CLT Holiday
40 Ways to Eat, Shop & Be Merry From Our Partners

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Your holiday bucket list presented by Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker

  • Performances from December 9-23
  • Tickets starting at $25
  • Belk Theater, Uptown


Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker | Uptown
Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping candy canes and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy
Must-do: Night at the Nutcracker, a special performance and party with themed food, drinks and kids activities on December 8, aka one day before opening night
Dates: December 9-23
Charlotte Christmas Village | Uptown
Bringing a quaint European-inspired Christmas market to Uptown’s Romare Bearden Park
Must-do: Sip on some Glühwein (spiced wine) while you enjoy their vendors and performers throughout the season
Dates: November 23-December 24
Charlotte Checkers | Bojangles’ Coliseum
Showcasing the fast-paced game of hockey at the renovated Bojangles’ Coliseum
Must-try: High five the players while enjoying dinner and drinks at the Red Line Club
Game days: Nov. 25, Nov. 26, Dec. 1, Dec. 3, Dec. 12, Dec. 13, Dec. 16, Dec. 17
Charlotte Symphony’s Magic of Christmas presented by Bank of America | Uptown
Showcasing the spectacle of the holiday season with music, Santa and more
Must-do: Sing along to Christmas classics with the Charlotte Symphony
Dates: November 30-December 3
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Weihnachtsmarkt | LoSo
Providing a German-themed Christmas market with 40+ vendors where you can gather with friends, drink local beer, shop for gifts and celebrate the holiday season
Must-do: Drink a festive Yule Bock brew or mulled red wine served hot and fresh
Dates: December 1-16
Carolinas HealthCare System Holiday Pop-Up Shop | Pineville
Giving you a treat yourself day of shopping with 30+ vendors
Must-do: Shop favorites like Erin McDermott Jewelry, Baby Bump, PepperBox Doughnuts and Pure Intentions Coffee
Date: December 2
Discovery Place Science | Uptown
Discover wonder in Uptown by exploring their extraordinary exhibits, live shows, animal encounters and IMAX Dome Theatre
Must-do: Watch a special screening of The Polar Express in their IMAX Dome Theatre, along with other holiday activities, at PJs in the North Pole City
Dates: December 8-10
Carolina Voices’ Singing Christmas Tree | Uptown
Charlotte’s two favorite holiday traditions: The 63rd Annual Singing Christmas Tree & The Singing Christmas Tree for Kids
Must-do: Hear the soaring voices of MainStage Choir (in a 32’ specially-designed tree) perform all your favorite Christmas music during any of their 5 performances
Dates: December 9 & 10
Piedmont Social House | Ayrsley
Giving the QC a place to eat, drink and be social
Must-do: The Ayrsley Christmas Celebration, featuring a community tree lighting, live entertainment, musical performances, the arrival of Santa, hot chocolate, s’mores, and gingerbread house and tacky Christmas sweater competitions
Date: December 10
Healthy UCity Race Series Run Run Rudolph 5k & 10k | University City
A great way to celebrate the season, completed with a fully stocked hot chocolate bar
Must-do: Come dressed in your seasonal best for a chance to win a $50 Charlotte Running Co gift card
Date: December 16
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew | Charlotte & Lake Norman
The area’s only dog park, sports bar and pet boarding/daycare/bath service
Must-do: Santa Paws with Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks, where you can get a photo of your pup taken with Santa (free with donation)
Date: December 16
Myers Park Presbyterian Church | Myers Park
Embracing the season with candlelight and community
Must-try: Experience one of six Christmas Eve services with a welcoming, engaged community of faith
Date: December 24
Blumenthal Performing Arts | Uptown
Hosting all the best of the performing arts without buying a plane ticket to the Big Apple
Must-do: See The Hip Hop Nutcracker, an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist
Dates: December 27-30
Agenda deal: Get $10 off tickets to The Hip Hop Nutcracker here
CLT New Year’s Eve presented by Charlotte Center City Partners | Uptown
Raising the Official Crown over the QC with a spectacular backdrop of lights and fireworks in Romare Bearden Park
Must-do: Enjoy food trucks, live music, the lighting of the Queen City crown, and a huge fireworks display for free
Date: December 31
Ayrsley | Steele Creek
Providing a cool space to eat, live, play and shop minutes from Uptown
Must-do: Gather your friends for a holiday night out; stop in for a drink at Carolina Beer Temple, games at Piedmont Social House, and dinner at Harry’s Grille
Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery | Ballantyne & SouthPark
Building a better patient experience through personal, advanced care
Must-try: Their Signature Facial – a lengthened customized facial designed to soothe and strengthen all skin types and conditions
The Mint Museum | Uptown
Explore the oldest and largest art museum in the Carolinas
Must-do: The Contemporary Mexican Photography exhibition, ‘Develar y Detonar,’ paired with Halcyon’s award-winning cocktails


