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LAKE NORMAN HOLIDAY EVENTS GUIDE

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The holiday season is here and December celebrations are well underway. If you are looking for the perfect place to celebrate with loved ones, look no further than one of our Lake Norman Luxury Vacation Rentals. A stay in one of our Lake Norman waterfront homes is a holiday getaway you and yours will never forget. With homes that sleep anywhere from 8-21 guests you’ll have room for the whole crew. Every one of our homes is the perfect base from which to explore the many Lake Norman and Charlotte area holiday happenings. We’ve gathered up some of our favorites and listed them here to help you experience the holidays like never before.

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS THE KIDS WILL ENJOY

If holiday activities for kids are what you are after, you won’t be disappointed. The list below includes Chanukah celebrations, Winter Solstice celebrations, and Christmas events! If you are looking for where to find Santa, jump ahead to the next section!

The Polar Express Train Ride

When: December 8th – 11th, 13th-23rd

Where: North Carolina Transportation Museum

Participants are encouraged to wear pajamas when this holiday favorite comes to life aboard the trains at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. There will be cookies and hot cocoa and a reading of the Polar Express Book while young ones are transported to Santa’s Village where everyone can remember what it’s like to hear the bell and believe.

Chanukah Celebration at Birkdale Village

When: December 20th

Where: Birkdale Village

Come to celebrate the third day of Chanukah with the Chabad of Lake Norman at Birkdale Village. There will be group activities, hot food, and drinks, all making for a memorable evening with your loved ones.

Movies on Main Presents Holiday Films

When: December 21st, 8-10pm

Where: Charles Mack Citizen Center

Bring a blanket and your friends and family for a free movie night where you’ll enjoy the Holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life!

RCNP Winter Solstice Celebration for Kids

When: December 21st, 3pm

Where: Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Spend some time with your loved ones outdoors this holiday season at the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve where you’ll celebrate as the seasons shift from Fall to Winter.

three adults smile and laugh with a child in front of a Christmas tree in a StayLakeNorman luxury vacation rental

WHERE TO TAKE PICTURES WITH SANTA

If photos with Santa are part of your Christmas tradition, there are plenty of fully immersive experiences to choose from! The following events will make you and your young ones feel like they’ve landed at the North Pole!

A Classic Christmas in Downtown Mooresville

When: December 9th, 6-9pm

Where: Downtown Mooresville

You’ll not only find Santa in Downtown Mooresville, but you’ll also find ice skating, Christmas carolers, live musical performances, plenty of shopping and dining, hot cocoa and treats, a gingerbread house competition and a life-sized snow globe!

Santa at Birkdale Village

When: November 20th – December 24th

Where: Birkdale Village

The elves have told us that booking an appointment is recommended to ensure a special time with Santa at his North-pole inspired cottage in Birkdale Village. Walk-ups are accepted if time allows.

Zootastic Park Christmas Wonderland of Lights

When: November 18th – January 1st

Where: Zootastic Park

Have you ever heard that Santa has baby kangaroos? He does at Zootastic Park! You’ll also experience 4 million Christmas lights in their drive-thru display. Be sure to stop for hot chocolate, s’mores, and a ride on their carousel or train!

EVENTS FOR THE ACTIVE ADVENTURER

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t explore the great outdoors and the wonderful winter activities this time of year brings. There is ice skating, hiking, snow tubing and even the option of a Holiday 5k!

Ice Skating at the US National Whitewater Center

When: Mid-November – Mid-February

Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center

The Whitewater River has turned to ice! There are two open skating rinks and an ice trail to explore at the Whitewater Center this year. Also available are hot cocoa, beer, and snacks for all to enjoy!

Light the Knights

When: November 23rd – January 6th

Where: Truist Field

Did someone say snow tubing in Charlotte? Truist Field has transformed into a winter wonderland, with ice skating and hockey rinks, a holiday light show, a Christmas Village complete with European treats, and a 150-foot snow tubing hill!

Huntersville Half Marathon and Holiday 5k

When: December 9th-10th

Where: Huntersville

The Huntersville Holiday 5k starts Friday night at 7pm with the Half-Marathon and 10k event starting on Saturday morning at 8am. Runners can compete in two events if they are up for the challenge!

