The holidays will still shine bright this year! Check back often for our up-to-date list of holiday events including holiday lights, skating, snowless sledding and more.

'Vintage Christmas' Holiday Lights in Downtown Gastonia

Recapturing past magic, Gastonia’s Downtown is displaying vintage-style Christmas lights and decorations throughout the holiday season.

18th Annual Toys, Games & Trains! at Kings Mountain Museum

November 27 to December 26. This annual exhibit fills the museum with a model train display assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted as they explore the miniature snow-covered scenes that line the tracks. Parents and grandparents will enjoy reminiscing about the toys and games of their childhood.

Holidays at the Schiele Museum

More Information to come.

ChristmasTown 5K - 2020 Virtual Run

The 2020 race will be virtual only. Register to run 3.1 miles on our course or elsewhere. Runners who register before November 1st will receive this year's ChristmasTown 5K runners shirt. All runners will receive a digital bib they can personalize and print out to use before running. Run your 5K anywhere you are, or on our official course the week of 11/21 to 11/28. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for ways to submit your photos and videos showing off your 5K accomplishment.

LIghts at USNWC

Lights is an illuminated walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, webs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the forest. The experience offers a range of approachable, multi-sensory works created by artist Meredith Connelly that are site-specific to the Whitewater Center.

Ice Skating at USNWC

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice Airstream serving hot and cold beverages. Running through February 15th.

Christmas Town U.S.A.

Each season the quaint town of McAdenville becomes a Christmas wonderland. Attracting visitors from across the country, more than 375 trees and nearly all the community homes are lit in spectacular fashion. Over 600,000 annual visitors walk along the wreath-lined route through the center of town.

Holidays at the Garden

Delight in a stroll through the shimmering lights! Along your journey also enjoy fairy villages, model trains, the Orchid Conservatory, and so much more. Roast a marshmallow, listen to live holiday music, children's activities and more at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Our accommodations are conveniently located close to major highways and include national brands, historic boutiques, bed & breakfasts and Airbnbs.  Whether you are traveling in a large group, a family, or all by yourself, you will find our lodgings to be well appointed with all the amenities you may need for a short or long stay.

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