It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in North Carolina’s ultimate motorsports destination
CONCORD, NC (November 16, 2016)— From an illuminated superspeedway to a laser light show in the hometown of a NASCAR legend, The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau invites travelers to put a “Where Racing Lives” twist on traditions this year.
At Exit 49 off of I-85, the area’s premier holiday light show 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 its lobby! Then, dash to downtown or explore gold mine tunnels by candlelight. No matter where you choose to celebrate, southern holiday spirit isn’t hard to find in Cabarrus County.
Race under the lights on Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Eggnog Jog 5K on November 19. In its fourth year, this holiday-themed 5K fun run through the dazzling lights of Speedway Christmas is complete with costumed runners and fireworks. eggnogjog5k.com / @eggnogjog5k
Following the Eggnog Jog, Speedway Christmas returns for the seventh year. Recognized as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, Speedway Christmas features over 3 million lights throughout the expanded 3.75-mile course—the longest course in Speedway Christmas history! Create unforgettable memories as you drive on legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway with synchronized lights-to-music dancing in the grandstands above. Out of the 42 nights Speedway Christmas is open, 26 (Thursdays through Sundays) feature a Christmas Village, photos with Santa, petting zoo and FOX 46 Movie Nights playing holiday classics on the gigantic 16,000 square-foot HDTV. Open nightly November 19 – December 31 (Closed Christmas Day). charlottemotorspeedway.com / @CLTMotorSpdwy
The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with fireworks on November 18 and the 88th Annual Concord Christmas Parade on November 19 highlight holiday events in Historic Downtown Concord. The Concord parade is one of the oldest and largest in the Carolinas and begins at 2:30pm. On December 3, hang out from 11am-2pm for the annual Holiday Happenings event featuring horse-drawn wagon rides and the Gingerbread Candy Hunt. concorddowntown.com / @ConcordDowntown
Beginning November 26, bring your pack to Great Wolf Lodge and discover the magical world of Snowland. Daily snowfall in the Grand Lobby during the Clock Tower show and dinner inside the life-size gingerbread house will make your cub’s Christmas!
greatwolf.com/concord/snowland / @greatwolflodge
Bargain hunters will enjoy ‘extra festive’ hours as Concord Mills waves the green flag on holiday shopping. The Carolinas’ largest shopping and entertainment destination is open from 6pm on Thanksgiving Day to 9:30pm on Black Friday and from 8am to 6pm on Christmas Eve. Snap a photo with the man in red at the Food Court through December 24 and skate on over 4,200 square feet of real ice as outdoor karting track The Speedpark adds The Icepark November 18 – January 16!
concordmills.com / @ConcordMillsNC
A Kannapolis Christmas kicks off November 26 at the Annual Tree Lighting and continues all month in Dale Earnhardt’s hometown with the Celebration of Lights (over 250,000!), Winterland Express train rides and more. For the second year, the Kannapolis Intimidators are bringing back the Holiday Laser Light Festival December 2 – 4. And on December 10, grab a seat in Downtown for the 78th Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade of Lights. kannapolischristmas.com / @Kannapolis
Join holiday festivities in Harrisburg including live Nativity, horse and carriage rides and on-stage entertainment at the annual Town of Harrisburg Christmas Tree Lighting in Veteran’s Park on December 2 at 6pm. harrisburgnc.org / @harrisburg_nc
On December 3, 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 wine tastings on December 10 from 12-6pm. nchistoricsites.org/Reed / rockyrivervineyards.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 2015, tourism generated $411.58 million in visitor spending, $92.97 million in payroll, $30.73 million in state and local taxes and 4,320 jobs. For more, visit www.CabCoCVB.com or find us at Facebook.com/VisitCabarrus and @SpeedCityUSA.
Julie Hinson, TMP