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A Kannapolis Christmas will officially kick off at Village Park with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m., Saturday, November 24. The Celebration continues through the Christmas Holiday season with the Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express. We have added more lights and fun for you and your family to enjoy.

The Winterland Express train runs every evening from November 24th – December 30th (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 6-9 p.m., Sundays – Thursdays, and from 6 – 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. Ride the train thru the park, enjoy over 250,000 Christmas lights, make s’mores and more.

Admission to the park and viewing of the lights is free; tickets to ride the train and carousel are $2 per person per ride.

Again, this year, kids of all ages will be able to visit Santa in his studio each night. The park will also feature performances from our very own Kannapolis Singing Bears, who will entertain the family with a 30 minute Christmas Carol performance each hour on the hour.

On various nights local community groups and musicians will perform your favorite Christmas songs. Children will also have an opportunity to create ornaments and engage in the children’s zone.

Other events during the month long celebration include:

November 24 – Tree Lighting Ceremony – 6 p.m. at Village Park, 700 West C St. Celebrate the start of the Christmas season in Kannapolis with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy live music and entertainment, kid’s activities and fireworks. Free Admission.

December 8 - The 80th Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade presented by Cannon Pharmacy begins at 6 p.m. This special night time parade travels through the streets of downtown Kannapolis and usually lasts until 7:30 p.m. If you are interested in participating in the parade visit the website listed below.

Please visit www.kannapolisnc.gov/christmas for a complete schedule of events.