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Make the most of Thanksgiving this weekend in Gaston County

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

This Thanksgiving weekend in Gaston County tailored for anyone seeking a unique blend of tradition and excitement. Immerse yourself in the local scene with at entertainment venues offering live music and themed parties. Experience the rich artistic culture at an exclusive art show and explore decked-out boutiques for unique gifts and festive decorations. Celebrate Thanksgiving in Gaston County, where every corner invites you to indulge in the season's spirit and create lasting memories in our vibrant community.


Opening Thanksgiving Weekend

Toyland at Kings Mountain Historical Museum

The Kings Mountain Historical Museum welcomes visitors into the enchanting world of "Toyland: A Holiday Exhibit." Transforming the museum into a Christmas wonderland filled with antique toys and games, the exhibit runs from November 24 to January 6, 2024. Parents, grandparents, and children alike can revel in the magic, and admission is free, providing an affordable and joyful holiday outing for all.

Chutes at Crowders Ridge

For those seeking winter thrills, Crowders Chutes opens its doors for a snowless tubing adventure. The Chutes, located at Crowders Ridge, offers a one-hour session of tubing fun for the whole family. With sessions running from November 24 to February 24 on Fridays and Saturdays, this exhilarating activity is a fundraiser supporting the camp's expansion. Rain or shine, the Chutes promise a memorable winter adventure contributing to a good cause.

Winterwonderland Sock Skating

at Schiele Museum

Back by popular demand, the Winter Wonderland Sock Skating at the Schiele Museum reopens on Friday, November 24. This indoor "skating" experience is perfect for kids aged 11 and under. For $3 per skater, participants can kick off their shoes and enjoy gliding on the indoor rink with socks replacing skates. Museum admission is required, providing a fantastic opportunity for families to create winter memories without the cold.

Letters to Santa in Cherryville

Drop off your letters to Santa in the specially arranged mailbox in Cherryville. Running from November 25th to December 15th, this festive initiative encourages participants to share their wishes and dreams with Santa Claus, fostering the holiday spirit and creating lasting memories.

Ice Skating

at Whitewater Center

For those seeking a more traditional winter experience, the Whitewater Center offers an ice skating adventure. Open through mid-February, the ice rink spans over 24,000 sq. ft. and features four distinct skating areas. This is a unique and festive way to embrace the winter season.

Preview night at DSBG

Celebrate the magic of the season at Holidays at the Garden, Embrace the enchantment as winter comes alive with a spectacular display of lights, glistening fountains, and festive decorations throughout the Garden. Open evenings Tuesday through Sunday. Don't miss mornings with Santa.

Jingle All The Way

at Stowe Park

Join us at Stowe Park in Belmont for a festive outdoor movie night featuring the holiday classic "Jingle All the Way"! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and immerse yourself in the heartwarming ambiance under the stars. It's the perfect way to kick off the holiday season with family and friends.


Fun for the whole family

This Thanksgiving weekend in Gaston County, families can dive into a variety of exciting activities. Begin your adventure by meeting the flock at Schiele Museum. Then experience glow-in-the-dark mini golf, arcades, and batting cages, indoor trampolines, and escape room challenges, roller skating, bowling and more! With these diverse options, Gaston County promises a weekend filled with memorable and varied activities for families and friends.


Thanksgiving and Holiday Races

Bright Lights


Start a new Thanksgiving tradition at the inaugural Bright Lights 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Race through the magical Holiday at the Garden lights and a Holiday Lights Sneak Peek After Party. Light up your Thanksgiving Eve at the Bright Lights 5K.

Turkey Trot

at Lineberger Park

Start your Thanksgiving morning on a healthy note by joining the Turkey Trot at Lineberger Park. Organized by CaroMont's employer wellness team, this family-friendly event invites everyone to walk or run a 5K along the scenic Greenway. Bring the whole family and enjoy refreshing exercise before indulging in your holiday feast. It's a fantastic way to embrace the spirit of gratitude and fitness on Thanksgiving Day.

Belmont Turkey Day 5k

Participate in the Belmont Turkey Day 5K on Thursday, November 23. This unique event is a donation run/walk dedicated to supporting two local charities, S.O.C.K.S. and Catherine's House. While there's no registration fee, participants are encouraged to donate to charities. Join us for a Thanksgiving Day run that goes beyond fitness – it's a chance to impact the lives of those in need positively.

Christmas Town 5K in McAdenville

The Christmas Town 5K is a heartwarming initiative organized by the McAdenville Woman's Club in partnership with the Pharr Family Y.M.C.A., driven entirely by dedicated volunteers from our community.


Hike our trails this Thanksgiving

Gaston County invites outdoor enthusiasts to explore its diverse trail network, catering to all fitness levels. Stretching across the county, these trails provide scenic escapes for nature lovers, hikers, and fitness enthusiasts. Whether opting for a peaceful stroll or a more challenging hike through wooded landscapes, Gaston County's trails accommodate all preferences. From the banks of the Catawba River to the scenic beauty of Crowders Mountain, these trails showcase the natural splendor of the region. Embrace the opportunity to discover Gaston County's trails, offering an inviting escape into nature for active individuals and families.


Thanksgiving Night life

The Nightmare before Thanksgiving

at Jekyll and Hyde Belmont

Join us for "The Nightmare Before Thanksgiving" on November 22nd. Dance to spine-tingling beats from our live DJ, don your best Nightmare Before Christmas costume and enjoy an incredibly festive night.