Kannapolis Christmas

A Kannapolis Christmas

Santa Clause

A Kannapolis Christmas will officially kick off at Village Park with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Celebration of Lights at 6 p.m., Saturday, November 18, 2023. The Celebration of Lights will then run thru December 30. The Kannapolis Christmas Parade returns on December 9. The park is located at 700 West C Street in Kannapolis.

The Celebration of Lights includes thousands and thousands of Christmas lights. Ride the Winterland Express, a g-24 scale replica CP Huntington engine, and count down the 12 Days of Christmas as you view unique holiday light displays. Manufactured in Italy, the Village Park Carousel features 1,800 lights, Brazilian oak decking, and charming handpainted Venetian murals. Admission to the park and viewing of the lights is free; tickets are required to ride the carousel and train.

Again, this year, kids of all ages will be able to visit Santa. The park will also feature performances from our very own Kannapolis Singing Bears, who will entertain you with a Christmas Carol performance. On various nights local community groups and musicians will perform your favorite Christmas songs.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 18 at 6 p.m.
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. Fireworks will immediately follow the Tree Lighting Ceremony at approximately 6:15 p.m. Free Admission.

Celebration of Lights

November 18-December 30
Open 6-9 p.m. Sundays thru Thursdays; 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

Come to Village Park and enjoy all the beautiful lights and displays in celebration of the holidays. Area choirs and school groups will perform on select evenings between 6 and 8 pm. Bring your wish list for your visit with Santa – you are welcome to take your photo with him at no charge. Other activities include making a holiday craft, enjoying smore’s around the fire pit and much more. Local craft and artisans be on hand on the weekends so come prepared to do your Christmas shopping. Food trucks will have food and drinks for sale. Tickets to ride the train and carousel are $2.00 per person.

Holiday Market

November 24-26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
The Laureate Center, 401 Laureate Way

Begin your holiday shopping Thanksgiving weekend at the Holiday Market. Local vendors and artists will have plenty of holiday goodies to choose from stocking stuffers to those hard-to-find gift items, the market will have something for everyone. The market will be inside Kannapolis City Hall, 401 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Vendors are currated by Handcrafted Market.  Food and drinks will be on sale. Free admission.

The Kannapolis Christmas Parade

December 9 at 6 p.m.
Downtown Kannapolis

This special nighttime 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 as a sponsor or a float entry see below. A limited number of professional floats are available, or you can enter your own float. Float registrations are due November 11.

Register for the Parade:

Any Float Entry

Band and Emergency Vehicle Entry


Note: The Celebration of Lights may be closed due to inclement weather. Please call 704-920-4343 for up to date information.