The holiday season is upon us, which makes it the perfect time to #VisitRowanCounty. Check out our line up of holiday events this December that you won't want to miss. Looking for more? Check out our entire event calendar here.


Gingerbread House Workshop at Rowan Museum: Join Rowan Museum for their annual family friendly gingerbread house building event. Advanced registration required. Space is limited.

December 1, 2019


Lessons & Carols at Catawba College: The 32nd annual Service of Lessons and Carols will be held in the beautiful Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Tickets are not required, however, seating is limited to 700 individuals and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

December 2 & 5, 2019


Christmas at the Historic Hall House: Enjoy beautiful Christmas displays at the Historic Hall House on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of December. Swagged greenery, fruits and berries, antique toys, heirloom quilts and coverlets are all combined to transform Dr. Hall's house and transport visitors back in time. Plus, join them on for a special Christmas Eve Tour on December 24.

December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 2019


The Polar Express: All aboard The Polar Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum. 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. Book soon as tickets are selling out quickly. Earn free tickets to the event by booking your overnight stay in Rowan County lodging facilities through our Overnight Stay & Play Package.

December 1, 6-8, 12-22, 2019


Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express in Village Park: The Winterland Express train runs every evening through Village Park and the 250,000 holiday light display. Make s'mores, visit Santa's workshop, hear live music performances, and more!

December 1 - 30, 2019 (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)


Living Christmas Tree: Celebrate the season with the live musical and drama performance held each holiday season. The Living Christmas Tree is a structure that holds an 80-person choir who perform music randing from traditional Christmas carols to contemporary gospel.

December 5-9, 2019


Scrooge's Christmas Trolley Tour: A dramatic retelling of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," featuring both laughter and serious moments. Travel back in time to Christmases' past with Scrooge on his journey via the trolley. Reserve tickets soon, they sell out quickly.

December 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 2019


Arc of Rowan County Festival of Trees: The annual Festival of Trees showcases a collection of beautifully decorated Christmas trees. The trees in the festival are sponsored by anyone interested in helping The Arc of Rowan County. 

December 6-8, 2019


Historic Gold Hill Christmas in the Village: Join the Village of Golf Hill for an old fashioned Christmas with light refreshments, photos with Santa, hayrides to the barn, live music, marshmallow roasting and shopping. 

December 6-8, 2019


Cleveland Christmas Parade: The Cleveland Lions Club will sponsor the 46th annual Cleveland Christmas parade in Cleveland, NC.

December 7, 2019


Holly Jolly Christmas Craft and Vendor Show: Join dozens of vendors at the Rowan County Fairgrounds to purchase holiday crafts and merchandise.

December 7 & 8, 2019


Tea & Cookies with Mrs. Claus: Mrs. Claus will pay a special visit to the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum. Have tea and cookies with her, take photos and more.

December 8, 2019


Piedmont Players presents Cinderella: Piedmont Players Theatre will present the classic tale of Cinderella and her journey to the royal ball. 

December 12-15, 18-21, 2019


Christmas in the Grove: Sledding, hot chocolate, hot dogs, dire pits, marshmallow roasting, horse drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating, caroling, Santa, face painting, holiday shopping and more! Join in the fun in China Grove for Christmas in the Grove. Sled down the big hill!

December 14, 2019


It's a Magical Moonglows Christmas!: Join Lee Street theatre as they present a special mixture of music, comedy and special holiday magic from years gone by. This event is hosted by the vocal group, The Moonglows. 

December 14, 2019


81st Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade: The 81st Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade presented by Cannon Pharmacy is a special nighttime parade that travels through the streets of downtown Kannapolis. 

December 14, 2019


Santa & Grinch Antique Firetruck Rides: Spend the day in downtown gathering with Santa and the Grinch for photos and then rides in their antique fire trucks.

December  14


The Nutcracker Ballet: Piedmont Dance Theatre's 17th annual production of the Nutcracker will delight you with visions of sugarplum fairies and the sounds of the Salisbury Symphony as dance and music unite to bring you a holiday classic.

December 21 & 22, 2019


Old Christmas at the Michael Braun Haus: Experience old German Christmas traditions and tours of the Old Stone House. 

December 28 & 29, 2019


We can't wait to see you this holiday season in Rowan County! If you're looking for more events, check out our full event calendar, or if you're looking for activities for kids or activities for couples, check out our blog!