15 Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Inspiration for your elf's holiday adventures.


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Our readers submitted some great photos in last year's Elf on the Shelf Photo Contest. It was hard to choose, but we've narrowed it down to our fave fifteen. Scroll down to find inspiration for your own elf's adventures.

1. Holiday Photo Booth
Submitted by Angie Galbraith
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2. Gangnam Style
Submitted by Jennifer Brooks
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3. Angry Birds
Submitted by April Walsh
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4. Attack of the Dinosaurs
Submitted by Grey
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5. Max Hearts Hot Chocolate
Submitted by Angie Galbraith
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6. Obedient Elf
Submitted by Angie Galbraith
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7. Elf Under Arrest for Impersonating Santa Claus
Submitted by Sharon Mayer
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8. Splish Splash
Submitted by Bejal Mehta
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9. Cookies and Cocoa with Barbie
Submitted by Angie Galbraith
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10. The Avengers Capture Breadcrumb and Snowflake
Submitted by Mandy White
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11. Revenge of the Elves
Submitted by Mandy White
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12. Fruit Cake the Elf Makes a Snow Angel
Submitted by Allison Norris
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13. Making Snowmen
Submitted by Angie Trevathan
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14. Naughty Elf
Submitted by Tiffany
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15. Ervin found the "Mommy Juice"
Submitted by Amy Taylor
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December 2016

This private event is designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have the opportunity to visit with Santa and have photos taken. SouthPark has made...

Cost: Free; additional cost for photos

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
West Plaza Entrance
, NC
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This private event is designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have the opportunity to visit with Santa and have photos taken. Concord Mills has...

Cost: Free; additional cost for photos

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Website »

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Now showing in the James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater-Season of Light for December only. Enjoy the new SciDome XD version of our traditional holiday program during "the coldest...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

James H. Planetarium and Science Theater presents: From the Earth to the Universe. The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Take a photo with Santa and say hello to Rudolph. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 N. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
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Website »

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More than 60 local artists and craftsmen, holiday performances, food trucks, children's activities, and a a visit from Santa. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Oak Street Mill
19725 Oak St.
Cornelius, NC
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Website »

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Join costumed characters from Gaston Theatre Dance's cast of "The Nutcracker" for treats and autographs. Call to reserve your ticket by Dec. 1.

Where:
Gaston Day School
2001 Gaston Day School Road
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-865-5943
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Participate in an "urban hike” along the Carolina Thread Trail and Mecklenburg County’s Stewart Creek Greenway. “Tails on the Trail” is a dog-friendly, rain-or-shine...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Blaze Brewing
528 S. Turner Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28201
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Telephone: 910-625-9997
Website »

More information

Winter is almost here and birds are settling in to their cold-weather routines. Walk, look and listen for winter resident birds, including waterfowl found on Lake Wylie. Bring or borrow binoculars....

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Telephone: 704-588-5224
Website »

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At 2pm, shop for memorable gifts from some of Charlotte's top boutiques. At 3pm, sample tea in the living room with tea sandwiches, canapes, scones, and sweets. Stroll the public areas and...

Cost: $35 per adult; $15 per child ages 5 to 12

Where:
The Duke Mansion
400 Hermitage Road
Charlotte, NC  28207
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Telephone: 704-714-4453
Website »

More information

Candy canes and gingerbread waltzes—and more than a hint of danger! A fairy tale comes to life in this beloved children’s opera by German composer Engelbert Humperdinck. After getting...

Cost: $10 Adults, Children Free

Where:
Epworth United Methodist Church
1030 Burrage Road NE
Concord, NC  28025
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Website »

More information

The Charlotte Youth Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" with more than 100 performers, snow, laughter and surprises for the entire family. Fri., 7pm; Sat., 2pm and 7pm; and Sun.,...

Cost: $15+

Where:
Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-330-6840
Website »

More information

Celebrate the holidays at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, complete with reindeer, elves, and a giant polar bear, and a 33-foot tree with twinkling lights. It will snow in the Plaza twice an hour on the...

Cost: $13-$20

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 888-902-6463
Website »

More information

Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10 skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Journey across the Solar System to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space.  This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks,...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Some NASCAR drivers race to live, but Tony Stewart lives to race. The 2016 season marked the end of Stewart’s memorable career as a NASCAR driver. During his NASCAR premier series career, he...

Cost: $12.95- $19.95

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-654-4400
Website »

More information

The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-716-8649
Website »

More information

Visit with Santa and then stay for the annual Jingle Bell Parade through downtown Rock Hill. Parade begins at 3pm. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Rock Hill
135 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater presents: Winter Sky Shows on Sat. and Sun. at 4pm. Explore two fascinating topics in one science theater program. First, explore the constellations of...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

The Kannapolis Intimidators will host nightly laser shows that feature local vendors, concessions, and visits with Santa. Gates will open at 5pm. 

Cost: $4-$5

Where:
Intimidators Stadium
2888 Moose Road
Kannpolis , NC
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Telephone: 704-932-3267
Website »

More information

115,000 lights set to music in the streets of downtown each night. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mooresville
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can gain free access to participating museums in the Charlotte area, including The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center, Levine...

Cost: Free for cardholders

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


Website »

More information

This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Organized and toured by Studio Art Quilt Associates, this exhibition features 38 art quilts created by textile artists from around the world. These stunningly vivid and masterfully crafted quilts...

