Rowan County has a long-standing tradition of kicking off the holiday season with holiday parades! Rowan County has four original parade opportunities for your family to celebrate the joy of the coming season. 


Southern Rowan Christmas Parade | November 23, 2021

Jump start the holiday season with the 43rd annual Southern Rowan Christmas Parade! The parade will be held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and begins in Landis at 3 p.m. and restarts in China Grove at 4 p.m.

‘Tis the Season Spectacular | November 24, 2021

The ‘Tis the Season Spectacular holiday parade, will be held the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The parade will travel through main street of Downtown Spencer at 2 p.m. and make it’s way through main street of Downtown Salisbury at 3 p.m. This year’s parade is sponsored by FoodLion and will present musical acts, floats, special guests and more! Following the parade their will be a holiday spectacular at the Bell Tower Green Park featuring food trucks, live music, Santa and more.


Cleveland, NC Christmas Parade | December 4, 2021

the traditional Town of Cleveland Christmas Parade is a time of family gatherings, renewing old friendships, and of course, welcoming Christmas — the small-town way, with plenty of horses, dogs, and kids, church floats, big trucks, bicycles, and candy. The parade begins at 2 p.m. and will take place in Downtown Cleveland.


Kannapolis Christmas Parade | December 11, 2021

The annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Main St. and Dale Earnhardt Blvd. and travel through the streets of Downtown Kannapolis. This year’s parade is presented by Cannon Pharmacy.


We hope that your family will enjoy the wonderful tradition of holiday parades with us this season. Attend one or all of our holiday parades to experience our Rowan County downtown areas. Make a day of it with an activity, lunch or shopping! Most importantly, happy holidays to all of our visitors!


If you’re looking for additional family friendly holiday activities, visit our events calendar to fill your season with joy.