'Tis The Season in Downtown Statesville

Kick off the holidays in Downtown Statesville!

Join us in beautiful Downtown Statesville as we kick off the holidays! We officially begin the Christmas season with the lighting of our Christmas tree. Check out all of the details below December will be filled with shopping, horse-drawn carriages, wonderful music, festive trolley rides, a few snowflakes, Santa {of course}, and MORE! You don't want to miss any of the exciting opportunities to enjoy an evening in downtown.
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.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Thursday, December 5

Enjoy the start to an old fashioned Christmas! Come take your holiday photo in front of the tree before or after enjoying extended shopping hours and dinner out in downtown. 

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

December 5, 12, and 19

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.

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Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 14

Join the 30th Masonic District of North Carolina as they host the 2024 Statesville Christmas Parade. Come early to enjoy brunch and discover downtown.

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Statesville Story Stroll

November 21 - January 5

Run, run, as fast as you can to help catch the Gingerbread Man. Can you help catch him as you read your way through Downtown Statesville?

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"Home for the Holidays" Gingerbread House Competition


Join us for the Annual "Home for the Holidays" Gingerbread House contest, sponsored by Allen Tate Realtors.  Houses will be placed in locations throughout Downtown. Once your application is submitted, it will be considered by our committee and you be informed of your location, if accepted. First Prize in each category is $100 cash. Second Prize is $25 in Downtown Dollars. Categories are Professional, Adult Amateur, Under 18 Amateur, and People's Choice (voted on by the public). 

Enter the Contest

Gingerbread Workshop for Kids

December 14; 10:30am & 12:00pm

Looking for fun Christmas activities for the kids? Join us for our Gingerbread House Workshop! 

Event will be located at The Watering Hole at 226 W Broad St.
Only 30 spots available per workshop - Registration required - $2 per person and fun for all ages! All supplies are provided

Event is hosted by Downtown Statesville and sponsored by The Watering Hole and The Vanilla Bean Baker & Coffee Shop!

Reserve Your Spot

'Tis The Season is made possible by the generous sponsorships of our amazing community partners! Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!

Please be sure to support these businesses.

Trolley Sponsor

Griffin Insurance Agency (Statesville, NC)

Griffin Insurance Agency (Statesville, NC)

139 E. Broad St.

Statesville, NC 28677


Patron Sponsor

Jenkins Cleaners

Jenkins Cleaners

252 E. Front St.

Statesville, NC 28677



Downtown Statesville Development Corp.

Downtown Statesville Development Corp.

104 Court St., Ste B

PO Box 205 (28687)

Statesville, NC 28677