Agenda Weekender: 58 cool things to do this weekend including the Nutcracker and OMB’s Weihnachtsmarkt

Agenda Weekender: 58 cool things to do this weekend including the Nutcracker and OMB’s Weihnachtsmarkt
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Lyft to any participating Charlotte brewery this weekend and show the bartender your receipt for a 50% off code for your ride home.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

41. Rain. 100% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

OMB’s Weihnachtsmarkt Weekend at OMB: OMB’s annual Weihnachtsmarkt Weekend is back with 40-plus vendors for you to shop from. Expect tons of lights, Gluhwein (spiced wine pronounced “Gloo-vine”), holiday music, hot cocoa, festive food, fire pits, and tons of beer. It’s open every Friday-Sunday from December 6-22. 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker at Belk Theater: One of the most beloved holiday traditions in the city, the “Nutcracker” is a Christmas classic that never gets old. The show runs Friday-Sunday, with the last show on December 23. 7:30 p.m. $25+. Details.

Magic of Christmas and The Singing Christmas Tree at Knight Theater: Gather the fam for classic holiday songs, sing-alongs, snow, and other festive surprises. 7:30 p.m. $24+. Details.

Experience

Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge: The Ballantyne hosts an annual gingerbread house competition for amateurs, pros, and kids. The houses will be on display most of December and are free to view. But you can pay $1 to vote for your favorite house, with all proceeds benefitting Levine Children’s Hospital. All day. Free. Details.

McGill’s Winter Wonderland at Rosie’s Wine Garden: They’ve got lights, hot chocolate, and s’mores now through December, plus you can still purchase the usual wine and beer. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots if you’re feeling generous. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.

WinterFest at Carowinds: They’ve got a 70-foot tree, 5 million twinkly lights, live shows, performers all around, and festive hands-on activities — plus some of the usual rides. Festive deal: I’m a sucker for reusable cups, so I’m eying the $12 WinterFest mug which gets you free hot cocoa the first time + $1 refills after. 5-10 p.m. $20+. Details.

Winter Wonderland at SouthPark Mall: The open-air ice rink has returned for another season. If you have your own skates, it’s $12 for two hours and it’s $17 for two hours of skating and skate rental. Santa will be there 5:30-7:30 p.m. to read books, lead sing-a-longs, and get your Christmas list. 3 p.m. to midnight. $12-$17. 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.

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.

Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe, 6500 S New Hope Road, Belmont: Stroll through the gardens and see a mile of lights. Roast a marshmallow by a crackling fire, shop, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus (select nights), and listen to holiday music, too. 5-9 p.m. $14.95+. Details.

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.

Holiday Light Trail at USNWC: This isn’t your average holiday light show. Artist Meredith Connelly created tons of immersive light installations inspired by nature that line the half-mile walking path. 6-10 p.m. Free, $6 for parking. 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.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

54. AM light rain. 70% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

OMB’s Weihnachtsmarkt Weekend at OMB: OMB’s annual Weihnachtsmarkt Weekend is back with 40-plus vendors for you to shop from. Expect tons of lights, Gluhwein (spiced wine pronounced “Gloo-vine”), holiday music, hot cocoa, festive food, fire pits, and tons of beer. It’s open every Friday-Sunday from December 6-22. 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Funky Festivus! at Town Brewing Co. – 800 Grandin Road: Expect multiple can releases, including their GABF Gold Medal winning Cruise to Nowhere Tropical Sour, funk music, and Festivus-themed starting at 7 p.m. Donations to TurnAroundToys will be accepted at the door. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free, donations after 7 p.m. Details.

20th Annual Santa Bar Crawl throughout Uptown: Send it Santa style with discounted shots and well drinks at a handful of Uptown bars, all in costume. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. $20. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker at Belk Theater: One of the most beloved holiday traditions in the city, the “Nutcracker” is a Christmas classic that never gets old. The show runs Friday-Sunday, with the last show on December 23. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $25+. Details.

