Welcome to a December wonderland in Rowan County, North Carolina, where festive magic and community spirit come together in a variety of events. From enchanting Christmas events to historic celebrations, this blog post will guide you through our December happenings, ensuring your visit to Rowan County is filled with joy, culture, and the warmth of holiday cheer.


Celebration of Lights & the Winterland Express

Now - December 30, 2023

Grab the family and experience the Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express at Village Park in Kannapolis, N.C. now through December 30. Bring your wish list for your visit with Santa where you can take a photo to capture the incredible moment, enjoy making holiday crafts, yummy smores around the fire pit and so much more.


Winterfest - A German Christmas Marketplace

December 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2023

Soak up the sights and sounds of the holidays as you meander through the market of sparkling lights, trees and merry music in Spencer, N.C.. Wooden huts and market tents will be filled with holiday gifts, crafts and festive food. Watch with wonder at the lighting of the town tree or join in the skating at Spencer on Ice!


Historic Gold Hill Christmas in the Village

December 1 - 3, 9 & 16, 2023

Make Historic Gold Hill your holiday destination by visiting Santa and the Historic Gold Hill merchants. In the Village, you can step back in time and enjoy the season in a lovely, relaxed, quaint setting surrounded by unique specialty shops and Flynn's Village Grill.


Holly Jolly Farm Days at Patterson Farm

December 2, 9 & 16, 2023

Nothing says "happy holidays" more than festive Saturdays on the farm. Come get your kicks of the holiday season with tons of spectacular fun at Patterson's Holly Jolly Farm Days. Visit the farm this December, and start off this holiday season the fun, farm way.


Christmas at the Hall House

December 2, 7, 9, 16 & 23

Experience the Dr. Josephus Hall House in true Christmas fashion as designers deck the halls and adorn the exteriors with holiday decorations. This December, the Historic Salisbury Foundation will be offering open houses, guided tours, holiday tea, and a special Christmas Carol reading on various dates throughout the month.


Photos & Firetrucks with Santa & the Grinch

December 9, 2023

Spend the day downtown gathering at Bell Tower Green for photos with Santa and the Grinch from 10 A.M. – 1P.M. Forget the sleigh, antique firetrucks are the only way to travel on this day! Enjoy FREE rides on antique firetrucks with Santa and the Grinch from 1:30 P.M. to 4 P.M.. 


Christmas in the Grove

December 16, 2023

Celebrate the Christmas season with the annual Christmas in the Grove tradition in Downtown China Grove. See Santa Claus ride in on a firetruck, visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and enjoy tons of exciting holiday activities when you visit China Grove this holiday season!


Winter Holiday Train Rides at the N.C. Transportation Museum

December 26 - 31, 2023

Join the museum for special train rides during the winter break between Christmas and the New Year! It is another seasonal tradition families love to do together, especially when children are on break from school.


New Year's Eve at the Bell Tower Green

December 31, 2023

Say goodbye to 2023 and ring in 2024 with your community! Bell Tower Green will be rocking with live music, refreshments, and community fellowship as we celebrate the start of a brand new year.


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