New ways to celebrate the season join classic holiday favorites in Cabarrus County

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(November 21, 2013)- Concord, NC – North Carolina’s ultimate motorsports destination offers unique opportunities to reconnect and be filled with wonder throughout the month of December. The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau invites travelers seeking an unforgettable holiday getaway in the Southeast to explore “Where Racing Lives!”

In Cabarrus County, the area’s premier holiday light park and the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the Carolinas are situated less than a mile from 12 hotel properties—including one where it snows inside the lobby!

The holidays are off to a running start on November 22 with the Egg Nog Jog at Charlotte Motor Speedway! New in 2013, this holiday-themed 5k fun run through dazzling lights is complete with costumed runners and a concert after the race. eggnogjog5k.com / @eggnogjog5k

On November 23, Speedway Christmas returns for the 4th year at Charlotte Motor Speedway! Recognized as a Top 20 Event for the month of December 2013 by the Southeast Tourism Society, Speedway Christmas features 3 million holiday lights and 800 displays throughout the 3.1 mile light park. Create unforgettable memories as you drive nearly one mile on legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch with 300,000 feet of animated LED lights dancing in the grandstands above. Included in the price of a light show ticket, guests can also visit the Christmas Village for horse-drawn carriage and camel rides, marshmallow roasting and more! Out of the 38 nights Speedway Christmas is open, 10 will feature holiday classics playing on the World’s Largest HDTV for a drive-in movie experience like no other.  charlottemotorspeedway.com / @CLTMotorSpdwy

The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with fireworks display on November 22 and the 85th Annual Concord Christmas Parade on November 23 highlight holiday events in Historic Downtown Concord. The Concord parade is one of the oldest and largest Christmas Parades in the Carolinas and begins at 2:30pm. concorddowntown.com

Bring your pack to Great Wolf Lodge in Concord and discover the magical world of SnowLand. Beginning November 30, snow will fall each day in the Grand Lobby during the Clock Tower show and Santa will stop by for story time. A visit to Santa’s Letter Depot and dinner inside the life-size gingerbread house will make your cub’s Christmas! greatwolf.com/concord

A Kannapolis Christmas kicks off on November 30 with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and continues with the Kannapolis Christmas Festival on December 7 and the 75th Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade on December 14. The 2013 Celebration of Lights in Dale Earnhardt’s hometown boasts more than 175,000 lights and takes place at Village Park December 1 – 30. kannapolischristmas.com

At 8pm on November 28, Concord Mills, the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the Carolinas, will open for 47 hours of Black Friday weekend savings! Also at Concord Mills, outdoor karting facility The Speedpark adds over 4,000 square feet of real ice to skate at The Icepark from November 23 – January 20! Neighborhood 2 at the Mills is the spot for Photos with Santa. This year, children aren’t the only ones who can pose with the man in red— Paws & Claus Pet Photo Nights are on December 9 and 16. concordmills.com / thespeedpark.com

On December 7, explore A Golden Christmas at Reed Gold Mine—the site of the America’s first discovery of gold and the only underground candlelight mine tour during the day! Just around the corner, Christmas Open House at Rocky River Vineyards will feature local artists and vendors, mulled wine and Santa under their pavilion.

nchistoricsites.org/Reed  /  rockyrivervineyards.com

For more information, visit www.CabarrusChristmas.com.

About the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau
As a destination marketing organization, the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau is dedicated to promoting Cabarrus County as a visitor destination and enhancing the complete visitor experience. We also represent and support the interests of the local tourism industry and promote public awareness of the importance of tourism. For more information, visit our website (www.VisitCabarrus.com) or find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/VisitCabarrus) and Twitter (@SpeedCityUSA).

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