Thanksgiving is over, which means it’s officially okay to watch Elf, listen to Michael Bublé’s Christmas album on repeat and load up the car to go light-peeping. Here are 7 trees in Charlotte that you’re not going to want to miss:
Bank of America Stadium
800 South Mint Street
Lighting status: Lit November 23
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Not one tree, but thousands.
6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont
Lighting status: Illuminated every day at 5 p.m. through January 1
See them: Holidays at the Garden. Expect visits with Santa, live music, food trucks and horse-drawn carriage rides. $8.95-$14.95. Details.
Lights on the Square
Trade and Tryon Streets
Lighting status: Santa will light the tree at 6:30 p.m. on December 1 at a celebration filled with music, food and entertainment. The party will move into Founders Hall after the lighting. Free. Details.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Lighting status: Lit November 26 and will remain through January 2
See it: Holidays at the Hall, with activities like breakfast with Santa, ice skating and Harry Potter Night on the Rink. See all of the things to do here.
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Road
Lighting status: Enjoy a tree lighting and Yule Bock release party on December 1 with Santa. 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free. Details.
See it: The brewery will turn into a Christmas market for the first three weekends in December with local vendors, mulled wine and seasonal beer. Free. Details.
2140 South Boulevard
Lighting status: Lit November 19
The 62nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree
Knight Theater – 430 South Tryon Street
Lighting status: The 32-foot tree isn’t lit so much as it is filled with singers from Carolina Voices performing everybody’s favorite Christmas songs.
See it: December 10 and 11. $24-$39. Tickets.