Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express
Celebrate the Christmas spirit all month long in Kannapolis with the Celebration of Lights. The Celebration of Lights boasts more than 250,000 lights and takes place at Village Park nightly from November 30 – December 30th (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Walk through the park and enjoy the many light displays or ride the Winterland Express and see if you can find all 12 Days of Christmas!
In addition to the light displays throughout the park, other activities will also take place each night. You can roast marshmallows and make s’mores or visit with Santa in his Studio. Special appearances from Mrs. Claus are scheduled on Wednesday nights so Santa can get some work done back at the North Pole! Stop by and watch a performances from our very own Kannapolis Singing Bears as they entertain the young and young at heart with a 30 minute Christmas Carol performance each hour on the hour beginning at 6 p.m. each evening. Enjoy hot chocolate and coffee, which are both available for purchase in the concession stand.
The Winterland Express takes riders through the lights at the park from 6:00-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $2.00 per rider.
Model Train Displays
The Carolinas Division of the Atlantic Coast S Gaugers will also be back with their display of a 36 foot by 22 foot interactive model train layout in the Community Room as part of the season of activities.
The model train will be on display:
Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8
Wednesday, December 11 - Sunday, December 15
Wednesday, December 18 - Monday, December 23
The layout features at least 3 trains in operation at all times, an 8-track center passing yard, and more than 50 buttons that can be pushed by both young and old to operate accessories around the layout. Load and unload logs from a car, operate crossing gates and signals, blow whistles, operate a cattle pen, make a playground come to life, see the dog chasing the mailman, watch the baggage smasher, and much more. For more information, go to www.trainweb.org/acsg and click on the Carolinas Division.
Walks Through the Park
Please note that there may be several nights, especially Friday and Saturday nights, with high visitor capacities, creating long wait times for train rides. We ask for your patience and understanding. Visitors who would like to view the lights without waiting in line for the train ride are always welcome to stroll through the park on their own to view the majority of the displays. In addition, large groups may visit the Group Rate page for more details on riding the train.
For more information, contact the Parks & Rec Department at 704-920-4343.