Cabarrus Virtual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony
This year the Kannapolis Christmas Parade is replaced with the Cabarrus Virtual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 20th, 2020, at 7 p.m., on Channel 22.
The cities of Kannapolis and Concord will virtually light their Christmas trees. The program will include musical performances, a special reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a visit from Santa Claus.
Kannapolis Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express
Kannapolis’ Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express returns for 2020, at Village Park, 700 West C Street.
It will take place November 20th through December 30th, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
- Sunday through Thursday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
There are more lights than ever, over 250,000. Admission to the park and viewing the lights is again FREE. Walk through the park and see if you can spot all “12 Days of Christmas!”
The Winterland Express train WILL be running in 2020, but there’s a change, to make it safer. Instead of $2 a ticket, it’s $6 for a row of seats, which accommodates a maximum of three people in a row. (Typically three children or two adults.)
There will be 9 rows available per train.
If there are rows that are unsold, they will be sold each night at the Village Park ticket office in a first come basis.
The train will run every 15 minutes, and staff will sanitize the train between rides.
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.
Masks and social distancing are required at the event.
If you cannot visit Village Park to see Santa, he will be writing custom letters to children. If you would like to sign up your child to receive a letter from Santa CLICK HERE by November 30. Custom letters are $2 and include decorative envelops and postage from the North Pole.
Take-home kits available for purchase are:
- Turkey Time Thanksgiving Craft Kit
- Greetings from the North Pole: Custom Santa Letters (described above)
- Christmas Mystery Craft and Activity Grab Bag
- Elf on a Shelf
- Holly Jolly Popcorn Kits
- Take and Bake: Sugar Cookie Kits
- Cinnamon Ornament Take Home Kit
Kits may be picked up in the Parks and Recreation Office at City Hall, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm or drive through style on the following pick-up dates:
- Thurs Nov 19th from 5-7
- Thurs Dec 3rd from 5-7
- Thurs Dec 17th from 5-7
- Tues Dec 22nd from 5-7
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