November in our picturesque region is a time of year that invites both locals and visitors alike to come together and celebrate the season's beauty and cultural richness. From vibrant fall foliage to a calendar filled with exciting events that are sure to bring the family together, Rowan County is an incredible spot to visit each November.


In this blog post, we invite you to embark on a journey with us through Rowan County's November events, where tradition and innovation harmoniously intertwine to create a tapestry of experiences that will surely make this autumn unforgettable.


Patterson Farm Fall Fun on the Farm

Now - November 4, 2023

It's that time of year again for Patterson Farm's Fall Fun on the Farm in the beautiful Mount Ulla, North Carolina! If you're looking for a fantastic way to celebrate the autumn season with your family, this is the place to be. From pumpkin patches to corn mazes and everything in between, Patterson Farm offers a wide range of exciting activities that will make your fall unforgettable.


Balloon Glow & Lazer Show

November 3 & 4, 2023

Get the whole family out for a great family fun time! See incredible hot air balloons, and maybe even take a ride on a tethered one! For the grand finale each night after dusk... about 9 P.M., there will be a Hot Air Balloon Glow & Laser Show where they will light up all the balloons in unison with a crowd participatory countdown.


Patterson Farm Winter Fun on the Farm

November 7 - December 15, 2023

This winter, Patterson Farm is warming up for a chilly season without cooling down the fun. The barn and Paw Paw Carl's playground are both waiting for you to visit and play. Say hello to cows, chickens, goats and more, then hop on over to the playground to enjoy some original, farm fun.


The Polar Express Train Ride

November 11 - December 23, 2023

“Well, are you coming?” Inspired by the hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a magical trip on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at the N.C. Transportation Museum! Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole. Experience the joy of caroling and holiday entertainment that will surely become an annual family tradition. Children of all ages are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas!



Polar Express Stay & Play Package

Be sure to Book a Stay in Rowan County to receive free tickets or gift certificates to the museum's gift shop while supplies last. Find out more about our Polar Express Stay & Play Package here.



Lighting of the Fall Fires

November 18, 2023

Join us in Gold Hill for a delightful evening of entertainment, refreshments and warm holiday cheer, while strolling through Historic Gold Hill and it's quaint shops! The village and each shop will be decorated to the nines in festive lights, greenery and red bows. Sing carols on the street corners as you stroll along the wooden sidewalks, smell the smoke from the pot-belly stoves and warm your bones by the bonfires at this classic Gold Hill event.


Celebration of Lights & the Winterland Express

November 18 - December 30, 2023

Come to Village Park and enjoy all the beautiful lights and displays in celebration of the holidays. Bring your wish list for your visit with Santa and take a photo with him at no charge. Other activities include making a holiday craft, enjoying smore’s around the fire pit and much more. Local craft and artisans be on hand on the weekends, so come prepared to do your Christmas shopping!


'Tis the Season Holiday Spectacular Parade & Celebration

November 22, 2023

The 'Tis the Season Spectacular is a community event open to the public. This year's parade will be held Wednesday, November 22, 2023. The holiday parade will follow the route of main street through Spencer and Salisbury's historic downtowns. The parade will begin in Downtown Spencer and then reach Downtown Salisbury. The parade will present musical acts, floats and more.


Holiday Night Out

November 24, 2023

The biggest shopping night of the year happens in Downtown Salisbury during Holiday Night Out! Shop the stores all day and night. Join us in Downtown Salisbury on November 24, 2023 form 5 P.M. to 9 P.M..


Kannapolis Annual Holiday Market

November 24 - 26, 2023

Begin your holiday shopping Thanksgiving weekend at the Holiday Market in Kannapolis, N.C.. Local vendors and artists will have plenty of holiday goodies to choose from stocking stuffers to those hard-to-find gift items. The market will be inside Kannapolis City Hall, 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. each day. Food and drinks will be on sale and admission is free!


Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2023

Continue a weekend of shopping at Small Business Saturday in Downtown Salisbury. This all-day shopping event will be accompanied by holiday caroling and a variety fun activities. Support local businesses and celebrate Small Business Saturday in Downtown Salisbury!


Find out all the fun activities in store for you this November on our event calendar.