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It's the most magical time of year! The Annual Lincolnton Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting, Santa House, Carriage Rides, and holiday activities are set! Event dates/times, parade info, and other details are below. More events added as we get info!

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Apple Ornament on display

2023 Candy Land Christmas in Historic Downtown Lincolnton

Fun Happenings in LTown during the 2023 Christmas season

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  • Blessing of the City & Street Party
  • Sunday, December 31, 5-8pm

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The Nutcracker, A Children's Ballet at Citizens Center - produced by Lincoln Cultural Center

  • Friday, December 8th at 6:30p
  • Saturday, December 9th at 6:30p
  • Sunday, December 10 at 3p 

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Breakfast with Santa at LCC - presented by Lincoln Cultural Center

  • Saturday, December 2, 8:30a-11a
  • For reservations, (704) 240-4989

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Frozen Jr, the Musical! - produced by Lincoln Theatre Guild at LCC

  • One weekend, Five performances:
  • Th 11/30, Fri 12/1, & Sat 12/2 at 7p. 
  • Sat 12/2 & Sun 12/3 at 2p.

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Handmade for the Holidays - Lincoln Cultural Center hosts artists & artisans with special gift shopping, held at the Citizens Center

  • Friday, November 17, 3p-9p
  • Saturday, November 18, 9a-3p

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A Candy Land Christmas Open House - Lincolnton merchants throw open their doors for Second Saturday Shop Local - Holiday Style!

  • Saturday, November 11, 10a-6p
  • Santa sighting and Sweet Surprises throughout Downtown

2023 Holiday Nights schedule2023 Santa House & Carriage Rides 

Lincolnton Candy Land Christmas Nights!

Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday starting 11/30 through 12/23 (4 weekends).

Santa will greet visitors between 6pm and 9pm each Th/Fri/Sat at the Santa Village in First Federal Park (201 N Poplar St) at the new Winter Wonderland light display!  FREE!

IMG_1164 IMG_1182Carriages (2017)Carriage & Wagon Rides will tour Historic Downtown Lincolnton every Th/Fri/Sat between 6pm - 9pm. Departs from the 100 or 200 Block of East Main Street

Cash only, no reservations. Carriage rides $15/person, wagon rides $10/person, under 2 free. Carriages generally accommodate 2-4 people & wagons hold 8-10, every effort is made to keep groups/families together.

Sunday, 11|26|23, 3pm-7pm

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Lincolnton Christmas Parade 

& Tree Lighting!

4pm - Parade Starts

Tree Lighting at end of Parade

Lots of treats & vendors!!


Come cheer for your favorite entries and displays! The Christmas Parade theme for 2023 is "A Candy Land Christmas - Sweet Surprises" and all parade entries are encouraged to get creative and use the Candy Land theme in your parade presentation!! Awards & bragging rights for winners of:

  • Best Candy Land Parade Theme
  • Best Golf Cart (one or group)
  • Best Youth Participation
  • Best Handmade Float/Display

Any questions? Email Laura Morris, LMorris@LincolntonNC.org or call 704-452-7304.

Parade entries are closed.

Vendor Applications are closed.