A Clean Slate for the New School Year

Get started on the right foot to create lasting family habits


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As summer fades and displays of school supplies begin popping up in stores across the city, many parents ponder how they want the school year to unfold for their family. Whether it’s to maximize family time, help a child develop new study habits or foster more independence, we have expert tips on how to set and accomplish new goals.

 

The start of a new school year is an opportunity to reset routines and put practices in place that can become habits as the school year progresses. When thinking about the best ways to organize your family life for the upcoming school year, organization, routines, homework and balancing extracurricular activities are the most cited trouble spots. Take this time at the start of the school to design new routines to help you and your children achieve goals that fit within your family life. 

 

Organize First

Chief among parents concerns is helping children to be more organized. After diligently purchasing, preparing and packing school supplies, many parents are distraught to find that just a few weeks into the school year pencils are already missing, notebooks are disorganized and assignments that were due yesterday are somehow still stuffed in the bottom of their child’s backpack.

“Parents often express that they are tired of nagging and would like support with taking a step back while also ensuring that their child will independently engage in healthy habits,” says Lisa Podell, an executive functioning coach and founder of Better Sessions, a company that empowers people to work, learn and live better through one-on-one support. “Although offering daily reminders can provide an immediate solution, it may lead to a perpetual cycle where your child relies on that parental support for accomplishing daily tasks. I encourage parents to integrate the skills required to be successful at school, such as time management and planning, into their home routine so that kids are exercising these muscles on a daily basis.”

The ability to manage time in class or at home without being rushed, and thinking ahead to know what they need tomorrow or in their next class, can be a challenge for kids. Help foster these skills by practicing at home.

“Set deadlines for simple tasks like finishing dinner or getting ready for bed so your kids have an opportunity to practice time management,” Podell says. “Provide responsibilities that enable your child to practice breaking down tasks into smaller, more manageable steps, and have them mark important dates and events on their own calendar so they begin to see a picture of their week and month ahead.”

Children also need to recognize that organization is a habit that requires effort each day. Bea Moise, parenting coach and founder of the company A Child Like Mine, recommends parents create designated spaces for school items to land each day to help teach organization.

“When things pile up kids can become overwhelmed and shut down,” Moise says, “but by helping them organize their things each day, and by ensuring that everything has its place, you can help them stay on top of their things and be organized and prepared for school.” 

 

Evening Wind Down

In addition to helping children become more independent, many parents have a desire to re-work morning and evening routines that often are off track early in the school year. Want to have a better morning routine? First look at your evening routine, advises Moise.

“The most important routine for parents to establish at the beginning of the school year is an evening routine that includes effective preparation for the next morning,” she says. “A good evening routine is important because, not only does it allow for intentional time for connection between parent and child, it also helps set the tone for the next morning.”

As you craft your evening routine, think about everything that you and your child needs to do to get out the door in the morning, then prepare as much as possible in the evening. Pack backpacks and hang them by the door, lay out the next day’s clothes and consider doing some prep work for breakfast. And, of course, consider bedtime.

“The morning is not going to go smoothly if your child wakes up tired and cranky” Moise says. Prioritize an early bedtime to ensure morning success. 

 

The Morning Checklist

When it comes to morning routine, parents and children need to plan ahead. For kids, Podell recommends a wake-up time that realistically matches your child’s morning pace.

“Kids routinely underestimate how long each morning task will take. Consider timing how long each step takes before the start of the school year and then work backwards to establish a realistic and achievable wake-up time,” she says.

Save yourself time and foster independence by delegating a new task to your child. Start with what you know your child can do on his own like getting dressed or remembering to brush his teeth, then work toward a new goal.

Set up a homework space before school starts and have  your child do a quiet activity like drawing to help them prepare for sustained periods of time focusing at school.

“Select one task that you were in charge of last year and delegate that responsibility to the child for the new school year, such as setting the alarm the night before or packing lunch,” Podell says.

For kids that need a little more support, Moise recommends sitting down before the start of the school year and brainstorming a morning checklist.

“The checklist can include everything that needs to happen in the morning and, often, just having a visual list of these things helps the child move through their routine more independently,” she says.

Give yourself (and your children) a more relaxed start by getting up before they do.

“When you’re already awake and ready, your children are waking up to a structured environment rather than one in which everyone is trying to get ready at the same time,” Moise says.

 

After-School Attitude 

While evening routines set the tone for the next day, and morning routines set the tone for the day, afternoon routines are where many families find challenges. With after-school activities, multiple pickups, and hungry, tired kids, getting children to sit down and do their homework or study can be a real challenge. 

