Join us for Christmas in Davidson and
the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade:
Expect a Lot of Fun (and Some Street Closures)

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Christmas in Davidson, one of Davidson’s signature events, will be November 29 & 30 and December 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each night. 

Opening ceremonies begin on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus on the town green. Children can visit Santa at Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Congregation House at 218 Concord Road each night.
Other event highlights include:

  • a live nativity, complete with live animals,
  • strolling carolers and other live entertainment,
  • a doggie fashion show,
  • an ugly holiday sweater contest, and
  • a wide variety of food offerings.

Guests can expect to find unique gifts at our many specialty shops. 

Santa in carriage

Visitors can also enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides that depart regularly from Davidson Town Hall. Again this year, we’re offering the ability to pay for carriage ride tickets online to expedite the process. Please visit http://www.christmasindavidson.com/carriage_rides.htm to select a date, time frame, and pay. Visitors can also sign up at the booth in front of town hall each night (while tickets last).
Downtown Davidson and the South Main district will be participating in this year’s event. Additional parking will be available at the Homewood Suites and Harris Teeter parking lots at the Circles@30, and a free trolley service will run continually between downtown, South Main, satellite parking areas, and some of our neighborhoods. Please see details below.  

Dog in festive tutu

The Doggie Fashion Show is on Friday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. on the Davidson Public Library stage. Participants can register at http://www.christmasindavidson.com/doggie_fashion_show.htm.

Holiday Sweater Contest

The Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest is on Saturday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. on the Davidson Public Library stage.  No registration is required – simply show up in your festive sweater!

 “TapSnap,” an interactive photo booth on the town green will be back again all three nights. Participants will receive free printed photos to take home. A collage of all photos taken during Christmas in Davidson will be uploaded to the Town of Davidson’s Facebook page (please like us at “Town of Davidson, NC – Town Hall”).

“We are looking forward to a few new attractions this year as well as the traditional favorites of Christmas in Davidson,” said Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming.

Street Closures

Each evening at 5:00 p.m., Main Street from Concord Road to Jackson Street will be closed to traffic, so citizens can enjoy walking to all of our shops, restaurants, and activities.  Lorimer Road from Concord Road to the CVS parking lot will also be closed.  Handicapped parking spaces will be available in the library parking lot along Lorimer Road, and an attendant will be present to allow drivers in.  


Trolley Service
We offer trolley service around town at the Circles@30, downtown, and at the South Main commercial district; look for trolley stop signs in each location. For detailed stop information, please visit http://www.christmasindavidson.com/parking.htm.
Trolleys run from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. each evening on a continuous loop of about 15 minutes, starting at the farthest points from town.
For more information on Christmas in Davidson, including a listing of everything going on each night and a map of trolley stops, please visit www.christmasindavidson.com or pick up a program at town hall.


North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade

The 36th annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade begins on the corner of Griffith and Main streets in Davidson on Saturday, December 1 at 1:00 p.m. and proceeds south on Main Street (Hwy. 115) to Old Canal Street at the entrance to Antiquity in Cornelius. The streets being used for parade staging (Jackson from Depot to Delburg, Watson, and Griffith from Main to Sloan/Beaty) will close starting at 10:00 a.m. Main Street from Beaty Street in Davidson south to the Cornelius border will close at noon and will re-open at approximately 3:30 p.m. 

For more information on the parade, including detour maps, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/parade.


Parade Grand Marshal: Ralph Quackenbush

Ralph Quackenbush moved to Davidson in 1970. Ralph and his wife Carol Quackenbush have been married for 59 years and have two children, Lynn and David.
After Ralph completed college at the Philadelphia Textile Institute to become a textile engineer, he was drafted into the United States Army where he joined the infantry. He served in Germany in headquarters company 22nd infantry Battalion. As a squad leader, Ralph was out in the field for nine months each year as a scout observer ahead of the troops, and he had Top Secret clearance.
Ralph’s years of commitment in volunteer roles have been with the Davidson Community Players, the Town of Davidson for over 20 years, and with two local churches.  Ralph also served on the Davidson housing coalition board for 17 years as their treasurer, which was not a task he was intimately familiar. He learned the sophisticated requirements of being a treasurer by selflessly spending hours in the Davidson housing coalition office twice a week to ensure that the books were accurate.
He started volunteering for the town of Davidson in 1997 and continues to this day. He has received the Davidson Citizenship Award, Rotary Club award, and was recognized by the Town of Davidson with the Jack Burney Award in 2010. He currently still volunteers for the Town of Davidson as our parking enforcement officer.

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