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Cabarrus Magazine's 2016 Holiday Guide, Presented by Gerber Collision & Glass

Nov 11, 2016 10:15PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
The holiday season is finally upon us! With the cold weather chilling and the hot drinks flowing, it's time to start the celebrations. However, it can be easy to be tempted to stay home and snuggle by the fire, but there are so many exciting things happening in the Cabarrus county area. 

We reached out to our Facebook followers asking for information on local-area events happening this season, and got a resounding response. Thank you to all that took the time to include information about their events, especially those that included links! Don't see yours included, or want to add to our guide? Feel free to add it for free to our calendar and send us the link by contacting us.  

Below is our list of Holiday Events happening in the area, separated by category. Presented by Gerber Collision & Glass (Concord, NC).

Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Parades

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - start Oct 26 2016 0600PM

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: Nov 26, 2016 6:00PM

Concord's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. on November 26. Join us as we kickoff the Holiday season with live music, entertainment, children's activities, fireworks and of ... Read More » 

Kannapolis Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - start Nov 26 2016 0600PM

Kannapolis Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: Nov 26, 2016 6:00PM

• Join us as we kick off the holiday season with live music, entertainment, children’s activities, fireworks and, of course, Santa Claus. Read More » 


We invite all who are grieving to join us for our Annual Memorial Service. Hosted by the Bereavement Team at Hospice of Cabarrus, remember and celebrate the life of your loved ones.   ... Read More » 


• Horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s crafts, live nativity, performances by local dance troops; Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire truck to light the Harrisburg Christmas tree. Local ... Read More » 



Dec 10, 2016 6:00PM

• This special nighttime parade travels through the streets of downtown.  Read More » 



• Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving and attended by more than 40,000 residents of Concord and the surrounding areas! Read More » 

Local Holiday Events & Fundraisers

14th Annual Arzie Rogers Toy Run - start Nov 19 2016 0830AM

14th Annual Arzie Rogers Toy Run: Nov 19, 2016 8:30AM

This Memorial Ride begins at CMC-NorthEast Stadium, thru the Concord Parade and ends at Speedway Harley-Davidson where food, music, prizes and the toy presentation will take place. Partic... Read More » 


EGGNOG JOG 5K - start Nov 19 2016 0545PM

EGGNOG JOG 5K: Nov 19, 2016 5:45PM

The Eggnog Jog is an event for everyone. 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 or walk the 5k course that ... Read More » 


SPEEDWAY CHRISTMAS 2016 - start Nov 19 2016 0530PM

SPEEDWAY CHRISTMAS 2016: Nov 19, 2016 5:30PM

Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and once again the Egg Nog Jog 5k is kicking things off on November 19th. The Christmas light show is even bigger and better in... Read More » 


The Holiday Market: November 25-26

This event takes place at the Laureate Center in Kannapolis City Hall from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Local vendors and artists will have plenty of holiday gifts to choose from.  Whether you’re picking up some last minute stocking stuffers or starting at the top of your list, the market is sure to have something for everyone. Free Admission!

Holiday Laser Light Festival  - start Dec 02 2016 0500PM

Holiday Laser Light Festival: Dec 2, 2016 5:00PM

Join the Kannapolis Intimidators will for a Holiday Laser Light Festival at the Intimidators Stadium. There will be three nightly laser light shows, set to your favorite Christmas songs, ... Read More » 

Santa House - start Dec 03 2016 1000AM

Santa House: Dec 3, 2016 10:00AM

Santa's House is a 1000sq ft building where we keep our 9.500 different Santas. Dec, 3rd, 10th, & 17th (Saturdays) we will be open from 10am to 4pm for anyone to walk through and ... Read More » 



Holiday Happenings - start Dec 03 2016 1100AM

Holiday Happenings!: Dec 3, 2016 11:00AM

Join us in Downtown Concord for a festive day of holiday cheer! Free horse-drawn wagon rides and face painting for young and old, alike. Children can participate in a Gingerbread Candy Hu... Read More » 

Local Holiday Performances

The Bands of CFA Academy: "All Things Christmas": Nov 28, 2016 7:00PM

November 28, 2016, 7:00 pm in the CFA Church Main Auditorium. 150 Warren C. Coleman Blvd. Concord, NC 28027. Doors open at 6:45 pm. All welcomed. Read More » 


