Fun Things to do in Mooresville Right Now – HOLIDAY

Fun Things to do in Mooresville Right Now

The holidays are a magical time of the year. Even though this year looks a little different, we still have some great ways to enjoy the holidays around Mooresville!

Drive through a Lighted Wonderland

What better way to enjoy Christmas lights than from the safety of your own vehicle? More than 4 million Christmas lights await you at Zootastic Park’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights. The drive through light show is open every evening from 6pm – 9pm. You can also access the zoo to visit with the animals.

Celebrate in Downtown

What’s better than strolling the streets of a quaint downtown taking in the Christmas decor? We can’t think of anything either! Throw in a few fun events and you have yourself a holiday. Check out these special events downtown coming up. Please remember to wear a mask and social distant so that everyone can stay safe!

Mistletoe Sip & Shop – December 18
Our unique small businesses will be offering open house activities, light appetizers, store specials & more from 6-8pm along Main and Broad Streets.

Holiday Light Spectacular – through December 31
An orchestrated light show that includes over 175,000 lights set to music awaits you on the lawn at Town Hall (413 N. Main St.). This free event runs nightly starting at 5:30pm.

Merry Movies on Main – December 18 at OnTap Crafty Brews
Gather for the movie “A Christmas Story” projected on the big screen outdoors on Moore Ave. between Main St. & Broad St. Bring your own chairs & blankets for a festive night of film. Beer by On Tap, Wine by 202 Fine Wines along with sweet treats for purchase on site.The movie is from 6-8pm.

Snap some Christmas photos

If you’re looking for a last-minute photo for Christmas cards, or just want to capture some images for years to come, check out some great places to snap some photos of your loved ones (or yourself!) in Mooresville this holiday season.

Charles Mack Citizen Center courtyard – 215 N. Main Street
The courtyard off Main Street is decorated with lighted trees and other props perfect for photos! They also feature Grab-N-Go Holiday Treat Bags on Monday evenings from 5-7pm.

The Langtree Christmas Tree – 401 Langtree Rd
Head to Langtree Lake Norman to capture some shots in front of the giant Christmas tree. There is also a mailbox for dropping letters to Santa.

Fun Things to do in Mooresville Right Now – HOLIDAY

Family Reunions in Mooresville

Reconnect with Family in Mooresville

For some families, the last couple of months have meant being away from each other, and only being able to catch up via phone or online. If you are wanting to reconnect with your extended family, planning a family reunion here in Mooresville may be the perfect solution.

We have activities to keep the whole family entertained

You can do as much, or little, as you want when you come to Mooresville. Does the idea of taking a leisurely paddle in a kayak or on a stand up paddle board around Lake Norman catch your interest? Or maybe you have some family members who like a little more action. Take a turn around the kart track at GoPro Motorplex to get your heart racing. Or pile everyone in the mini van and head over to Lazy 5 Ranch or Zoostastic Park, where you can drive through the parks and feed exotic animals right from your car.

For the adventurous, sign up for a wakeboarding or wakesurfing lesson. Even those who don’t try boarding will enjoy a day in the boat watching and cheering on the students. Or just rent a pontoon boat and spend the day out on the lake with family. For those that prefer their activities at a slower pace, take a stroll down Main Street, where you can visit the more than 100-year old D.E. Turner Hardware store. Be sure to stop by the #WingWallMooresville for a unique photo op. Or visit one of the race shops or racing museums, like Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

Our restaurants are back open for dining in, though at limited capacity. There is something here for every member of the family, from the wood-fired pizzas of Alino Pizzeria or Novanta 90, the more upscale atmosphere of Epic Chophouse or On The Nines Bistro, to the creative sushi and dishes of Monsoon Asian Grill or Pisces Sushi Bar, and everything in between. See all of our dining options here.

Our breweries are a fun place to socialize with family members, and they are kid friendly! Grab a beer, order dinner from a food truck, and hang out! Check out our Kegs, Casks, and Barrels page for a complete listing of breweries, pubs and other places to enjoy adult libations.

Contact us to see how our office can assist with making your family reunion fun and memorable.  For reunions requiring multiple room accommodations, our complimentary services include contacting each of our hotels to bring you their most competitive rates and amenities tailored to your special event, all in one package. We can also help you find the perfect meeting space to host a family gathering.

We look forward to welcoming your family to Mooresville!

