Category Archives: Holiday

A Kannapolis Christmas Celebration Of Lights


November 25 – December 30, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Stroll through the park or take a ride on the Winterland Express to see more than 250,000 Christmas lights. The Celebration of lights will also feature the Double Decker Carousel and performances from the Kannapolis Singing Bears. Each night Santa Claus will take time from his busy schedule to visit with all the boys and girls. It is $2.00 to ride the train or carousel. Most other activities are free.

In addition to the light displays throughout the park, other activities will also take place each night. You can roast marshmallows and make s’mores or visit with Santa in his studio. Stop by and watch a performances from our very own Kannapolis Singing Bears as they entertain the family with a 30 minute Christmas Carol performance each hour on the hour.

Daily Nov 25-Dec 30 (Except 12/4 and 12/25)
Sun-Thurs: 6-9pm
Fri-Sat: 6-10pm

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17 Holiday Health Tips

Indulging Without Overindulging

Relax. You won’t gain 10 pounds. It’s a misconception that you’ll need to go up a pant size in January. The average person gains only about a pound during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That’s no excuse to eat with abandon, though. (After all, gaining one pound every year can add up in the long run.) But a study published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology notes that people who had an attitude of forgiveness and self-compassion after one high-calorie setback were less likely to give up and keep bingeing. So if you lose control with a dish of chocolate truffles, don’t think, I’ve blown it. Might as well move on to the eggnog. Just forgive yourself for the truffles.

Don’t skip meals. It seems logical: Forgo lunch; leave more room for pigs in blankets at the office party later. But arriving starved may result in overeating, and drinking on an empty stomach will give you a quicker buzz, which is more likely to lead to mindless munching. Eat normally during the day, and be strategic at the buffet. Don’t bother with things you don’t absolutely love. Splurge on something special (hint: It’s not those cubes of Cheddar), then stop.

Count your bites. “A lot of appetizers are about 60 calories a bite,” says Karen Diaz, a registered dietitian in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Just five bites is around 300 calories. “That’s about half of what you might eat for dinner,” says Diaz. Keep a mental tab—or fill a small plate, once—so you don’t go overboard.

Turn down Aunt Jan’s pie. “It’s better to sit with a little guilt than to overeat just to please loved ones,” says Diaz. If you can’t say no to Jan’s face, try “Maybe later,” then hope she forgets.

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Kannapolis Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 25, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with live music, entertainment, kids activities, fireworks and more. Enjoy live music and entertainment, kids activities, Santa, fireworks and of course, the Winterland Express & Carousel.

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Thanksgiving ‘pre-tox’: How to eat healthy this week and Thanksgiving Day

Stuffing, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie, oh my!

On Thanksgiving, the average American consumes 4,500 calories, according to the Calorie Control Council.

That’s why “Good Morning America” tapped nutritionist Maya Feller for her tips on how to do a Thanksgiving “pre-tox,” a healthy eating “detox” leading up to the traditional Thanksgiving meal, so you don’t feel badly enjoying your family’s favorite side dish and dessert.

Making healthy eating choices all week long, getting in some extra exercise and eating mindfully at the big meal itself are some of the ways that you can help offset weight gain, according to Feller. Read on for the tips she often gives to clients as Thanksgiving approaches.

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