If you are looking for some family fun to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, then look no further! With everything from Santa Claus, to Horse Drawn Carriages, Christmas in Davidson is the place to be. Located in downtown Davidson, the three night Christmas event has something magical to offer everyone. This year Christmas in Davidson is being held on December 5, 6, and 7 from 6pm-9pm.
Santa Claus will be present for kids to visit and Mrs. Claus will be doing story time each night. Business vendors will have crafts for children, snacks, and beverages available. Town Hall will be featuring a holiday performance and “make and take” art projects for children.
While you are here, make sure to take a ride through downtown, there are two options! Visitors can either take a horse-drawn carriage or a hay ride down Main Street. The horse-drawn carriage rides are $10 per person and run from 6pm-9pm each night. The hay rides are free to visitors and also run from 6pm-9pm each night.
The Liberty Stage is a stage for entertainment each night. The Town Hall will also be featuring a performance for visitors to enjoy. There will be a live nativity to help bring to life the reason for the season, as well as a Doggie Fashion Show on Friday night to add a little more fun to the night!
There are a variety of ways to get involved in Christmas at Davidson! Whether you are interested in having a booth with your merchandise, sponsoring a tree in the Village of Trees, bringing your dog to compete in the fashion show, or simply signing up to volunteer, the event would not be possible without eager helpers who are excited about celebrating Christmas!
To volunteer- www.christmasindavidson.com/volunteers.htm
1. Take the Family! There is no doubt that the kids will have a great time and Christmas memories will be made:)
2. Go see Santa! While you have the kids together, take them to sit on Santa’s lap and attend story time with Mrs. Claus. Christmas is such a magical time and this experience will make the holidays that much more special.
3. Take a Ride. Hayrides are free of charge and the horse-drawn carriage rides are $10 per person. This is a wonderful way to see downtown Davidson decorated for Christmas.
4. Volunteer! There are so many different ways to get involved at this event. Find which one fits you and get plugged in!
Modern Scottish Festivals began in the middle ages. Athletic competition, “Games”, were a normal occurrence when people gathered together at fairs, military musters, and even funerals. Scottish games how we know them today began in 1781 when the Highland Society of Falkirk sponsored prize money and trophies for competitions in dancing, piping, and athletics during the town’s fall fair. As Scot’s immigrated, they took their sport and culture with them. The games in the United States have grown because many people of Scottish descent still feel the pull of their ancestral homeland and heritage.
The events during the festival include, but are not limited to; heavy athletics, highland dancing, pipe bands, historical encampment, ultra 5K trail race, kilted races, battle axe, long bow, children’s activities, and live music. For a full schedule and list of events for the next games, be sure to check the website! www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.net
Tickets for the festival are available online and at the event. The next Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be held on April 12-13, 2014. Each year brings new live music and entertainment to the festival. Every Highland Games Festival offers something different than the previous year, so each time you visit it will be a new experience!
No dogs or other animals, except service animals
Folding chairs and camp chairs are allowed, just no large umbrellas or tents
Rain or shine, the events will happen
There will be a variety of food and drink vendors for visitors to choose from. In addition to food we are accustom to, there will be vendors serving traditional Scottish food. This will allow visitors to try some of the authentic flavors of Scotland and take part in another aspect of the heritage.
1. Get the Family Together and Go! This is such a family friendly event and will be fun for visitors of all ages.
2. Try some Authentic Food. With the Scottish food vendors being present at the festival you will want to try some of the traditional flavor.
3. Participate! Feel free to dress up and make the day that much more memorable.
4. Watch the Games. There will be athletic competitions of all kinds and you will not want to miss the excitement!
The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a 16th century European style art and entertainment festival combining outdoor theater, circus entertainment, arts and crafts, a jousting tournament, a feast, and much more! It was first introduced in 1994 with six acres of exhibits, attractions, and entertainment. Today it has grown into a twenty acre theme park filled with charming cottages and castles, kitchens and pubs, and lots of games.
