The days have grown shorter, but the holidays are fast approaching. Add some sparkle and twinkle to your evenings with these festive light displays and holiday events to get in the spirit of the season.

Festival of Trees

December 1 – 3 ׀ Times Vary

F&M Trolley Barn ׀ 125 E. Liberty St., Salisbury, NC 28144

The annual Festival of Trees showcases a collection of beautifully decorated Christmas trees and is a wonderful kick-off to the Christmas season.

Fulton Heights Holiday Home Tour

Saturday, Dec. 2 ׀ 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

SoFul Yoga & Wellness of Salisbury ׀ 1024 S. Fulton St., No. 4, Salisbury, NC 28144

Hosted by the Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association, homes and businesses in this charming historic neighborhood are decorated for the season and open for tours for a nominal donation. Visitors can make their donation at any of the sites on the tour. Each tour site will have brochures available with information on participating locations. Houses and businesses will be marked with red yard signs. Come back after this weekend to drive through and enjoy the lights with a hot cocoa or coffee from local coffee shop Mean Mug.

Town of China Grove Tree Lighting

Saturday, Dec. 2 ׀ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

333 N. Main Street, China Grove, NC 28023

Kannapolis Christmas Parade of Lights

Saturday, Dec. 9 ׀ 6:00 p.m.

For over 50 years, the Kannapolis Christmas Parade of Lights has been a must see in the community. It is a beautiful night time parade held in Downtown Kannapolis at 6 p.m.

Christmas in the Village

December 8 – 10 ׀ 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Christmas in the Village is a wonderful weekend celebrating the old-fashioned Christmas traditions from the good ol' days. Gold won't be the only thing shining bright, lights and holiday decor fill the town with Christmas cheer. Visit with Santa and enjoy complimentary light refreshments while visiting the shops. There will be hayrides, marshmallow roasting, live music, and free photo ops with Santa! Shops are open 11am - 8pm Friday and Saturday and 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Holiday Lasers by Horizons Unlimited

Saturday, Dec. 16 ׀ 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium ׀ 1636 Parkview Circle, Salisbury, NC 28144

Enjoy holiday laser shows, a winter story walk and Setzer Christmas.

Christmas in the Grove

Saturday, Dec. 16 ׀ 5:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Downtown China Grove

Join in the Christmas cheer with sledding, hot chocolate, s'mores and snacks on Swink Street in China Grove. Santa, horse drawn carriage rides and other activities will take place on Main Street. Bring your own plastic sled, no metal sleds allowed. Sledding and wagon rides are free with a small charge for food and drinks. Christmas in the Grove is from 5-9 p.m.

32nd Annual Old Stone House Christmas

December 30 & 31 ׀ Times Vary

770 Old Stone House Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146

Experience a Christmas like our Rowan County ancestors would have known 200 years ago. Tours of the historic house and the enhancement of a colonial family’s Christmas celebration in Rowan County will highlight the weekend. Guides in period costumes will be on site, and guests will enjoy learning about customs and participating in crafts, musket firing, woodworking (benches, bowls & spoons), weaving, candle making, open fire cooking with lots of samples, music, children’s games, goats & chickens and much more.


Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express

Nov. 25 – Dec. 30 ׀ Nightly at 6:00 p.m.

Village Park ׀ 700 W. C St., Kannapolis, NC 29081

Celebrate the Christmas spirit all month long in Kannapolis with the Celebration of Lights. The Celebration of Lights boasts more than 250,000 lights and takes place at Village Park nightly at 6:00PM. Walk through the park and enjoy the many light displays or ride the Winterland Express and see if you can find all 12 Days of Christmas. After a train ride, kids of all ages can meet Santa in his studio each night. Closed December 24 and 25.