The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by immersing yourself in the festive charm of Rowan County, North Carolina? From dazzling light displays to heartwarming community events, Rowan County has something for everyone this holiday season. Gather your loved ones and embark on a journey of joy, laughter, and lasting memories with these family-friendly holiday events.

Christmas Festivals & Holiday Family Events

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Visiting Rowan County during the holiday season promises a magical experience with our enchanting Christmas festivals and family events. Join us this year for one of our many holiday celebrations to get in the spirit of the season.


Girls looking at Christmas lights in winter attire


Winter Fun on the Farm at Patterson Farm

NOW - December 15, 2023

Tuesdays – Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Celebration of Lights & the Winterland Express in Kannapolis, N.C.

Now - December 30, 2023

Sundays - Thursdays: 6 P.M. - 9 P.M.; Fridays & Saturdays 6 P.M. - 10 P.M. 

(closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)


Winterfest - A German Christmas Marketplace in Spencer, N.C.

December 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2023

5 P.M. - 9 P.M.


Holly Jolly Farm Days at Patterson Farm

December 2, 9 & 16, 2023

10 A.M. - 5 P.M.


Winterfest at the Cherry Treesort

December 3, 2023

1 P.M. - 5 P.M.


Christmas at the Lake at Granite Lake Park

December 3, 2023

2 P.M. - 7 P.M.


Photos & Firetrucks with Santa & the Grinch in Downtown Salisbury

December 9, 2023

10 A.M. - 4 P.M.


Campfire Christmas by the Lake at Lake Corriher Wilderness Park

December 9, 2023

4 P.M. - 7 P.M.


Christmas in the Grove

December 16, 2023

5 P.M. - 8 P.M.

December Parades & Tree Lightings

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Experience the enchantment of the holiday season by visiting Rowan County, North Carolina, where Christmas parades and tree lightings transform the streets into a festive wonderland. Although most our parades were in November, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to experience our magic firsthand this December.


Christmas Parade drummer


The Town of Cleveland 1st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event

December 1, 2023

6 P.M.


Winterfest's Doo Dah Kid's Parade & Tree Lighting in Spencer N.C.

December 1, 2023

6 P.M.


Town of Cleveland Christmas Parade

December 2, 2023

2 P.M.


Kannapolis Christmas Parade

December 9, 2023

6 P.M.

Historic Christmas Events

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Step back in time and embrace the holiday spirit during your visit this season with some of our historical Christmas celebrations. From the Historic Village of Gold Hill to the Hall House Museum, there are plenty of opportunities for you to celebrate a classic, historical Christmas this year.


Historic home decorated for Christmas


Historic Gold Hill Christmas in the Village

December 1 - 3, 9 & 16, 2023


Christmas at the Hall House: Christmas Guided Tours

December 2, 9 & 23, 2023

1 P.M. - 4 P.M.


Christmas at the Hall House: Open House

December 7, 2023

6 P.M. - 8 P.M.


Cornish Christmas in the Village

December 9, 2023

11 A.M. - 5 P.M.


Christmas at the Hall House: Holiday Tea

December 16, 2023

11 A.M., 12:30 P.M. & 2 P.M.


Christmas at the Hall House: A Christmas Carol Reading

December 23, 2023

7 P.M.

Holiday Events in the Arts

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Discover the cultural vibrancy of our county during the holiday season as Christmas events in the arts unfold. Take the family to the Nutcracker Ballet, sit in the audience of an original, Christmas theatrical show or sign your young one up for an ornament craft class to expand your Christmas traditions this year.


Christmas Decorations on Door


Lee Street Theatre Presents: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!"

December 1 - 16, 2023

Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 P.M. ; Sundays: 2:30 P.M.


Jr. Artpops & Family Fun Embroidered Wool Ornaments Class at Waterworks

December 2, 2023

10 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.


The Salisbury Symphony Presents: "The Nutcracker Ballet"

December 16, 2023 at 6:30 P.M.
December 17, 2023 at 2:30 P.M.

Join in more fun this holiday season, and check out the rest of the upcoming happenings on our event calendar.