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Celebration of Lights
Start Date/Time:
Saturday, November 20, 2021 5:00 PM
End Date/Time:
Thursday, December 30, 2021 9:00 PM
Village Park - 700 West C Street Kannapolis North Carolina 28081

The Celebration of Lights includes thousands and thousands of Christmas lights and holiday displays. Adults and children can take a ride on the Winterland Express and countdown the 12 Days of Christmas and take a spin on the double decker carousel. Manufactured in Italy, it features 1,800 lights, Brazilian oak decking and charming handpainted Venetian murals.

Admission to the park and viewing of the lights is free; advance reservations are required to ride the train. You may purchase tickets to ride the carousel once you arrive at the park. Tickets are $2 per person per ride.

The Celebration of Lights is open every evening, November 20 – December 30 (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 6-9 p.m., Sundays – Thursdays, and from 6 – 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.  

With the exception of the Tree Lighting Ceremony, you must make a reservation and pay in advance to ride the Winterland Express. Train reservations will open on Monday, November 15. Reservations available at www.kannapolisnc.gov/kannapolischristmas.  

Reserve a row on the train for $6. A row can typically hold three children or two adults with a maximum of three people per row. If there are any unsold rows, per train ride, those will be sold each night at the Village Park ticket office on a first come basis.

Kids of all ages will be able to visit Santa every night. The park will also feature performances from our very own Kannapolis Singing Bears, who will entertain you with a Christmas Carol performance and the popular holiday model train display.

This year, visitors will also be able to shop locally and find holiday gifts at the holiday market located at Village Park. Craft vendors will be at onsite Thursday through Sunday. Various food vendors will be at the park daily.

Local community groups and musicians will perform your favorite Christmas songs at the Celebration of Lights from December 7-9 and December 14-16. If your group would like to perform, please contact Laura Wolf at lwolf@kannapolisnc.gov by November 30. Groups will perform for 45 minutes.

Owned by Administrator Account On Wednesday, October 6, 2021