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This is the season to explore all the beautiful holiday attractions in North Carolina! Our region shares plenty of charm and memory-making opportunities through tradition and twinkling lights this holiday season. From small-town celebrations to family-friendly festivities that shimmer and shine, Belmont, N.C., is a destination for holiday traditions and twinkling lights this season.

Ted Hall, chairman of the Belmont Tourism Development Authority, said the holidays are a perfect time for Belmont to showcase its commitment to community, history, and tradition. “Belmont’s small-town charm shines as brightly as the colored bulbs. We are looking forward to welcoming families to our city for another year of Christmas cheer.”

The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden presents its annual Holidays at the Garden from November 26 to January 2. Enjoy the whimsy and magic of festive blooms at this family-friendly event. This year’s exhibition returns with topiary displays, sparkling cherry trees, and rolling lights across the Piedmont Prairie. There will also be wintertime tunes, food truck fare, holiday beverages, and seasonal shopping. The Garden implements significant COVID-19 precautions throughout the holiday season, including staggered entry times to reduce crowding. Advance tickets can be obtained at dsbg.org.

Spend the holidays in nearby Christmas Town U.S.A. as McAdenville, N.C., transforms for the 66th year. In Christmas Town, more than 150 decorated homes sit alongside sparkling streetscapes from December 1 to 26, 5:30-10 p.m. daily. This year’s McAdenville merriment returns with the ChristmasTown 5k, Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Yule Log Parade.

The holiday season begins in November in Belmont. Shop Small Saturday on November 27 offers a chance to experience the city’s brick-lined sidewalks and quaint boutiques while finding those perfect presents. On November 29, the City of Belmont Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off the season’s glow as well as the fourth annual Festival of Trees, a jolly display of Christmas trees across historic downtown that runs until January 3. The 72nd Annual Belmont Christmas Parade – November 30, 3:30 p.m. – ushers in festive floats, marching bands, tradition, joy, and Santa Claus!

And finally on December 4, in the heart of downtown, Belmont Christmas Village evokes the holiday spirit with s’mores stations, holiday music, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more. Also on December 4, nearby Belmont Abbey College presents its annual “Christmas at the Abbey” with two showtimes featuring secular and sacred music, poignant readings, and lighthearted comedy. “Everyone can use a bit of holiday cheer this year,” added Hall. “Belmont is ready to deck the halls with it.”

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