Conversation & Creativity with Caroline Rust and Alfred D. Ward at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art – 1520 S. Tryon St.: Meet Small Works artists as they discuss creativity, inspiration, process and medium, which include Caroline Rust’s mixed media and hand-crafted jewelry by Alfred Ward, a former designer for the Royal Crown in England. Mimosas, coffee, and light bites provided. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

Magic of Christmas and The Singing Christmas Tree at Knight Theater: Gather the fam for classic holiday songs, sing-alongs, snow, and other festive surprises. 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. $24+. Details.

Experience

Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge: The Ballantyne hosts an annual gingerbread house competition for amateurs, pros, and kids. The houses will be on display most of December and are free to view. But you can pay $1 to vote for your favorite house, with all proceeds benefitting Levine Children’s Hospital. All day. Free. Details.

McGill’s Winter Wonderland at Rosie’s Wine Garden: They’ve got lights, hot chocolate, and s’mores now through December, plus you can still purchase the usual wine and beer. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots if you’re feeling generous. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.

WinterFest at Carowinds: They’ve got a 70-foot tree, 5 million twinkly lights, live shows, performers all around, and festive hands-on activities — plus some of the usual rides. Festive deal: I’m a sucker for reusable cups, so I’m eying the $12 WinterFest mug which gets you free hot cocoa the first time + $1 refills after. 2-10 p.m. $20+. Details.

Winter Wonderland at SouthPark Mall: The open-air ice rink has returned for another season. If you have your own skates, it’s $12 for two hours and it’s $17 for two hours of skating and skate rental. 11 a.m. to midnight. $12-$17. 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.

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.

Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe, 6500 S New Hope Road, Belmont: Stroll through the gardens and see a mile of lights. Roast a marshmallow by a crackling fire, shop, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus (select nights), and listen to holiday music, too. 5-9 p.m. $14.95+. Details.

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.

Holiday Light Trail at USNWC: This isn’t your average holiday light show. Artist Meredith Connelly created tons of immersive light installations inspired by nature that line the half-mile walking path. 6-10 p.m. Free, $6 for parking. 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.

Holiday at the Hill at Strawberry Hill: Celebrate the holidays at Strawberry Hill with train rides, face painting, Santa & Mrs. Claus, photo booth, carriage rides, arts & crafts, and a bounce house. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Light Up MillBridge at MillBridge – 1401 MillBridge Parkway, Waxhaw: Expect 4,000 luminaries, 16-foot decorated tree, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate, s’mores, and a visit from Santa. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Photos with Santa at Metropolitan, between Hickory Tavern and Dressler’s: Bring your family and your pets for photos with Santa. During the event there will be a complimentary hot cocoa bar, holiday cookies, festive music, and holiday shopping. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Holiday Pet Portraits at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Put your pup in his best Christmas sweater and get some professional photos done, all while benefiting the North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue. Noon to 5 p.m. 2 digital images of your pups for $25 or 3 for $30. Details.

Santa Paws at Lucky Dog: Your dog definitely needs a photo with Santa and/or The Grinch, and Lucky Dog is offering them for free, with $10 suggested donation to the Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks Rescue. 1-4 p.m. $10 donation. Details.

30th Annual Lake Wylie Boat Parade at Lake Wylie: Cozy up and watch boats decked out on holiday lights (nothing sounds sweeter). 5:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Fitness

3rd Annual Tacky Sweater Beer Run at 4001 Yancey Road: Put on your tackiest Christmas look, walk/run around LoSo, and get beers at local breweries on the way. Noon. Free. Details.

Sports

Checkers Star Wars Night at Bojangles Coliseum: The Checkers take on the Syracuse Crunch, and you get to take photos with your favorite Star Wars characters throughout the game. If you can’t make this one, the Checkers also have home games on December 17, 18, 21, and 22. 6 p.m. $18+. Details.

Shopping

Charlotte Girl Tribe Holiday Pop Up at Charlotte Convention Center: More than 200 women-owned businesses will be there. Treat yourself, stock up on Christmas gifts, sip bubbly, and support local women. Plus, they’ll have on-site piercing from the Renegade Pearl and free braids and dry styles from Drybar. All day. $5-$25. Details.