704 Shop | South End (storefront opening in early December)
Killing it as Charlotte’s original lifestyle and apparel brand
Must-try: The 704 Shop Premium CLT Love Sweatshirt – an ultra soft, snuggly and generally amazing sweatshirt that every QC lover needs
Diamonds Direct | SouthPark
Importing diamonds directly from the cutters and providing excellent customer care along with complimentary maintenance, cleaning and appraisal services
Must-do: The Ready to Wrap Event from December 15-17, featuring a custom card and gift wrapping station, holiday goodies and more
Donald Haack Diamonds | SouthPark
Offering diamonds and fine jewelry at sensible prices to the Charlotte community for over 36 years
Must-do: Check out the Donald Haack Diamonds Holiday Open House for a first look at their vast holiday inventories, offering a free gift with purchase
Dates: November 30-December 2
Agenda deal: 15-20% off for mentioning the Charlotte Agenda during the Holiday Open House *Exclusions apply
Queen City Audio Video & Appliances | I-85 & Independence Blvd
Providing expertise, quality and value with a family-owned feel
Must-do: Shop their extended Black Friday deals to get the most bang for your buck
Sonic Automotive | Locations throughout Charlotte
Eliminating everything you hate about car buying and replacing it with an experience you’ll love
Must-do: Let Sonic bring a car to your home to test drive if you live within 120 miles of one of their dealerships
Agenda deal: 20% off any service or repair (good at any 1 of their 5 Charlotte area locations – Town and Country Ford, Infiniti of Charlotte, Town and Country Toyota, Cadillac of South Charlotte, and Fort Mill Ford) with code CLTAGENDA just in time for your holiday travels. *Maximum discount is $100. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Excludes tires.
SouthPark a Simon Mall | SouthPark
Providing premier shopping at 150+ stores and dining options all under one roof
Must-do: Get your picture taken with Santa (all day every day, until December 24)
TABOR | Myers Park
Carrying men’s clothing and accessories in a historic 1920s bungalow
Must-do: Shop gifts from Sleepy Jones, Best Made, and RRL x at the TABOR Holiday Party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 9.
Windsor Jewelers | SouthPark
Bringing prominent international jewelry brands to the QC with a local, family-owned store
Must-do: ‘Tis the season to buy a diamond! Check out Windsor’s amazing selection of jewelry and Forevermark diamonds – the most responsibly sourced diamond on the planet.


Bojangles’ | Locations throughout Charlotte
Nailing the made-from-scratch biscuit game since 1977
Must-try: The limited time, made-to-order Bojangles’ Bo-Tato Breakfast Bowl, stacked with Bo-Tato Rounds, egg, sausage gravy, bacon and sausage, then topped with Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese
Carolina Beer Temple | Ayrsley
Combining a pub and bottle shop with rotating taps of craft brews
Must-try: Pair a craft brew or mead with their $1 snacks – hello healthy scoop of Cheetos
Crepe Cellar | NoDa
Bringing people together with French street food prepared with a hearty touch
Must-try: The Brownie In A Blanket – nutella, candied walnuts and whipped cream wrapped up in a sweet crêpe, à la mode
Growlers Pourhouse | NoDa
Pouring craft beers served alongside classic beer food
Must-try: A room-temp cask ale from their 1936 refurbished beer engine
Haberdish | NoDa
Serving Southern-inspired food and craft cocktails in a historic mill town setting
Must-try: The new weekday brunch menu with chicken and waffles, now available Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Harry’s Grille & Tavern | Ayrsley
Cherishing good food enjoyed with even greater company
Must-try: The bacon-wrapped Saratoga Ribeye – a center-cut filet of ribeye wrapped in pecanwood smoked bacon with port wine reduction
Mama Ricotta’s | Midtown
Serving authentic Italian-American cuisine with homestyle hospitality
Must-try: Penne alla Vodka – arguably the most iconic dish in Charlotte
Midwood Smokehouse | Plaza Midwood & Montford Park
Hooking up the QC with mouth-watering BBQ
Must-try: The Texas-style slow smoked USDA Prime Beef Brisket with a side of decadent mac & cheese
Napa on Providence | Myers Park
Specializing in made-from-scratch, locally sourced dishes and wine on tap
Must-try: The fig, prosciutto and arugula pizza with crumbled goat cheese
Agenda deal: Receive a $20 gift card for every $100 in gift cards purchased from Napa on Providence. Details.
Paco’s Tacos & Tequila | SouthPark
Serving authentic Tex-Mex with homemade tortillas, imported spices and over 100 tequila varieties
Must-try: The Paco’s Taco – a 14-hour slow-roasted, chili-rubbed beef brisket with caramelized onions and chipotle BBQ sauce
Ruth’s Chris Steak House | Uptown & SouthPark
Serving custom-aged USDA Prime midwestern steak
Must-try: The 11 oz filet (their most tender cut of lean, midwestern beef) paired with creamy mashed potatoes
Agenda deal: Get a $25 bonus gift card for every $100 spent in gift card purchases. Purchase online or in person at SouthPark and Uptown locations.
Sea Level NC | Uptown
Serving the freshest seafood and farm-to-fork oysters in the QC
Must-try: The seafood tower – available all week and during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays for just $40 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stoke Charlotte | Uptown
Step into an immersive kitchen showcasing regional farmers and seasonal American wood-fired dishes
Must-try: The Pork Shank braised overnight with cinnamon, chili, juniper, and oranges, topped with peanuts and benne seeds
The Pump House | Rock Hill, SC
Serving Southern-inspired food alongside stunning views of the Catawba River
Must-try: The cornbread muffins with peach-infused butter (served with every meal)
Agenda deal: Score a $20 gift card for every $100 in gift cards purchased from The Pump House. Details.
YAFO | SouthPark
Pairing the simplicity of Mediterranean fare with bold Middle Eastern flavors
Must-try: The Hummus Bowl with Shawarma Chicken – don’t forget the jalapeño cilantro sauce
Looking for more ways to experience the holidays in Charlotte?
Check our event board for even more ways to spread the holiday cheer this season.
Cover photo by Peter Zay