It's the holiday season, which means it's time to celebrate the people you love, which for many people that means gifting! This season let's leave behind the large retailers, malls and crowded stores, and take some time to experience local and give the gift of Rowan County. Embrace hometown holiday traditions and make your holiday shopping fun with unique items and experiences. We've compiled a list of insider tips to make your holiday shopping an experience in Rowan County. Visit our website to check out all of the shopping areas available in Rowan County. From Downtown Salisbury and Kannapolis to China Grove and Gold Hill, there's a unique place for you to find the perfect gift.




Season Passes: Give a gift that fills an entire season with experiences. Many of our Rowan County attractions offer season passes for individuals and families. Check out Tiger World, Patterson Farm, N.C. Transportation Museum, Salisbury Symphony, Piedmont Players Theatre, Lee Street Theatre and more. Visit our website for a full list of attractions.


Take Them on an Adventure: Rowan County is full of experience to gift to your family. From house museums, art museums to parks, kayak tours and more, there's an experience for everyone. Many of our experiences are free of cost and can provide for a day of fun to share with your loved ones. Visit our website for a full list of experiences waiting for you in Rowan County.


Gift Cards: Support local businesses and give your loved one a chance to experience their favorite place, or a new place, on you! Our local businesses are ready and waiting to load gift cards and write gift certificates for you to give to those you love. Find a list of stores, attractions and restaurants on our website.


Tickets: Take a family outing by gifting tickets for an original experience in Rowan County. Plan a trip to a Cannon Ballers game next season, grab tickets for a show at the Mereony theatre or get tickets for a day at the N.C. Transportation Museum. The opportunities are endless in Rowan County.


Self Care: If you're looking to give someone a bit of R&R this holiday season, gift them a day at the spa. We have several local spas in Rowan County that provide an array of services to help anyone and everyone relax. Salisbury Salon & Spa, Greystone Salon & Spa, Salisbury Salt Spa are just a few of our many spa offerings.


Local Products: If your loved one can't make it to Rowan County, take it to them. Cheerwine is always an iconic gift, plus find glass bottle Cheerwine merchandise in our local stores like Fullers Market. Visit the Patterson Farm Market for local jams, honeys and other goods. For beer and wine lovers, grab some local beer from New Sarum or Morgan Ridge Railwalk and local wine from Douglas Vineyards, Morgan Ridge Vineyards or Cauble Creek Vineyard




Holiday Night Out in Downtown Salisbury: Kick off the holiday season on Black Friday by shopping local during Holiday Night Out in Downtown Salisbury - Friday, November 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy holiday decorations, lights, live music, snow and the sounds of strolling carolers. While downtown also be sure to dine in one of the many wonderful restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, wine shop and one of our local breweries!


Winterfest German Christmas Marketplace: The Town of Spencer is hosting their first annual Winterfest German Christmas Marketplace. Soak up the sights and scents of Christmas as you meander through the market of sparkling lights, trees, fire pits, and merry music. Wooden huts and pop-up tents are filled with Holiday gifts, crafts and festive food.


Christmas in the Village: Historic Gold Hill will host their annual Christmas in the Village December 3 - 5. Step back in time and enjoy the season in a lovely, relaxed, quaint setting surrounded by nine unique specialty shops and Mama T’s restaurant. Merchants will offer complimentary light refreshments in their shops, hayrides, marshmallow roasting, live music and free photo ops with Santa. Shops will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:00 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday. 


Salisbury/Rowan County Farmers' Market: Our farmer's market has more to offer than just delicious produce. Hand made gifts, home made body products and so much more. Check out the Salisbury/Rowan County Farmers' Market on Saturdays 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. through December 18 at the Railwalk Pavillion in Downtown Salisbury.




Extended Store Hours: Many of our Rowan County local businesses will have extended holiday hours. Check individual shop websites and social media pages for their hours. Check Downtown Salisbury's Facebook page for information on stores in the downtown area.


Gift Guides: We've taken the time to give you some ideas for various people on your list - for families, kids, him and her, we've got it laid out for you!


Gift Wrapping: Many of our shops will gift wrap your purchases or put them in a pretty shop bag with tissue, saving you time and effort later.



We hope that you will take some time to shop local in Rowan County this holiday season. We can promise your loved ones will not be disappointed.

Happy holidays!