Susie Skog

The Best Things To Do in Lake Norman: Christmas Edition

by | Dec 21, 2023

Welcome to Lake Norman, North Carolina, where the holiday spirit is as vast and inviting as the lake itself! I’m Susie Skog, your local real estate expert, and today, I’m thrilled to share with you the best ways to celebrate this Christmas season in our beautiful community. Whether you’re a long-time resident or just visiting, these activities are sure to make your holiday merry and bright!

Festive Lights and Dazzling Displays

One of the highlights of the Christmas season here at Lake Norman is the stunning array of lights and displays. Imagine embarking on a magical evening at the Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway, starting November 17. This drive-through light show, featuring over four million twinkling lights, is a holiday spectacle that’s a must-see. Additionally, the Lighting of Birkdale Village, beginning November 18, transforms the village into a dazzling display of festive lights, accompanied by lively music and performances.

Seasonal Skating and Family Fun

Embrace the winter season by visiting Birkdale on Ice, starting November 18. This outdoor ice-skating rink at Birkdale Village offers a joyful experience under the glow of holiday lights. And don’t forget, throughout December, Birkdale Village continues to be a hub for ice skating, perfect for family outings or a romantic evening glide on the ice.

Meeting Santa and Making Memories

A magical part of the holiday season is meeting Santa Claus. From November 19 to December 24, Santa will be greeting children and families at his North Pole-inspired cottage in Birkdale Village. It’s an ideal opportunity for kids to share their Christmas wishes and for families to capture those special holiday moments.

Unique Holiday Experiences

The 5th Annual Lake Norman Lighted Christmas Boat Parade on December 16 offers a unique holiday experience. Witness a parade of brightly lit boats cruising along the lake, creating a festive atmosphere that’s uniquely Lake Norman. This nautical celebration, starting at Blythe Landing and concluding at the Duke Energy Explorium, is a highlight of the season.

Shopping and Artisan Markets

For those who love holiday shopping, Lake Norman offers a delightful mix of stores and artisan markets. Visit the local boutiques and craft fairs to find unique, handcrafted gifts for your loved ones. The atmosphere is especially festive during events like Carowinds Winterfest, where holiday shopping combines with family activities and live entertainment.

Community Spirit and Celebrations

Lake Norman’s community spirit shines brightly during the holiday season. Join us for the various parades and festivities that bring our community together. The Annual Christmas Parade, with its colorful floats and marching bands, is a testament to our vibrant community spirit.

Outdoor Adventures and Culinary Delights

Even in winter, outdoor adventures abound in Lake Norman. Enjoy the serene winter landscape with a walk or bike ride around the lake’s scenic paths. And don’t forget to indulge in the culinary delights of the season. Many local restaurants offer special holiday menus, perfect for a festive brunch or cozy dinner overlooking the lake.

As we celebrate this festive season, let’s cherish the beauty of Lake Norman and the wonderful community we have. From my family to yours, have a merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season!


If you are looking to buy and sell real estate in the Lake Norman area, give Susie Skog a call or text at (704) 770-7506 or visit her website at

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