run through the Kannapolis Greenway and surrou... Read More » 


Nativity Night - Dec 19, 2015 4:00PM

Activities begin at 4 p.m. with a Live Nativity Night at Village Park. Families can also enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, and other special activities presented by The Compass Agency. The... Read More » 

A Festival of Christmas Lessons  Carol - start Dec 20 2015 0330PM

A Festival of Christmas Lessons & Carol - Dec 20, 2015 3:30PM

Our Christmas service of Lessons and Carols is based on the same service celebrated each year at King’s College in Cambridge, England. The first Lessons and Carols service there was held ... Read More » 

Christmas Eve Worship - start Dec 24 2015 0500PM

Christmas Eve Worship - Dec 24, 2015 5:00PM

At 5 p.m., there is a 30-minute service with a message especially for children. The Eucharist is celebrated at this service, concluding with a candle lighting. At 10:30, the Festival P... Read More » 

Rowan County

Festival of Gifts - Invitational Exhibit of Fine Arts and Crafts - Nov 19 - Dec 19, 2015 11:00AM

Open Thursday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This event invites the public to do their holiday shopping from regional hand crafted selections. Open to the public with lots of f... Read More » 

Polar Express  - start Nov 21 2015 0400PM

Polar Express - Nov 21 - Dec 22, 2015 4:00PM

Inspired by the run-away hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express. Set to the music of the motion picture soundtrack fam... Read More » 

Southern Rowan Christmas Parade - Begins: Nov 24, 2015 3:00PM

The Southern Rowan Christmas Parade which takes place in Landis and China Grove, North Carolina, is on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. The parade starts in Landis at 3:00 pm and re-starts ... Read More » 

56th Annual Holiday Caravan Parade  - start Nov 25 2015 0200PM

56th Annual Holiday Caravan Parade - Begins: Nov 25, 2015 2:00PM

It is a tradition. It is an event you do not want to miss. Our parade is an all-volunteer production. No unit could move down the parade route without the support of our entire community... Read More » 

Scrooges Christmas Trolley Tour - start Nov 27 2015 0600PM

Scrooge's Christmas Trolley Tour - Nov 27 - Dec 19, 2015 6:00PM

Imagine stepping back in time to enjoy the holidays the old-fashioned way with one of the most unique CHRISTMAS CAROLS, around: Scrooge's Christmas Trolley Tour in historic Downtown Salis... Read More » 

Salisbury Sings in the Season - start Dec 04 2015 0500PM

Salisbury Sings in the Season - Dec 04, 2015 5:00PM

Join us for a festive First Friday in Downtown Salisbury on Friday, December 4 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Shop throughout downtown during this event then bring your unwrapped packages to the... Read More » 

The Concert Choir - Around the Manger - Dec 05, 2015 7:30PM

The Concert Choir will present an evening of a cappella music. Read More » 

Annual Christmas Tour of Homes - Dec 05, 2015 4:00PM

The buses will leave from the historical China Grove Roller Mill located at 308 N. Main Street, China Grove, at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. This year we will visit four beautiful homes. Each... Read More » 

Gingerbread House Workshop - start Dec 06 2015 0100PM

Gingerbread House Workshop - Dec 06, 2015 1:00PM

We hope to see you December 6, 2015 from 1-4 pm in the Messinger Room of the Rowan Museum at our annual Gingerbread House Workshop. The cost will be $35.00 per child (price includes at... Read More » 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - start Dec 11 2015 0730PM

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Dec 11 - 12, 2015 7:30PM

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. ... Read More » 

Santa & Grinch Antique Firetruck Rides - Dec 12, 2015 10:00AM

Come see Santa and the Grinch. Bring the kids to this great photo op! Read More » 

Christmas Craft Show - Dec 12 - 13, 2015 12:00AM

A great place to pick up hand-made Christmas Gifts for your loved ones! Read More » 

St. John's Men's Chorus Christmas Concert - Dec 13, 2015 4:00PM

The St. John’s Men’s Chorus will present its Christmas Concert to benefit Rowan Helping Ministries. The 50-plus member chorus is comprised of men in the community ages high school and u... Read More » 

Christmas in the Grove - Dec 18 - 19, 2015 4:00PM

Sledding on Swink Street behind the police station. We are bringing in snow for sledding and will have fire pits for roasting marshmallows. Olaf, Elsa & Anna characters will be there. We ... Read More » 

The Nutcracker - start Dec 19 2015 0630PM

The Nutcracker - start: Dec 19, 2015 06:30PM and Dec 20, 2015 2:30PM

Salisbury Symphony Orchestra & Piedmont Dance Theatre

Winter Fever Train Rides - Dec 27, 29, 30, 31 and Jan 2, 2015 1:30PM

Following the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Christmas events, there is another seasonal museum tradition as we approach the new year. Special "Winter Fever Train Rides" are offered for fam... Read More » 

Do you have photos and memories from visiting these or other holiday activities in the area this year? Did we miss your favorite spot or upcoming event? Let us know by 
emailing us. We'll add it to this guide, or save for next year!

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