Holiday happenings

These events are taking place in light of the coming holiday season:


Downtown events: The nonprofit Concord Downtown Development Corp. announces these free events:

Concord Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 p.m. Friday, with children's activities at 5:30 and fireworks at 7:30 p.m.

Concord Parade, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Details: 704-932-3808.

"Holiday Happenings," 1-4 p.m. Dec. 3, including carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides and a Gingerbread Candy Hunt, where children visit downtown businesses for items to decorate a miniature gingerbread house. Gingerbread Candy Hunt is limited to the first 100 children. Details: 704-784-4208;

Senior's Christmas Party: Dec. 13, Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, , 4751 N.C. 49 North, Concord. Details:

"A Christmas Evening With Us": International recording artists Sarah Morgann and Kirby Heyborne will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 North, Concord. Tickets are $16. Details:


"A Plantation Christmas": Experience a 1860s Christmas, learn about 1800s Christmas traditions, meet a Victorian St. Nick and see open-hearth cooking, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 25-26, Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Free with regular site admission, free to members, $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 students, children under 6 free. 704-875-2312;

"The Light of Christmas": Central Piedmont Community Chorus, formerly the North Mecklenburg Community Chorus, will give four free holiday concerts: Nov. 28 at University City United Methodist Church; Nov. 29 at Asbury United Methodist Church; Dec. 5 at Huntersville Presbyterian Church; and Dec. 6 at Saint Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville. Concerts are at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.

"Miracle on 34th Street": Our Town Cinemas, 227 Griffith St., Davidson, will show the holiday classic several times a day, Dec. 9-15. Tickets are $7.50, with $1 from each ticket donated to the Ada Jenkins Center. Reservations:

"A Huntersville Christmas": Free celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 in downtown Huntersville will feature a Winter Wonderland with a snow slide, pony rides, clown bounce, carousel, ferris wheel, train rides, rapid slide, swing rides and hay rides; rock-climbing wall and bonfire at the Caboose/Huntersville Market; crafts and a coloring contest at Discovery Place Kids!; Santa at the fire department; performances by the Davidson Jugglers; letter-writing to Santa; face painting; holiday stories read by Mrs. Claus at the police department; magic shows at 6 and 7 p.m. at town hall; and live radio remote by Radio Disney. At the Fire Department, Bill Turner, author of "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't," will host a book-signing. Huntersville Presbyterian Church will perform a Live Nativity Scene at the church at 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m. Various acts will perform on stage between the fire department and the parking garage. Families attending the celebration are asked to bring a small donation of canned broths, canned fruit, canned vegetables or gallon-size tea bags for the Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen. Donate new toys to the police department's toy drive. Details: Huntersville Parks and Recreation, 704-766-2220;


Mooresville Christmas Parade: 3:30 p.m. Nov. 22 on Main Street in downtown Mooresville. 704-662-8210;

Christmas in Davidson: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 3. Opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 . with the arrival of Santa Claus on the Village Green. Other event highlights include a Live Nativity, an ice skating rink, strolling carolers and various foods. Horse-drawn carriage rides will depart regularly from Davidson Town Hall.

Joe Marusak.