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.
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.
Saturday, Dec 14
Artisan market: 2:00pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony: 5:00pm
Every year, 600,000 people meander through the town of McAdenville to see one of the most impressive Christmas light displays in the world.
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 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.
Christmas tree lighting: Sun, Dec 1, 5:00pm
Christmas parade: Wed, Dec 11, 3:00 pm
The Christmas celebration in Bessemer City begins with a parade and continues with music, food, rides and more!
Christmas tree lighting: Saturday, Nov 30, 6:30pm
Parade and Christmas in the City: Friday, Dec 6, 5:00pm
Downtown Cherryville is transformed into Dr. Seuss’ magical world of Whoville, including carriage rides and a visit from Santa.
A Very Cherry Whoville Christmas: Friday, Dec 6, 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Christmas parade: Saturday, Dec 14, 10:30am
Gaston’s second-largest city gets both Holly and jolly with a festive parade and tree lighting ceremony.
Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony: Wednesday, Dec 4, 4:00pm
The scent of hot cider and cookies plus the sounds of carolers fill Dallas’ historic town square this holiday season.
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 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
Mile of a Million Lights: Nightly, November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020, 5:00pm to 9:00p.m.
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.
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
Victorian carolers, historic carriage rides, Santa’s Workshop, the Grinch, a holiday market, and even snow, make Kings Mountain a special place this season.
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