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All City of Kannapolis offices will be closed from Wednesday, December 23 through Friday, December 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. There will be no garbage and recycling collection service on Christmas Day. Friday’s route will be collected on Saturday, December 26. There will be no yard waste, limb or loose leaf collection Wednesday, December 23-Friday, December 25.

We hope you will join us at the Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express located at Village Park, 700 West C Street thru December 30. We have added more lights – we have over 250,000 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 until December 30 (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 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. Reserve a row on the train for $6. A row can typically hold three children or two adults with a maximum of three people per row. There will be nine rows available per train ride. If there are any unsold rows, per train ride, those will be sold each night at the Village Park ticket office on a first come basis.

This reservation process allows us to plan appropriately for every train ride and to be as safe as possible. Social distancing and masks are required. The train will run every 15 minutes. This allows staff time to appropriately sanitize the train between rides. Make your reservations now, as seating is limited, by clicking this link – https://apm.activecommunities.com/kannapolisnc/Activity_Search

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 travel on Christmas Eve). You will be able to take a free photo with him.