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Christmas in Mount Holly & Annual Christmas Parade

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Small Business Saturday - SHOP LOCAL!

Saturday, November 26
Hosted by GBA East and our local business owners

Small Business Saturday Merry Market BILLBOARD
The best day of the year is quickly approaching!

Explore our downtown while supporting our amazing small businesses and enter for a chance to win one of three grand prizes! Visit the GBA Mount Holly Facebook event for updates. 

Merry Market

Saturday, November 26 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hosted by Catalyst Mercantile

Merry Market
The Merry Market is back! Join us and fifty of our best artisan friends as we celebrate their incredible talent at the area’s largest indoor market. Enjoy holiday shopping and delicious eats from our favorite food trucks. Plus it’s Small Business Saturday! Bring your blackout card to get stamped and enter the grand prize drawing!

PREVIEW NIGHT - Friday, November 25 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Get a jump on holiday shopping from your favorite vendors without the crowd! The ticketed Preview Night will be held on Friday, November 25 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM - buy your tickets HERE.  Tickets are $15 and include a $5 coupon good to spend anywhere in the building.

Admission to the regular market on Saturday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM is free. 

"It Takes a Village" Fiber Art Display

December 1, 2022 - January 4, 2023
Hosted by Arts on the Greenway non-profit organization

Textile Tree

Visit this special art display located at Arts on the Greenway! This will be erected next to the pergola on the Central Avenue side of the building. The opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

For more information, please contact Dottie Scher at

Miracle on Main Street
Friday, December 2, 2022 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Hosted by the City of Mount Holly

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The Miracle on Main Street holiday event in downtown Mount Holly will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022. This event features a series of fun events for young and old alike to enjoy and get into the holiday spirit!

Activities include the following:

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony and Caroling
  • Live Music by Jordan Chapman and Simple Sole!
  • Special visitors from the North Pole
  • Food Trucks (email to apply)
  • Vendors (apply here)

Santa in the Grand Hall
Saturday, December 10 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, December 14 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Free and open to the public!

Santa and Mrs Claus

Guess who is coming to town (besides your relatives)? Looking for somewhere magical to see Santa this year? 

Though Kris Kringle does keep a busy schedule, fortunately, he's making an appearance before Christmas in Mount Holly! Treat your child to a priceless memory they’ll cherish forever by bringing them to see Santa in the Grand Hall in the Mount Holly Municipal Complex. We truly believe that 'Seeing Is Believing'!

Location: Mount Holly Municipal Complex | 400 E. Central Avenue, Mount Holly, NC 28120

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making appearances at other Yule Love Mount Holly events as well:
Friday, December 2 | Miracle on Main Street Event in Downtown Mount Holly | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday, December 16th at 7:00 PM | Christmas Electric Parade 

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Downtown Mount Holly
Monday, December 12 - Wednesday, December 14
Historic Downtown Mount Holly

Santa and Mrs Clause and HORSE

Witness the beauty of Mount Holly’s downtown historic district with a Christmas carriage ride. Reserve your own private horse-drawn carriage for a ride under the lights along historic Main Street! Carriage rides will be available on December 12,13, and 14 from 6-9 PM. 

Carriages can seat 4 adults or fewer adults plus additional children. Carriages are $25 for 15 minutes. To allow the maximum amount of people to enjoy this new attraction, you may only sign up for one slot. 


**Please put your name in the subject line**
No other forms of payment are accepted.

The carriages will depart on the sidewalk in front of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Mount Holly. 

Each carriage ride you purchase has a designated line that you will wait in. For example: if you purchase “Monday, December 12 6:00PM - Line 1”, you will go to Line 1 and depart from there. Reservations are only available online and will not be sold the day of. 

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your reservation. 

If you do not arrive at your scheduled time, we will consider your reservation forfeited and no refund will be available. Please dress warmly in case of cold weather.

Carriage rides may be cancelled due to inclement weather. In case of a cancellation due to weather, the purchase amount will be refunded to the original payment method. Refunds can take up to 7 days to be processed. 

Questions? Please contact Mary Blomquist at

Enchantment in the Garden

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 5:00 - 8:30 PM
Hosted by the Mount Holly Community Garden

Enchantment in the Garden

The Mount Holly Community Garden will be holding its 8th Annual Christmas Enchantment in the Garden on Saturday, December 10 from 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM.  This free, family-friendly event for all in the community has grown each year and is often called the "McAdenville of Gardens".  Located at 126 N. Main Street in the heart of Mount Holly, the Mount Holly Community Garden has become a popular destination in the city, housing 52 organic garden beds each leased and attended to yearly by garden members.  Over the past 8 years, the Mount Holly Community Garden has supplied the Mount Holly CRO with thousands of pounds of fresh produce, implemented free community programs, and showcases unique art projects including a gorgeous mural by local muralist Boyce McKinney.

This year's Christmas Enchantment in the Garden is sure to be one to remember.  Each of the 52 garden beds will be decorated differently by garden members, along with hundreds of glowing luminaries lighting your way.  Local businesses and artists will also be taking part this year by decorating designated areas around the garden. Enjoy live music by the Ida Rankin Elementary Chorus and local musicians Cathy Black and Jonathan Brackett. Bolton’s Curbside Cookery, Food Junkie’s Old Fashioned Donuts, and Catawba Coffee Co. will be on-site to curb your appetite. Cap off the festive evening by visiting with Santa, be sure to bring your camera to capture the magic. Special thanks to the Mount Holly Tourism Development Authority for the recent grant award to help make this event possible. 

Photo Credit:  Scott Griffin

Annual Christmas Electric Parade: A Festival of Lights

Friday, December 16, 2022 | 6:00 PM


Who doesn't love a good light display? This event combines the best of all worlds with all the lights you could see in one place, in addition to numerous restaurants that call for dinner and a show! We can't wait to see you there! Kick off the Holiday Season in style! Come up to Historic Mount Holly for our holiday Electric Parade.

Mount Holly is proud to present the annual Christmas Parade on Friday, December 16 at 6:00 pm.  Join us for a joyful celebration of the holiday season as this colorful, light-filled parade moves down Central Avenue and Main Street in historic downtown Mount Holly.

Spectators of all ages will enjoy magical floats and more creative displays decked out in this year’s theme…A Festival of Lights!

How To: Decorate Your Car for the Electric Parade

Christmas Tree Lot at the Farmers Market

Buy the perfect Christmas tree at the Mount Holly Farmers Market tree lot beginning November 23.

Additional Attractions

  • Stroll through the Municipal Complex grounds for some beautiful holiday decorations. The display makes a great photo op for you and your loved ones. Don’t miss the 20-foot decorated tree inside the Grand Hall which is open to the public during normal business hours.
  • The Mount Holly Community Garden will be selling hot chocolate, cider, and coffee at various events throughout the month of December. While in Mount Holly, make sure to visit our local restaurants and shops on historic Main Street. Grab a bite to eat, shop for unique Christmas gifts, and view the decorated storefront windows.