Old Courthouse Theatre Presents - start Dec 02 2016 0800PM

Old Courthouse Theatre Presents: Dec 2, 2016 8:00PM

Created by Kathy Feininger (PG) A Broadway Christmas Carol, created by Kathy Feininger, is a delicious cross between the classic Dickens’ tale and uproarious song parodies of favorite,... Read More » 


50-Voice Piedmont Choral Society: Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm & Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3pm

The 50-Voice Piedmont Choral Society will present its free annual December concerts, with orchestra, on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3pm at Forest Hills Methodist Church, 265 Union St N. Familiar carols and lighter holiday music will be featured. Pfeiffer University choir will join the PCS for these events. Joseph Judge of Albemarle will direct the group. Dr. Son Simmons is accompanist. 

For Info email: [email protected] or call 704-699-6053

5th Annual Rockin Kids First Benefit and Auction at Amos - start Dec 03 2016 0400PM

5th Annual Rockin' Kids First Benefit and Auction at Amos': Dec 3, 2016 4:00PM

Line Up for the 5th Annual Rockin' Kids First Benefit Concert and Auction benefitting Kids First of the Carolinas The Roadshow Band -Rock University's Premier Band Death of August Engl... Read More » 


Christmas Extravaganza: Dec 3, 2016 8:00AM

It is time to mark your calendars for the third annual Friends of the Midland Library Christmas Extravaganza. Get into the holiday spirit by meandering through our craft vendors wares, h... Read More » 

USO Troupe Holiday Show - start Dec 05 2016 0730PM

USO Troupe Holiday Show: Dec 5, 2016 7:30PM

The USO Show Troupe has been entertaining service members and civilians around the globe for 75 years, making it part of an American tradition to have touched several generations. Made up... Read More » 


2016 Intune Christmas Production of

2016 Intune Christmas Production of "Annie": Dec 9, 2016 6:00PM

2016 Intune Christmas Production! Intune School of the Art's Christmas Production is the Concord Christmas tradition for the entire family. For the last 5 years our community cast has ... Read More » 


Local Churches Celebrate the Holidays

Music Performances & Dinner: November 5th

these performances will be held at 5:30pm at St. John's Reformed Church, 901 N. Main St. Kannapolis N.C. This event will be a Soup, Salad & Singing event. It's free to everyone. There will be different individuals and groups singing and more are welcome to join in. Dinner will be served.

Seasons of Joy Bazaar: November 5th

This event is from 8am-2pm. Supporting Mt Pleasant UMC Youth Ministry. There will be food, vendors with handcrafted and unique gifts. 1260 N College Street. Mt Pleasant NC.

Harvest Community Church Holiday Boutique: Friday, Nov 18th

Local vendors have lots of beautiful items to get started on your Christmas shopping! This event goes 6-9pm on Friday the 18th, and Sat, Nov 19, 9-12:30 at 4284 Orphanage Road, Concord. 

Call Anna at 704-773-4708 for more information. 


Things Happening at the First Baptist Church in Kannapolis


First Baptist Church
101 N. Main Street
Kannapolis, NC 28081


First Sunday in Advent, Sunday, November 27, 10:55am

Brunch in Bethlehem (birth-5 years), Saturday, December 3, 11am-1pm

Christmas Musical, Sunday, December 18th, 7:00pm

Christmas Eve Worship, Saturday, December 24th, 6:00pm

Christmas Day Worship, Sunday, December 25th, 10:00am


Hospice of Cabarrus County Annual Memorial Service: Tuesday Nov 29th

This service will be held at the Laureate Center, Kannapolis at 6:00 pm. Call 704-935-9434 for details.


Bethlehem Village at Providence Baptist Church: Dec 1-4

This event will take place in Harrisburg at 5315 NC-49, Harrisburg, NC 28075, from 6:30-8:30pm. This immersion experience is a 45 minute tour through the streets of Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. Dress warmly! Hot cocoa, cider and cookies are served after the tour! All free!

