Charlotte’s Top 10 Holiday Events

🎵It’s the most wonderful time of the year🎵

One of our favorite times of the year is here and there are so many events to choose from in the Charlotte area to get in the holiday spirit. Whether your family is the outdoor type or likes to keep toasty indoors, there is something for everyone with our top 10 list of Charlotte holiday events.

OMB’S Annual Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market

Do you dream of visiting a town just like a Hallmark movie? This is your chance! Visit Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s annual event which opens the weekend of December 6, 2019, and runs every weekend through Christmas. The kids can enjoy the lights while parents sip on Gluhwein to keep warm. Visit the 40+ vendors to find unique gifts, eat some food and sit on Santa’s lap on Dec 6th from 4:30 pm-8 pm and again on Dec 21st from 2-5 pm. More information here.

USNWC ice skating

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Outdoor Ice Skating

Charlotte has a few places to take your fun outside this holiday season. Ice Skate uptown outside the Nascar Hall of Fame at Holiday on Ice or visit the US National Whitewater Center for the inaugural ice skating season. They have turned the upper pond into a 3 section skating rink with an Airstream in the middle serving up your favorite food and drinks. Tip: Bring the whole family and the daring can ice skate while the other family members can walk through the holiday light trail. Holiday on Ice info here. USNWC info here.

CHRISTMAS TOWN USA McAdenville, North Carolina

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View Holiday Lights

Drive around Charlotte’s neighborhoods on any given night and you will see some great light displays. But, if you want to see millions of lights in one night, visit world-famous McAdenville just off I-77 or head to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for Speedway Christmas. McAdenville is also known as Christmas Town USA and the whole town has been lighting up for the holidays since 1956. Speedway Christmas will be celebrating their 10th year of drive-through lights around the speedway and you can visit the family-friendly Christmas village or watch a Christmas movie from your car on the weekends. Find more info here.

Enjoy The Nutcracker

Get into the holiday spirit by watching The Nutcracker. The performance combines the music from the Charlotte Symphony and the dancers from the Charlotte Ballet into one magical show. There are plenty of opportunities to see the sugar plum fairy dance her way through the show every weekend in December. More information here.

winterfest_tree at Carowinds

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Visit Winterfest at Carowinds

Don’t miss the nightly Wonderland Parade which features floats, performers and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Enjoy the strolling performers, ride your favorite rides and eat your favorite treats. More information can be found here.

Stroll Through Gingerbread Lane

The Ballantyne Hotel is a great destination to get in the holiday spirit! One of our favorite events is Gingerbread Lane. Local residents create a gingerbread house to display and you can then go and vote for your favorite. All donations benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital. The display will be open from December 4th-26th. More holiday events at the Ballantyne Hotel can be found here.

Drive Down Hillside Avenue

If you are a Charlotte native you definitely know about this hidden gem. This beautiful street in Myers Park is decorated every year with hanging light balls in the trees down the entire street. It is truly mesmerizing and will become your new family tradition every year.

charlotte christmas village

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Visit Charlotte’s Christmas Village

The Charlotte Christmas Village, CHRISTKINDLMARKT is back again this year at the corner of 7th and North Tryon streets. This German-inspired market features your favorite specialty foods and drinks to make you feel right at home. Visit the vendors, take a photo with Santa and enjoy holiday performances. Village hours can be found here.

See The Lights at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Holidays at the Garden is also a family favorite. Walk through the garden and enjoy the beautiful light displays, roast marshmallows by the fire, listen to merry music and look out for Mrs. Claus strolling through the garden on the weekends. Learn more about this special event here.

christmas at biltmore asheville

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Christmas at Biltmore

This event is not local to Charlotte, but definitely worth the drive to see the more than 55 Christmas trees displayed throughout the home. Visit the Conservatory for beautiful holiday blooms, taste the Christmas wine at the winery and get into the holiday spirit. Bonus: If you love Downton Abbey, the exhibition is there now through April 7, 2020. Find out more here.

Happy Holidays From Dickens Mitchener!

We hope you enjoy the holidays in the Charlotte area and have some time to enjoy the magic and wonder of the season with your family and friends this year. Here’s to an amazing year.