Kick off the holiday season in Concord, November 20 and 21
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CONCORD – The weekend before Thanksgiving, thousands of attendees will fill Downtown and kick off the 2015 holiday season, starting with the City of Concord's 18th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 20. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks!

The evening of fun takes place in Historic Downtown Concord, building up to the Tree Lighting in Bicentennial Plaza. Activities will be focused in the area between Church Street S, Union Street S, and Means Avenue SE. Cabarrus County is providing the launch location for the fireworks show in Parking Lot 2 between Church Street S and McCachern Boulevard SE. The Bicentennial Parking Lot will close at 12:00 noon, and Cabarrus County Parking Lot 2 will close at 3:00 p.m. the day of the event.

Free public parking will be available in several locations, including all levels of the Cabarrus Avenue parking deck. Carolina Courts will offer free parking at 24 Spring Street SW (accessible from Spring Street or Corban Avenue). Additional parking locations will be available;
click here for an event parking map.

Event Highlights:
6:00: Motorized trolley, horse-drawn carriage rides, and children’s activities begin
6:30: Opening ceremony and introduction of Santa
6:40: Music from Irvin and Wolf Meadow Elementary Schools
7:05: Music from David Domingo
7:30: Music from "The Spirit of Cox Mill" Marching Band and Guard
8:00: Tree lighting and fireworks!

Click here for an event flyer. Also, be sure to visit the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Art Walk from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The fun continues Saturday at the 87
th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. The parade will begin at Church Street N and Lake Concord Road at 2:30 p.m. on November 21, and continues over two miles along Church Street, Buffalo Avenue, and Union Street to Corban Avenue. The City of Concord is sponsoring the parade’s Band Awards. For parade application, line up, winners, and additional information, please visit

Each year, Parade Marshals have been chosen from the local community for their leadership and contributions to Concord. The 2015 parade will salute former Concord Police Chief Guy Smith and his wife Carla. Smith
retired in March of this year after 33 years of service with the City of Concord.

The parade will also recognize concord native and news personality Beth Troutman as a special guest. Troutman recently joined
WCNC in Charlotte as co-anchor of evening newscasts, and her previous on-camera experience includes work on both local and nationally-syndicated programs. Troutman graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with degrees in Political Science and Women's Studies. At age 22 she headed to Hollywood, landing a position on the production team of "The West Wing", where she worked alongside political heavyweights such as Dee Dee Myers, Gene Sperling, Lawrence O'Donnell and Peggy Noonan. She attended Concord High School, where she was star track athlete. Her family still resides in the area, owning the popular Troutman's Barbecue restaurant.