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Christmas Parades and Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Gaston County, NC

Updated: Aug 14

Is there anything better than Christmas in a small town? To help you celebrate the holidays, we’ve put together a list of all the Christmas parades and tree lighting ceremonies in Gaston County. Que the sleigh bells then sip hot chocolate as the holiday season begins in Christmas County this year.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Bessemer City | Nov 20

Join us for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Downtown! Caroling, Fellowship, and Family Fun!

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Stanley

Nov 28 | Stanley

City of Belmont's 4th Annual Festival of Trees

Nov 29 | Belmont

Join us as Downtown Belmont and Stowe Park are filled with a display of festive trees for all to enjoy throughout the month of December.

Annual Belmont Christmas Parade

Nov 30 | Belmont

An annual tradition marching through historic downtown, the Belmont Christmas Parade steps into the holiday spirit with festive floats, antique cars, area school marching bands and Santa Claus! Enjoy an afternoon in Belmont. The parade route begins on S. Main Street and continues onto Catawba Street - ending at the Dwight Frady Fields.

Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec 01 | Mount Holly

If you are interested in having a float in this year’s parade, please visit our website ( for the application. We will be posting more details - including route and parking options - in the upcoming days. Stay tuned!

Christmas Town USA Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec 01 | McAdenville

The official start of Christmas Town USA On the Plaza, in front of the Pharr Family YMCA. The switch will be pulled at 6:00 pm by a student from McAdenville Elementary School

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Dec 02 | Cramerton We will celebrate Christmas in Cramerton with our annual Christmas Parade on 8th Avenue and we will cap off the evening with the lighting of our Town Tree.

Lowell Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec 02 | Lowell

Please join us in downtown Lowell for the City's official Tree Lighting Ceremony! We will meet in the grassy lot across the road from City Hall. Help us kick off the holiday season!

A Very Cherry Who-Ville Christmas on Main Street

Dec 03 | Cherryville

Friday evening, December 3rd Rain Date - Saturday December 4th Hayrides rides down Main & Elm Streets Santa Claus will be at Home Trust Bank Merchants will be open until 9 pm.

Kings Mountain "Home for Christmas" Parade

Dec 04 | Kings Mountain

Christmas magic returns to Kings Mountain this holiday season, and we can't wait to celebrate with you! Kick-off the holidays on Saturday, December 4th at 3:00pm with our Christmas Parade, then make plans to attend our evening festivities, continuing every Saturday leading up to Christmas.

Christmas Village

Dec 04 | Belmont

Join the Downtown Belmont Development Association for our annual Christmas Village on December 4th from 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Enjoy holiday offerings from our downtown businesses, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, photos with Santa, and even a carousel ride!

Christmas in the City

Dec 05 | Gastonia The event will feature Santa, food trucks, vendors, and more! Free entertainment includes juggling elves, face painting, writing letters to Santa (Santa will be writing back!), pictures with Santa, winter themed inflatables, and an inflatable snow globe picture opportunity.

Cherryville Christmas Parade

Dec 11 | Cherryville

Everything a good parade has to offer; Floats, Bands, Clowns, Dancers, SANTA CLAUS, and much, much more.

2021 Historic Christmas Village

Dec 11 | Dallas Park

The event will feature time period related crafts, letters to Santa, old fashion candy will be for sale in the General Store, live Christmas music, s'mores around the fire, pictures with Father Christmas "Santa", candle dipping, kid's games with the Dallas History Museum, and a horse carriage ride!

Lowell Christmas Parade

Dec 11 | Lowell

Join us for our Annual Christmas Parade! We will have some sweets and concessions vendors downtown across from City Hall! Afterwards, join us downtown near the City's Christmas tree for some caroling!

Christmas Parade in Stanley

Dec 15 | Stanley

Parade starts at Carothers Funeral Home and ends at Stanley Middle School.

Christmas Town USA Yule Log Cememony

Dec 16 | McAdenville

Each year, residents and visitors follow the Yule Log which is pulled by children on a sled through town to Legacy Park located on Elm Street in downtown McAdenville.



Christmas is a magical time in Gaston County, from holiday lights to festivals, parades, skating, snowless sledding and more, here is a list of all the events this year.

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