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Holiday Festival of Lights

Fri 6-9 p.m. Downtown Waxhaw.

Downtown Waxhaw will be illuminated with more than 100,000 lights. At 6:30 Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive, and kids can visit with them at their David G. Barnes Children Park workshop. There will be real snow, free carriage rides and gifts from Santa for the first 200 children. Enjoy a holiday concert with local favorite Rachel Sawhook and national gospel recording artist Jody Watson.


Small Business Saturday

Sat Participating retailers.

This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a time to pump some of those holiday dollars into locally owned businesses. American Express is fueling Small Business Saturday with a sweet deal. Register your American Express card in advance on the “Shop Small” website. When you spend at least $10 Saturday at a participating store, you’ll receive a $10 credit on your statement. You can participate up to three times, so that means $30 of free stuff.


Kannapolis Tree Lighting

Sat 6 p.m. Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis.

Kannapolis does the Christmas season right with its Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express, which runs through Dec. 30 with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Saturday’s kickoff will feature musicians, a tree lighting and fireworks. The Winterland Express train ($2) takes visitors through Village Park to see all the Christmas light displays.


Christmas at the Library

Mon-Sat 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-10 Friday-Saturday. Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive.

Free activities include a live Nativity scene, carolers and reading of the Christmas story. Horse-drawn carriage rides through Christmas light displays are $3 for kids 12 and under and $7 for adults. From noon to 2 p.m., kids can pet the animals. Free parking. Open through Dec. 23.


Lego Mini Model Build

Tue 5 p.m. Lego Store at Concord Mills.

The first Tuesday of each month, Lego stores offer a free mini build for kids ages 6-14. Kids put together a small Lego kit, usually not available for purchase, and can take it home.