Cost: Adults-$8, Seniors-$7, Youth-$5, CHM members and children 3 and under FREE

Where:
The Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
View map »


Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Discover 400 years of Catawba Indian history as you explore replicated structures that reflect the life and culture of the Carolina Woodlands. Weather permitting; closing dates are...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Matthews Ballet and Dance present a special performance of this classic holiday show. Purchase tickets at Matthews Community Center. Space is limited. Sat., 7pm; Sun., 3pm.

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-321-7275
Website »

More information

When the worst kids in the history of the world find out there are free snacks at Sunday School, they take it upon themselves to audition for the annual Christmas pageant. Will a group of kids who...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

It's the Nutcracker re-imagined with all new sets and costumes, plus live music performed by the Charlotte Symphony. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $40+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-0101
Website »

More information

Don't miss the dazzling lights of the garden, complete with sparkling fountains and botanical-themed displays. There will be opportunities for visits with Santa, holiday crafts, a model...

Cost: $9-$15

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

More than 3,000,000 lights on the Speedway and lights to drive through along a 3.5-mile course. The event also includes a Christmas Village with a petting zoo, Bethlehem Village, carriage rides,...

Cost: $25-$30 per car when village is open; $20 per car when village is closed

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Mills Pkwy. South
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 800-455-3267
Website »

More information

Take a drive through the park and view more than 3 million lights set to music. Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Mon.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sun.,...

Cost: $6 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
448 Pilch Road
Troutman , NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-245-6446
Website »

More information

Skate on more than 7,000 square feet of ice in the heart of the city. 

Cost: $10 admission; $3 skate rental

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibit is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the groundbreaking women artists affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement during the years of 1945-1960. It will feature...

Cost: $6-$12

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

Join the cast and crew of JSTAGE as they preform live Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale, a young woman takes her father's place as...

Cost: $12/advance $15/at door

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC  28226
View map »


Website »

More information

This annual festival has local arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage tastings, a holiday ice rink, Santa appearances, a live nativity, performances, gingerbread house contest, and much...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Historic Downtown Rock Hill
Rock Hill, SC


Website »

More information

This uptown holiday event is designed is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Website »

More information

Visit with Santa at the fire department, hear a story by Mrs. Claus, watch holiday performances by local musical, dance, and singing groups, skate on an ice rink. There will also be food trucks and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The Herdmans are a sneaky family who love to cause trouble wherever they go. So no none is prepared when they decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant. Will they ruin it or will it...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Fullwood Theater
100 McDowell Street East
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
Website »

More information

The Flats and Sharps are on their way to a Christmas Eve concert when a snowstorm causes them to stop in a diner to wait out the storm. At the diner, the singers, Ellie, the crusty waitress,...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

More information

This classic holiday tale shares the story of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who his visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future....

Cost: $27

Where:
The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-376-3777
Website »

More information

A full-scale production of the classic holiday story. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 1pm and 7:30pm; Sun., 3pm. 

Cost: $7-$16

Where:
Gaston Day School
2001 Gaston Day School Road
Gastonia , NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

The City Youth Ballet presents professional choreography along with elaborate costumes and sets in this Tchaikovsky classic. Witness the battle between marching toy soldiers and...

Cost: $10 for Adults; $8 for children

Where:
Stanly County Agri-Civic Center
26032 Newt Road
Albemarle, NC  28001
View map »


Telephone: 704-550-1574
Website »

More information

Ride the Rotary Express through more than 250,000 twinkling lights. Enjoy singing bears, model trains, s'mores, and hot cocoa. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Cost: $2

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. St.
Kannapolis, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Trilobites lived, thrived and became extinct millions of years before the age of dinosaurs.  See more than 200 specimens of these creatures from long ago covering five geological periods that...

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Stop by to visit with Santa and take a photo.

Where:
Cotswold Village
282 S. Sharon Amity Road
, NC
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Celebrate National Bathtub Day with a family storytime at 10:30am and plenty of literacy activities and make and takes throughout the day. 

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-416-4600
Website »

More information

Now showing in the James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater-Season of Light for December only. Enjoy the new SciDome XD version of our traditional holiday program during "the coldest...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

James H. Planetarium and Science Theater presents: From the Earth to the Universe. The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Tuck your little one in a stroller and join one of the educators for an easy walk along our paved nature trail. Relax, chat, and experience what nature has to offer this month in a casual,...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  27278
View map »


Sponsor: McDowell Nature Center
Telephone: 704-588-5224
Website »

More information

Celebrate the holidays at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, complete with reindeer, elves, and a giant polar bear, and a 33-foot tree with twinkling lights. It will snow in the Plaza twice an hour on the...

Cost: $13-$20

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 888-902-6463
Website »

More information

Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10 skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Journey across the Solar System to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space.  This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks,...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

This annually recurring exhibit fills the museum with model train displays assembled by the Piedmont “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC  28086
View map »

More information

Some NASCAR drivers race to live, but Tony Stewart lives to race. The 2016 season marked the end of Stewart’s memorable career as a NASCAR driver. During his NASCAR premier series career, he...

Cost: $12.95- $19.95

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-654-4400
Website »

More information

The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-716-8649
Website »

More information

A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

This weekly drop-in program with different themes each week is designed for children in grades K-5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-868-2164
Website »

More information

Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made...

Cost: Free; additional cost for some activities

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

115,000 lights set to music in the streets of downtown each night. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mooresville
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Organized and toured by Studio Art Quilt Associates, this exhibition features 38 art quilts created by textile artists from around the world. These stunningly vivid and masterfully crafted quilts...

