Family is the key to a beautiful holiday season, and in Rowan County we’re providing as many family friendly opportunities for you to create lasting holiday memories. In fact, we’re so excited for you to spend time with your family this holiday season that we’ve created a guide packed full of kid friendly activities for the holiday season! Get your calendars handy, because we’re about to fill your holiday schedule!


Brunch with Santa: Santa may like cookies and milk while he’s delivering toys, but for his brunch he likes pancakes! Children and their families are invited to have brunch with Santa at the Salisbury Civic Center. Food, crafts, games, photos and more! All ages are welcome. Pre-registration is required. 

December 7, 2019


Cleveland Christmas Parade: There’s no better holiday tradition than an old fashion Christmas parade! Join the Cleveland Lions Club for the 47th annual Cleveland Christmas Parade.

December 7, 2019


Town of China Grove Tree Lighting: Grab some hot chocolate and sing along to Christmas carols during the 4th annual China Grove Tree Lighting.

December 7, 2019


Celebration of Lights & the Winterland Express: Village Park in Kannapolis has been completely transformed into a winter wonderland! More than 250,000 holiday lights will illuminate the night as children ride the Winterland Express Train, make s’mores, watch performances by the Kannapolis Singing Bears, make ornaments and more!

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


Polar Express Train Ride: All aboard the Polar Express at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. Enjoy a train ride bound for the North Pole to see Santa deliver the first gift of Christmas. Singing, dancing, cookies and hot chocolate included! Don’t delay, tickets sell out early.

November 15 – December 22


Gingerbread House Workshop: The Rowan Museum in Downtown Salisbury has assembled gingerbread houses for your family to decorate! Make your gingerbread house a gingerbread home!

December 1, 2019


Historic Gold Hill Christmas in the Village: Visit Historic Gold Hill for an old fashioned Christmas with light refreshments in the Village Shops, photos with Santa, hayrides to the barn, live music, marshmallow roasting and more!

December 6 - 8, 2019


81st Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade: This special nighttime parade travels through the streets of downtown Kannapolis! This year’s parade is sponsored by Cannon Pharmacy.

December 14, 2019


Christmas in the Grove: There’s a 100% chance of snow in China Grove! Bring your plastic sled for a fun night of sledding, food, hot chocolate, s’mores, firepits, horse draw wagon rides, caroling and of course, Santa!

December 14, 2019


Nutcracker Ballet: The annual holiday favorite about Clara and her magical journey will be presented at Catawba College.

December 21 & 22, 2019


Santa + Grinch Antique Firetruck Rides: Visit Santa and the Grinch and take a ride in their antique firetruck in Downtown Salisbury! Once you finish, talk a walk around Downtown Salisbury for some Christmas shopping or a warm meal! 

December 14, 2019


Tea with Mrs. Claus: Mrs. Claus has planned a special visit to the North Carolina Museum of Dolls, Toys and Miniatures. Join her for tea, cookies, photos and more!

December 8, 2019


34th Annual Old Stone House Christmas: Experience a Christmas like our Rowan County ancestors would have known 200 years ago! Guests will enjoy learning about customs and participating in crafts, musket firing, woodworking, weaving, candle making, open fire cooking, music, children’s games, goats, chickens and more!

December 28 & 29, 2019