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The Winterland Express train runs nightly from Nov. 23 through Dec. 30, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and day.

KANNAPOLIS — A Kannapolis Christmas will officially kick off at Village Park with the annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.

The celebration continues through the Christmas holiday season, with the Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express.

There will be more lights and fun for families to enjoy.

The Winterland Express train will run every evening from Nov. 23 through Dec. 30, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, from 6- 9 p.m. from Sundays to Thursdays and from 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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Ride the train through the park, enjoy more than 250,000 Christmas lights, make s’mores and more.

Admission to the park and viewing of the lights is free, but tickets to ride the train and carousel are $2 per person per ride. The park is at 700 W. C St. in Kannapolis.

Kannapolis Christmas is for kids of all ages.

Santa Claus will be in his studio each night.

The park will also feature performances from its very own Kannapolis Singing Bears, who will entertain with a Christmas carol performance.

The Atlantic Coast S Gaugers group returns this year with its popular model trains on display.

On various nights, local community groups and musicians will perform favorite Christmas songs. Children will also have an opportunity to create ornaments and engage in the children’s zone.

Other events during the month-long celebration include:

» Nov. 23: Tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at Village Park, 700 W. C St. Celebrate the start of the Christmas season in Kannapolis with the annual tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy live music and entertainment, kid’s activities and fireworks. Free admission.

» Dec. 14: The 81st annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade presented by Cannon Pharmacy begins at 6 p.m. This special night-time parade travels through the streets of downtown Kannapolis and usually lasts until 7:30 p.m.

Visit www.kannapolisnc.gov/christmas for a complete schedule of events.

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