Shop & Stroll Spectacular

Shop Downtown Statesville during the Holiday Shop & Stroll Spectacular on Friday, December 4 from 5:30-9:00 pm. Enjoy a fun evening of merchant open houses, stroll the sidewalks, listen to carolers, and enjoy the sparkle of holiday lights.  Make memories with the little ones as you enjoy fun activities happening throughout the night, including horse-drawn carriage rides and visit with Santa in the Historic City Hall’s “Santa Central.” Kids can make holiday crafts in Santa’s workshop and enjoy snacks and hot chocolate. 

Bundle up and soak in the magic of downtown during Holiday Shop & Stroll in Statesville! Click here for a complete list of all the holiday events happening in downtown throughout the month visit our downtown calendar or call Downtown Statesville at 704-878-3436

Highlights of the 2019 Holiday Shop & Strolls Spectacular Included:

~ Visit Santa Central at City Hall
Santa Central will be filled with fun for the little ones! Visit with Santa Claus and his elves, write a letter and send it straight to the North Pole with the magic mailbox, and make a craft with Santa’s elves! There will even be popcorn and hot cocoa for warming up!

~ Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides from 6 pm – 9 pm
Sponsored by Downtown Statesville Development Corporation
Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the holidays in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage ride through Downtown Statesville. Snuggle close to family and friends as you take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season. Tickets are $5 per person (children 4 and under are free, but they must sit on your lap). Each ride is approximately 15 minutes. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning at 5 pm during the Holiday Shop & Stroll on South Center Street near the Square. All ticket holders will receive “Downtown Dollars” (valued at $5 for each ticket sold) that can be redeemed with a purchase at participating downtown businesses.

~ Live Nativity at First ARP Church at 6:30 pm & 7:30 pm
The Nativity Story will be presented live outside the front of First ARP Church, located at 123 East Broad Street, with presentations at 6:30-7 pm and 7:30-8 pm. Special music will be provided prior to and between performances by the brass group, Five ‘til Five. In the event of bad weather, the presentations will take place in the sanctuary.

~ S’mores Station from 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Warm up by the fire, roast a marshmallow, and enjoy a warm gooey S’more. Statesville Fire Department will be there make to sure everyone safely enjoys the evening! The S’mores Station will be located next to Sub Express from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. S’more kits will be sold for $1 each.

~ Train Rides at the Statesville Civic Center from 6 pm – 9 pm
Train enthusiasts of all ages will love a ride on the trackless train, provided by the Statesville Civic Center. Adults and children alike are welcome to take a FREE ride and warm up with hot chocolate under the Civic Center bell tower!

~ Victorian Carolers and Music
There will be no shortage of holiday music during the Shop & Stroll Spectacular! Victorian Carolers will be roaming the streets throughout the night to bring cheer to everyone around. There are also many other locations that will be hosting live music during the evening. Be sure to check the Downtown Statesville calendar ( for details that night and throughout the year!

~ Downtown Shopping & Dining
Downtown retailers are putting on their holiday best and opening their doors to shoppers. Stores will be decked out and stocked with this season’s best gifts for everyone on your list. Many of the shops will provide great deals and special in-store events. To go with the holiday shopping season, downtown restaurants are ready to treat you to the holiday feasting season. The menu choices are as delightful and enjoyable as the chefs who prepare them!

~ Open House at the Historic Sharpe House from 5:30 pm – 9 pm
Stroll down to the beautiful Sharpe House and take in the seasonal décor, great food of festive holiday goodies and hot apple cider!

~ Key to Escape, 150 East Sharpe Street from 5:30 pm – 9 pm
Tease your brain! Try your luck at their portable, 15 minute game that will be available in the Key to Escape lobby for five dollars per group. Gift certificates will also be on sale for a discount.

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