Kannapolis Christmas parade today

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 9, 2023

KANNAPOLIS — The Kannapolis Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m., in downtown Kannapolis traveling down Laureate Way and West Avenue. With more than 130 entries and nine bands featuring Christmas lights and decor this well-known nighttime parade will once again be a holiday tradition you do not want to miss.

The parade route offers the crowds many comfortable areas to watch the parade comfortably with the beautiful backdrop of the North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis City Hall and Police Headquarters and West Avenue. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season.

The parade will begin at the intersection of Main Street and Laureate Way at the parking deck of the North Carolina Research Campus, travel down Laureate Way past Kannapolis City Hall and Police Headquarters, turning on West Avenue at the Gem Theatre and traveling down West Avenue ending at the intersection of Vance Street and West Avenue.

Thousands of colorful lights decorate the parade entries which make it one of few holiday events held at night in North Carolina. Over 130 entries and nine marching bands will participate this year in this treasured city event and the grand finale will be the famous North Pole toymaker, Santa Claus.

The parade is sponsored by the City of Kannapolis. Cash awards will be presented in the categories of bands, churches, civic organizations, and schools.