Family Reunions in Mooresville

Mooresville Spirit

The Mooresville Community Has Shown Its Spirit

We have been inspired by the businesses and members of our community that have stepped up to keep us fed, inspired, fit, entertained and more during these trying times. From Alino’s Pizza for serving free pizzas (nearly 4,000!) to healthcare workers, medics, firefighters, police and teachers, to Kyle Busch Motorsports making parts for face shields to keep medical workers safe, we have seen numerous stories of our businesses and residents going above and beyond to help the community and the world. Check out the gallery below to see the #MooresvilleSpirit in action.

Mooresville Spirit

Covid 19 Updates

Travel and Business Updates for Mooresville

As we are all trying to adjust to the changing environment surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Visit Mooresville is dedicated to keeping residents and visitors up to date on the businesses and attractions that we all love.

 The Visitors Center has reopened and is greeting guests daily.  The CVB staff has completed the “Count on Me NC” training through the NC Department of Health and Human Services and are proud to display the Certificates of Completion as a commitment to keep everyone healthy and safe. We urge visitors to our area to take the guest pledge as well.

In keeping with the Governor’s Phase 2.5order issued on September 1, 2020 “Safer at Home” still requires a 25 person limit indoors and a 50 person limit outdoors. Museums, gyms and fitness facilities and playgrounds can open but with limited capacity.  Swimming pools are open with restrictions. The Mask Mandate requiring people, with some exceptions, to wear face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible is still in effect. This includes a direction to wear masks both indoors and outdoors, including on sidewalks, where 6 feet of distance can’t be maintained. 

Need a place to stay? Our hotels are open  Want a great meal or a locally brewed beer?  Most of our restaurants, breweries and wineries are now open for business with seating limited to 50% capacity.

To assist workers from the hospitality industry that have been so hard hit by COVID-19 restrictions, or if you are a worker who is in need of assistance, please visit the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund website.

Additional resources for the NC Hospitality Industry

Public Health Resources

The following trusted resources on COVID-19 are helpful when gathering information on restrictions, prevention, treatment and more.

Iredell County Health Department

NC Department of Health and Human Services
In addition; the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has established a public hotline for questions on COVID-19. To access the hotline, call 1.866.462.3821.

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Office of NC Governor Roy Cooper

Covid 19 Updates

Attractions Updated Hours and Closings

Restaurants Offering Take Out or Curbside Delivery

Many of our restaurants are open with take out, curbside, or delivery available. Help out our restaurants by using your phone! If you use the take out option at any of the restaurants, help us promote them by snapping a photo and using the hashtag #MooresvilleTakeOut in your post. We’ll share the photos on our social media and our website. It helps the community stay in touch and helps spread the word about the dining options available.


There are thousands of North Carolinians from the restaurant and hospitality industry now without jobs or a source of income. They need money for the basic necessities. They’ve always served us. Now it’s our chance to serve them back. Donate to the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund. (Or, if you are a hospitality worker who needs assistance, get it here.)

Mooresville Restaurants by Category

Brews To Go:
Ghostface Brewing, King Canary Brewing, Jolly Roger Brew, OnTap, Ultimate Ales, and K Craft Beer & Wine are all offering take away and/or growler refills.

Attractions Updated Hours and Closings

Current Travel Information for Mooresville regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Travel Information in Mooresville regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mandates & Public Health Resources

Visit Mooresville is committed to closely monitoring the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact it is having on our visitors, residents and businesses. In keeping with the Governor’s Executive Order that all restaurants and bars close for dine-in service, many of our Mooresville restaurants are offering take out and curbside pickup for to-go orders. Please consider supporting local restaurants with to-go orders. You can access a list of our attractions that are open and any special hours they may have in place.

The Town of Mooresville indoor Recreation facilities, the Mooresville Golf Club and the Mooresville Public Library will be closed to the public until further notice. Outdoor parks will remain open at this time.

The following trusted resources are helpful when gathering information on restrictions, prevention, treatment and more.

Iredell County Health Department

NC Department of Health and Human Services
In addition; the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has established a public hotline for questions on COVID-19. To access the hotline, call 1.866.462.3821.

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Community Events and Mass Gatherings

To slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and reduce the number of people infected, NCDHHS recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout North Carolina. These events may include but are not limited to conferences, sporting events, faith-based organizations, and concerts. NCDHHS has guidance available for gatherings of less than 50 people..

Gatherings that draw more than 100 people are prohibited under Executive Order 117 issued by Governor Roy Cooper on March 14. It mandates that organizers of events that draw more than 100 people cancel, postpone or modify these events or offer online streaming services. These events include large gatherings where people are in close contact (less than 6 feet), such as concerts, conferences, sporting events, faith-based events and other large gatherings.