Holiday Sip N’ Shop – Sparkling Wine Tasting at Foxcroft Wine Co-SouthPark: Taste 25 sparkling wines for $15 and buy a bottle for everyone on your nice list (including yourself). 1-3 p.m. $15. Details.

Holiday Magic at Arboretum Shopping Center: Expect the usual shopping plus train rides, faux snow, carriage rides, DJ, and face painting. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

704 Shop’s Birthday at 704 Shop South End: The shop turns 2 this weekend, and to celebrate, they’re doing 20 percent off the entire store. Also, if you buy more than $50 of stuff, you get a free mystery shirt and a free pair of unreleased socks. All day. Free. Details.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

57. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

National Cupcake Day at Swirl: Celebrate National Cupcake Day with a free cupcake. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

OMB’s Weihnachtsmarkt Weekend at OMB: OMB’s annual Weihnachtsmarkt Weekend is back with 40-plus vendors for you to shop from. Expect tons of lights, Gluhwein (spiced wine pronounced “Gloo-vine”), holiday music, hot cocoa, festive food, fire pits, and tons of beer. It’s open every Friday-Sunday from December 6-22. Noon. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker at Belk Theater: One of the most beloved holiday traditions in the city, the “Nutcracker” is a Christmas classic that never gets old. The show runs Friday-Sunday, with the last show on December 23. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $25+. Details.

Magic of Christmas and The Singing Christmas Tree at Knight Theater: Gather the fam for classic holiday songs, sing-alongs, snow, and other festive surprises. 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $24+. Details.

Experience

Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge: The Ballantyne hosts an annual gingerbread house competition for amateurs, pros, and kids. The houses will be on display most of December and are free to view. But you can pay $1 to vote for your favorite house, with all proceeds benefitting Levine Children’s Hospital. All day. Free. Details.

McGill’s Winter Wonderland at Rosie’s Wine Garden: They’ve got lights, hot chocolate, and s’mores now through December, plus you can still purchase the usual wine and beer. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots if you’re feeling generous. 4-10 p.m. Free. Details.

WinterFest at Carowinds: They’ve got a 70-foot tree, 5 million twinkly lights, live shows, performers all around, and festive hands-on activities — plus some of the usual rides. Festive deal: I’m a sucker for reusable cups, so I’m eying the $12 WinterFest mug which gets you free hot cocoa the first time + $1 refills after. 4-10 p.m. $20+. Details.

Winter Wonderland at SouthPark Mall: The open-air ice rink has returned for another season. If you have your own skates, it’s $12 for two hours and it’s $17 for two hours of skating and skate rental. Santa will be there 3:30-5:30 p.m. to read books, lead sing-a-longs, and get your Christmas list. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. $12-$17. 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.

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.

Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe, 6500 S New Hope Road, Belmont: Stroll through the gardens and see a mile of lights. Roast a marshmallow by a crackling fire, shop, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus (select nights), and listen to holiday music, too. 5-9 p.m. $14.95+. Details.

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.

Holiday Light Trail at USNWC: This isn’t your average holiday light show. Artist Meredith Connelly created tons of immersive light installations inspired by nature that line the half-mile walking path. 6-10 p.m. Free, $6 for parking. 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.

Sports

Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium: Quarterback Russell Wilson is back in town to face fellow MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers are also at home for the season finale on December 29 against the Saints. 1 p.m. $55-$340+. Details.

Panthers on Mint presented by Lowe’s at 800 S. Mint St.: Panthers on Mint, presented by Lowe’s, includes a live DJ, appearances by Panthers entertainment groups, food trucks, and exciting sponsor activations. The free street festival opens 3 hours before kickoff. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Kids

Brunch with Santa at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Choose from six breakfast options and eat with Santa. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

The Sweet Melodies of Christmas. The mansion will be decorated for the holidays, Carolina Vocal Projects is performing, and drinks are available at the cash bar. December 16.

Checkers $1 beer night. The Checkers are taking on the Hartford Wolfpack, and you get a free ticket to the next home game if they win. Plus, beers are $1. December 18.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics. Spend New Year’s Eve with Kemba Walker, the former Hornets star who’s now on the Celtics. December 31.

See all the upcoming events here.

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