Cost: Adults-$8, Seniors-$7, Youth-$5, CHM members and children 3 and under FREE

Where:
The Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
View map »


Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Discover 400 years of Catawba Indian history as you explore replicated structures that reflect the life and culture of the Carolina Woodlands. Weather permitting; closing dates are...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

It's the Nutcracker re-imagined with all new sets and costumes, plus live music performed by the Charlotte Symphony. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $40+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-0101
Website »

More information

Don't miss the dazzling lights of the garden, complete with sparkling fountains and botanical-themed displays. There will be opportunities for visits with Santa, holiday crafts, a model...

Cost: $9-$15

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

Take a drive through the park and view more than 3 million lights set to music. Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Mon.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sun.,...

Cost: $6 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
448 Pilch Road
Troutman , NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-245-6446
Website »

More information

Skate on more than 7,000 square feet of ice in the heart of the city. 

Cost: $10 admission; $3 skate rental

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Ride the Rotary Express through more than 250,000 twinkling lights. Enjoy singing bears, model trains, s'mores, and hot cocoa. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Cost: $2

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Website »

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Trilobites lived, thrived and became extinct millions of years before the age of dinosaurs.  See more than 200 specimens of these creatures from long ago covering five geological periods that...

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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Now showing in the James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater-Season of Light for December only. Enjoy the new SciDome XD version of our traditional holiday program during "the coldest...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

James H. Planetarium and Science Theater presents: From the Earth to the Universe. The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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Learn through play at Tinkergarten, which shares educational frameworks like Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia. The expert-designed curriculum adapts to region and season, is age...

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Park - Demonstration Garden
2435 Cumberland Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28209
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Dive into a variety of STEM-related activities with math puzzles, science experiments, and engineering projects. Compete with other teens in a LEGO build-off. 

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-7400
Website »

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Learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa, along with the history of the holiday. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-3021
Website »

More information

Celebrate the holidays at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, complete with reindeer, elves, and a giant polar bear, and a 33-foot tree with twinkling lights. It will snow in the Plaza twice an hour on the...

Cost: $13-$20

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 888-902-6463
Website »

More information

Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10 skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Journey across the Solar System to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space.  This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks,...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

More information

This annually recurring exhibit fills the museum with model train displays assembled by the Piedmont “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC  28086
View map »

More information

Some NASCAR drivers race to live, but Tony Stewart lives to race. The 2016 season marked the end of Stewart’s memorable career as a NASCAR driver. During his NASCAR premier series career, he...

Cost: $12.95- $19.95

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-654-4400
Website »

More information

The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-716-8649
Website »

More information

A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made...

Cost: Free; additional cost for some activities

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

115,000 lights set to music in the streets of downtown each night. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mooresville
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Organized and toured by Studio Art Quilt Associates, this exhibition features 38 art quilts created by textile artists from around the world. These stunningly vivid and masterfully crafted quilts...

Cost: Adults-$8, Seniors-$7, Youth-$5, CHM members and children 3 and under FREE

Where:
The Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Discover 400 years of Catawba Indian history as you explore replicated structures that reflect the life and culture of the Carolina Woodlands. Weather permitting; closing dates are...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

It's the Nutcracker re-imagined with all new sets and costumes, plus live music performed by the Charlotte Symphony. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $40+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-0101
Website »

More information

Don't miss the dazzling lights of the garden, complete with sparkling fountains and botanical-themed displays. There will be opportunities for visits with Santa, holiday crafts, a model...

Cost: $9-$15

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

Take a drive through the park and view more than 3 million lights set to music. Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Mon.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sun.,...

Cost: $6 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
448 Pilch Road
Troutman , NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-245-6446
Website »

More information

Skate on more than 7,000 square feet of ice in the heart of the city. 

Cost: $10 admission; $3 skate rental

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This uptown holiday event is designed is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Website »

More information

This classic holiday tale shares the story of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who his visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future....

Cost: $27

Where:
The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-376-3777
Website »

More information

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Ride the Rotary Express through more than 250,000 twinkling lights. Enjoy singing bears, model trains, s'mores, and hot cocoa. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Cost: $2

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. St.
Kannapolis, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Trilobites lived, thrived and became extinct millions of years before the age of dinosaurs.  See more than 200 specimens of these creatures from long ago covering five geological periods that...

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Now showing in the James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater-Season of Light for December only. Enjoy the new SciDome XD version of our traditional holiday program during "the coldest...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

James H. Planetarium and Science Theater presents: From the Earth to the Universe. The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Learn about native North Carolina evergreen trees while you and your preschooler handcraft one of your own using a pinecone. Registration and parent participation required.

Cost: $3

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Telephone: 704-588-5224
Website »

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Santa will stop by the library to read a story and take photos with the little ones, so don't forget your camera. You can also make a holiday ornament to take home.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
Website »

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Kids can create their own Christmas ornament on the enclosed patio. No pre-registration is required. This craft is recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Website »

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Experience Abstract Expressionist works of art in this special exhibition through sketching. Learn and refine methods and strategies to sketch in the galleries and interpret works of art. All skill...

Cost: $12; Mint members save 25 percent.

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2100
Website »

More information

Celebrate the holidays at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, complete with reindeer, elves, and a giant polar bear, and a 33-foot tree with twinkling lights. It will snow in the Plaza twice an hour on the...

Cost: $13-$20

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 888-902-6463
Website »

More information

Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10 skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Journey across the Solar System to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space.  This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks,...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

This liquidation sale will feature over 7,000 items! Prices will be 50 percent off the Charlotte Warehouse Sale prices, which are already 65-90 percent off their original retail prices!...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
The Shoppes at Davis Lake
8505 Davis Lake Pkwy.
, NC  28269
View map »


Website »

More information

Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

More information

This annually recurring exhibit fills the museum with model train displays assembled by the Piedmont “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC  28086
View map »

More information

Some NASCAR drivers race to live, but Tony Stewart lives to race. The 2016 season marked the end of Stewart’s memorable career as a NASCAR driver. During his NASCAR premier series career, he...