The Carolina festival has grown to be one of the largest of the Renaissance fairs nationwide. With over 100 purveyors of crafts and food, along with non-stop music and comedy shows, it’s no wonder it is now one of the largest in the country. The festival features over 500 costumed characters, knights on horseback jousting three times each day, the world’s largest rocking horse, 11 stages of music and comedy, rides and games, and artisan demonstrations.
The Renaissance Festival is held during the months of October and November. This year the festival begins on October 5 and ends on November 24. It takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 10-5:30.
Admission is $21 for Adults and $11 for Children(5-12) when tickets are purchased in advance. Children younger than 5 are free! Tickets can be purchased online and at regional Harris Teeters. Tickets purchased at the box office the day of will be $22 for Adults and $12 for Children(5-12). Tickets are $19 for Seniors(60+), military and military spouses(mist have Valid ID). Children of military are $9. There are also group rates available for groups of 15+. Group rates are $19 per Adult and $9 for Children.
1. Grab some Friends and Go! The Festival is a wonderful outing for friends on the weekend. It’s a great place to try some new things and to make some memories!
2. Attend a Jousting Tournament. How many times in your life will you have the opportunity to watch one of these?? Be sure to go!
3. Eat a Feast. There will be feasts fit for a king, be sure you take part in this and enjoy some of the authentic food!
4. Visit the Stages. With over 11 different stages showcasing music and comedy routines, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!
5. Check out the World’s Largest Rocking Horse. Be sure to have the kids go for a ride and take some pictures!
The Breezy Meadows Farm is not only a fully equipped farm with horse stables, but it is also a popular wedding venue. The owners began the farm due to their daughters love for horses. They had spent some time on farms and felt this was really where their family thrived! Today they offer a full boarding service for horses, riding lessons, and week-long camps during the summer.
The boarding service offers awesome stables and includes feeding twice a day. They receive grain and hay, along with any supplements they need. Fresh water is provided in the stalls and on the pastures. The stalls are maintained and cleaned regularly (twice daily) and horses are given blankets during chilly weather. All of this is available to horse owners for only $400 a month!
Lessons are private and are one hour in length. Because lessons are offered privately, they will be specialized to your needs. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or an advanced rider, the lessons will be on your level! In addition to riding, grooming, tacking, and untacking are included in the lessons. Lessons are $35 per hour.
Summer camps are a wonderful way for kids to expand their knowledge of horses and learn different riding techniques, while also gaining life experiences and making new friends. Kids get the chance to learn how to properly care for a horse and get to show off their new skills by preparing for the horse show held every Friday afternoon. Summer camp lasts from Monday-Friday and starts at 8:30 and ends at 1:30. Be sure to check the website for the next summer schedule!
If you are looking for a rustic, barn wedding, then look no further! There are indoor and outdoor spaces available for ceremonies and receptions. Breezy Meadows offers a full planning service or just the rental of the space- it’s up to the bride and groom! The farm is where southern elegance meets rustic charm. There are several different decorative items that can be used which include; chandeliers, ceiling drapes, lights, wooden wagon wheels, crates, and mason jars. Whatever theme you are interested in creating, it can be done here!
1. Visit! The Farm is beautiful and on a great piece of land. Be sure to bring an apple with you because there are always horses that would enjoy a snack!
2. Attend Camp or Take Lessons. If you or your children have an interest in horses, these are both wonderful ways to expand your knowledge and gain first-hand experience with these amazing creatures.
3. Board your Horse. If you or someone you know needs to board their horse, the Breezy Meadows Farm is a great place! Your horse will receive the best care and attention.
4. Consider using the Farm as a Wedding Venue. The farm is a wonderful place for a wedding ceremony and/or reception. (It is also a very reasonable price to rent!)
If you are looking for the perfect place to host a birthday party, bridal/baby shower, or are interested in having a candy buffet at your next special event, look no further! Sugar Pops is a quant, colorful little candy shop, and party host, located on Main Street in downtown Mooresville. With over 300 types of candy and 100 types of eclectic soda, Sugar Pop’s is the premier party spot in town!
The variety of candy at Sugar Pop’s is unlike anything you have ever seen! There is truly something for everyone, whether you prefer sweet or sour, Sugar Pop’s has got you covered. The candy assortment includes; novelty, chocolate, individually wrapped candy, bulk wrapped candy, M&M’s, Jelly Bellies, gummies, nostalgic, and bulk unwrapped. Candy can be used at in-house events, candy buffets, and can be purchased individually when customers come in!
