Agenda Weekender: 40 cool things to do this weekend in Charlotte including ice skating at the Whitewater Center

Agenda Weekender: 40 cool things to do this weekend in Charlotte including ice skating at the Whitewater Center
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Don’t let a little rain keep you from getting to Charlotte’s top events.

Lyft to any participating Charlotte brewery this weekend and show the bartender your receipt for a 50% off code for your ride home.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22

65. Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Christmas Cookie Can Release Party! at Sycamore: Sycamore’s Christmas Cookie Winter Ale is back for another season. Cheers, people. Free. Noon to 11 p.m. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

B# Presents Stacy’s Mom’s Night Out at Amos’ Southend – 1423 S. Tryon St.: Expect your favorite songs from 90s and 2000s from artists including Blink-182, Weezer, Matchbox 20, GooGoo Dolls, Green Day, Avril Lavigne, Hootie and the Blowfish, and others. Proceeds benefit Charlotte Family Housing. 7:30 p.m. $10 advance, $12 at the door. Details.

That Golden Girls Show: A Puppet Parody at Booth Playhouse: Wake up and smell the coffee, you fossil. Everyone needs to see the Golden Girls puppet show. 8 p.m. $19.50+. Details.

An Evening with Simon Tam at Great Aunt Stella Center – 926 Elizabeth Ave.: Simon Tam is an Asian American author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker. Don’t miss Simon’s talk on first amendment rights and connecting with those we disagree with. 6 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Whitewater Center Ice Skating at U.S. National Whitewater Center: This new ice skating rink includes 17,000 square feet of ice on the Upper Pond of the whitewater river, and it’ll have three areas (free skate, winter sports and a 600-foot ice trail). The skating area will also have a skate-up bar where you can buy craft beer, hot chocolate, and coffee. While you’re there, check out the half-mile walking trail of holiday lights. $20 for single activity pass. Noon to 10 p.m. Details.

Charlotte Christmas Village – Christkindlmarkt at Corner of 7th Street & North Tryon Street: The annual European-inspired Christmas Market is back. Expect the usual speciality foods, Glühwein in a souvenir village mug, cider, hot chocolate, vendors, photos with Santa, and holiday performances. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Details.

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Nothing says Christmas in the Carolinas like 4 million lights arranged around a race track. Expect a Ferris wheel, Bethlehem village, photos with Santa, fun foods, games, fire pits for s’mores roasting, and drive-in style Christmas movies, too. 6-10 p.m. $20-$30. Details.

The Polar Express Train Ride at N.C. Transportation Museum: I remember the first time I saw “The Polar Express” in theaters and I’m not sure I’ve experienced greater magic. So treat your inner child (or actual child) to a holiday train ride. Rides are every weekend, Friday-Sunday, from mid-November through December. 4 p.m. $37 kids, $43 adults. Details.

Holiday on Ice at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Nothing says holiday spirit like ice skating your way past Christmas trees and sparkling lights and drinking hot cocoa. 5 p.m. $12+. Details.

2019 Tree Lighting and Fireworks at downtown Concord: Nothing beats the magic of tree lightings and fireworks. Expect family-friendly activities and a visit with Santa. 6 p.m. Free. Details.

Shopping

Southern Christmas Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center: It’s the largest holiday show in North America with more than 450 vendors. Calling all die-hard Southern Christmas Show fans. This is your chance to be among the first people to get a look at this year’s merch. Expect appetizers and entertainment, too. The show runs November 14-24, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 10 a.m. $12.50+. Details.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

62. Rain. 90% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

5th Year Anniversary Sugar Donuts at 11914 Elm Lane, Suite 120: Sugar Donuts is celebrating five years in biz with giveaways and prizes, including a free basket of donut holes for the first 25 customers of the day. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Carolina Craft Beer Crawl in Uptown: Calling all beer lovers! Sample beer and food pairings all afternoon to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas. Noon to 5 p.m. $35-$45. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

That Golden Girls Show: A Puppet Parody at Booth Playhouse: Wake up and smell the coffee, you fossil. Everyone needs to see the Golden Girls puppet show. 7 p.m. $19.50+. Details.