Cost: $12.95- $19.95

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-654-4400
Website »

More information

The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-716-8649
Website »

More information

A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

More information

Explore the mint museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph | 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown | 500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2018
Website »

More information

Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made...

Cost: Free; additional cost for some activities

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

115,000 lights set to music in the streets of downtown each night. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mooresville
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Organized and toured by Studio Art Quilt Associates, this exhibition features 38 art quilts created by textile artists from around the world. These stunningly vivid and masterfully crafted quilts...

Cost: Adults-$8, Seniors-$7, Youth-$5, CHM members and children 3 and under FREE

Where:
The Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
View map »


Website »

More information

Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

Discover 400 years of Catawba Indian history as you explore replicated structures that reflect the life and culture of the Carolina Woodlands. Weather permitting; closing dates are...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

More information

It's the Nutcracker re-imagined with all new sets and costumes, plus live music performed by the Charlotte Symphony. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $40+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-0101
Website »

More information

Don't miss the dazzling lights of the garden, complete with sparkling fountains and botanical-themed displays. There will be opportunities for visits with Santa, holiday crafts, a model...

Cost: $9-$15

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

Take a drive through the park and view more than 3 million lights set to music. Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Mon.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sun.,...

Cost: $6 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
448 Pilch Road
Troutman , NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-245-6446
Website »

More information

Skate on more than 7,000 square feet of ice in the heart of the city. 

Cost: $10 admission; $3 skate rental

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibit is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the groundbreaking women artists affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement during the years of 1945-1960. It will feature...

Cost: $6-$12

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

This uptown holiday event is designed is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This classic holiday tale shares the story of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who his visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future....

Cost: $27

Where:
The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-376-3777
Website »

More information

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Ride the Rotary Express through more than 250,000 twinkling lights. Enjoy singing bears, model trains, s'mores, and hot cocoa. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Cost: $2

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. St.
Kannapolis, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Trilobites lived, thrived and became extinct millions of years before the age of dinosaurs.  See more than 200 specimens of these creatures from long ago covering five geological periods that...

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Ice skate with your favorite characters and visit with Santa at events at the shopping center. Kids can skate with Rudolph Dec. 9 and 10 from 6-8pm; skate with a princess Dec. 10 from...

Cost: $5 skate rental

Where:
Afton Ridge
6230 Bayfield Parkway
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Each Wednesday, two people can skate for the price of one at the rink. See website for operating hours. 

Cost: $10

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Now showing in the James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater-Season of Light for December only. Enjoy the new SciDome XD version of our traditional holiday program during "the coldest...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

James H. Planetarium and Science Theater presents: From the Earth to the Universe. The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Stories, songs and creative movement activities in this special storytime in the park. 

Cost: Free

Where:
First Ward Park
301 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-416-4630
Website »

More information

Celebrate the holidays at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, complete with reindeer, elves, and a giant polar bear, and a 33-foot tree with twinkling lights. It will snow in the Plaza twice an hour on the...

Cost: $13-$20

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 888-902-6463
Website »

More information

Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10 skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Journey across the Solar System to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space.  This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks,...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

View gingerbread creations by both amateurs and professionals. Vote on your favorites for $1 each; all donations benefit Levine Children's Hospital. Santa Claus will make periodic visits. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne Hotel
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-248-4055
Website »

More information

This liquidation sale will feature over 7,000 items! Prices will be 50 percent off the Charlotte Warehouse Sale prices, which are already 65-90 percent off their original retail prices!...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
The Shoppes at Davis Lake
8505 Davis Lake Pkwy.
, NC  28269
View map »


Website »

More information

Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-873-7347
Website »

More information

This annually recurring exhibit fills the museum with model train displays assembled by the Piedmont “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC  28086
View map »

More information

Some NASCAR drivers race to live, but Tony Stewart lives to race. The 2016 season marked the end of Stewart’s memorable career as a NASCAR driver. During his NASCAR premier series career, he...

Cost: $12.95- $19.95

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28202
View map »


Telephone: 704-654-4400
Website »

More information

The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-716-8649
Website »

More information

A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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Join Charlotte Dads Group every other Thursday (during the school year) for Storytime on Thursday mornings at ImaginOn. 

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn
300 East 7th St.
Charlotte, NC  28269
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Sponsor: Charlotte Dads Gorup
Telephone: 704-472-7990
Contact Name: Darrell Humphrey
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Play in the new Nature Playground and read a nature-based book with one of the staff. With the help of feathers and other props to help tell the story, young children will have a great...

Cost: $8; free for children 3 and under

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 704-875-6521
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made...

Cost: Free; additional cost for some activities

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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115,000 lights set to music in the streets of downtown each night. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mooresville
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
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This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-353-9200
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This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

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Organized and toured by Studio Art Quilt Associates, this exhibition features 38 art quilts created by textile artists from around the world. These stunningly vivid and masterfully crafted quilts...

Cost: Adults-$8, Seniors-$7, Youth-$5, CHM members and children 3 and under FREE

Where:
The Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
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Discover 400 years of Catawba Indian history as you explore replicated structures that reflect the life and culture of the Carolina Woodlands. Weather permitting; closing dates are...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
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It's the Nutcracker re-imagined with all new sets and costumes, plus live music performed by the Charlotte Symphony. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $40+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-0101
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Don't miss the dazzling lights of the garden, complete with sparkling fountains and botanical-themed displays. There will be opportunities for visits with Santa, holiday crafts, a model...

