Updated: Nov 21
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.
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
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.
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.
3rd Annual Twerky Party at Traust Brewery
Shake off the Thanksgiving at this pre-Thanksgiving bash! An unforgettable evening of beats and laughter on the eve of Thanksgiving Day. The party starts with DJ music bingo, open mic sessions and a night of music, merriment, and memories.
Drinksgiving at Pita Wheel
Join the community for an evening of celebration with enticing drink specials available at both Gastonia and Belmont locations. Drinksgiving promises to be a fantastic start to the holiday season. Gather your friends, clink your glasses, and let the Thanksgiving cheer flow.
Live music at Confluence
Whether he's infusing a new twist into Rock and Roll classics from the 60's, 70's, and 90's or sharing his original compositions rooted in Americana, Rock-a-billy, and Blues, Crites guarantees an energetic performance. Take advantage of this musical journey.
at River Room
Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of Val Merza as live music takes center stage at the RiverRoom. A captivating evening filled with soulful tunes and rhythmic beats that promise to elevate your spirits.
This is the perfect way to spend Thanksgiving. Bring your favorite dish to share, and let's create a diverse potluck feast in the taproom. Meet new friends, enjoy good food, play games, and spread merriment.
There's no need to stress over-elaborate cooking. Join in the festivities, share some delicious bites, and enjoy the company. The celebration continues with Karaoke. It's a night of good food, great company, and even better tunes.
Thanksgiving Eve Turkey Bash
at Hickory Tavern
Dive into the pre-Thanksgiving festivities at The Tavern where the beats of DJ Baxter will be spinning all night. Great food, music, and unbeatable vibes.
Cherryville Main Street Holiday Market
Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as local vendors showcase unique, handcrafted treasures. Find the perfect gifts while supporting small businesses in the heart of Cherryville. Kick off the holiday season with a delightful blend of community, commerce, and seasonal joy at The Main Street Holiday Market.
Small Business Saturday
Celebrate community and commerce at Shop Small - Shop Belmont . Show your support for Belmont's unique small businesses on Small Business Saturday. Explore local offerings, contribute to the vibrant tapestry of our community, and make a difference by embracing the charm and uniqueness that local businesses bring to Belmont.
Small Business Saturday
at Historic Dallas Jail
This Pop-Up Market will kick off your holiday shopping with diverse offerings from local small businesses and we encourage you to also join our canned food drive benefiting Dallas High Shoals Christian Ministry.
Billy Craft Makers Market
is a celebration of handmade wonders. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this indoor market as local artists and makers showcase their unique creations.
Small Business Saturday
in Mount Holly
Venture into the heart of Mount Holly to experience the essence of community and commerce during Small Business Saturday. The sense of community and Holiday cheer radiates from charming storefronts to bustling streets.
at The Rooster
Embrace the holiday season by shopping with local vendors, each offering a unique touch to your festive celebrations. As the day unfolds, walk inside and enjoy a drink or two while you shop. Plus, satisfy your taste buds with delightful offerings from our on-site food vendor.