The ice skating rink is 40 percent bigger this year so you’ll have plenty of space to get your Instagram photoshoot in. They’ll also have daily snowfall, seasonal beverages and the signature adult bounce house with a full bar inside. For the grand opening, King of Pops will be handing out free pops and they’ll have a DJ, games, food trucks and more.
Southpark / $12 to skate, $5 for rentals / Monday-Thursday: 3-11 p.m., Friday: 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday: 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The ninth edition of Charlotte’s drive-through light show features more than 3.5 million lights over a 3.75-mile course, a Christmas village, a 50-foot Ferris Wheel and movies on the big screen on select nights.
Charlotte Motor Speedway / Thursday-Sunday: $25/car, Monday-Wednesday: $20/car / 6-10 p.m.
Inspired by traditional European Christmas markets, there will be a German bakery, Austrian strudels and other festive treats. Wash it all down with German Glühwein, a mulled spiced wine. You can also expect trivia, live entertainment, a Santa Village, vendors and more.
Corner of 7th Street and North Tryon / Free / 11 a.m. weekends, 3 p.m. weekdays
Experience an all-new musically-orchestrated topiary display, wander through the new illuminated Prairie, explore new lanterns in the perennial gardens and more. Enjoy annual traditions including the 15-foot orchid tree, live music, holiday shopping, Santa and Mrs. Claus on select nights, children’s activities and warm beverages.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden / $8.95-$14.95 / 5-9 p.m.
The holiday season is here and SouthPark’s own Winter Wonderland is Charlotte’s favorite open-air ice-skating rink, not to mention, the ultimate Instagram photo op. This year, the rink is 40% bigger and features fun for the entire family including a daily afternoon snowfall, holiday lights and decor, Santa’s Pub and more. Don’t miss the special events, guests and activities throughout the season, including 103.7 WSOC bringing a Country Christmas to the rink.
Come celebrate the birth of Christ with fun, family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made this an annual tradition. Pro tip: most activities begin at 5:00 p.m.
The Billy Graham Library / Free / Mon-Thu: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.& Fri-Sat: 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
You can drive or walk around the area which has more than 160 decorated and decked-out homes, 265 evergreen trees with 500,000 lights. There’s also going to be a Christmas Town Festival Dec. 13 with music, a parade and hot chocolate and kettle corn.
So many family-friendly events throughout the month including A Mile of a Million Lights at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, in downtown Belmont, visit the inaugural Festival of Trees from Stowe Park across the historic district and on December 22, participate in the area’s first Santa Hustle – a half marathon, 5K and 1-mile Rudolph Run for kids. Don your best Santa beard and hat for an epic jog through downtown Belmont culminating in candy, cookies and a Christmas celebration at the finish line.
Don’t miss the quintessential holiday experience with the sights and sounds of the Nutcracker. Join Clara, the Mouse King and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy for a stunning performance of a holiday classic with breathtaking sets, costumes, choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and music from the Charlotte Symphony. Pro tip: Agenda readers get $5 off per ticket in zones 1-4 with code AGENDA.
Theatre Charlotte’s holiday tradition is back for its 12th season with the classic tale of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. You once again meet such beloved characters as Fezziwig, Belle, Bob Cratchit, nephew Fred, and, of course, Tiny Tim.
Shop from over 90 women-led businesses, take great photos, enjoy a cocktail bar by Sycamore brewing and get plenty of holiday surprises. VIP shoppers will receive a reusable Girl Tribe bag, a #GirlTribePopUp bracelet and more.
We know you’ve always dreamed of running through Uptown as Santa and now is your chance. Register for the Ri Ra 5K Santa Run where 100% of profits will be donated to the Patriot Military Family Foundation. Registration includes a Santa suit, t-shirt, a beer and ceremony after the race with live entertainment
Check out the new store on Monroe Road for their Holiday Open House. H&S Antiques are direct importers of 18th and 19th century English and Continental antiques. They specialize in original artwork, mirrors, lighting and “collections” of decorative accessories. Call 704.333.3138 for more information.
4115 Monroe Road, Charlotte 28205 / Free / 1-5 p.m.
Ring in the Christmas season this year with the angelic-voiced musicians of the Vienna Boys Choir with a delightful program of Christmas hymns, Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, and holiday carols. For six centuries, these young cultural ambassadors have been adored the world over for their wide range of repertoire, purity of tone, and generosity of musical spirit.
Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College / $45-$65 / 7:30 p.m.
Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s making a pit stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the fourth annual Breakfast with Santa. This all-inclusive experience includes a delectable breakfast, a visit and picture with Santa, crafts and reindeer games, plus much more. As an added bonus, each child ticket to Breakfast with Santa includes same-day complimentary admission to the ice rink on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Advance purchase is required, this event is subject to sell out.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame / $22-$25, free for children under 2 / 8:30-10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Shop over 45 vendors at this traditional German Christmas market. On the market’s opening day, they’re also releasing their popular Yule Block beer and Santa will be making an appearance. Santa will make a second appearance on December 15.
Ring in 2019 at Topgolf and enjoy live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and an unforgettable midnight celebration. Upgrade to the VIP experience for exclusive access to an all-inclusive Premium NYE Feast with carving station and a bottle of bubbly to share with friends. All New Year’s Eve packages include unlimited gameplay.
Dress to impress and celebrate New Year’s in style with Shelton Vineyards. Due to popular demand, the dance party will be at The Barn at Heritage Farm, directly across from Shelton Vineyards (doors open at 9:30). Dance tickets will be available along with full packages, including dinner for two at the Harvest Grill, dance tickets, hotel accommodations at the Hampton Inn & Suites at Shelton Vineyards, a champagne toast at midnight and a breakfast bar.
While the rest of Charlotte and the world go forward, Queen Park Social is going back. Come party down at the 2nd Annual Retro New Year’s Eve party with your favorite music from disco to yesterday by DJ View Beats.
Crêpe Cellar, Growlers Pourhouse, and Haberdish will be throwing an all-night party with a cocktail hour, 4-course dinner with paired drinks, a champagne toast, and an after-party. You’ll choose your dinner location in advance and then you can roam freely between the restaurants for the rest of the night. They’ll also have live entertainment, photo ops, and DJs throughout the night.
Ring in 2019 at the Queen City’s official New Year’s Eve celebration! This annual tradition includes a DJ, live music, the lighting of the Queen City crown, and a huge CLT NYE fireworks display starting at midnight. Travel tips: public parking is available at surface lots and parking decks throughout Uptown Charlotte at market rates. Mass transit options, including the Lynx Blue Line, Lynx Gold Line streetcar and CATS buses will be available as well.