Cost: $9-$15

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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More than 3,000,000 lights on the Speedway and lights to drive through along a 3.5-mile course. The event also includes a Christmas Village with a petting zoo, Bethlehem Village, carriage rides,...

Cost: $25-$30 per car when village is open; $20 per car when village is closed

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Mills Pkwy. South
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 800-455-3267
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Take a drive through the park and view more than 3 million lights set to music. Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Mon.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sun.,...

Cost: $6 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
448 Pilch Road
Troutman , NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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Skate on more than 7,000 square feet of ice in the heart of the city. 

Cost: $10 admission; $3 skate rental

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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This exhibit is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the groundbreaking women artists affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement during the years of 1945-1960. It will feature...

Cost: $6-$12

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This uptown holiday event is designed is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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This performance designed for children ages 0 to 3 years and their caregivers illustrates how some of life's greatest gifts can come in the smallest packages. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $10

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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The Flats and Sharps are on their way to a Christmas Eve concert when a snowstorm causes them to stop in a diner to wait out the storm. At the diner, the singers, Ellie, the crusty waitress,...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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This classic holiday tale shares the story of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who his visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future....

Cost: $27

Where:
The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-376-3777
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Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Ride the Rotary Express through more than 250,000 twinkling lights. Enjoy singing bears, model trains, s'mores, and hot cocoa. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Cost: $2

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Trilobites lived, thrived and became extinct millions of years before the age of dinosaurs.  See more than 200 specimens of these creatures from long ago covering five geological periods that...

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Ice skate with your favorite characters and visit with Santa at events at the shopping center. Kids can skate with Rudolph Dec. 9 and 10 from 6-8pm; skate with a princess Dec. 10 from...

Cost: $5 skate rental

Where:
Afton Ridge
6230 Bayfield Parkway
Concord, NC
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Phillips Place will transform into a 3D light show on select nights in December. Goodie bags for the first 300 children to each show, complimentary hot chocolate, snow, and special visits from...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Hampton Inn and Suites SouthPark at Phillips Place
6800 Phillips Place Court
, NC
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Now showing in the James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater-Season of Light for December only. Enjoy the new SciDome XD version of our traditional holiday program during "the coldest...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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James H. Planetarium and Science Theater presents: From the Earth to the Universe. The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Drop by and pick up the 2017 team schedule, meet the coaches for autographs and pictures, shop for merchandise, enjoy food and beverages, and visit with Santa.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Sims Legion Park
1001 N. Marietta St.
Gastonia, NC
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Participants will receive the "Nature's Relationships" guide to aid in exploring the woods in search of local flora and fauna. This hike will cover our new Track Trails program, which...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Center
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Sponsor: McDowell Nature Center
Telephone: 704-588-5224
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Support local businesses and pick up some gifts at the Belmont Christmas Village.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Belmont
115 N Main St.
Belmont, NC  28012
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Dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character for dancing, music, giveaways, and activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble
Various locations around Charlotte
, NC
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This holiday performance features a tapestry of music presented in a contemporary style. 

Cost: $18+

Where:
McGlohon Theater Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Celebrate the holidays at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, complete with reindeer, elves, and a giant polar bear, and a 33-foot tree with twinkling lights. It will snow in the Plaza twice an hour on the...

Cost: $13-$20

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 888-902-6463
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10 skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Journey across the Solar System to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space.  This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks,...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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View gingerbread creations by both amateurs and professionals. Vote on your favorites for $1 each; all donations benefit Levine Children's Hospital. Santa Claus will make periodic visits. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne Hotel
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-248-4055
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This liquidation sale will feature over 7,000 items! Prices will be 50 percent off the Charlotte Warehouse Sale prices, which are already 65-90 percent off their original retail prices!...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
The Shoppes at Davis Lake
8505 Davis Lake Pkwy.
, NC  28269
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Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-7347
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This annually recurring exhibit fills the museum with model train displays assembled by the Piedmont “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC  28086
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Some NASCAR drivers race to live, but Tony Stewart lives to race. The 2016 season marked the end of Stewart’s memorable career as a NASCAR driver. During his NASCAR premier series career, he...

Cost: $12.95- $19.95

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-654-4400
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-8649
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A massive amount of energy lurks like a speeding dragon beneath the surface of the planet Earth. Experience rare and extremely devastating volcanic phenonema, portrayed with dramatic imagery...

Cost: Standard admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC  28203
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Sponsor: Sycamore Brewing
Contact Name: Katelyn Carpenter
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made...

Cost: Free; additional cost for some activities

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

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115,000 lights set to music in the streets of downtown each night. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mooresville
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
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Visit Christmas Tree Lane and Santa, take a wagon, and view the lights. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mooresville
Broad and Main Streets
Mooresville, NC
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This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-353-9200
Website »

More information

This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-547-3700
Website »

More information

Organized and toured by Studio Art Quilt Associates, this exhibition features 38 art quilts created by textile artists from around the world. These stunningly vivid and masterfully crafted quilts...

Cost: Adults-$8, Seniors-$7, Youth-$5, CHM members and children 3 and under FREE

Where:
The Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Website »

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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
Website »

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Discover 400 years of Catawba Indian history as you explore replicated structures that reflect the life and culture of the Carolina Woodlands. Weather permitting; closing dates are...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
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Clara LeBlanc trips at a holiday party and is whisked off to the hospital to learn that her ankle is broken.  That night her friends and get-well gifts swirl in her dreams.  This show...