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HOLIDAY MARKET SHOPPING AT ITS FINEST

If holiday shopping is on your to-do list, you’ll discover plenty of beautiful gifts and one-of-a-kind finds at the many Christmas Markets that come to town. Immerse yourself in these European-style holiday markets where food, music, and shopping abounds.

Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market

When: December 9th-11th, 16th-18th

Where: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Come experience a German Christmas Village when the Biergarten transforms into a holiday market, complete with shopping, music, lights, food, fire pits, and of course, plenty of beer!

Mistletoe Market

When: December 4th, 11th, 18th

Where: Camp North End

Camp North End transforms into a Winter Wonderland with 25 of the most amazing regional handmade and vintage vendors. You’ll also find dogs in sweaters, marshmallow roasting over an open fire, live music, food, and drink!

EVENTS FOR LOVERS OF ARTS AND CULTURE

With so many museums, cultural centers, performing arts venues, and galleries so close to Lake Norman there is no lack of events that tantalize the senses and engage the intellectual. These December events are ones that every art lover and cultural enthusiast will love.

Charlotte Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

When: December 9th-23rd

Where: Belk Theater

With live music from the Charlotte Symphony, the Charlotte Ballet’s rendition of “The Nutcracker” is one you won’t want to miss!

Chanukah Concert

When: December 24th

Where: Epstein Family Chabad Center

See Yoel Sharabi perform live on the seventh night of Chanukah during a time of celebration and music. Refreshments will be served and a Menorah lighting will take place. This is a Chanukah event you won’t want to miss!

Kwanzaa Charlotte

When: December 26th – January 1st

Where: Charlotte

Join Kwanzaa Charlotte for 7 days of Kwanzaa celebrations in Charlotte! Each celebration highlights the 7 principles of the Nguzu Saba, which are unity, self-determination, collective and work responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Holiday House Tours at Historic Rosedale

When: December 6th – December 22nd

Where: Historic Rosedale

Walk through rooms of Christmas past as you witness a Victorian Christmas Dinner setting in the Great Hall, a 1940’s wartime family parlour decorated for the Holidays, and a cellar kitchen full of traditions of the African-American community at Rosedale.

Holidays Around the World

When: November 25th – December 31st

Where: The Schiele Museum

Take a journey in the James H. Lynn Planetarium & Science Theater as you experience holidays as they are celebrated around the world in this seasonal film.

Winter Solstice Celebration at UUCC

When: December 21st, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte

There will be crafts, celebration, and hot beverages as you celebrate the Winter Solstice and the returning sun in this multigenerational, outdoor service. Dress warm and bring a chair!

CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS THAT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS

If you’re looking for where to find the best Christmas light displays in Lake Norman and the surrounding areas, look no further than the following list. These Christmas light attractions will take your holiday celebrations to a whole new level.

4th Annual Lake Norman Lighted Boat Parade

When: December 17th, 5:30-7pm

Where: Lake Norman

This is a Lake Norman Christmas Tradition you won’t want to miss! Boats follow a path from Blythe Landing to Ramsey Creek to the Duke Explorium. Be sure to end the festivities with a delicious meal from one of the food trucks stationed at Duke Explorium.

Speedway Christmas

When: November 18th – January 8th

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Less than 30 miles from Lake Norman, the Speedway Christmas at the Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the Southeast’s largest Christmas holiday traditions. Four million lights follow a four-mile course, set to synchronized Christmas music. The show is open from 6-10pm, rain or shine.

Christmas Town USA

When: December 1st – 26th

Where: McAdenville

Enjoy over a mile of resident’s homes decked out for the holidays in this illuminated Christmas tradition. Viewers can explore by car or foot. Be sure to check the calendar for special events throughout the month.

THE PERFECT STAY FOR THE PERFECT HOLIDAY

Whether you enjoy drinking hot cocoa after a long day of ice skating or taking in the lights after a fun day of holiday shopping, Lake Norman has something for everyone. Why not make Lake Norman the holiday destination you return to year after year? Make your holidays magical by spending them in one of our stunning lakefront homes for rent. Start a new tradition when you cozy up in one of our luxury vacation rentals while making the most of this holiday season with the ones you love.

