• Rob Glover

Holiday Happenings in Gaston County

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And Gaston is ready to celebrate this holiday season.

There will be several Santa sightings, multiple merry markets, a crowd of Christmas Carolers, and a Grinch.

Here’s a taste of the holiday merriment you can look forward to in Gaston this year.


Image courtesy of the Town of Lowell

The town of Lowell is packing a ton of holiday fun into one festive Saturday. Look for food trucks and a visit from Santa himself.

Light Up Lowell

Saturday, Dec 14

Artisan market: 2:00pm

Parade: 4:00pm

Tree Lighting Ceremony: 5:00pm


Image courtesy of Steve Rankin

Every year, 600,000 people meander through the town of McAdenville to see one of the most impressive Christmas light displays in the world.

Christmas Town U.S.A.

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Monday, Dec 2, 5:00pm (“flipping the switch” at 6:00pm)

Christmas lights: Monday, Dec 2 through Dec 26. 5:30pm to 9:30pm weekdays, 5:30pm to 11pm weekends.

Yule Log Parade and Festival: Thursday, Dec 12, 5:30pm


Cramerton’s idyllic downtown sets the holiday scene with a parade, Christmas bazaar, and multiple opportunities to meet the head holiday honcho himself, Santa Claus.

Christmas in Cramerton

Christmas Village: Thursday, Dec 5, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Christmas Parade: Thursday, Dec 5, 4:00pm

Tree lighting: Thursday, Dec 5, 5:15pm

Pictures with Santa: Thursday, Dec 5, 6:00pm

Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, Dec 7, 7:30am to 9:00am

Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Dec 7, 10:00am to 2:00pm


Enjoy a traditional Christmas this year in Stanley with a parade and Christmas tree lighting complete with carols.

Town of Stanley Christmas events

Christmas tree lighting: Sun, Dec 1, 5:00pm

Christmas parade: Wed, Dec 11, 3:00 pm

Bessemer City

Image courtesy of Hydeia Hayes

The Christmas celebration in Bessemer City begins with a parade and continues with music, food, rides and more!

Christmas in Bessemer City

Christmas tree lighting: Saturday, Nov 30, 6:30pm

Parade and Christmas in the City: Friday, Dec 6, 5:00pm


Image courtesy of the Cherryville Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Cherryville is transformed into Dr. Seuss’ magical world of Whoville, including carriage rides and a visit from Santa.

Christmas in Cherryville

A Very Cherry Whoville Christmas: Friday, Dec 6, 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Christmas parade: Saturday, Dec 14, 10:30am

Mount Holly

Image courtesy of the Mount Holly Foundation

Gaston’s second-largest city gets both Holly and jolly with a festive parade and tree lighting ceremony.

Christmas in Mount Holly

Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony: Wednesday, Dec 4, 4:00pm


Image courtesy of T. Faro

The scent of hot cider and cookies plus the sounds of carolers fill Dallas’ historic town square this holiday season.

The Town of Dallas Christmas Events

Carols on the Square: Friday, Dec 6, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Dallas Christmas Parade: Friday, Dec 13, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


The whole town gets in on Belmont’s Christmas Village with local shops staying open late, hay and carriage rides, plus plenty of hot cocoa, s'mores, and cookies to go around. And new this year, ice skating in downtown! Also a major draw is Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's Mile of a Million Lights.

Christmas in Belmont

Christmas tree lighting ceremony: Monday, Dec 2, 6:00pm

Christmas parade: Tuesday, Dec 3, 3:30pm

Ice Skating in Belmont: Thursday, Dec 5 and Friday, Dec 6, 4:00pm to 10:00pm; Saturday, Dec 7, 10:00am to 10:00pm

Christmas Village: Saturday, Dec 7, 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's Holidays at the Garden

Mile of a Million Lights: Nightly, November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020, 5:00pm to 9:00p.m.


Image courtesy of the City of Gastonia

Kick off December in Gastonia with a parade, tree lighting, and a holiday marketplace. Plus a chance to see Santa at the train and in Lineberger Park.

Gastonia’s Christmas in the City

Santa at the Train: Saturday, Nov 30, 10am to 12pm

Parade: Sunday, Dec 1, 4pm

Marketplace: Sunday, Dec 1, 4pm

Tree lighting: Sunday, Dec 1, 4:45pm

Santa at Rankin Lake: Saturday, Dec 7th, 10am to 12pm

Kings Mountain

Victorian carolers, historic carriage rides, Santa’s Workshop, the Grinch, a holiday market, and even snow, make Kings Mountain a special place this season.

Home for Christmas, Kings Mountain

Parade and Winter Wonderland Festival: Saturday, Dec 7, 3:00pm (parade starts)

Downtown Christmas Celebration: Saturdays, Dec 7, 14, & 21, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

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