Cost: $20 – $45

Where:
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Caroline Calouche & Co.
Telephone: 704-844-0449
Contact Name: Caroline Calouche
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When the worst kids in the history of the world find out there are free snacks at Sunday School, they take it upon themselves to audition for the annual Christmas pageant. Will a group of kids who...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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It's the Nutcracker re-imagined with all new sets and costumes, plus live music performed by the Charlotte Symphony. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $40+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-0101
Website »

More information

Don't miss the dazzling lights of the garden, complete with sparkling fountains and botanical-themed displays. There will be opportunities for visits with Santa, holiday crafts, a model...

Cost: $9-$15

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-825-4490
Website »

More information

More than 3,000,000 lights on the Speedway and lights to drive through along a 3.5-mile course. The event also includes a Christmas Village with a petting zoo, Bethlehem Village, carriage rides,...

Cost: $25-$30 per car when village is open; $20 per car when village is closed

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Mills Pkwy. South
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 800-455-3267
Website »

More information

Take a drive through the park and view more than 3 million lights set to music. Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Mon.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sun.,...

Cost: $6 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
448 Pilch Road
Troutman , NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-245-6446
Website »

More information

Skate on more than 7,000 square feet of ice in the heart of the city. 

Cost: $10 admission; $3 skate rental

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibit is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the groundbreaking women artists affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement during the years of 1945-1960. It will feature...

Cost: $6-$12

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

This uptown holiday event is designed is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This performance designed for children ages 0 to 3 years and their caregivers illustrates how some of life's greatest gifts can come in the smallest packages. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $10

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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The Herdmans are a sneaky family who love to cause trouble wherever they go. So no none is prepared when they decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant. Will they ruin it or will it...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Fullwood Theater
100 McDowell Street East
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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This musical holiday program includes music by the Charlotte Symphony Chorus, the Charlotte Children's Choir, handbell ringers, a gospel vocalist, plus a visit from Santa Claus. Note: The...

Cost: $29.50+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Hop aboard this 30-minute train ride where hot cocoa and cookies will be served along with a reading of the story "The Train to Christmas Town." Plus, enjoy a visit from Santa Claus. The...

Cost: $29-$39

Where:
Piedmont and Northern Railway
1548 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 877-421-0008
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The Flats and Sharps are on their way to a Christmas Eve concert when a snowstorm causes them to stop in a diner to wait out the storm. At the diner, the singers, Ellie, the crusty waitress,...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-892-7953
Website »

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This classic holiday tale shares the story of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who his visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future....

Cost: $27

Where:
The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-376-3777
Website »

More information

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261
Website »

More information

Ride the Rotary Express through more than 250,000 twinkling lights. Enjoy singing bears, model trains, s'mores, and hot cocoa. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Cost: $2

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. St.
Kannapolis, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Trilobites lived, thrived and became extinct millions of years before the age of dinosaurs.  See more than 200 specimens of these creatures from long ago covering five geological periods that...

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Ice skate with your favorite characters and visit with Santa at events at the shopping center. Kids can skate with Rudolph Dec. 9 and 10 from 6-8pm; skate with a princess Dec. 10 from...

Cost: $5 skate rental

Where:
Afton Ridge
6230 Bayfield Parkway
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

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It’s time for waltzing snowflakes, a battle between toy soldiers and mice, and to be amazed by the Sugarplum Fairy as Piedmont Dance Theatre presents its 14th annual production of The...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Kannapolis Performing Arts Center
415 E 1st St.
Kannapolis, NC  29803
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Telephone: 704-971-2011
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Now showing in the James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater-Season of Light for December only. Enjoy the new SciDome XD version of our traditional holiday program during "the coldest...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

James H. Planetarium and Science Theater presents: From the Earth to the Universe. The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Santa Claus will be at the Museum during the Toys, Games & TRAINS exhibit to visit with the little ones. Mrs. Claus will also do a special reading of the classic 1823...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 East Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC  28086
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Telephone: 704-739-1019
Contact Name: Adria Focht
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Create edible ornaments for wildlife, make nature-based crafts, and enjoy refreshments. Space is limited; register in advance. 

Cost: $15

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-331-0664
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This fall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Parks launched Hike NC!, a series of more than 60 guided hikes in North Carolina’s state parks and nature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carolina Thread Trail: Catawba Nation Greenway Trl
1536 Tom Steven Road
Rock Hill , SC
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Children can learn the history behind early popular musical instruments as they receive instruction on playing the Tin Penny Whistle and Bones, both popular instruments used by early Americans. No...

Cost: $20 per person

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-2312
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Children can enjoy a private visit with Santa, complete with photos and a gift from the North Pole, inside a 200-year-old log cabin. After the visit, stroll the grounds, sip hot cocoa, and visit...

Cost: $10 per child

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-2312
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Children can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, search the greenway for candy canes, and finish with s'mores over a campfire. Pre-registration required.

Cost: $12 per child

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
288 Dairy Barn Lane
Ft. Mill , SC
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Enjoy pancakes and other breakfast items with Santa, along with photo opportunities. 

Cost: $1+

Where:
StoneCrest at Piper Glen
7900 Rea Road
, NC
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Have a treat while you watch the holiday movie classic "The Polar Express," starring Tom Hanks.

Cost: Free

Where:
North County Regional Library
16500 Holly Crest Lane
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6031
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Dr. Martha MacDonald will share holiday stories and tales to children and families. Dr. MacDonald’s stories will range from folk tales, historical stories, and a diverse array of holiday...

