Mark your calendar for these festive family-fun happenings in Rowan County to kick-off the holiday season.


The Polar Express Train Ride

Dates Vary Between Nov. 17 – Dec. 22 ׀ NC Transportation Museum

"All Aboard" The Polar Express! Inspired by the run-away hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on the Polar Express. Passengers will enjoy singing and dancing upon their arrival at the North Pole where Santa will present the first gift of Christmas.


Lighting of the Fall Fires

Nov. 18, 2017 ׀ 5:30-9:00 p.m. ׀ Historic Gold Hill

Don't miss a delightful evening of entertainment, refreshments and warm holiday cheer while strolling

through Historic Gold Hill, NC and its quaint shops from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. A nostalgic trolley ride will transport you from Gold Hill Mines Historic Park to the heart of the bustling 19th century village. Merchants will be dressed in period costume to greet visitors and share an assortment of delicious hors d'oeuvres and samplings of delectable dishes.


Southern Rowan Christmas Parade

Nov. 21, 2017 ׀ 3:00 p.m. ׀ Downtown China Grove

The annual Southern Rowan Christmas parade begins in Landis at 3 p.m. and will be in China Grove at 4 p.m.


58th Annual Holiday Caravan Parade

Nov. 22, 2017 ׀ 2:00 p.m. ׀ Downtown Spencer & Salisbury

Get in the holiday spirit at the 58th Annual Holiday Caravan Parade. There will be 140 floats and units this year to admire! The parade will begin in Spencer at 2 p.m. and arrive in Salisbury at 3 p.m.


Holiday Night Out

Nov. 24, 2017 ׀ 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. ׀ Downtown Salisbury

Join us in Downtown Salisbury for the biggest shopping night of the year! Keep an eye out for Santa and the Grinch strolling the streets, waiting to greet you! Enjoy hot cocoa, carolers, and much more!


Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour

Dates Vary Between Nov. 24 – Dec. 23 ׀ Visitors Center, Downtown Salisbury

Scrooge's Christmas Trolley Tour is a dramatic retelling of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," featuring both laughter and serious moments. Passengers will travel back in time by trolley to Christmases past with Scrooge on his journey and see scenes from this wonderful holiday story acted out at historic sites in Downtown Salisbury. Beginning Nov. 24, tours will run five times a night (6:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm, 9:00pm) on Fridays and Saturdays with final performances on Dec. 23.


Kannapolis Annual Tree Lighting

Nov. 25, 2017 ׀ 6:00 – 12:00 p.m. ׀ Village Park, Downtown Kannapolis

Kick off the holiday season at the Kannapolis Annual Tree Lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Stay after for fireworks!