Annette Privette Keller
November 6, 2014
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – There is certainly no shortage of festivals and events for Kannapolis residents to enjoy this year, and most of them are absolutely free! The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will officially get things started at Village Park on Sat., Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. This year, the tree lighting will feature local musicians.
Then, at 6:30, a special guest will light up the tree and help launch a fireworks show!
The tree lighting will also kick off the 2014 Celebration of Lights in Kannapolis, which boasts more than 250,000 lights adorning Village Park. The Winterland Express will run every evening from Nov. 29-Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24-25), taking riders through the park’s wonderland of lights from 6-9:30 p.m. Santa will also be on hand in his studio from 6-9 p.m. each night, with Mrs. Claus stepping in on Mondays. Admission to the park and viewing of the lights are free. There is a nominal fee for the train ride.
Additionally, the park will feature performances from the Kannapolis Singing Bears, who will entertain all ages with a 30-minute Christmas carol performance from 6-9:30 p.m. each evening.
On Thanksgiving weekend – Nov. 28-29 – The Holiday Market will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 201 West Ave. It will feature local vendors and artists offering plenty of holiday goodies for purchase.
The all-day Kannapolis Christmas Festival will take place in Village Park on Sat., Dec. 6, from 2-8 p.m. Crafts, food, carnival rides, inflatables, Santa, the Kannapolis Singing Bears, and a holiday display contest for non-profit and civic agency vendors are included. Admission is free.
This year’s holiday festivities will continue with the 76th Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade on Dec. 13. Starting at 6 p.m., the parade will travel north on Main from Dale Earnhardt Blvd., turning left on First St. and left on West Ave. Thousands come out each year for this event, so make sure you get your spot early!
Nativity Night is December 20, 4 p.m., in Village Park, featuring live choir music, a petting zoo, pony rides and vendors. Admission is free.
There are several other events taking place this season as well, such as the model train displays, a Gingerbread House Workshop, December 13, 10 a.m. (registration required; there is a $25 fee) and the Annual Lite-A-Lite project, on November 29, 6 p.m., at Village Park, where luminaries will be lit in honor or in memory of a loved one.
For more details, visit www.kannapolischristmas.com.