Cost: Free

Where:
President James K. Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC  28134
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These interactive bilingual (Spanish/English) mornings incorporate music, plays, and stories geared specially for families with children ages 0-6. All families interested in raising bilingual and...

Cost: $5 for up to 6 family members; Free for Mint members

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC  28207
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Telephone: 704=337-2000
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Calling all teens that participated in the summer reading club at the Mooresville Public Library. Bring your summer reading coins to buy items in the Christmas Store Auction.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 South Main St.
Mooresville, NC  28147
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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Enjoy a musical recital given by the students of NC Music Center. This recital has an assortment of musicians from all ages and levels of music from beginners to advanced. Come out and listen to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tate Hall-Central Piedmont Community College
1207 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC  28204
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Prizes will be given to the best Santa-themed costume during this pre-holiday trail run. 

Cost: $30+

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Learning all about Colonial professions in this series of workshops, including masonry.  

Cost: $10 per child

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC  28215
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Telephone: 704-568-1774
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Sit down with Santa, decorate cookies, and take a spin around the ice skating rink.

Cost: $10 skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Kids and their adults join a teaching artist to explore a new topic each month. Workshops begin with a mini-tour in the galleries, followed by a trip to the studios to create a work of art...

Cost: $16 per participant ($12 Mint member)

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC  28207
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Join in the "Procession of the Yule Log," decorating with greenery, singing early American carols, and English country dancing. As the day draws to a close, gather with a Backcountry...

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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A Carolina Backcountry Christmas comes to life during Historic Brattonsville’s annual Christmas Candlelight Tours. Through candlelit vignettes, costumed interpreters will recreate...

Cost: Admission fees are Adults $10; Seniors $8; Youth 4-17 $6; 3 and under and CHM me

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC  29726
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Sponsor: CHMuseums
Telephone: 803-909-7244
Contact Name: Marie Cheek
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The only functional covered bridge in the region will sparkle with thousands of luminaries placed one by one by members of the community. Lights, wreaths and...

Cost: Free

Where:
MillBridge
1401 MillBridge Pkwy.
Waxhaw, NC  28173
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 The evening will feature more than a dozen performers and plenty of singalongs. Enjoy your favorite holiday classics, traditional Christmas carols as well as songs of Hanukkah and...

Cost: $14-$24

Where:
McGlohon Theater Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Celebrate the holidays at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, complete with reindeer, elves, and a giant polar bear, and a 33-foot tree with twinkling lights. It will snow in the Plaza twice an hour on the...

Cost: $13-$20

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 888-902-6463
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10 skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Journey across the Solar System to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space.  This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks,...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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View gingerbread creations by both amateurs and professionals. Vote on your favorites for $1 each; all donations benefit Levine Children's Hospital. Santa Claus will make periodic visits. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne Hotel
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-248-4055
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This liquidation sale will feature over 7,000 items! Prices will be 50 percent off the Charlotte Warehouse Sale prices, which are already 65-90 percent off their original retail prices!...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
The Shoppes at Davis Lake
8505 Davis Lake Pkwy.
, NC  28269
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Currently the only Egyptian mummy in North Carolina. Families can explore the culture and history of the 22nd Dynasty, uncover the mystery of mummification in the hands-on CSI Lab, and meet...

Cost: $6

Where:
Iredell Museums
134 Court St.
Statesville, NC
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Telephone: 704-873-7347
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Some NASCAR drivers race to live, but Tony Stewart lives to race. The 2016 season marked the end of Stewart’s memorable career as a NASCAR driver. During his NASCAR premier series career, he...

Cost: $12.95- $19.95

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-654-4400
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-716-8649
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Lakeshore Learning Stores provide fun, free crafts every Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Visit Bit.ly/freecraftsforkids for the featured craft of the week or call your local Lakeshore Learning store for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lakeshore Learning Store
10005 E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC  28105
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Learning Store
Telephone: 704-849-2450
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Visit with Santa for photos and take a horse-drawn carriage ride. 

Cost: Free

Where:
RiverGate Shopping Center
12807 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Join museum naturalists for a guided GPS scavenger hunt and find local environmental treasures while learning about the biodiversity of the area. 

Cost: $8

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Executive pastry chef Ben Kallenbach and his team offer will tips at this decorating event. Advance registration and payment required. 

Cost: $50 for four

Where:
The Ballantyne Hotel Charlotte
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-248-4100
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Take photos with Santa and go on a horse-drawn carriage ride. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Promenade on Providence
10285-10319 Providence Road
, NC
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James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater presents: Winter Sky Shows on Sat. and Sun. at 4pm. Explore two fascinating topics in one science theater program. First, explore the constellations of...

Cost: $3 per person in addition to museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made...

Cost: Free; additional cost for some activities

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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115,000 lights set to music in the streets of downtown each night. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mooresville
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
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Clara LeBlanc trips at a holiday party and is whisked off to the hospital to learn that her ankle is broken. Clara’s dreams swirl and take flight with silly nurses, her friends and get-well...

Cost: $25-$30

Where:
Booth Playhouse
130 North Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: Caroline Calouche & Co.
Telephone: 704-844-0449
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This showcase includes an array of selected jewelry alongside examples of more conventional artwork, celebrating the craftsmanship and creativity of artists who explore texture and color through...

Cost: $4-$8

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-353-9200
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This collection of twenty works in wood by artists John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel features the use of the lathe tool to create a unique art form.  Closed Mondays; open...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Charlotte native and folk artist Nellie Ashford presents a collection of crafted-mixed media works that reflect real-life experiences of families, children, dancers, and musicians and the stories...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to decorative...