Article Updated December 5th, 2022

Best Local Breweries and Bottle Shops in Lake Norman, NC

Two women toasting local craft beer on the sand next to a warm fire at their StayLakeNorman waterfront vacation rental.

When you’re a guest with StayLakeNorman, the lake is the star, but you’ll also find an abundance of fun to be had in our community. While the activities change with the seasons, it’s always a good time of year to explore Lake Norman’s local breweries and bottle shops. Breweries are plentiful here, and each offers something unique. Whether you are looking for a place to hang for a casual night out or a curated selection of drinks to take home, you will find every opportunity to sip in style (whatever your style may be) at these local establishments.

Breweries

D9 Brewing Company
9815 Sam Furr Rd, Suite J #313
Huntersville

With a community-oriented taproom and peaceful outdoor space, D9 is an ideal place to gather with a group and sample some of Lake Norman’s award-winning brews. Don’t forget to check out the events calendar – they always have a number of things going on! On weekends, you can typically find a food truck parked outside, or you can always order Mexican food from a local Lake Norman restaurant to be delivered to the taproom.

Primal Brewery
16432 Old Statesville Rd
Huntersville

Primal Brewery craft beer glass being filled at the tap.

Inside, Primal Brewery has “low ceilings, warm finishes, and no TVs” to promote a sense of community and conversation. Outside, the beer garden is extensive with picnic tables, fire pits, and a steady rotation of some of the area’s most popular food trucks. You will have no problem finding a spot to relax, unwind, and drink like a local here.

Ass Clown Brewing
10620 Bailey Rd E
Cornelius

Ass Clown Brewing specializes in bold and unique flavors and has one of the largest selections of beer of any local brewery. The taproom is tucked away in an industrial park, but it is cozy and welcoming once you’re inside. Food is not available on site, but there are many restaurants on Lake Norman from which to order, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Lost Worlds Brewing
19700-D One Norman Blvd
Cornelius

At Lost Worlds Brewing the vibe is all about adventure. An impressive taproom leads to an expansive (and dog friendly) beer garden. From live music to yoga classes to pop-up markets and a rotating selection of food trucks, there’s always something happening at Lost Worlds!

Hoptown Brewing Co
107 Plantation Ridge Dr
Mooresville

Hoptown is known for serving a wide variety of beers with different tasting profiles that appeal to different tastes. Among the most popular is their “Sip it Forward” blonde ale, which allows you to give back to a charity of your choice by voting with a token that comes with your beer. Pizza and Mexican food are available to order from one of the nearby Lake Norman restaurants, along with bar snacks and charcuterie boards in house.

People drinking Hoptown Brewing craft beer on a busy outdoor patio at dusk.

King Canary Brewing Co
562 Williamson Rd
Mooresville

King Canary Brewing Company craft beer brewing equipment

King Canary Brewing was built on “love of family” and the homey vibe inside conveys this immediately. The outside provides a peaceful place to sit awhile and enjoy the water views of Lake Norman cove. Here you’ll find a space that appeals to everyone in your crew, including a gaming nook for the kids! Check the calendar online to be in the know about fun food truck appearances, special events like trivia and workshops and even the occasional pop-up market!

Ghostface Brewing
427 East Statesville Ave
Mooresville

Ghostface Brewing is your place for both great beer and an extensive menu – the highlight being their wood-fired pizzas. Everything is made from scratch using high-end, local ingredients. Live music and trivia nights add to the friendly and welcoming vibe you’ll notice right when you walk in the door.

Bottle Shops

Barley Market
20052 Zion Ave
Cornelius

Barley Market is a tucked-away neighborhood bottle shop and tasting room with a rotating list of favorite beers on tap. You can also create your own 6-pack of craft beer or pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy at home! It’s a casual and comfortable place to chill out and enjoy the ones you’re with!

Side Bar Bottle Company
208 S Main St
Davidson

This new spot in downtown Davidson boasts a chic and intimate atmosphere for a drink or two before heading out to dinner or maybe on your way home from one of the awesome Lake Norman restaurants in the area. While you can certainly stop in and find a curated wine and beer selection to go, the spot is so adorable you’ll be tempted to stay awhile.

