Lake Norman Christmas Events

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.

Events are held all throughout the month that will keep the calendars full of exciting things to do with the family. See the sparkling lights reflect off of the glistening lake waters at the Lighted Boat Parade or the arrival of Santa at Birkdale Village’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Games, food, vendor displays and live entertainment offer something for everyone. If performing arts is what you want, then head to Armour Street Theatre in Davidson for holiday performances by the Davidson Community Players.

Local attractions celebrate the holidays such as the One Hundred Years of Christmas event and the Candlelight Christmas at Historic Latta Plantation. Craft breweries also join in the holiday fun with special gatherings and annual holiday themed brew tours. You can count on decking the halls with winter wonderland events all around the lake.


Please be aware that while Visit Lake Norman strives to provide accurate and timely information, some of the information may be out of date given the uncertainty of the situation and the decisions various local governments, organizations, partners, and event stakeholders must make in response to changes. We appreciate your understanding and patience.


Carowinds' Taste of the Season

November 21 - December 20
704.588.2600  |  Event Details

This Christmas event is an outdoor dining experience with a sleigh-full of family activities. Purchase a Tasting Card to choose among 30 samples of holiday sweets and savories. Feast your eyes on dazzling holiday décor, enjoy seasonal shows, and wrap up your Christmas shopping. 

Light Up Cornelius

November 27-29
Cornelius Town Hall
704.892.6031  |  Event Details

Popular Cornelius holiday event turns into a 3-day celebration to accommodate social distancing efforts. Pre-registration is required for anyone planning on attending. Enjoy holiday songs, shopping, refreshments, and even a visit from Santa!

Charlotte Christmas Village

November 27 - December 23
Truist Field
704.941.9501  |  Event Details

Charlotte Christmas Village is the Queen City's newest holiday tradition! Come out to this quaint, European-inspired, Christmas Market in Uptown Charlotte. Food, sweet treats, and aromas of everything holiday will put in the Christmas spirit!

12 Days of Christmas in Davidson

December 1-12
Downtown Davidson
704.892.7591  |  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.

A Huntersville Christmas

December 4-5 & 11-12
Veterans Park
704.875.6541  |  Event Details

Support a local small business and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list! Shop & enjoy local handmade crafts, soaps, candles and more goodies, food trucks, downtown restaurants, snacks including funnel cakes, popcorn, cotton candy & coffee/hot chocolate. Take a photo with Santa!

North Mecklenburg Christmas Virtual Parade

December 5
Virtual Event
704.892.7591  |  Event Details

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

Santa Paws in the Park

December 6
Antiquity Greenway (Davidson side)
704.892.6031  |  Event Details

Pups are invited to take their photo with Santa at this family-friendly event hosted by Cornelius PARC. Come out to the Antiquity Greenway on the Davidson side where you'll have the opportunity to make this year's Christmas card the best one yet! 

Huntersville Half Marathon & Holiday 5k

December 12
Birkdale Village
704.301.5932  | Event Details

Huntersville Half Marathon and Holiday 5k will be held with social distancing guidelines in place! Participants will be placed in groups of 50 according to average mile pace. 

24th Annual Lighted Boat Parade

December 12
Peninsula Yacht Club

Due to COVID-19, this year's Peninsula Yacht Club's Lighted Boat Parade will be only open to members.