• Jamie Killian

Shopping, Santa, and (Reverse) Parades — Celebrate the holidays all month long

The final stretch of 2020 is among us and there are still plenty of chances to make some great memories this year. From supporting local businesses to seeing Santa to getting crafty, there are plenty of opportunities to get yourself, your kids and your guests out and about in a safe way.

Photo Courtesy of Avalon Mountain Community


Graphic Courtesy of Mount Holly Chamber

Downtown Mount Holly

November 27-29, 10 a.m.

Support local businesses in downtown Mount Holly and get your holiday shopping done early. There will also be a chance to win a gift basket filled with exciting prizes from downtown shops. Stop by The Summit Beer Shop, Catalyst Mercantile or the Mount Holly & the Makers Market for a bingo card. As you shop, have the retailers complete your bingo card to enter to win the basket.

Mount Holly Christmas Tree Lot

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226 S. Main Street, Mount Holly

Beginning November 27, Daily 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Looking for a Christmas Tree in a nostalgic Christmas lot? Stop by Mount Holly Farmer's Market for trees, wreaths and more.

District 8's Black Friday Stout Party - Belmont

District 8 Beer Co. - Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

900 South Fork Village Dr., G-03, Belmont

November 27, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Stocking up on Christmas brews? Stop by District 8 Beer Company for their stout party. Enjoy one in the shop and grab some to take home to drink or cellar.

Holidays at the Garden - Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Photo Courtesy of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont

November 27 - January 3, Wednesday - Sunday, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Enjoy lights, orchids, food and beverages at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's Holidays at the Garden. From Wednesday - Sunday now through January 3, guests can experience holiday spirit while wandering the garden. Grab food from a food truck or bring your own dinner at this socially distanced event. Tickets are required. Find information here.

Art Show/Sale & Live Music - Fryeday Coffee Roasters

Photo Courtesy of Fryeday Coffee Roasters

Fryeday Coffee Roasters, 106 E. First St. Unit B, Lowell

November 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Local coffee roaster and French pastry shop, Fryeday Coffee Roasters, is hosting local makers for an art sale featuring photography, pottery, woodworking and hand-painted barn quilts. Grab coffee, wine or beer and enjoy shopping locally to the tune of local musician, Jack Fontana.

Small Business Saturday - Belmont

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Downtown Belmont

November 28, 10 a.m.

Participate in Shop Small Saturday by visiting Downtown Belmont. For each store you spend $100 or more in, you will be entered to one of five $1,000 shopping and dining sprees in downtown Belmont.

South Street Shop Small- Gastonia

Graphic Courtesy of Downtown Gastonia Businesses

South South Street, Gastonia

November 28, 1 p.m.

Hosting community events from wine tastings to local shopping, patrons can enjoy a beverage and take a look at offerings from local vendors at Gaston Pour House during their South Street Shop Small event. There will be several small businesses featured, like Wren and Ivy Salon & Boutique as well as a hot cocoa bar from 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. and a wine tasting from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. The shopping ends at 5 p.m. with live music starting at 6:30 p.m. Stay for dinner and make a day of it. No ticket required.

Letters to Santa - Downtown Cherryville

Photo Courtesy of Downtown Cherryville

220 E Main St. Cherryville

November 28 - December 17

Drop your letters to Santa in downtown Cherryville, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce. Be sure to get them in by December 17 so they make it to the North Pole right on time.

December Events - A Little Bit of Art

A Little Bit of Art Painting Event - Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

A Little Bit of Art, 900 South Fork Village Dr. #G2, Belmont

Dates and times vary

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