7 Charlotte-Area Holiday Events Not to Miss
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Do you have fun holiday festivities on your wish list this year? These events in and near Charlotte are sure to bring joy to the whole family this holiday season. (Listed in the order of occurrence.)
Welcome Santa at Blakeney's Tree Lighting Celebration
November 23, 2019
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
Get ready to deck the halls at Blakeney Shopping Center! Welcome Santa during the Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, November 23. Enjoy activities in the Vendor Village from 4 to 7 p.m., Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. and will be available for photos until 9 p.m.
Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 28, 2019
Duke Energy building, 550 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
Find a mile of smiles in Uptown Charlotte during the 2019 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade! Now in its 72nd year, the parade is filled with fun for the entire family. See larger-than-life balloons, incredible marching bands, spectacular floats and more. The parade steps off at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day along Tryon Street in Uptown. Click here for more information and reserved seating.
Rock Hill's award-winning ChristmasVille
201 E. Main Street, Rock Hill, SC, 29730
The 14th annual ChristmasVille will take place December 5-8, 2019. This award-winning festival has over 100 events including horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours, strolling Dickens carolers, art, theater, dance, music, a gingerbread house contest, multiple Santa activities, and an ice skating rink!
"The Nutcracker" by Charlotte Youth Ballet
1206 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28204
The Charlotte Youth Ballet brings to the stage its 38th annual holiday classic production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, featuring the choreography of Charlotte legend Gay Porter and Bridget Young. This magical production takes place December 6-8, 2019, at CPCC’s Halton Theater. Tickets on sale now!
Christmas Candlelight Tours
December 7 and December 14
1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC, 29726
Historic Brattonsville opens its doors for the annual Christmas Candlelight Tours, a tradition for over 40 years, on Dec. 7 and 14. Throughout candlelit vignettes, historically dressed interpreters recreate holiday traditions of the Carolina Piedmont during the 18th and 19th centuries. Ongoing activities include candle-dipping, ornament-making, brass ensemble, and carollers.
Blakeney Santa Photo Experience
November 23-December 22
Ardrey Kell & Rea Road, Charlotte, NC, 28277
Blakeney Shopping Center is thrilled to welcome back Santa Claus to his custom-built house on the Village Green! Families can visit on select dates Nov. 23 through Dec. 22 for pictures with Santa Claus. Pricing and full schedule are available at www.ShopBlakeney.com.
Holidays at the Garden at DSBG
November 29-January 5
6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, NC 28012
Delight in a stroll through Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's shimmering Mile of a Million Lights featuring dancing lights on topiaries, glittering waves of color in the prairie, glowing LED cherry trees, enchanting fairy villages and model trains, a 15-foot orchid tree, and so much more. Enjoy a visit with Santa or Mrs. Claus on select evenings, live music, holiday shopping, warm beverages, and more. (Closed Dec. 25th.)