There are 100 types of eclectic sodas available to wash down your sweet treats, or to simply have on their own! The soda selection includes; orange, Diet Soda, Cola, Kids, Jelly Belly, Eclectic, Cream Soda, Root Beer, and Cherry. All sodas are sold in glass bottles which adds to the experience and creates a little nostalgia for how soda use to be packaged.
Candy Buffets are custom made and are designed specifically for each customer and their event. The buffets include your choice of candies, chocolate, M&M’s, Jelly Belly, a variety of glass and apothecary jars, the use of candy scoops/tongs, coordinated ribbon & custom candy labels, design & set-up and bags. The buffets are wonderful to have at weddings, showers, birthday parties, and other special events. Having a candy buffet at your event adds a beautiful display of colors and immediately allows guests to become kids again!
Parties at Sugar Pop’s
The party room at Sugar Pop’s is rented on an hourly basis and can be rented for a minimum of 2 hours. This is a great place to host a kids birthday party, have a baby shower, prom socials, and other celebrations. Sugar Pop’s provides the space and the candy, you just provide the party! The space can hold up to 30 people and can be rented at the following times; after 6pm Monday-Thursday, after 7pm Friday and Saturday, and after 10am on Sundays. If you have a party in mind for Sugar Pop’s, call them up! (704) 799-0959
Regular Store Hours
1. Host a Party. If you are looking for a great place to have a child’s birthday party or other celebration, Sugar Pop’s is a great place to host it. It is such a fun and cheerful atmosphere, guests will definitely have a great time!
2. Have a Candy Buffet! Candy Buffets are very popular at weddings, showers, and other events. It allows guests a great selection of candy that they get to choose from, beautiful glass jars, and ribbons and custom candy labels.
3. Stop in! The shop is open every day and is a great place to stop in while strolling down Main Street in Mooresville. You are bound to find your favorite candy and old-fashioned soda!
4. Buy in Bulk. If you are looking for a place to purchase a particular candy in bulk, look no further! Sugar Pop’s is the place to go:)
The Mooresville Museum is a hidden gem full of history, stories, and mementos from long ago.
Displays at the Mooresville Museum include:
- Local Businesses and Industry
- A History of Education
- The History of Medicine in Mooresville
- Military and Veterans
- Mooresville’s First Family and Other Genealogies
- A Big Beautiful Antique Fire Truck
- And Much More!
Of all of the things that I got to see in the museum I think that my favorite was the building itself. The building was donated by the Charles Mack family (very well known throughout the city) and is full of its own history from wall to wall! The volunteers who work at the museum are very knowledgeable and were happy to give me a tour of the building. The building was once part of a local wholesale business and I got to its old cigar closet and the humidity controlled candy locker!
How to get to the Mooresville Museum.
The museum is located in the heart of Downtown Mooresville on East Center Avenue. Public parking is visible from the museum.
When to go and what to expect.
The museum is open on the third Saturday each month and is often open during the week when volunteers are there. The museum and tour are free but we highly recommend making a donation and maybe even purchasing some literature from the museum. They are currently raising funds to go towards a renovation of the building which will help to preserve the building’s historic value and make it function more efficiently as a museum.
Memory Lane Museum is an auto and racing museum and a labor of love for owner Alex Beam. While in high school Mr. Beam restored his first car, a 1913 Model A Ford. The collection has been growing ever since and now includes more than 150 exhibits. Mr. Beam likes to give tours of his extensive collection in person and will be more than happy to be your guide if he is in. He can tell you about each car, where he got it, who drive it, and the secrets it holds.
Memory Lane Museum houses racecars and classic automobiles some of which were used in films like “Leatherheads,” Driving Miss Daisy,” “Days of Thunder” and more. The collection also includes antique toys, toy cars, and several additional items which are occasionally rented out for film props. You may recognize some items and cars from your favorite movies! Each item in the collection has a story and carries with it memories from days gone by. The museum offers a chance for you to revisit some memories of your own and take a look back in time.
