As the holiday season approaches the Monroe, North Carolina area offers many opportunities to celebrate the season. Beginning in late November, every weekend presents the opportunity to enjoy a different holiday celebration in Monroe or a nearby town. Here is an overview of some of the most popular family friendly activities.
The most popular holiday tradition in the area is the Union County Christmas Parade, which kicks off holiday activities in Monroe. This year the parade is scheduled for November 21 from 2 to 5pm. The parade is a 60-year tradition and draws thousands of attendees from Union and surrounding counties. The two mile parade route runs through historic downtown Monroe, and includes floats, marching bands, and a visit from Santa.
The nearby town of Indian Trail also has a Christmas Parade. Their parade is scheduled for the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 28, through the downtown area on Indian Trail Road. On December 9 from 6-8pm, Indian Trail has their Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at City Hall. This family event includes caroling, hot apple cider and S’mores by the bonfire, and Santa’s arrival by fire truck.
The town of Waxhaw presents their Holiday Festival of Lights and Noel Nights on November 26 and 27. The downtown area is beautifully transformed by over 50,000 holiday lights. Scheduled activities include the Christmas tree lighting, carriage rides, and caroling.
Wingate University in nearby Wingate, North Carolina will present two special holiday concerts. There will be a free Percussion Christmas Concert on December 2. The Blind Boys of Alabama, legends of gospel music, will perform their “Go Tell it on the Mountain” Christmas show on December 3 at 7:30pm. Both concerts will take place in the George A. Batte Jr. Fine Arts Center at the University.
The Nutcracker Ballet will be presented in nearby Matthews, North Carolina November 27 and 28, and December 4 and 5. This traditional holiday performance is very popular with families. The November 28 and December 5 performances will be followed by a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party. December 5 is also the date for Matthew’s Downtown Holiday Stroll.
The Monroe area offers plenty of seasonal activities for families to enjoy. Come join in the festivities and get in the holiday spirit.