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Join the Cities of Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and Cabarrus County as we kickoff the holiday season with the Cabarrus Virtual Holiday Celebration. This year the communities of Cabarrus County will celebrate the holidays with a mix of virtual and in person activities as we strive together to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID.

At 7 p.m. on November 20, watch the Cabarrus County Virtual Holiday Celebration. This special one-hour event will include the Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremonies for the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis. The virtual event will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook Live at 7 p.m. It will also be available on Channel 22 (CabCoTv) one hour after the live broadcast is finished. To view the Facebook Live, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/435584630764803?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22search%22%7D]%7D0

 The program will include musical performances, and a visitor from the North Pole - Santa Claus.

Gather your family and a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy Mayors Bill Dusch of Concord, Darrell Hinnant of Kannapolis, John Crump of Midland, Del Eudy of Mt. Pleasant, Steve Sciascia of Harrisburg and Cabarrus County Chair Steve Morris as they read the classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore during the celebration broadcast.

We hope you will join us for other activities across our communities including:

The Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express located at Village Park, 700 West C Street, Kannapolis. November 20-December 30. We have added more lights and fun for you and your family to enjoy. Admission to the park and viewing of the lights is free.

The Winterland Express train runs every evening from November 20 – December 30 (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 6-9 p.m., Sundays – Thursdays, and from 6 – 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.  Ride the train through the park and count down the 12 Days of Christmas as you view unique holiday light displays.

This year you will need to make a reservation and pay in advance to ride the Winterland Express. The reservation process allows us to accommodate as many people as possible per train ride – as safely as possible. Social distancing and masks are required.

For details and to make a reservation click this link – www.kannapolisnc.gov/christmas.

Favorite activities such as making s’mores around the fire pit and listening to the Singing Bears perform return as usual. Again, this year, kids of all ages will be able to visit Santa in his studio each night. However, children will not be able to sit on Santa’s lap (we do not want him to be sick and unable to visit on Christmas Eve). You will be able to take a free photo with him.

Kannapolis Holiday Kits – We have a variety of take-home kits you and your family can enjoy at home. These are: Turkey Time Thanksgiving Crafts, Holly Golly Popcorn Kits, Christmas Activity Grab Bags, Take & Bake Sugar Cookies, and Make a Cinnamon Christmas Tree Ornament. For more information on Kannapolis Christmas visit – www.kannapolisnc.gov/christmas.

Journey Through Time- Virtual Concord Holiday Parade. A 92-year old tradition will continue, although in a different format than in years past.  Join the Cabarrus Events Association, with support from the City of Concord, CabCoTV, and TrueCare pharmacy, in a journey through time, highlighting unforgettable memories of years past.

The 92nd annual parade will keep its tradition of helping to ignite the holiday spirit the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Beginning Saturday, November 21st at 9:00 AM, sit back in the warmth and dry comfort of your home while we bring tidings of joy and even a possible check-in from a special guest since he can now zoom in from the North Pole!

The parade will air at both 9 AM and 9 PM on CabCoTV online or  Spectrum Channel 22, November 21st thru December 31st, 2020. For additional information, visit cabarrusevents.org.

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt located at Dorton Park on December 15th. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will have 3-time slots the community can register for through our online system or by calling Concord Parks and Rec (704)920-5600. The time slots will be one hour each, 5-6 pm, 6-7 pm, and 7-8 pm. We will have 20 spaces available for each time slot to prevent crowding in the park and promote social distancing.

This will be a free event where kids and families will search with their flashlights to collect as many candy canes in the field as they can. We will also have a trackless train ride, artificial snow machines, and a Christmas craft to complete for the duration of each hour's time slot.

To make a reservation click this link - https://apm.activecommunities.com/concordparksrec

Continue to check back for more information on holiday events or visit the Cabarrus Virtual Holiday Celebration Facebook page.

COVID health guidelines will be followed at every event. Masks, social distancing and hand washing are required.