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2017 Cabarrus Magazine Holiday Guide, Presented by CiCi's Pizza & Chez Francois

Nov 17, 2017 12:24AM ● By Melanie Heisinger
There's plenty to do in Cabarrus County and the surrounding area this holiday season. Here are some great family-friendly ways to brighten your holiday season, Presented by CiCi's Pizza and Chez Francois Authentic French Cuisine

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.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Parades

There are so many fun tree lighting ceremonies in the Cabarrus County area. We've put together a list of all the local ceremonies to look forward to. Get into the holiday spirit with us! 

20th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - start Nov 17 2017 0600PM

20th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - Nov 17, 2017 6:00PM

Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2017 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 20th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Novemb... Read More » 

Concord Christmas Parade - start Nov 18 2017 0230PM

Concord Christmas Parade - Nov 18, 2017 2:30PM

Cabarrus Events Association is proud to announce November 18, 2017 as the date for this year’s ACN Concord Christmas Parade. We are pound to have ACN as our Presenting sponsor again this... Read More » 


2017 Kannapolis Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - start Nov 25 2017 0600PM

2017 Kannapolis Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - Nov 25, 2017 6:00PM

On Saturday, November 25 at 6pm, celebrate the start of the Christmas season in Kannapolis with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy live music and entertainment, kids activities, San... Read More » 


Harrisburgs Christmas Tree Lighting - start Dec 01 2017 0600PM

Harrisburg's Christmas Tree Lighting - Dec 1, 2017 6:00PM

Live entertainment from a variety of local musical and dance groups including Victoria Layton (soloist), The Line Church Worship Band, Wolfe Brass, Hickory Ridge High School Chorus, Dance... Read More » 

Harrisburg Lights

Neighborhoods in Harrisburg light up this season!

The Harrisburg Parks & Recreation department want to see you decorate your home for the holidays! The best decorated home will win a prize! Why not, what do you have to lose? Get out your lights and decorations and go to town!

Click Here for an Application!

If you have any questions, please call Harrisburg Parks & Recreation at: 704-455-7275.

79th Annual Cannon Pharmacy Kannapolis Christmas Parade - start Dec 09 2017 0600PM

79th Annual Cannon Pharmacy Kannapolis Christmas Parade - Dec 9, 2017 6:00PM

Kannapolis holiday festivities continue with the 79th Annual Cannon Pharmacy Kannapolis Christmas Parade on Dec. 09, 2017. Starting at 6 p.m., the parade begins at the intersection of Mai... Read More » 


Holiday Activities & Jogs

Get active this holiday season with jogs and fun holiday-themed activities! 

Eggnog Jog - start Nov 18 2017 0600PM

Eggnog Jog - Nov 18, 2017 6:00PM

ace Starts November 18th at 6:00pm 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... Read More » 

Speedway Christmas

Courtesy of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Facebook page

Speedway Christmas 2017 is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its eighth year. Speedway Christmas will have over 3,000,000 lights with a new and greatly improved lights-to-music drive-thru section along the 3.5-mile course!

Open every night of the week and in addition the Christmas Village will be open Thursday-Sunday and all Christmas week (Closed Christmas Day), the Christmas Village includes a petting zoo, Bethlehem village, photos with Santa, and more. 

Building on the family-friendly holiday atmosphere, this year's Speedway Christmas fans can sit in their cars and cozy up to FOX 46 Movie Nights on the giant Speedway TV every Thursday-Sunday. Movies will begin at 6:30 PM each night, with a second showing immediately after. Tune to 105.1 FM to listen to the movie in your vehicle. 

The Speedway Christmas movie schedule includes:

  • Nov. 19 - "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
  • Nov. 23 - 26 - "Frosty's Winter Wonderland"
  • Nov. 30 - Dec. 3 - "Fred Claus"
  • Dec. 7 - 10 - "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
  • Dec. 14 - 17 - "Elf"
  • Dec. 18 - 24 - "The Polar Express"
  • Dec. 28 - 30 - "Frozen"

Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express

Celebrate the Christmas spirit all month long in Kannapolis with the Celebration of Lights. The Celebration of Lights boasts more than 250,000 lights and takes place at Village Park nightly from November 25th - December 30th (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Walk through the park and enjoy the many light displays, ride the carousel or ride the Winterland Express and see if you can find all 12 Days of Christmas! 

