Ready to start decking the halls? From tree lightings to vendor markets, this weekend has no shortage of holiday cheer. In no mood for Black Friday shopping? No Worries. LKN has plenty of fun alternatives. Start planning your holiday weekend with our day-by-day guide to this weekend in Lake Norman:



Holiday Market at Queens Landing
November 23 – 24 | Queens Landing Marina, Mooresville

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At this weekend-long market, shop handcrafted goods, specialty foods and more from local vendors. In addition to shopping, enter to win a door prize giveaway, enjoy live entertainment and pose for pictures with Santa. Free admission and free parking.


Victorian Christmas
November 23 – 24 | Historic Latta Plantation, Huntersville

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Step back in time to the 1860s, where you’ll celebrate the holidays with open hearth cooking, an artisan marketplace, Victorian carolers, bonfires and s’mores stations, crafts, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, food trucks and tastings of whiskey and mulled wine. $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students. Under 5 and members admitted free.




Black Friday Survival
Primal Brewery, Huntersville | 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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Whether you’re looking for somewhere to unwind after early-morning shopping, a way to bust out of your post-turkey coma or something to do with out-of-town guests, Primal Brewery’s third annual Black Friday event has you covered. They’re opening early at 8 a.m. for a full day of music, food and beer.


Black Friday Stouts, Donuts, and Smores Oh My
bottled & tapped, Cornelius | Noon – 11 p.m.

Re-fuel for more Black Friday shopping for Duck Donuts and tours at noon and a s’mores bar at 5 p.m.


Black Friday Fun Day and Campfire
Latta Plantation Nature Center | 1 – 4 p.m.

Instead of spending the day inside, opt to explore the outdoors with this family-friendly event where you’ll learn the ins and outs of fire building and activities including s’mores. Free admission.


Bourbon County Black Friday & Gift Cert Special
Cork and Cask, Cornelius | 7 – 10 p.m.

For the beer-lovers, Cork and Cask’s version of Black Friday involves the release of their Original Bourbon County Brand Stout, which has been aged for more than four years in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels and a Bourbon Country Brand Vanilla Stout. Plus, enjoy gift card specials that make the perfect stocking stuffer.


Live music round-up: 

Mike Ramsey
Primal Brewery, Huntersville | 3 – 6 p.m.

Menastree Live
The Vinyl Pi, Huntersville | 8 p.m.

Frankfurter Friday’s
Old Town Public House, Cornelius | 5 p.m.

Thirsty Horses
BoatYard Eats, Cornelius | 8 p.m.




Light Up Cornelius
Cornelius Town Hall, Cornelius | 4 p.m.

Stop by for refreshments, the annual tree lighting, choir and dance performances, holiday crafts, carriage rides, vendors and a visit from Santa.


Trackside Pottery Festival
Mooresville Arts, Mooresville | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mooresville Arts’ take on Small Business Saturday includes unique pottery items for sale by local art and artists. Plus, meet and greet with the artists from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Huntersville Half Preview Run
16620 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville | 8 – 11 a.m.

The real Half Marathon may not be for a few weeks, but you can get a preview of the entire 13 miles or take a short cut this weekend. The route leaves from Fleet Feet Huntersville.


Small Business Saturday
Downtown Mooresville | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

On Small Business Saturday, stroll through Downtown Mooresville to support locally run and operated businesses offering discounts, special giveaways and surprises throughout the day. Check out participating vendors here.


Shop & Sip–Small Biz Saturday
Ghostface Brewing, Mooresville | 1 – 5 p.m.

Shop a selection of eclectic makers at the Mooresville Artisanal Marketplace, plus enjoy live music. Vendors include Nimble Thimble, RoxTail Woodworks, KB’s Creations and more.


An Exploration of NC Heritage Foods
Main Street Books, Davidson | 4 – 5 p.m.

Join author Georgann Eubanks at Main Street Books for a reading, discussion and signing of The Month of Their Ripening. In this work, Eubanks takes readers on a year-long guide of twelve North Carolina heritage foods in their month of peak freshness.


Live music round-up:

Corkscrew Birkdale, Huntersville | 8 p.m.

Cameron Floyd
The Vinyl Pi, Huntersville | 8 p.m.

Blue Monday
Apps & Taps, Mooresville | 9:30 p.m.

MC3 Band
Old Town Public House, Cornelius | 8:30 p.m.

Tastes Like Chicken
Bin 110, Cornelius | 8:45 p.m.




Sunday Jazz Jam
Old Town Public House, Cornelius | 6 – 9 p.m.

Join Brian Burton on drums and Scott McCloud on bass for OTPH’s Sunday Jazz Jam. Happens every second and fourth Sunday.