Current Travel Information for Mooresville regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Valentine’s Day Dinner in Mooresville

Places We Love for Valentine’s Day in Mooresville

Valentine’s Day is all about love, and what says love more than a romantic dinner out? Here are a few of our favorite places to take your special someone for a Valentine’s dinner in Mooresville!

1. Epic Chophouse

Dinner is always romantic at Epic Chophouse, and they offer a special four-course menu on Valentine’s Day. The character of the historic building, built in 1888, will add ambiance to the special evening.

2. Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge

Sushi for Valentine’s Day? Of course! The special menu offering at Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge is sure to impress your date, and your Instagram followers!

3. Caruso’s

Always considered one of the most romantic restaurants in Mooresville, the old world Italian decor of Caruso’s is perfect for a Valentine’s dinner.

4. On The Nines Bistro

The French bistro inspired menu at On The Nines is just right for a romantic dinner. Start your meal with the flambe´brie for an impressive display.

Valentine’s Day Dinner in Mooresville

Holiday Celebrations in Mooresville

Holiday Celebrations in Mooresville

The holidays are here, and we know how to celebrate in Mooresville! From a holiday light spectacular surrounded by exotic animals to a lighted flotilla of decorated boats, you’ll be sure to find a wonderful way to spend the holidays in Mooresville!

Mooresville Christmas Parade

November 26 @ 3pm, Main Street

The official kickoff to holiday celebrations in Mooresville, the Christmas Parade is celebrating its 75th year! Held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving every year, this much anticipated event draws thousands to Main Street in downtown Mooresville. The parade starts at 3pm, but get there early to get a good spot along the parade route.

Downtown Mooresville Holiday Light Spectacular

Stick around after the parade to enjoy the Holiday Light Spectacular, an orchestrated light show with 115,000+ lights set to music. The show takes place on the lawn at Town Hall, 413 N. Main Street, every evening beginning at 5:30. It’s fun for the kids (and adults!) and is a perfect way to start a night downtown.

Zootastic Park’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights

Opens Nightly at 6pm; November 27 – January 4

Drive through a wildlife safari amid a spectacular display of lights at Zootastic Park. With nearly 4 million lights, a S’mores pit, pony rides, petting zoo, Tiger and Giraffe feeding, pictures with Santa and the zoo’s baby animals, and more, it’s an experience you won’t forget. Admission is $7.00 and proceeds raised go toward helping care for the zoo animals throughout the year.

Mistletoe Sip and Shop in Downtown Mooresville

Friday, December 6; 6pm – 8pm

Bring your favorite people and enjoy kicking off the holiday season in the heart of Mooresville. The unique shops and businesses downtown will be offering open houses, store specials, sumptuous sips, yummy appetizers, gifts, treats & more!  There will also be a life-sized snow globe for some fun holiday photos, a strolling barbershop quartet, and carolers.

A Classic Christmas in Mooresville

December 13th & 20th; 6pm – 8pm (ice skating 5-9pm)

This annual Friday night holiday celebration includes Santa visits, a Christmas tree lane, wagon rides, life-sized snow globe, ice skating and more!  Activities take place on Broad & Main Streets from 6-8pm; ice skating 5-9pm.  Loading for wagon rides takes place at the Christian Mission on Broad Street.

Lighted Boat Parades

December 7th; 6pm – 7pm
LNYC Christmas Flotilla & Parade

Take in this spectacle of floating lights as the Lake Norman Yacht Club members and others deck their boats out for a holiday parade! The best place to watch is at Hello Sailor restaurant in Cornelius, where the boats will pass by around 6:30. The event benefits Toys for Tots, so if you would like to support their efforts, bring a new, unwrapped toy.

December 7th; 5pm – 9pm
The Northern Lights of Lake Norman Boat Parade

The 2019 Christmas Lighted Boat Parade takes place north of the Hwy 150 bridge. You can view from the Apps & Taps waterfront restaurant, where the boats will leave at 5:30pm, or head to the Stumpy Creek Boat Ramp to see the boats parade past. Boats will arrive back at Apps & Taps around 6:30, where you can enjoy music by The Mojo Band and Chinese Raffle. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Children’s Hope Alliance in Troutman.

The Nutcracker Suite

December 14th; 5pm
December 15th; 1pm

The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts

Nothing says Christmas like a performance of The Nutcracker Suite. The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts of Mooresville performs this iconic ballet about a nutcracker who comes to life on Christmas Eve. Grab tickets for one of the performances to put you in the true holiday spirit!

Holiday Celebrations in Mooresville