In addition to the light displays throughout the park, other activities will also take place each night. You can roast marshmallows and make s’mores or visit with Santa in his studio. Stop by and watch a performances from our very own Kannapolis Singing Bears as they entertain the family with a 30 minute Christmas Carol performance each hour on the hour.  

The Winterland Express takes riders through the lights at the park from 6 – 9 PM Sunday – Thursday and 6 – 10 PM Fridays & Saturdays. Admission to the park and viewing of the lights is free; tickets to ride the train and carousel are $2.00 per person per ride. 

Laser Light Show at Kannapolis Intimidators - start Dec 02 2017 0600PM

Laser Light Show at Kannapolis Intimidators - Dec 2, 2017 6:00PM

The Kannapolis Intimidators are hosting the second annual three-day Holiday Laser Light Experience at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System featuring nightly laser... Read More » 

Cookies with Santa - start Dec 06 2017 0300PM

Cookies with Santa - Dec 6, 2017 3:00PM

Bring your kids to enjoy cookies with Santa at The Galleries on Wednesday, December 6th from 3-5pm! This is a FREE event that will be taking place at: 65 Union Street South, Concord, NC.... Read More » 

Seniors Christmas Party - start Dec 07 2017 1000AM

Seniors Christmas Party - Dec 7, 2017 10:00AM

The Cabarrus Arena and Events Center transforms into Whoville complete with Cindy Loo and the Grinch. Throughout the day, visitors will see entertainment, door prizes, goody bags, refresh... Read More » 


Annual Veterans Christmas Breakfast - start Dec 13 2017 0900AM

Annual Veterans Christmas Breakfast - Dec 13, 2017 9:00AM

The Cabarrus County Veterans Services department invites all veterans and their families to the Annual Christmas Breakfast Wednesday, December 13, from 9-11 a.m. Drop in during the mo... Read More » 



Local Holiday Performances

Cabarrus County area and beyond is lucky enough to have plenty of talent in the area, especially when it comes to theatre. Check out these fun performances happening in the area this holiday season. 

2017 Christmas Extravaganza from the Charlotte Civic Orchestra - start Nov 26 2017 0730PM

2017 Christmas Extravaganza, from the Charlotte Civic Orchestra - Nov 26, 2017 7:30PM

Come celebrate an evening of exhilarating holiday entertainment with the Charlotte Civic Orchestra! The 2017 Christmas Extravaganza concert will feature over 300 performers including the ... Read More » 



November 30 – December 17, 2017   

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Evening Shows: November 30, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8pm

Sunday Matinees: December 3, 10, 17 at 2:30pm 

Click Here to Purchase Tickets.     

The Barefoot Movement Christmas Show - start Dec 16 2017 0800PM

The Barefoot Movement Christmas Show - Dec 16, 2017 8:00PM

A holiday celebration for the whole family, The Barefoot Movement performs season favorites from Perry Como’s It's Beginning to Look a Lot LIke Christmas to Alvin and the Chipmunks’ Chris... Read More » 


Piedmont Choral Society: Christmas Concert 


The Piedmont Choral Society, is an auditioned 4-part choir that includes singers from across the community. Its mission is to provide high-caliber performances of both sacred and secular choral masterworks that have stood the test of time and have become standards to which all other musical literature is compared.  

They will have a Piedmont Choral Society: Christmas Concert 
Friday, December 8th at 7:00PM and Sunday, December 10th at 3:00PM.

Give the Gift of Giving: Fundraisers, Volunteering & Nonprofits

Tis the season for giving, and what better way than to support a local nonprofit? Explore our list of local fundraisers and charities to get inspired. 

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. 

Amazing Grace Advocacy does not meet for Support Groups or Workshops in November & December. 

They will also have a booth at the Kannapolis Holiday Market​ on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00am-5:00pm, located at their booth with tons of vendors in the Kannapolis City Hall, 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis.

They are selling their Christmas Cards and all sorts of handmade products that make excellent gifts for family, providers and teachers! 100% of proceeds goes back into their programs!

Cards are available online at:


Harrisburg's American Legion & Auxiliary #523 Donation Programs

The event takes place late November through December 9. 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 9.

Visit their website to learn more. 

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