B Squared Bottle Shop and Tasting Room
13812 Cinnabar Place
Huntersville

The tasting room at B Squared is large yet cozy with exposed brick walls and string lights. They serve high-end small plates to accompany your selections from among the varied, rotating brews on tap. Of course, the retail space offers plenty of enticing options to take home with you as well!

Beer, Wine, and Food Delivered

And if you’re a guest at a StayLakeNorman waterfront vacation rental and just aren’t up for going out, keep in mind that Carolina Gourmet offers gourmet meal delivery accompanied by local beer and wine if you choose.

Top Reasons to Visit Lake Norman in October

Everyone loves visiting Lake Norman during the summer months, but did you know October is the locals’ favorite time of year around the lake? Lower temperatures, lower humidity and significantly lower rental rates are just some of the reasons to visit Lake Norman in October!

Events & Festivals

With crisp nights and mild days with average temperatures in the mid-70s, Lake Norman weather in October is perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Some of the top festivals and activities in the area for folks of all ages include the Carolina Renaissance Festival, Carolina BalloonFest, Scarowinds, Laketoberfest Music and Brew festival, Carrigan Farms for pumpkin picking and hayrides, Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze and Ghosts of Davidson.

For the avid sports fans, there are quite a few exciting events taking place in October ranging from NFL to NASCAR. Watch the Carolina Panthers take on Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or catch your favorite driver speed through the checkered flag at the Bank of America Roval 400.

Boating & Fishing

Another Lake Norman favorite pastime in October is boating. With fewer boats and wakeboarding, October is meant for cruising around the lake to appreciate nature’s fabulous art show as foliage colors change and reflect off the waters.  StayLakeNorman has a large selection of premium tritoons available for rent that can be delivered directly to your waterfront vacation rental for your convenience.

Traditionally when temperatures drop, feeding activity picks up for bass and crappie, just two of Lake Norman’s favorite fish to catch.  Make sure to check that your fishing license is up to date!

Take advantage of significantly lower rates now. Give StayLakeNorman a call at (704) 924-0510 to plan your visit to Lake Norman this October and get the recharge you need for those busy last 2 months of the year.  

The Perfect Lake Norman Waterfront Rentals

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You have your dates picked out and marked on the calendar and want to go to North Carolina for your getaway? Not quite sure just where you are staying yet? Lake Norman waterfront rentals are perfect for those looking for a warm getaway with access to fantastic waters and beautiful views. StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Homes has a variety of wonderful luxury lakefront vacation rentals for the perfect stay.

A Simpler Taste

If you are searching for more of a cabin style stay and enjoy life a little more simply, there are a number of rentals that could fit you. Blarney Bay is the perfect example of the more simplified properties available. With more of a lakeside cabin feel with an elegantly modern layout, you will feel right at home. Soak in the sun on the deck or relax on the covered patio. Enjoy the views of the lake. Create your own meals comfortably in a full kitchen set up. You will have plenty of space with an open floor plan to move around comfortably. The water is only a few steps away so you can easily make a splash or access the lake with a watercraft.

Living In Luxury

For more of a luxurious taste in accommodations, a rental like the Lake Norman Playaway Vacation Home is a fantastic choice. Designed with impressive architecture, open deck areas on shore, and covered deck areas out over the water makes every area of this home tasteful. Modern furniture and appliances ensure that your stay will be optimal in comfort and functionality. Meander down to the lake where there is a comfortable spot for sitting around a toasty fire and socializing with family or friends. Luxury lakefront vacation rentals like this one can be found in different styles and sizes on the StayLakeNorman website.

Picking The Perfect Lake Norman Waterfront Rentals For You

To help you find the perfect rental for you, ask yourself these questions:

  • How many people do I need to accommodate?
  • Will I be bringing my pet?
  • What is my budget?
  • Is this stay for a wedding?

All of these questions will help narrow down your search. From there you can pick your favorite style. Flip through the options to see all of the rentals that range from luxury to simple and cozy. Once you have your rental picked out, pick up the phone and make sure you reserve it before someone else snags it. What is the final step? Arrive at your rental and have an incredible experience with StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Homes on Lake Norman. Your perfect rental is waiting for you and visit Lake Norman today!

