Holiday events in the area. Lake Norman towns come to life.


Emma Davis

Christmas in Davidson is the annual holiday time the town gets together to welcome the holiday season.

Paul Smith, Staff Writer

The Christmas season has arrived and the Lake Norman community is getting into the holiday spirit. Here is an overview of some events around the lake this Christmas.

First, a lighted boat parade is a tradition on Lake Norman but the festivities don’t end here. 

For example, the tree lighting in Huntersville’s Birkdale Village is the unofficial kick-off to the season in the area. This year it took place extra early, even before Thanksgiving! The tree lit up on November 19th. However, there is still a lot to do in Birkdale. The inaugural Birkdale on Ice started on November 19th and runs through January 16th. Santa will also be making appearances through Christmas eve. A Menorah lighting will be held on December 20th.

Christmas in Davidson is an annual Christmas festival in downtown Davidson. This year it ran from December 1st to the 3rd. Christmas in Davidson includes “Holiday light shows, roving entertainment, a live nativity scene, live music, holiday shopping, and many other special attractions” according to the town’s website Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Christmas tree on the town green, all donations go to various local and national charities.

Dozens of smaller decorated trees surround Davidson’s centerpiece. These trees help raise funds for area and national nonprofit organizations. (Emma Davis)

The towns of Cornelius and Huntersville also get into the spirit. At the CorneliusTown Hall, citizens and town officials gather and light the building. A tree with Christmas decorations, Santa, food vendors, local performers, and children’s activities round out the event. 

North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade is an annual parade through Cornelius and Davidson. The parade features floats from schools, businesses and organizations. Clydesdales lead the way and Santa pulls up the rear on a fire truck.

Christmas in Huntersville was on Friday, December 2nd. This year it included ice sculpture, children’s activities and the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree.

Here at the Community School of Davidson, winter break starts Wednesday, December the 21st and students come back on Wednesday, January the 4th.

Almost everywhere you look here in the Lake Norman area, there is holiday cheer to be spread.

Christmas in Davidson activities go well into the night for everyone to enjoy. (Emma Davis)