Experience

Whitewater Center Ice Skating at U.S. National Whitewater Center: This new ice skating rink includes 17,000 square feet of ice on the Upper Pond of the whitewater river, and it’ll have three areas (free skate, winter sports and a 600-foot ice trail). The skating area will also have a skate-up bar where you can buy craft beer, hot chocolate, and coffee. While you’re there, check out the half-mile walking trail of holiday lights. $20 for single activity pass. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Details.

Charlotte Christmas Village – Christkindlmarkt at Corner of 7th Street & North Tryon Street: The annual European-inspired Christmas Market is back. Expect the usual speciality foods, Glühwein in a souvenir village mug, cider, hot chocolate, vendors, photos with Santa, and holiday performances. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Details.

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Nothing says Christmas in the Carolinas like 4 million lights arranged around a race track. Expect a Ferris wheel, Bethlehem village, photos with Santa, fun foods, games, fire pits for s’mores roasting, and drive-in style Christmas movies, too. 6-10 p.m. $20-$30. Details.

The Polar Express Train Ride at N.C. Transportation Museum: I remember the first time I saw “The Polar Express” in theaters and I’m not sure I’ve experienced greater magic. So treat your inner child (or actual child) to a holiday train ride. Rides are every weekend, Friday-Sunday, from mid-November through December. 4 p.m. $37 kids, $43 adults. Details.

Holiday on Ice at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Nothing says holiday spirit like ice skating your way past Christmas trees and sparkling lights and drinking hot cocoa. 5 p.m. $12+. Details.

Carolina Renaissance Festival at 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville: Time travel to the greatest party since Camelot where history comes alive with non-stop, day-long entertainments, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, feasting, and more. Reminder: This is the final weekend for this year. $15-$25. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Details.

Holiday Magic at Rea Farms – 9855 Sandy Rock Place: Get in the holiday spirit with free photos with Santa; a visit with Mickey and Minnie and Elsa, Anna, and Olaf from Frozen; cookie decorating; pop-ups; ballon artists, jugglers, face painters; carriage rides; and a tree lighting at 7 p.m. 4-8 p.m. Free. Details.

The Lights Water Fest at SouthTown Wake Park: Go ahead and set big goals and dreams for 2020, and set those intentions by releasing a candle lantern into the water with thousands of other hopefuls at The Lights Water Fest. Plus, there will be music, food, and dancing. 4 p.m. $12-$35. Details.

Sports

Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the Chicago Bulls. $15-$350+. 7 p.m. Details.

Kids

Frozen 2 weekend at Hounds Drive-In – 114 Raven Circle, Kings Mountain: A drive-in movie is the perfect family activity, and who doesn’t love Frozen (if you don’t, let it go). 5 p.m. $15 per car. Details.

2019 Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival at Blakeney Shopping Center: Expect a trackless train, crafts, dance performances, and holiday music before visiting with Santa and marveling at the tree lighting. 4-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Do Good

EmbRACE Mental Health 5K Run and Fun Walk at Sycamore Brewing: Lace up and support Presbyterian Psychological Services, a nonprofit counseling service nonprofit service that accepts insurance and offers sliding-scale fees based on income. 9 a.m. $0-$40. Details.

FriendsGiving CLT at Catawba Brewing: Bring a donation to support local causes before indulging in a day of music, entertainment, food, and beer. You can bring new and unwrapped toys for the Children’s Home Society of NC; non-perishable food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina; and/or pet items for the Greater Charlotte SPCA. Noon to 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

Long Creek Adventure Race at the U.S. National Whitewater Center: Think you can handle a 4- or 8-hour race over 40-60 miles throughout the USNWC? You can take on the challenge alone or in teams of two to three. $50-$60 per individual, free to hang out. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Details.