Christmas In The City - start Dec 09 2016 0630PM

Christmas In The City: Dec 9, 2016 6:30PM

Christmas In The City is a spectacular Christmas themed creative arts production featuring music, dancing, theatrics and video production. We are offering the show in two formats this ... Read More » 




Twas the Light Before Christmas  - start Dec 11 2016 1030AM

Twas the Light Before Christmas: Dec 11, 2016 10:30AM

Kannapolis Church of God Children's Christmas Program 2016 Read More » 

Events with Central United Methodist Church:


801 S Hayne St 
Monroe, NC 28112

  • A Morning of Music on December 11  Luke's Canticles at 10am.
  • Blue Christmas worship for those suffering on December 21 at 7:00pm
  • Christmas Eve worship at 5:00pm, for children and families; at 7:00pm for traditional worship. Both services will have candle lighting and Holy Communion.
  • Christmas Day Service at 11:00am. 30 Union Street N, across from the downtown library. 

Christmas in the Country, Mount Pleasant Style: Dec 16, 2016 7:00PM

Christmas in the Country, Mount Pleasant Style: Friday Dec 16 & Saturday Dec 17 A Christmas music program presented by First Baptist Church and the New Believers Quartet on Friday ... Read More » 


Give the Gift of Giving: Fundraisers, Volunteering & Nonprofits

Give Thanks for Wildlife - start Nov 19 2016 0630PM

Give Thanks for Wildlife: Nov 19, 2016 6:30PM

Wildlife art, live raptors, discussions with leading native plant experts and tasting stations with sustainably harvested flora and fauna are just a few of the highlights of North Carolin... Read More » 

Amazing Grace Advocacy Christmas Cards

Amazing Grace Advocacy sells Christmas Cards made from the artwork of local youth living with Brain Disorders. Visit their website to learn more about this meaningful organization. 

Cards are available online November 1st at:

They will also have a booth at the Kannapolis Holiday Market on Nov. 25 & 26.


Harrisburg's American Legion &Auxiliary #523 Donation Programs

The event takes place late November through December 5. They will be collecting items for 200 gift bags to be distributed to hospitalized veterans. Most items needed are personal hygiene goods and sugar free candies. Donation boxes will be in place in several locations in Harrisburg late November through December 5.

Visit their website to learn more. 

Honduras Mission Trip

In March 2014 the Mission Team installed a water filtration system in a Honduras community where 4-5 children were dying each year to water-born illness.

The Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church Mission Team will be returning to Honduras in March 2017 to install another water filtration system in a community.

Their leaders have been trained by Living Waters for the World in the areas of building and maintaining the system, water testing, hygiene, and Biblical aspects of water. They are equipped to develop a clean water covenant with the community. We will have a 2 to 3 year partnership with the community leaders to help with the operation and maintenance of the system as well as provide the most current educational materials for the residents.

They are accepting donations. You can visit their website to learn more. 


Baimellon's Giving

Want to help the homeless this holiday? Check out Baimellion's Giving!

Baimellon's Giving started as a small Christmas project for my family but has turned into something much, much greater. What began as a donation of bare necessities to my local homeless shelter has amazed me by transforming to a larger and more personal Christmas gift to the families and individuals who spend their Christmas holiday in the shelter. Each shelter resident receives a backpack full of stuff! Curious about how much each bag costs? Lets break it down! With a total budget of $1,300, $300 is designated to any children who may spend their Christmas in the shelter. This leaves $1,000 is spent on the bags. So with 30 bags being made with $1,000, each bag costs $33.33!

For less than $35, you and your family can give an individual a backpack with a variety of items including, but not limited to, a blanket, toothbrush and tooth paste, soap, bible and devotionals, notebook and pen, socks, snacks and water, and a holiday card with a $5 McDonalds gift card!

Want to help? There are a variety of ways to do so! First, “Like" my Facebook Page, Baimellon’s Giving. Next, invite your family and friends to “Like” the page as well! Once you’ve liked the page, read over my past posts and visit my GoFundMe campaign where you see a full budget laid out for you and if you wish to and are able to, donate while you’re there! Lastly, whether you can donate or not, share the campaign with the people around you to help me accomplish my goal of giving a great Christmas to some very deserving people in our community!

Visit their website for me information, or visit their GoFundMe page to make a donation. 


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