Holiday Shop & Stroll

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, take a festive trolley ride, stroll the sidewalks,  and enjoy the sparkle of holiday lights.

Friday, December 1, 2023!

Holly Jolly Trolley

All aboard the Holly Jolly Trolley sponsored by Griffin Insurance! Downtown Statesville Development Corporation is excited to introduce this new attraction to the 2023 Holiday Shop and Stroll! Immerse yourself in the spirit of the holidays on an old-fashioned festive trolley ride through Downtown Statesville. 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!

On December 1nd, 8th, and 15th, the trolley will embark from The Holly Jolly Depot located on Court Street beside the Christmas tree every 20 minutes. There will stops at The Historic Sharpe House where you can visit Santa and tour the beautifully decorated grounds of the Pasture House and Park, and the Holiday Selfie Station at the corner of W. Broad and Meeting Street. The brilliant theater troupe from Center Stage Alliance will be aboard the trolley to entertain you with holiday carols and Christmas stories. Each ride promises to be full of music, laughter and holiday cheer!

Trolley rides are free and will be offered from 6-8pm during each of the Friday night Shop & Strolls in December. You can hop on or off the trolley at any of the stops. Seats are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

Special thanks to our 2023 Sponsor Griffin Insurance

Visit Santa Central at City Hall

Friday, December 1

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! 

Tours of City Hall

Friday, December 1 6p-8p

This event is sponsored 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. 

Victorian Carolers

Friday, December 1
There will be no shortage of holiday music during the Shop & Stroll! Victorian Carolers will be roaming the streets throughout the night to bring cheer to everyone around. 

Little Blue Choo

Thursday, Nov. 30 & Friday, Dec 1

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 in the Griffin Insurance parking lot located at 139 East Broad St. from 5:30pm – 8:30pm!

 Live Nativity at First ARP Church

Friday, December 1 6:30p-7:30p

The Nativity Story will be presented live outside the front of First ARP Church, located at 123 East Broad Street, with presentations at 6:00-6:30 pm and 7:00-7:30 pm. Special music will be provided prior to and between performances by the First ARP Choir and Organist. They will provide cookies and hot chocolate. In the event of bad weather, the presentations will take place in the sanctuary.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Friday, December 1, 8, & 15

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.

Open House at The Historic Sharpe House

Friday, December 1, 8, & 15 6p-8:30p

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 Park to see the festive light display. Enjoy baked goods, hot chocolate, and apple cider, and visit with Santa from 6-8pm on December 9 and 16.

S'mores Station

Friday, December 1 6p-8:30p

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. S’more kits will be sold for $1 each.

Holiday Selfie Stations

Friday, December 1 6p-8:30p

Holiday Selfie Stations located throughout Downtown. Take a pic to post with your friends and family! Look for snow!

These businesses will be staying open with extended hours during 'Tis the Season Events:


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