The Holiday season is underway! The first of the area Christmas parades was Friday night in Hickory. This year's parade and other seasonal events schedule is very full from now until Christmas.
Not in our primary coverage area, but not far away, Monroe held its Christmas parade Sunday afternoon (Nov. 21st); the parade on Main Street in Mooresville will be Tuesday (Nov. 23rd) at 3 PM; and Charlotte's Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade, which celebrates its 75th year, will be Wednesday evening (Nov. 24th) at 6 PM. That parade starts at Tryon Street at 9th Street, and progresses down Tryon to Stonewall Street. The parade, for the first time a nighttime event, will be broadcast live on WBTV (channel 3). It will feature 15 marching bands (based on what they've posted, none of them from Lincoln, Catawba, Gaston or Cleveland counties), eight giant balloons, 12 floats and 28 specialty units, and seven performing entertainers.
Maiden's annual Christmas parade will be the Saturday after Thanksgiving (this Saturday) as usual--BUT this year, it will be also be a nighttime parade, starting at 5:30. The parade route is the same as in previous years--from East Maiden Baptist Church to Maiden Middle School. One thing different this year (besides the time) is that you won't be allowed to throw candy. Participants can hand out candy--but no throwing!
Lincolnton's Christmas Parade will be Sunday (Nov. 28th). The decision was made by the City Council, at a time when we were experiencing a surge in COVID cases, not to have a tree lighting ceremony this year. Instead, the lights on the tree on the Courtsquare will go on as Santa passes during the parade.
The Christmas Parade theme for 2021 is "A Candy Land Christmas - Sweet Surprises" and all parade entries are encouraged to use the Candy Land theme in their presentations, Awards will be given for
- Best Candy Land Parade Theme
- Best Golf Cart (one or group)
- Best Youth Participation
- Best Handmade Float/Display
Lincolnton is using the "A Candy Land Christmas" for other Christmas season happenings this year. Candy Land Christmas Nights will begin December 2nd. The carriage and wagon rides will return to to downtown Lincolnton on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings beginning next week. Santa's House will also return to the northeast Courtsquare.
For this coming weekend (Nov. 26-27-28) in addition to the parade on Sunday and Black Friday, downtown Lincolnton will have a Christmas Crawl & Cruise In on Shop Small Saturday (Nov. 27th). Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Burton Farms and Vittles from noon - 1 PM, and stores will open at 10 AM for Christmas shopping.
In addition to Lincolnton's parade, Sunday will bring Tree Lighting Events to Denver and Stanley. In Stanley, the tree near the railroad tracks will be set aglow at 5:30 PM; there'll be Christmas carols and seasonal refreshments on Main Street right across the tracks from the tree.
The East Lincoln Betterment Association will hold its Christmas Tree Lighting in front of Lake Norman Lutheran Church. Two trees were planted there last week. Lights will be hung early this week. The trees were donated by longtime Denver residents who prefer to remain unnamed. Mark Davis, ELBA Board member and owner of New Testament Landscaping in Denver, and his crew removed the trees from the ground, transported and planted them at the church at the corner of NC16-business and Natalie Commons Drive. The Tree Lighting celebration will include carols, cookies and hot chocolate. It starts at 5:30 PM next Sunday.
There are, of course, many more Christmas season events coming, and we'll give more details in later articles.
As previously reported, the Speedway Christmas Light Show at Charlotte Motor Speedway began this weekend. The lights go on in McAdenville December 1st. Other events coming up include:
Christmas parades in Belmont (Tuesday Nov. 30th at 3:30), Mount Holly (Wednesday Dec. 1st at 4 PM), and Cramerton (Thursday Dec. 2nd at 4 PM).
The East Lincoln Betterment Association's Christmas theme for 2021 is “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child.” This year’s Christmas Parade will be on Saturday December 4th beginning at 12:30. The parade viewing route is from N. Pilot Knob and NC16-business to the Captain’s Cap (viewers are advised to walk SOUTH of Captain’s Cap to see the parade). Parade staging will occur on N. Pilot Knob Rd. between Hwy. 73 and Hager’s Ferry Rd.
Also on that Saturday (Dec. 4th) it's the 39th Annual North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade between Davidson and Cornelius. The parade starts at 1 PM in Davidson at the intersection of Griffith Street and Highway 115 and ends in Cornelius at the intersection of Highway 115 and Catawba Avenue.
Kings Mountain will also have its Christmas parade on Dec. 4th. The “Home for Christmas” parade is scheduled for 3 PM in downtown Kings Mountain.
Gastonia's Christmas parade will be Sunday December 5th at 4 PM.
The Cleveland County town of Earl will hold its Christmas parade Dec. 5th at 3 PM.
Cherryville's Christmas parade will be on Saturday morning December 11th at 10:30.
The Cat Square Christmas parade will also be held Saturday December 11th at 1 PM on its usual route from the Zur Leonard/Dan Rhyne intersection down Cat Square Road to Bill Sain Road. Some important line up changes have been made. Line up this year will be on Cat Square Road instead of Zur Leonard. Another big change is that there cannot be candy thrown from parade entries this year.
The 2021 Dallas Christmas parade is scheduled for Sunday December 12th at 3 PM. Applications must be returned before December 6th at 5:00. The parade will line up in the Ingles parking lot on the east side of the building on a first come basis. All participants need to be lined up by 2 PM. From Ingles it will proceed down Main Street through town.
The Casar Christmas parade will be at 3 PM that afternoon (Dec. 12th). Entries will be taken up until the parade starts. Participants will line up on School House Road. The course will run through Casar Road and will end at the post office. For more information, call 704-538-3366.
Shelby's Christmas parade will be Sunday Dec. 19th at 3 PM.
There will be many other Christmas season events this year, some of which weren't held last year because of the pandemic.
The Lincoln Theatre Guild's "Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever" will be performed Friday & Saturday evenings at 7 and Sunday afternoons a 3 Dec. 3rd-Dec. 13th.
Breakfast With Santa will be the morning of Dec. 4th at the Cultural Center.
"The Nutcracker" ballet will be presented Friday Dec. 10th at 6:30, Saturday Dec. 11th at 3 & 6:30, and Sunday Dec. 12th at 3 PM at the Citizens Center.
The Festival of Trees also returns to the Cultural Center Dec. 15th-19th.