It's hard to believe but the holiday season is upon us! It goes without saying that 2020 has been a very unique and challenging year for many, but that shouldn't stop us from making these last two months great. With COVID-19 guidelines in place, event organizers are doing their very best to provide the annual events you all look forward to during this time of the year. We've kept the list of events that occurred last year and noted whether there has been an announcement or updates for 2020. Please continue to check back to this blog for event updates.

Santa's Mailbox (November 30-December 12)

Drop your letter to Santa at the Cornelius Arts Center and they will send it to the North Pole. Must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope in order to receive a response from Santa! ​

Christmas in Davidson (December 1-12)

Christmas in Davidson

An annual tradition since 1988, Christmas in Davidson has become the most popular event in the area, but with the pandemic, this event will be spread out during a course of a 12-day celebration! Stroll through downtown Davidson as you help support local businesses and get into the holiday spirit. There will be different activities each day so be sure to check out their schedule here.

Huntersville's Tree Lighting (December 3)

Enjoy holiday music and hot chocolate by the tree beginning at 6:30pm, lighting the tree at 7pm and concluding at 7:30pm. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 100 people,

A Huntersville Christmas (December 4-5 & 11-12)

Event organizers are still working out the details to provide you with this popular 2-day event in the heart of Huntersville! Please check back for updates.

North Mecklenburg Christmas Virtual Parade (December 5)

North Meck Christmas Parade

Virtually join the towns of Davidson and Cornelius for the 38th annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade! Watch a variety of high school bands, school groups, organizations, and more, including you, "march" in this virtual parade. You have the opportunity to submit videos between 10-30 seconds long so they can be part of this chain of clips submitted by community residents. 

Santa Paws in the Park (December 6)

Bring your pup to this furry friendly event! Dogs will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa. Pre-registration is required for all people planning to attend. Tickets will be $7, and Cornelius/Davidson residents will get a $2 discount.

Huntersville Half Marathon & Holiday 5k (December 11-12)

Huntersville Half Marathon & Holiday 5k

Photo courtesy: SportsPhotos

The Huntersville Half Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, December 12 this year and 5k for December 11! Participants will be placed in groups of 50 which will allow appropriate spacing for runners through out the duration of the event. The event will be capped at 1000 participants so be sure to sign up if you haven't already done so since there will be a virtual option.

Lighted Boat Parade (December 12)

Christmas Light Boat Parade

Due to COVID-19, the Peninsula Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade is open only to members.

Annual Christmas Light Boat Parade (Postponed until 2021)

Christmas in Cornelius (TBD)

Davidson Holiday Gala (TBD)

Cocoa with Santa (TBD)

What's your favorite holiday event or tradition? Comment below and don't forget to tag @visitlakenorman in all of your (virtual) holiday celebrations!