HOLIDAY GUIDE: Events in Charlotte That Will Make You Merry and Bright
The smell of apple cider, pine trees and sugar cookies have already filled the air and Christmas music can be heard in every home, car and store. It’s officially the holiday season in Charlotte and there is so much happening to celebrate this joyous time of year.
“There is no shortage of family-friendly, holiday events happening in Charlotte and in nearby cities,” says Lisa Wilson, a physician with Novant Health Providence OB/GYN. “From ice skating rinks to fantastic Christmas light displays, we know you will want to do them all so you can create special holiday memories with your loved ones.”
Holiday Event #1: McAdenville Lights (Now through Dec. 26)
There is a reason why McAdenville is called Christmas Town USA. It is one of the most spectacular holiday lighting displays that you will see. McAdenville Lights is located about 20 minutes outside of uptown Charlotte and has been ranked one of the top 20 Christmas lights display.
You can drive or walk through McAdenville and see more than 160 beautifully decorated homes and hundreds of trees covered with more than 500,000 lights. Seeing the lights is always free, but be prepared for traffic back-ups to see the lights.
Holiday Event #2: Speedway Christmas (Now through Dec. 31)
Drive on the same track as the NASCAR greats while you enjoy these amazing Christmas lights!
More than 3.5 million lights illuminate the oval race track every night.
You can also stop by the Christmas Village, which is open Thursday through Sunday and all Christmas week. Also on Thursday through Sunday, you can have a drive-in theatre experience and watch a Christmas-themed movie on the giant Speedway TV!
Tickets range from $20-$175 depending on the size of your car and the night that you attend.
Holiday Event #3: Holiday on Ice (Now through Jan. 6)
Head out to the only outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of uptown Charlotte.
The ice rink is located right outside of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and is in its 14th year. Each week there are different activities and events, like Princess Parties, photos with Santa, Mascot Day and more!
Admission is $12 and skate rentals are $4
Holiday Event #4: WinterFest (Now through Dec. 31)
Carowinds transforms into a Winter Wonderland during the holiday season!
Five million twinkling lights shine bright in Carowinds along with a 70-foot Christmas tree. There are live shows and performers throughout the theme park who will bring out the holiday cheer. And you can’t go to Carowinds without hopping on a ride! There are 24 rides open for WinterFest.
There are a lot of ticket options, but one of the best options is the all inclusive ticket which costs $47. It includes admission, parking, a single meal deal and a souvenir mug.
You’ll feel like you’re in a European Christmas market when you head out to the Charlotte Christmas Village.
There are dozens of vendors that you can visit to find the perfect gift to wrap up and put underneath your tree. You will also find delicious foods like Austrian strudels, bratwurst, pretzels and, of course, hot chocolate and cider… we’re getting hungry just thinking about all of this!
The Charlotte Christmas Village has moved this year to a large parking lot on the corner of North Tryon Street and 7th Street. It is free to go in and check out all the vendors.
The Billy Graham Library once again presents its Christmas at the Library where people from all over come to celebrate the birth of Christ.
There are several Christmas activities at the Billy Graham Library, including:
A live nativity scene representing the birth of Jesus, which includes shepherds, a camel, donkey, lambs and other animals.
Horse-drawn carriage rides around the Library grounds.
Christmas story time on the Billy Graham Library patio.
Christmas carolers will be heard live every night.
Journey of Faith tour retraces Billy Graham’s journey.
Going to the Billy Graham Library is free, but certain Christmas events may include a ticket fee.
Holiday Event #7: Hanukkah Celebrations (Dec. 2 - Dec. 10)
While red and green may be everywhere in Charlotte, there are some several big events celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
Dec. 2 - Car Menorah Parade: The parade starts at 6619 Sardis Road and heads to SouthPark Mall for the Giant Menorah Lighting inside the mall.
Dec. 3 - StoneCrest Menorah Lighting: A gigantic ice menorah will be lit at Fountains Plaza at StoneCrest at Piper Glen.
Dec. 4 - Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting: The Chabad of Lake Norman is having its first ever Menorah lighting at Jetton Village.
Dec. 9 - Community Chanukkah Party in Cornelius: The Jewish Council of Lake Norman sponsors this event which includes lighting the Menorah, games and a DJ.
Whether or not you go to one or all of these events, we here at Novant Health OB/GYN hope that you make amazing holiday memories and maybe even create new traditions with your loved ones.
We can help you from pregnancy confirmation to post-delivery care. Please call our Providence office at 704-372-4000, our Steelecroft office at 704-384-7900 or our SouthPark office at 704-372-4000. We look forward to serving you and your baby during your pregnancy.