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Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express


winterland express trainCelebrate the Christmas spirit all month long in Kannapolis with the Celebration of Lights. The Celebration of Lights boasts more than 250,000 lights and takes place at Village Park nightly from November 18th - December 30th, 2023 (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Walk through the park and enjoy the many light displays or make a reservation and ride the Winterland Express and see if you can find all 12 Days of Christmas! 

In addition to the light displays throughout the park, other activities will also take place each night. You can roast marshmallows and make s’mores or visit with Santa in his studio. Stop by and watch a performances from our very own Kannapolis Singing Bears as they entertain the family with a 30 minute Christmas Carol performance each hour on the hour.  

The Winterland Express takes riders through the lights at the park from 6 – 9 PM Sunday – Thursday and 6 – 10 PM Fridays & Saturdays. Admission to the park and viewing of the lights is free; tickets to ride the train are $2 per person. Tickets for the carousel are also $2 per person. No reservation is required for the carousel.

Train Reservation tickets are suggested for Sundays - Thursdays. No reservations will be accepted Fridays & Saturdays. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis on Fridays and Saturdays.



For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 704-920-4343.