It’s the most festive time of the year — which means there’s no shortage of exciting happenings around Charlotte almost every day. We’ve put together a list of 15 of our favorite joyful events that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!
Through December 24, 2016: Charlotte Christmas Village
Uptown’s popular Romare Bearden Park will turn into a European-inspired Christmas market featuring gifts from local merchants and food from around the world, including Austrian strudels, Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and roasted nuts. Admission is free. For village hours and more information, click here.
Through December 31, 2016: Speedway Christmas
More than 3,000,000 Christmas lights will take over the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 7th annual Speedway Christmas. Families can enjoy driving through 3.5 miles of lights that are synced to your favorite Christmas songs. (Tickets vary based on car size and amount of people.) For more information, click here.
Through January 1, 2017: Holidays at the Garden
Celebrate the beauty of the Christmas season at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. The gardens will transform into a winter wonderland full of twinkling trees, sparkling fountains, horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa! Tickets are $14.95 for adults, $8.95 for children 2 to 12 and children under 2 years old are free. For more information, click here.
December 1-23, 2016: Christmas at the Library
Get into the holiday spirit at the Billy Graham Library. Christmas at the Library features lots of festive activities including a live Nativity, horse-drawn carriages and carolers. Costs vary based on activity. For prices and more information, click here.
December 1-26, 2016: Christmas Town USA
Make the short drive to McAdenville, NC, to experience the 61 year tradition of an extraordinary holiday light display that earned the small mill town the nickname of Christmas Town USA. The town lights up Monday through Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, click here.
December 2, 2016: Second Chance Christmas
Give back at the 3rd annual Second Chance Christmas — Charlotte’s largest holiday gala and toy drive. From 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. guests can dance the night away to live music and enjoy heavy appetizers from local restaurants as well as beer and wine. Tickets are $45 with a toy and $60 at the door. Event is black-tie optional. For more information, click here.
December 2-4, 2016: Friends of Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour
You won’t want to miss the 39th annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour. It’s your chance to take a look inside some of the most historic homes in Charlotte — and while they’re all decked out for Christmas. We’ve been and it’s definitely one of our most favorite holiday events. Tickets are $30. For more information, click here.
December 3, 2016: Candlelit Christmas at Latta Plantation
Step back in time and see what Christmas was like for the Latta family in 1828 during Candlit Christmas at Historic Latta Plantation. From ballroom dancing in the parlor to the dinner table being set, guests will get to experience the holiday as they did centuries ago. There will also be a live nativity and music. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and children. For more information, click here.
December 3-23, 2016: Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker
The Charlotte Ballet presents the Nutcracker at Belk Theater like you’ve never seen it before. With all new sets and costumes, the Christmas classic is sure to be a hit. Tickets start at $25. For showtimes and more information, click here.
December 4, 2016: Holiday Tea and Shopping at The Duke Mansion
We can’t imagine a more “Charlotte” way to spend the holidays than sipping tea at the historic Duke Mansion. Starting at 2 p.m. guests can shop for gifts from local boutiques or meander around the mansion’s gardens. The tea will begin at 3 p.m. and includes a spread of tea sandwiches, scones and plenty of other sweets. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, click here.
December 8-28, 2016: Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne Hotel
Visit the Ballantyne Hotel’s popular Gingerbread Lane this season and enjoy countless gingerbread creations. Don’t forget vote for your favorite! Admission is free and it’s $1 to vote — proceeds benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital. For more information, click here.
December 9-11, 2016: Magic of Christmas
Listen to your favorite holiday carols performed by the Charlotte Symphony at Belk Theater. Santa will also be in attendance and ready for selfies with kids of all ages (hey, we’re big kids and still believe!) Rumor has it, snow will even fall in the theater. Tickets start at $38. For show times and more information, click here.
December 9, 2016: Brandshop Speaker Series
The Charlotte Brandshop Speaker Series will feature more than 30 designer shop-in-shops, book signings, workshops, and a speaker series, where guests will hear from inspiring entrepreneurs including Liz Hilliard of Hilliard Studio Method and our very own StyleBlueprint co-founder, Elizabeth Fox! For a daily speaker schedule and tickets, click here.
December 10, 2016: Pink Social Girl Tribe Pop Up
Shop some of Charlotte’s best brands and support local girl bosses at Pink Social’s Girl Tribe Pop Up. All vendors will be announced Dec. 1. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and is at Sugar Creek Brewing. Admission is $5 for VIP entry from 10 a.m. to noon and then free from noon to 6 p.m. For more information and to keep an eye on participating vendors, click here.
December 14, 2016: Whiskey Women of Charlotte’s Holiday Soirée
Grab your best friends for a girl’s night out full of great bourbon and holiday cheer at Broken Spoke. Tickets are $35 and include small bites, whiskey-infused sweets, cocktails and goodie bags. Event runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is cocktail attire, so break out your holiday best. For more information, click here.
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