Christmas in Lake Norman

Ring in the holidays in Lake Norman at all of the area events in each lake town. The festivities get started each year with the downtown favorite, Christmas in Davidson. A charming event full of warm drinks, shopping, family, friends and everything to get you in the holiday spirit. Additional popular celebrations include Huntersville Christmas, North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade and Light Up Cornelius.


Zootastic Park Christmas Wonderland of Lights

November 19 - January 1
Zootastic Park  |  Event Details

Experience the wonderland! Drive through over 4 million Christmas lights, say hi to Santa and then take a photo with him and a baby kangaroo! Roast marshmallows, make a smore, or even grab a cup of hot cocoa! The kids can take a ride on the train or carousel and we also have pony rides! You can kiss a giraffe, feed a tiger, or love on some barnyard animals.


Carowinds Winterfest

November 13 - January 9
Carowinds  |  Event Details

Gather the whole family to make lifelong memories at Carowinds' WinterFest, the area's most immersive holiday attraction with a sleigh-full of fun things to do for Christmas. Listen to favorite tunes crooned by carolers and smell the sweet aromas of freshly baked treats. Find unique gifts at our specialty shops, play holiday-themed games, and catch the season's best live shows.

Help little ones scribble letters to Santa and watch their eyes grow wide at the thousands of glimmering, shimmering lights on our Christmas tree, one of the largest and most magnificent in the area. Then, get caught up in the merry procession of our nightly Wonderland Parade with lavishly decorated floats, lively music, and brilliant performers*. And that's just the tip of the icicle. 

Speedway Christmas

November 19 - January 16
Charlotte Motor Speedway  |  Event Details

One of the Southeast’s largest and most-anticipated holiday traditions, Speedway Christmas presented by Continental Tire and Tire Pros features four million lights strewn across a remarkable four-mile course, with hundreds of creative displays and lights synchronized to Christmas-themed music. The show is open 6-10 p.m. rain or shine and also features synchronized lights to music on 101.3 FM.


Christmas in Davidson

December 2-4
Downtown Davidson  |  Event Details

Christmas in Davidson will turn into a 12-day event this year! Event will run daily from 12pm-2pm and 5pm-7pm to help accommodate social distancing guidelines. Stroll down downtown Davidson as you get into the holiday spirit and help support local businesses.

Downtown Tree Lighting & Christmas in Huntersville

December 3-4
Veterans Park  |  Event Details

Veteran's Park will host all of the Christmas in Huntersville festivities with a variety of artisan vendors, food, and beverages. Santa will be onsite each night too! Their traditional children's rides and activities will be open on December 3rd and 4th during the event hours. Each night offers a chance to shop different vendors, so be sure to stroll, sip and shop!


North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade

December 4
Starts at Main Street Davidson  |  Event Details

Watch a variety of high school bands, school groups, organizations, and more, including you, "march" in this virtual parade. 

Christmas in Cornelius

December 5
Cornelius Town Hall  |  Event Details

The holiday season is about to kick into full swing and you know what that means... Christmas in Cornelius is coming to town! Join us on Sunday, Dec 5 from 12pm - 6pm and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of live bands, Christmas carols and choirs, food trucks, craft breweries, holiday kids activities, and even a visit from Santa himself! Christmas in Cornelius will also feature over 80 local artists and craftsmen, making this the PERFECT opportunity to get those one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones!


Huntersville Half Marathon & Holiday 5k

December 10-11
Birkdale Village  | Event Details

The Huntersville Holiday 5k will start on Friday night at 7:00 pm. The Huntersville Half Marathon and 10K will start on Saturday morning at 8:00 am. With this schedule it will allow runners to bundle two events if they are up for the challenge. Please be very careful while registering and make certain you are registering for the correct event or the challenge.


Annual Lighted Boat Parades

December 11
Peninsula Yacht Club

December 18  |  Event Details
Starts at Blythe Landing