(November 18, 2014) – Concord, NC – North Carolina’s ultimate motorsports destination offers unique opportunities to reconnect and be filled with wonder throughout November and 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 with snow showers inside the lobby!
The holidays are off to a running start on November 21 with the Egg Nog Jog at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In its second year, 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 22, Speedway Christmas returns for the fifth year at Charlotte Motor Speedway! Recognized as a Top 20 Event in 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 200,000 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 on select nights for horse-drawn carriage and camel rides, marshmallow roasting and more! Out of the 39 nights Speedway Christmas is open, 15 will feature holiday classics playing on the gigantic HDTV for a drive-in movie experience like no other. charlottemotorspeedway.com / @CLTMotorSpdwy
The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with fireworks display on November 21 and the 86th Annual Concord Christmas Parade on November 22 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 / @ConcordDowntown
At 6pm on November 27, Concord Mills, the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the Carolinas, will open for 27 straight hours of Black Friday 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 21 – January 19! Neighborhood 2 at the Mills is the spot for Photos with Santa. concordmills.com / thespeedpark.com
A Kannapolis Christmas kicks off on November 29 with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and continues with the Kannapolis Christmas Festival on December 6 and the 76th Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade on December 13. The 2014 Celebration of Lights in Dale Earnhardt’s hometown boasts more than 250,000 lights and takes place at Village Park November 29 – December 30. kannapolischristmas.com / @Kannapolis
Bring your pack to Great Wolf Lodge in Concord and discover the magical world of Snowland. Beginning November 29, 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 / @greatwolflodge
The Town of Harrisburg invites guests to join in on holiday festivities including a live Nativity, horse and carriage rides and on-stage entertainment at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 5 from 6 – 9pm at Veterans Park! harrisburgnc.org / @harrisburg_nc
On December 6, 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 and inspiration for how to spend your holidays in Cabarrus County, visit www.CabarrusChristmas.com.
About the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau
As a destination marketing organization, the CCCVB 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. In 2013, tourism generated $371.87 million in visitor spending, $80.08 million in payroll, $27.36 million in state and local taxes and 3,980 jobs. For more, visit www.CabCoCVB.com or find us at Facebook.com/VisitCabarrus and @SpeedCityUSA.
Julie Hinson, Communications Manager