Kick off the Holidays in Downtown!

in Event Posts, Downtown Businesses, Statesville News

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting - December 2

The official lighting of the Downtown Statesville Christmas Tree is set for Thursday, December 2 in front of the Old County Courthouse. Enjoy classic holiday songs performed by The Kincaids from 6-7 pm and watch in delight as Santa and Mayor Kutteh countdown to light the tree at 6:45 pm.

~ Train Rides at the Statesville Civic Center

Train enthusiasts of all ages will love a ride on the Little Blue Choo, provided by the Statesville Civic Center. Adults and children alike are welcome to take a FREE ride and warm up with hot chocolate under the Civic Center bell tower from 6pm - 9pm!

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Sponsored by Griffin Insurance

The wonderful tradition of surrounding yourself with the sights and sounds of the holidays in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage ride through Downtown Statesville will continue this year. Reservations here. 
Dec. 2 Carriage Rides SOLD OUT
Dec. 9 Carriage Rides SOLD OUT
Dec. 16 Carriage Rides will go on sale Dec. 6 at 11am.

Holiday Shop & Stroll Spectacular - December 3

On Friday, December 3, bring the whole family downtown for the Holiday Shop & Stroll where we bring the feeling of an old-fashioned, small town Christmas season to the streets of Downtown, while adding a dash of excitement and a sprinkle of magic!

Enjoy a fun evening of merchant open houses, stroll the sidewalks, listen to carolers, and enjoy the sparkle of holiday lights. Enjoy a festive trolley ride, and experience a little snowfall magic!

Check the list below for details and join us to make lasting holiday memories with your loved ones!

~ Visit Santa Central at City Hall

Santa Central will be filled with fun for the little ones! Visit with Santa Claus and his elves, write a letter and send it straight to the North Pole with the magic mailbox, and make a craft with Santa’s elves! There will even be popcorn and hot cocoa for warming up!

~Tour of City Hall presented by The Sharpe House Historic Players

Take a tour of one of the architectural gems of Statesville decorated beautifully for the season! Learn about its history and reconstruction and enjoy visits from ghosts of its past. Tours presented by The Sharpe House Historic Players who are also the guides for the Haunted Statesville Ghost Tours that occur January through October.

~ Holly Jolly Trolley Rides Sponsored by Griffin Insurance

Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the holidays on an old-fashioned festive trolley ride through Downtown Statesville from 6pm - 8pm. Be entertained with magical holiday fun as you and your family see the beautifully decorated streets of Downtown Statesville aboard the festive Holly Jolly Trolley! The Holly Jolly Depot will be located at the Downtown Christmas Tree located at the Old County Courthouse at 200 S. Center Street with stops at the Historic Sharpe House, the Holiday Selfie Station and Santa Central. You can jump on or off the trolley as it stops at each location on the loop every 20 minutes or so. Thank you to our 2021 Sponsor, Griffin Insurance.

~ Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, sponsored by R. Gregory Jewelers

R. Gregory Jewelers will be hosting carriage rides in front of their store each Friday in December until Christmas with donations accepted for Purple Heart Homes.

~ S’mores Station - CALLED OFF DUE TO BURN BAN

Warm up by the fire, roast a marshmallow, and enjoy a warm gooey S’more. Statesville Fire Department will be there to make sure everyone safely enjoys the evening! The S’mores Station will be located next to Sub Express from 6pm to 8pm. S’more kits will be sold for $1 each.

~ Victorian Carolers and Music

There will be no shortage of holiday music during the Shop & Stroll Spectacular! Victorian Carolers will be roaming the streets throughout the night to bring cheer to everyone around. There are also many other locations that will be hosting live music during the evening. Be sure to check the Downtown Statesville calendar for details that night and throughout the year!

~ Open House at the Historic Sharpe House

Visit the home of Statesville’s first mayor beautifully decorated for the Holidays. Take a stroll down to the The Sharpe House Historic Players’ Pasture Stage and see the festive light display from 6pm - 8:30pm.

~ Downtown Shopping & Dining

Downtown retailers are putting on their holiday best and opening their doors to shoppers. Stores will be decked out and stocked with this season's best gifts for everyone on your list. Many of the shops will provide great deals and special in-store events. To go with the holiday shopping season, downtown restaurants are ready to treat you to the holiday feasting season. The menu choices are as delightful and enjoyable as the chefs who prepare them! 


220 Cafe - Live Music with Josh Perryman

Ali's Bistro 

Broad Street Burger Co. 

Columbian Bakery

D'Laneys Sports Bar & Grill - Live Music Showcase with Carmen Tate and Ronnie Hawkins

Fourth Creek Brewing Co. - Live Music with Courtney Puckett    

Groucho's Deli 

Lake Mountain Coffee 

Marty's Bar & Grill 

Mezzaluna II

Pasta Amore - Specials daily / Full Bar / Custom Pizza / Homemade Dessert / Draft Beer from Winston Salem 

Peking Chinese Kitchen  

Red Buffalo Brewing Co. - Live Music with Carolina Clay

Randy's BBQ 

Smokin' Southern Cantina 

Sub Express 

Tacontento Mexican Restaurant 

Twisted Oak American Bar & Grill 

Wine Maestro - Live Music with Broad Street Blues Band 


33 1/3 Records 

AJ's Heavenly Discounts 

Carolina Mountain Sports 

Creations by TYS 

First Flight Bicycles 

Fresh Kicks LLC 

GG's Arts Frames Gifts - Cider and Refreshments from Oakwood Bread Co., Live Music with Ryan and Steve, Special Guest Authors Authors Tom Gill, Dave Childers, & Ken Jurney

Iredell Arts Council –Artisan Marketplace featuring Michael Ziegler 5:30 – 7:30pm

New & Not Treasures 

Mclelland Shoes 

R Gregory Jewelers – Carriage Rides available with donations accepted for Purple Heart Homes

Roots Outdoors 

Wooten Jewelers

The spirit of the season comes alive in Downtown Statesville where you will find unique shops, restaurants and wonderful holiday events guaranteed to put you in the spirit.

For a complete list of holiday events visit, or call Downtown Statesville at 704-878-3436.

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Dec 09, 2021
6:00 PM EST
104 Court St., Ste B
Statesville, NC 28677
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Holiday Shop & Stroll
Dec 10, 2021
5:30 PM EST
104 Court St., Ste B
Statesville, NC 28677
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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Dec 16, 2021
6:00 PM EST
104 Court St., Ste B
Statesville, NC 28677
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Holiday Shop & Stroll
Dec 17, 2021
5:30 PM EST
104 Court St., Ste B
Statesville, NC 28677
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