Cost: $7-$9

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Organized and toured by Studio Art Quilt Associates, this exhibition features 38 art quilts created by textile artists from around the world. These stunningly vivid and masterfully crafted quilts...

Cost: Adults-$8, Seniors-$7, Youth-$5, CHM members and children 3 and under FREE

Where:
The Museums of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Young mates set sail on a self-guided pirate voyage aboard our miniature pirate ship, the Adventure, at anchor in the Explorer's Outpost.  Children can dress-up, learn and play at their...

Cost: $6-$7

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
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Discover 400 years of Catawba Indian history as you explore replicated structures that reflect the life and culture of the Carolina Woodlands. Weather permitting; closing dates are...

Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Sponsor: The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Telephone: 704-866-6923
Contact Name: Philip McGinnis
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Clara LeBlanc trips at a holiday party and is whisked off to the hospital to learn that her ankle is broken.  That night her friends and get-well gifts swirl in her dreams.  This show...

Cost: $20 – $45

Where:
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Caroline Calouche & Co.
Telephone: 704-844-0449
Contact Name: Caroline Calouche
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When the worst kids in the history of the world find out there are free snacks at Sunday School, they take it upon themselves to audition for the annual Christmas pageant. Will a group of kids who...

Cost: $12+

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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It's the Nutcracker re-imagined with all new sets and costumes, plus live music performed by the Charlotte Symphony. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $40+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-0101
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Don't miss the dazzling lights of the garden, complete with sparkling fountains and botanical-themed displays. There will be opportunities for visits with Santa, holiday crafts, a model...

Cost: $9-$15

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-825-4490
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More than 3,000,000 lights on the Speedway and lights to drive through along a 3.5-mile course. The event also includes a Christmas Village with a petting zoo, Bethlehem Village, carriage rides,...

Cost: $25-$30 per car when village is open; $20 per car when village is closed

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Mills Pkwy. South
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 800-455-3267
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Take a drive through the park and view more than 3 million lights set to music. Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Mon.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sun.,...

Cost: $6 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
448 Pilch Road
Troutman , NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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Skate on more than 7,000 square feet of ice in the heart of the city. 

Cost: $10 admission; $3 skate rental

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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This exhibit is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the groundbreaking women artists affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement during the years of 1945-1960. It will feature...

Cost: $6-$12

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Join the cast and crew of JSTAGE as they preform live Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale, a young woman takes her father's place as...

Cost: $12/advance $15/at door

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC  28226
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This uptown holiday event is designed is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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This performance designed for children ages 0 to 3 years and their caregivers illustrates how some of life's greatest gifts can come in the smallest packages. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $10

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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The Herdmans are a sneaky family who love to cause trouble wherever they go. So no none is prepared when they decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant. Will they ruin it or will it...

Cost: $11-$13

Where:
Fullwood Theater
100 McDowell Street East
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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This musical holiday program includes music by the Charlotte Symphony Chorus, the Charlotte Children's Choir, handbell ringers, a gospel vocalist, plus a visit from Santa Claus. Note: The...

Cost: $29.50+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Just an hour in length, this performance features the Grey Seal Puppets, St. Nick, holiday carols by the Carolina Kids' Voices Choir and is designed for children ages 3-11 years. Sat.,...

Cost: $14-$20

Where:
Knight Theater
Levine Center for the Arts
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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The Main Stage Choir and other musical guests perform holiday classics inside a specially designed 32-foot tree. Sat., 11am and 7:30pm; Sun., 4pm. 

Cost: $13+

Where:
Knight Theater
Levine Center for the Arts
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Hop aboard this 30-minute train ride where hot cocoa and cookies will be served along with a reading of the story "The Train to Christmas Town." Plus, enjoy a visit from Santa Claus. The...

Cost: $29-$39

Where:
Piedmont and Northern Railway
1548 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 877-421-0008
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The Flats and Sharps are on their way to a Christmas Eve concert when a snowstorm causes them to stop in a diner to wait out the storm. At the diner, the singers, Ellie, the crusty waitress,...

Cost: $12-$20

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-892-7953
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This classic holiday tale shares the story of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who his visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future....

Cost: $27

Where:
The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-376-3777
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Have breakfast with Santa, take photos, and make a craft. Reservations required; tickets go on sale on Nov. 5 at Matthews Community Center.  Seatings at 9am or 10:45am. 

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia in this exhibition that showcases the life of ruler Genghis Khan. The collection features more than 200 artifacts and relics such as gold jewelry,...

Cost: $13-$17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Ride the Rotary Express through more than 250,000 twinkling lights. Enjoy singing bears, model trains, s'mores, and hot cocoa. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Cost: $2

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Trilobites lived, thrived and became extinct millions of years before the age of dinosaurs.  See more than 200 specimens of these creatures from long ago covering five geological periods that...

Cost: $9-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Ice skate with your favorite characters and visit with Santa at events at the shopping center. Kids can skate with Rudolph Dec. 9 and 10 from 6-8pm; skate with a princess Dec. 10 from...

Cost: $5 skate rental

Where:
Afton Ridge
6230 Bayfield Parkway
Concord, NC
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It’s time for waltzing snowflakes, a battle between toy soldiers and mice, and to be amazed by the Sugarplum Fairy as Piedmont Dance Theatre presents its 14th annual production of The...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Kannapolis Performing Arts Center
415 E 1st St.
Kannapolis, NC  29803
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Telephone: 704-971-2011
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