Shopping

Southern Christmas Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center: It’s the largest holiday show in North America with more than 450 vendors. Calling all die-hard Southern Christmas Show fans. This is your chance to be among the first people to get a look at this year’s merch. Expect appetizers and entertainment, too. The show runs November 14-24, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 10 a.m. $12.50+. Details.

QC Sip and Shop Holiday Shop at Unknown Brewing: Queen City Sip and Shop will be popping up for a holiday market at Unknown Brewing. Expect over 40 local handmade vendors and artisans, live music, and the Hot Tamale food truck will be on site. 1:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24

56. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Fall Oyster Roast at Birdsong: Grab your personalized oyster knife and Barbour jacket and indulge in oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Company and an oyster-inspired stout from Birdsong. 1-4 p.m. Free to attend, oysters sold by the bucket or dozen. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

That Golden Girls Show: A Puppet Parody at Booth Playhouse: Wake up and smell the coffee, you fossil. Everyone needs to see the Golden Girls puppet show. 9:30 p.m. $19.50+. Details.

Experience

Whitewater Center Ice Skating at U.S. National Whitewater Center: This new ice skating rink includes 17,000 square feet of ice on the Upper Pond of the whitewater river, and it’ll have three areas (free skate, winter sports and a 600-foot ice trail). The skating area will also have a skate-up bar where you can buy craft beer, hot chocolate, and coffee. While you’re there, check out the half-mile walking trail of holiday lights. $20 for single activity pass. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Details.

Charlotte Christmas Village – Christkindlmarkt at Corner of 7th Street & North Tryon Street: The annual European-inspired Christmas Market is back. Expect the usual speciality foods, Glühwein in a souvenir village mug, cider, hot chocolate, vendors, photos with Santa, and holiday performances. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Details.

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Nothing says Christmas in the Carolinas like 4 million lights arranged around a race track. Expect a Ferris wheel, Bethlehem village, photos with Santa, fun foods, games, fire pits for s’mores roasting, and drive-in style Christmas movies, too. 6-10 p.m. $20-$30. Details.

The Polar Express Train Ride at N.C. Transportation Museum: I remember the first time I saw “The Polar Express” in theaters and I’m not sure I’ve experienced greater magic. So treat your inner child (or actual child) to a holiday train ride. Rides are every weekend, Friday-Sunday, from mid-November through December. 4 p.m. $37 kids, $43 adults. Details.

Holiday on Ice at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Nothing says holiday spirit like ice skating your way past Christmas trees and sparkling lights and drinking hot cocoa. 5 p.m. $12+. Details.

Carolina Renaissance Festival at 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville: Time travel to the greatest party since Camelot where history comes alive with non-stop, day-long entertainments, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, feasting, and more. Reminder: This is the final weekend for this year. $15-$25. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Details.

Shopping

Southern Christmas Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center: It’s the largest holiday show in North America with more than 450 vendors. Calling all die-hard Southern Christmas Show fans. This is your chance to be among the first people to get a look at this year’s merch. Expect appetizers and entertainment, too. The show runs November 14-24, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 10 a.m. $12.50+. Details.

2019 Vintage Charlotte Winter Market at The Fillmore: For the eighth year, 60-plus local vendors are coming together for an afternoon of holiday shopping. Fuel from HEX Coffee and food from Bleu Barn Bistro and The Dumpling Lady will be available for purchase. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $2 general admission, $7 early bird special. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Panthers Tree Lighting. Expect appearances by Sir Purr, the TopCats Cheerleaders, the PurrCussion Drumline and the Black & Blue Crew. The tree lighting ceremony program will also include new family-friendly performances, children’s activities, festive music, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Bottled water and hot cocoa will be available free of charge with additional food and drinks also available for purchase from various local food trucks on site. November 26.

2019 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. A well-loved Charlotte tradition has been going strong for 72 years. You can buy VIP tickets for a seat in the bleachers along Tryon or take your chances of find a viewing spot elsewhere Uptown for free. November 28.

Charlotte Ballet: Nutcracker. One of the best-loved holiday traditions in the city, the “Nutcracker” is a Christmas classic that never gets old. December 6-23.

See all the upcoming events here.

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