Memory Lane Museum is a perfect weekend destination or daytrip excursion with something for each member of the family. A trip to “Race City USA” would not be complete without a visit to this gem of a museum.
Hours and Admission:
Admission is $10 for adults and only $6 for kids (6-10). Children under six have free admission. Doors are open Monday-Saturday form 10-5 with an extended week during Charlotte’s May and October races. Be sure to bring your camera and capture a few memories of your own.
How to get to Memory Lane Museum:
Located at 769 River Hwy., Mooresville, N.C. 28117
From I-77 take Exit 36 to Mooresville. Then head West on Hwy. 150 (River Hwy.) for approximately 1 mile. A white road sign will direct you to Memory Lane on the left.
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If you are planning a weekend trip you may want to book your stay at TownePlace Suites or SpringHill Suites. These two accommodations offer various packages throughout the year that are sure to give you fantastic experiences at exceptional prices.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for the Mooresville Ice Cream Company!
The summer is winding down, the kids are back in school and the days are getting shorter. Our family took the opportunity to visit a hidden gem in downtown Mooresville a few times over the past couple weeks. Call it a sweet tooth, or trying to get the last moments out of summer that we could.
The Mooresville Ice Cream Company, home of DeLuxe Ice Cream and Front Porch Ice Cream, is located in downtown Mooresville on Broad Street. You are able to peak in the glass doors next to the ice cream parlor to get a peak of the magic that is ice cream making! The ice cream parlor also has sherbet for those looking for a lighter option.
As school starts and we look for escape from the business of daily life, the Mooresville Ice Cream is becoming a weekly ritual for our family. Giving us time to sit down, talk and remind us that life is about the moments like a great scoop of ice cream with friends or family.
Lazy 5 Ranch!
Don’t let the name fool you, there is nothing lazy about it. As I approached the entrance, my heart rate took an unexpected rise. Who knew that you could go to Mooresville to see the Watusi? But seriously, if you are up for an animal encounter that you will never forget, the Lazy 5 Ranch is your brand of adventure.
The pasture along NC Hwy 150 is just a teaser of what is in store for you once you enter the gate. Once you visit the store, pay the fee and buy some feed, the world of exotic animals is waiting for you. As I passed through the gates, my mind drifted back to Jurassic Park and for good reason. I was riding in the bed of a pick-up truck and was swiftly attacked by hungry critters. This ride is not for the faint of heart. Of course, you can ride inside your vehicle with the windows up, but what fun is that?
Lazy 5 Ranch (www.lazy5ranch.com) is privately owned and operated by Henry Hampton with no federal or state funds. It is home to over 750 animals from 6 continents. The animals can be viewed from a horse drawn wagon or from your own private vehicle while traveling along a 3 ½ mile safari ride.
This ride is one of those things that you will want to do over and over again. The first time through, fear will be part of the excitement, so you will miss a lot. I remember telling my wife to hit the gas on several occasions as I began to feel like a llama or an emu was about to join me in the truck bed. It is amazing how long necks are, not to mention the tongues. They recognize the bucket of food and they want some. Be prepared for an up-close and personal encounter with these animals. For the most part, they are free to roam and they do. Be prepared.
When you finish the safari ride, be sure to take the walking tour. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and animals and birds. The diversity of the collection is excellent. Take your time and look closely, some critters are shy and spend their time hiding.
I really appreciate the purpose statement that Lazy 5 has on their website….
The purpose of the Lazy 5 Ranch is to educate while entertaining as well as provide an excellent environment for reproducing some of God’s most unique creatures and helping the recovery of several endangered species including the Grevy Zebra, Scimitar Horned Oryx and Ring-tailed Lemur. Hopefully, with your visit to the Lazy 5 Ranch, you have learned new things and had lots of fun. Come see us again soon. The animals will be waiting!
I can’t end with any better statement, so load up the kids and the grandparents and head over for a few hours of fun and adventure. Visit their website ahead of time and learn more about the ranch and what it has to offer before you come out to meet the animals. Mostly, be prepared for fun and excitement; there is plenty of both.