City Hall Blog (archived)

With the holidays just around the corner, time to decorate!

Although Halloween was just a week ago, and you might have your attention now on football and finding the perfect turkey for Thanksgiving, the City of Concord is already decorating for Christmas! City coworkers have been placing lighted Christmas displays around the community, many of which have been recently refurbished with fresh paint and new LED lights.

One of the most prominent decorations is the downtown Christmas Tree, which stands approximately 30 feet tall next to the Concord Police Headquarters and across from the Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck. It may seem early to see all these decorations, but the crews are working hard to make sure everything is in place for some important upcoming events.
For fifteenth year, Concord’s holiday season will kick off at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, November 16. Sponsored by Cabarrus Bank and Trust and CMC-NorthEast, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks! This year’s event layout will change slightly with a new fireworks launch location. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the show from the Market Street lawn, the fun begins at 5:30 p.m.!
The following day is the 84th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. One of the oldest and longest in the south, Concord’s parade begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17.
The dates for the Christmas Tree Lighting and the Christmas Parade are always set to fall on the Friday and Saturday (respectively) before Thanksgiving each year. Click here for more details about these great community events.
The festivities in Concord and Cabarrus County will continue for the rest of November and December as Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (CVB), and other partners along “the Boulevard” host Cabarrus Christmas, including the Speedway Christmas extravaganza running November 19-December 30!
The CVB is dropping the green flag on this year’s Cabarrus Christmas with an extra special visitor: the US Capitol Christmas Tree! The tree, which is 73 feet tall and was harvested in Colorado on November 2, will be on display at zMAX Dragway from 2:00 from 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22. This stop will be one of many along the tree’s 23-day tour on its way to the nation’s capital. All festivities with the Tree are open to the public and free for all to enjoy. Click here to learn more about this great opportunity for our community! For more information on the Concord tour stop, visit To track the tree’s route, visit or you can also follow the tree on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.