It’s Beginning to look like ‘Christmas in Cornelius:’ Parade Saturday, Festival Sunday!

The inside scoop on a few of the best happenings in OTC each week.

Christmas in Cornelius Local Artisan Market
Sunday, Dec. 11
Noon-6 p.m.
Oak St. Mill, 19725 Oak St

oak-st-mill-peepsThis weekend is all about traditions in the making. Join the Bella Love crew this Sunday afternoon in the heart of #OTC for the 2nd Annual Christmas in Cornelius Local Artisan Market at Oak St. Mill. Christmas in Cornelius is the perfect opportunity to get a jump on holiday shopping and get one-of-a-kind gifts made by artists and crafters all based locally. Make giving as exciting as receiving this year with a handmade gift from a local artist.

The afternoon includes food trucks, local performance groups, hot cocoa, kids activities and of course, a visit from ol’ Saint Nick. Read the full story here and see you Sunday Dec 11 at Christmas in Cornelius!

34th Annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 3
1 p.m.
Main Street, Davidson to Cornelius

Christmas season officially kicks off in the North Mecklenburg area with the annual Christmas Parade! Rain or shine, the parade starts in Davidson at the intersection of Griffith Street and Highway 115 and travels into Cornelius, stopping at the intersection of Highway 115 and Catawba Avenue.

More than 3,000 participants from all over North Mecklenburg have registered to participate, including local schools, marching bands, dance groups, Girl Scouts and and Boy Scouts troops, local businesses, and more. Keep an eye out for Clydesdale horses, firetrucks, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

belly-backers-croppedClaim your spaces early on Main Street, and then plan to grab a treat from Belly Backers Food Truck which will be parked outside of Old Town Public House on Catawba Ave. beginning at 11 a.m. Just one block from Town Hall, OTPH is included in the section of Catawba that will be closed to traffic for the parade. OTPH also will be rolling out their new Saturday lunch hours this week, welcoming in folks to get in the spirit with a local craft beer or glass of wine.



Hunt for the Wilderpeople Film Screening
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m.
Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Rd.

Who doesn’t love a warm and cozy movie night? This weekend, the Warehouse Performing Arts Center will be screening Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Find out what happens in this comedy/action/adventure when a national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid (Julian Dennison) and his foster uncle (Sam Neill) who go missing in the the wild New Zealand bush.

The film is rated PG-13 and full of relatable growing pain moments paired with some not-so-relatable occurrences in the foreign forest. This foreign film is in English with no subtitles.huntforthewilderpeople_usreleasetrailer1

The Warehouse Performing Arts center offers the perfect intimate space with comfy seating and complimentary snacks for enjoying this flick with family and friends. Reservations recommended here:


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I live here in Old Town Cornelius and absolutely love our area's unique character. My life's calling is to work to bring art and culture to the forefront of everyday life. I work full-time for Bella Love, Inc and taking care of my adorable son, Kipton.