The majority of my family resides in Charlotte, however, we still have lots of family scattered about the country. For the first time, in a long time, we will all be together for an entire week during Christmas. My Aunt and I have started searching for fun events and things to do in Charlotte to keep the holiday spirit alive in our family, but to also entertain a large family with lots of different interests! I thought I would pass along some of the things we’ve discovered (and to share which of my wacky family members this is going to appeal to!)
Charlotte Christmas Village
This Holiday attraction is back for it’s 3rd year! This German-inspired market will feature vendors, entertainment, food and drink. Santa will even make a visit on select days and hours! It’s located on North Tryon and 7th Street. It’s free to walk through and free to take pictures with Santa if you bring your own camera. We love a good free event!
Grandma and older Aunts approval level 9/10
Speedway Christmas Lights
For their 9th year, the Speedway presents it’s “Speedway Christmas!” Drive through and see 800 displays, with more than 3 million lights, all set to music you listen to on your car radio. There will be a Christmas Village open Thursday through Sunday each week, and all of Christmas week. It features a Ferris Wheel, photos with Santa, fire pits, and more! There will even be classic holiday movies showing on the brig screen. All of this fun takes place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway (5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord). It’s happening now through January 5th! $20-$30 per car.
Small Cousins approval level 10/10
Uptown Ice Skating
Skate in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. Your purchased ticket of $12 will be good for the entire day! Skate in the beauty of our blue sunny skies or the holiday lights of a festive uptown. This rink is located at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza (400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd).
Older Cousins approval level 8/10
National White Water Center Ice Skating
For the first year, the National White Water Center is offering a 17,000 sq. ft ice rink along with ice trails! Located in the upper Pond of the White Water Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice Airstream serving hot and cold beverages. This event cost $20 and the rental of skates is included in the price.
My (Ms. Sarah’s) and older uncle’s approval level 12/10
*we’re doing this even if no one agrees with me*
Carowinds has transformed into a winder wonderland! For Winterfest this year, Carowinds will host over 5 million shimmering lights, a 70-foot tree, lavish holiday displays, live shows and strolling performers. There are hands-on Christmas activities located through the park and lots of holiday dishes and desserts! There will even be a selection of rides for all to enjoy! This year, Carowinds is debuting a nightly Wonderland Parade with lights, extravagant floats, and talented performers- complete with a special appearance by Santa Claus! This event is going on now! Tickets begin at $26, with different packages!
Whole Family approval level: 10/10