If you’re looking for ways to spend the holiday season with your sweetheart, or just a simple date night idea, we’ve got your back. We’ve compiled the ultimate list of holiday activities for couples in Rowan County. So make your list, check it twice and don’t miss anything that’ll make you feel nice!


Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour: Travel back to Christmases’ past with a dramatic retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” aboard the Historic Salisbury Trolley. Scrooge will act out this wonderful holiday story at historic sites in Downtown Salisbury. This is a live theater presentation you will not want to miss!

November 21 – December 21


Arc of Rowan County Festival of Trees: The 16th annual Arc of Rowan County Festival of Trees will showcase a collection of beautifully decorated Christmas trees to kick off the holiday season at the F&M Trolley Barn. Explore the trees that are decorated by local sponsors and businesses.

December 6 - 8


Celebration of Lights: Visit Village Park in Kannapolis to take in more than 250,000 Christmas lights, make s’mores and more! On various nights, local community groups and musicians will be present to perform your favorite Christmas songs.

November 23 – December 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)


Polar Express Train Ride: Passengers of all ages will enjoy the magical retelling of the iconic holiday movie at the North Carolina Transportation Museum, The Polar Express. Hop on board the Polar Express and travel to the North Pole to see Santa hand out the first gift of Christmas.

November 15 – December 22


Town of China Grove Tree Lighting: Join the Town of China Grove for caroling and hot chocolate while the town Christmas tree is lit in Hanna Park.

December 7


Lessons & Carols at Catawba College: Soak in the music of the season at Catawba College’s 32st annual Service of Lessons and Carols in the beautifully decorated Omwake-Dearborn Chapel at Catawba College.

December 2 & 5


Historic Gold Hill Christmas in the Village: Experience an Old Fashioned Christmas with light refreshments in the Village Shops in Historic Gold Hill, photos with Santa, hayrides to the barn, live music, marshmallow roasting and more.

December 6 - 8


Christmas at the Hall House: Christmas decorations fill every room of the 1820’s landmark in the Historic West Square of Downtown Salisbury. Step back in time and explore the history of the Hall family while enjoying the decorative touches of the season.

Saturdays and Sundays November 23 - December 22


81st Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade: This special nighttime parade travels through the streets of downtown Kannapolis.

December 14


Christmas in the Grove: There’s a 100% chance of snow in China Grove! Bring your sled and enjoy food, hot chocolate, s’mores, fire pits, horse drawn wagon rides, caroling and more! Downtown shops will be open late to do some holiday shopping.

December 14


Nutcracker Ballet: This enchanting production is an annual holiday favorite about a little girl and her magical journey to a land of sweets. 

December 21 & 22


Old Stone House Christmas: Experience Christmas like our Rowan County ancestors would have 200 years ago! Tour of the historic house and view the enactment of a colonial family’s Christmas celebration. Plus, learn about customs and participate in crafts, musket firings, woodworking, weaving, candle making, open fire cooking, and more!

December 28 & 29


New Year's Eve at the Trolley Barn: Enjoy a night of free games, live music and refreshments to celebrate bringing in 2020. Held at the F&M Trolley Barn in Downtown Salisbury.

December 31


If you’re looking for even more ways to spend the holidays in Rowan County, view our full calendar of events. Or, if you’re looking for family friendly events, check out our blog Guide: Holiday Activities for Kids in Rowan County.