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Christmas in Davidson and the North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade

by | Nov 23, 2021

Christmas in Davidson is back.


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

Christmas in Davidson, one of the Town of Davidson’s signature events, will return this year on December 2, 3, and 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each night.  

Opening ceremonies begin on Thursday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus on the town green. All events will be held outside, and COVID-19 protocols will remain in effect. 

Event highlights include: 

  • a video and light show on downtown buildings
  • strolling characters and other live entertainment
  • bubble snowflakes and real snow making
  • an artist village
  • a children’s craft area

Guests can expect to find unique gifts at many specialty shops and a wide variety of food by Davidson’s local restaurants.

The Doggie Fashion Show will be held Friday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. on the Davidson Public Library stage. Participants can register by clicking here.

The Scouts from Pack and Troop 58 participated in the parade in 2019.

The Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest will be held Saturday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. on the Davidson Public Library stage. No registration is required – simply show up in your festive sweater!

Please note that trolley service will not be available this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The town is excitedly anticipating this event but does caution residents and visitors to be observant of all COVID-19 guidelines, especially the 3 Ws- wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash your hands frequently.   Additional event COVID-19 guidelines can be found here.

New this year will be a Merry Main Street Tricycle Race that will take place Saturday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m., after the conclusion of the holiday parade. Come watch four-person trike teams sponsored by Davidson businesses race through an obstacle course down Main Street.

Street Closures

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

For additional information on Christmas in Davidson please visit

North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade

Happy horses in the 2019 parade.

The 39th annual North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade begins on the corner of Griffith and Main streets in Davidson on Saturday, December 4, 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 and Watson from Depot to Delburg, Griffith from Main to Sloan/Beaty, and southbound Main from Beaty to Griffith) will close beginning 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. North Main Street from Concord to Jackson will remain closed following the parade through the conclusion of Christmas in Davidson events that evening.

For more information on the parade, including detour maps, please visit

Parade Grand Marshals, sponsored this year by Lake Norman Chrysler Plymouth Dodge Jeep

Karen Houston (Davidson) and Gerald “Mickey Potts” (Cornelius)

The Town of Davidson is pleased to honor life-long resident, Karen Houston who has been a quiet, unsung hero of the Davidson community. She regularly volunteers at every election because she believes it is critical that everyone be given the opportunity to vote. Karen continuously takes care of Davidson’s Police and Fire Departments by bringing food to first responders, celebrating their birthdays, and letting them know that they are appreciated. She loves to volunteer for various tasks and was a tremendous asset this past year assisting residents at town vaccination events. Realizing the immense job at hand, Karen single handedly went street by street, door by door to personally register all those in her West Davidson neighborhood who were eligible to get a vaccine. She spent countless hours reaching out to all her contacts to get as many people vaccinated as possible. She is responsible for helping over 200 residents receive vaccinations, a true example of unselfish service to the community. 

The Town of Cornelius is pleased to honor Gerald “Mickey” Potts whose father Wilson opened the Potts Barber Shop on Catawba Avenue in 1960. Mickey still cuts hairs at the shop, and his late wife Nannie Potts was the first and only African American mayor of Cornelius. The barber shop recently received an historical designation during a town board meeting. Members of the Potts family were there along with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission and town commissioners who voted unanimously in favor of the designation. “The Potts Barber Shop is an important cultural and historic property for the Town of Cornelius and very worthy of the historic landmark designation,” said historic preservation advocate Abigail Jennings. “The Potts family’s contributions to our region should be preserved and shared with future generations. They have touched many lives over the years and this is a well-earned accomplishment.”

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