Summertime at Lake Norman

Family on Vacation

Imagine sitting on the dock overlooking the lake as the kids are splashing in the water and having the time of their lives. This summer that dream can become a reality! At StayLakeNorman we have the perfect vacation rentals in Mooresville NC to fit your family’s needs. Whether you are looking for a couples’ getaway or a place for the whole family reunion, we have space and accommodations to make your summer vacation one to remember. You will want to come back year after year!

StayLakeNorman

Just as we have fallen in love with Lake Norman so will you. After years of traveling, we decided to settle down at Lake Norman and share our passion for the Lake. As a result, StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Rentals was created! No expenses have been spared in creating the finest vacation rentals in Mooresville NC. All of our homes are designed to host friends and family members for a resort-style vacation.  Providing quality and clean homes, we provide a 5-star customer and concierge service that sets us apart from the rest. Whether you are putting your rental in our hands as an owner or renting with us, you can be sure that you are partnered with the best.

Fun In The Sun

Escape from the hustle and bustle of life and just relax as you take in all of the fantastic views our vacation homes have to offer. Lakeside living is the only way to vacation in Lake Norman, boasting ideal views of the rippling waters and only 30 minutes from the big city lights of Charlotte. Get out on the lake and enjoy over 50 square miles of tranquil waters. Offering endless water sports options, from gliding peacefully on a paddleboard to reaching for the skies or wakeboard.  Get outside and travel through forests experiencing birdlife and wildlife while hiking and biking. Rent a boat and sit back and enjoy some quality time with the fish or catch some rays on the sandy shoreline. At night gather around the campfire and indulge in some s’mores. This summer will be full of activity when you stay at Lake Norman.

From the magnificent sunrise to the amazing sunsets reflecting across the lake, you are sure to have a memorable time at Lake Norman! StayLakeNorman Luxury Vacation Rentals makes it easy for you to enjoy your vacation from fully stocked kitchens, washer/dryers, a fully furnished house, fresh linens and towels and so much more your whole family will be comfortable. Take a break this summer and get your vacation rentals in Mooresville NC for a summer full of fun!

The Ideal Lake Norman Trip

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Today is the day! The trip you have been waiting for all year is finally here, and you are heading to Lake Norman. You arrive in North Carolina and are ready to enjoy the water and the gorgeous surroundings. You pull up to your Lake Norman vacation rental and are in awe. The luxurious home is more than you could have ever imagined and the views are even better. The kids run past you and right away start picking their rooms and unpacking. After everyone is settled in, you decide to go out to one of the many local restaurants and grab groceries on the way back to stock up for the week’s adventures. Once you return to your Lake Norman vacation rental, everyone tucks themselves into their cozy beds for a good night’s rest before the vacation activities begin.

You wake up to the sun glistening on the water and the breeze blowing through the window. You can tell that today is going to be a great day. You make breakfast with the family and enjoy a fantastic meal around the dining room table. Everyone is talking about what he or she wants to do and all the fun they are going to have and you decide today will be spent the lake.You grab your beach bag and towels and are set to get on the boat that you rented from Norman Boats, StayLakeNorman’s sister company, so you can have fun on the lake all week long. You and your family enjoy a day of waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and much more!

After all the laughing and excitement you head back to your Lake Norman vacation rental for lunch and then prepare to get out and fish. Lake Norman boasts one of the best spots for crappie, bass, and catfish; and you are up to test your skills on the lake to catch the biggest fish yet. After some friendly competition of who can lure in the perfect catch, you head back and start grilling up dinner. Then after your meal, you and your family gather around the lakeside bonfire. You take in the gorgeous sunset falling below the lake and indulge in some s’mores. Your family is sharing stories of their favorite parts of the day and the memories of past family vacations, all the while you feel a sense of relaxation and happiness that you have had another successful family vacation, and you do not want it to end. After a day full of family time, adventures, and smiles you get ready for bed and prepare to do it all over again!

At StayLakeNorman we offer luxurious lakeside living for you and your friends and family. We strive to create a space where everyone can come and spend quality time together and not worry about anything else. With all the activities from exploring the town to cruising around on the beautiful waters, your family will have the time of their lives. So whether you are wanting a relaxing vacation or one filled with activities and adventure, your Lake Norman vacation will be the best yet.