The holiday season is upon us, and things are already looking a little different this year. Stores are adapting their businesses to ensure that shoppers feel as safe as possible by offering curbside pickup, online shopping options, and capacity limits in preparation for Black Friday. For Halloween, we saw our community adapt by providing socially distanced opportunities for children to trick-or-treat. Our holiday season might be different, but it will not be stopped. There are a few ways that our beloved holiday celebrations are changing in Rowan County.


NC Transportation Museum in Lights

The NC Transportation Museum recently hosted their Scarecrow Stroll which was a huge success! This drive-thru scarecrow display was decorated by members of the community and created an amazing fall exhibit for visitors to the museum! Now, as the holidays are upon us, their traditional holiday event, the Polar Express, had to be postponed. This year the museum will be hosting N.C. Transportation Museum In Lights: A Drive Thru Experience. Cars will drive through the museum property for 1.25 miles to enjoy thousands of holiday lights illuminating the historic structures. Load up your car, mini-buses, or a shuttle so that everyone can enjoy the festive lights. N.C. Transportation Museum In Lights: A Drive Thru Experience will be offered from 6 -10 p.m. on the following dates: Nov. 20-22, 27-29, Dec. 4-6, 10-13, 15-23, 26-30. For more information on the event visit the NC Transportation Museum’s website or their Facebook page.


The Museum that Moves…now with lights!


Tis’ the Season Holiday Spectacular

The traditional holiday parade that we all know and love will still be held on November 25 from 5 – 9 p.m. with just a little twist; you are the parade! To maintain social distancing, you and your family can sign up for a designated time slot to drive through a decorated Downtown Salisbury. These reservations are free, but a time slot and print out of your specified time must be displayed when you arrive at the parade. Businesses can sign up to participate by decorating their storefront for everyone driving through to enjoy. There will also be live music, light shows, stationary floats, and holiday costumes for all to enjoy. Before you load up your car, your friends and family are encouraged to put on their Santa hats and all things red and green to participate in the fun! Get your tickets before it is too late and take a hometown ride with us!

To encourage the participation of all downtown merchants, financial assistance and volunteers will be provided to help them decorate their storefront. After the parade ends, feel free to keep the decorations up for the remainder of the holiday season. For more information on tickets, or how to participate as a merchant, visit the ‘Tis the Season Spectacular website here.

Santa and Mrs. Claus in the 2018 parade.


Holiday Night Out

Downtown Salisbury’s biggest shopping night of the year will happen on November 27 from 5 – 8 p.m. Come and enjoy live music, the Victorian Voices who will be caroling, and snow this Holiday Night Out! Enjoy the local restaurants, shops, and stroll through Downtown Salisbury safely and socially distanced! For more information about Holiday Night Out visit Downtown Salisbury’s Facebook Page.


Photo from last year’s Holiday Night Out.


Small Business Saturday

On November 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Rowan County community celebrates Small Business Saturday. This is a day where we take the time to support the great businesses in your community by shopping local and visiting your mom-and-pop stores. This is not necessarily an event, but rather a day to celebrate the businesses that make your community unique. There is no cost to attend Small Business Saturday, just go out and #ShopSmall throughout the day. Many businesses have already adjusted their operations to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, so be patient when shopping and understand that they are doing everything in their power to make your shopping experience as normal as possible.


Historic Salisbury Foundation

The Historic Salisbury Foundation traditionally hosts the holiday tour of the Hall House, but this event had to be postponed due to capacity limits. However, they are still prepared to spread holiday cheer! Rather than touring the inside of the Hall House, an outdoor open house on the Hall House lawn will be held December 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy carolers, hot cocoa, and some treats as they view the decorated exterior of the house.


The Historic Hall House beautifully decorated for the holidays!


China Grove Glow the Grove

China Grove is happy to announce that they will still have their annual home holiday decorating contest: Glow the Grove! Anyone within the China Grove City limits can participate for free for a chance to win a prize of $100! The categories for judging include most original, Clark Griswald (over-the-top lights), most beautiful, and Oh Holy Night (traditional, spiritual). This is only for exterior decorations and entry applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on December 7. So, if you and your family are looking for a socially distanced way to enjoy Christmas decorations this year, look no further than China Grove! Visit their Facebook Page here to learn more about Glow the Grove.


Glow the Grove is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit!


The Cannon Ballers’ Christmas

From December 11-13 the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers will be hosting their Inaugural Cannon Ballers Christmas where families can enjoy a display of over 150 Christmas trees decorated at Atrium Ballpark. Families, businesses, and community organizations can sponsor a tree and decorate them however they choose. However, each tree holds a different meaning and represents a charitable organization in our community. Spectators can make a contribution to their favorite tree as they walk through the field of trees. Admission is $10 per person, children under twelve get in free with a contribution to the Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA’s Empty Stocking Fund. The empty stocking fund helps benefit local families in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties. With your admission you receive 5 tickets worth $1 each which can be used to make a contribution to participating trees. For more information on this event visit the Cannon Baller’s website here and for information on sponsoring a tree click here.


Town of Landis Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

On December 4 from 5 – 8 p.m. join the Town of Landis in bringing in the holidays! Food from What-A-Burger13 and Busy Beavers Concessions will be available starting at 5 p.m. A Santa Letter Writing Station for kids to write their letters to Santa and put them in his mailbox will be available! They can also bring their letters from home and mail them. There will also be festive music courtesy of Brook Church to lead up to the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. But the fun doesn’t stop there! A showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” will wrap up the night, so bring your chairs and your blankets to enjoy! For more information visit their Facebook Page here.


As you can see, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday season in Rowan County this year and still keep everyone safe! To stay up to date with all holiday events happening in Rowan County, visit the Visit Rowan County website to view the events calendar!