Whether you believe in the value of homework or wish your kids didn’t have to complete any work at home, the reality is that most families attend schools where homework is regularly assigned. When working to establish a homework routine that works for the whole family, think through your priorities before jumping in. 

While good grades are important, a child’s love of learning is what most parents ultimately want. With that in mind, work to create a routine that celebrates learning rather than one that encourages your kids to rush through homework with only their grades in mind.

“Parents should work hard not to bring their own stress to homework time,” Moise says, “Center homework time around positive things associated with acquiring new skills and information, and really work hard to celebrate their hard work and learning.”

Allow kids some downtime when they arrive home from school before asking them to jump into homework. Consider offering them a snack or some outdoor time before breaking out their bookbags. Also have a designated homework spot that’s free of distracting noise and clutter so that kids can focus as they complete their work.

When it comes time to sit down to do homework, have them make a list of what they need to complete and check it off as they finish. Doing this can help homework feel less overwhelming and help kids practice their time-management skills.

In order to help students stay organized, include homework station cleanup in their typical homework routine. Have kids pack their backpacks and place them where they’ll need to grab them on the way out the door in the morning, and tidy their homework spot so it’s clutter-free for their next afternoon. 

 

In the Zone

In addition to creating a good homework routine and a clean, organized homework area, recognize that focus is a skill that kids need practice to develop. Sustained focus can be difficult for kids when they are first transitioning back to school, Podell says. To help kids practice the sort of focus needed to sit down and get homework done, complete a project or prepare for a test, start by intentionally integrating focus practice into their lives before the start of the school year. Set up a homework space before school starts and have your child practice a quiet activity there for a few minutes each day.

“The activity doesn’t have to be school related, your child can increase their focus by simply sitting quietly and reading a comic book, putting together a puzzle or drawing” Podell says, “The key is to start in small increments so that by the time school begins, they are mentally and physically prepared to sit for sustained periods of time.”

 

Extracurriculars Matter

When parents are asked to describe the school year in one word, many choose busy. With work, homework, sports and extracurricular activities, many families find it difficult to come together, even for dinner, at all during the week. Avoid the sort of busyness that takes away from family life by considering how any new sport or activity may impact your family’s priorities, and consider how many activities are too many for your family.

“At a certain point, you have to say enough is enough and help your child prioritize their activities,” Moise says. When overscheduled, you may find everyone in the family is stressed and unable to enjoy the little moments. Reduce this stress by identifying how many activities or sports your family can reasonably handle, and be diligent about saying “no” or “next season” to any that cross that boundary. 

 

Settling In 

Good habits take time to establish. While it’s important to evaluate routines to make sure they’re working. Moise recommends giving new practices at least a few weeks before making any changes.

“It takes time to build routines and doing so can feel really hard at first,” she says. 

Another key thing to keep in mind among the busyness of the new school year: “Remember to really, really enjoy these moments. You can’t get the days back as your kids grow and these times are really special.”

 

Julia Pelly lives in east Charlotte with her husband and two young children. You can find more of her work at juliapelly.com. 

 

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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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The interactive and family-friendly pop-up will feature specialty Christmas cocktails, mocktails and food selections for children and adults. Jingle City will also include Santa’s...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Jingle City
300 E. Morehead St.
, NC
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Participants will trace, color and draw to improve fine motor skills.

Cost: $2

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Enjoy stories, crafts and activities at the park.

Cost: Free

Where:
McGee Park
219 Corban Ave.
Concord, NC
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Children will hear a themed story and make a related craft. This program includes swimming after the program. Parents must be in the water with their children at all times. Registration is required.

Cost: $5

Where:
Ray's Splash Planet
215 N. Sycamore St.
, NC
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Come to Hickory Grove Library for a free Healing Hands performance by a trio of Charlotte Symphony musicians.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Register online to come watch "The Grinch," rated PG.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Children will practice balance, roll and try an obstacle course. Creative play with stories, songs and play dough will follow.

Cost: $25

Where:
Watershed
2101 Shenandoah Ave.
, NC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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This class incorporates songs and movement and ends with a calming story. Please check schedule online for any updates or changes.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
Contact Name: Lutricia Williams

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See thousands of Christmas lights sparkle across every fishy friend! Watch Scuba Claus dive shows Saturdays and Sundays, December 7-22. Saturday shows are 11:15am and 2:30pm. Sunday shows are...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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SEA LIFE is lit up with Holiday Spirit this December! Wander through each zone of the aquarium to experience thousands of Christmas lights as they sparkle across every fishy friend! We will be...

Cost: See website for pricing.

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Boulevard
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Telephone: 704-699-8274
Contact Name: Isabel Miller
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Come play in the open gym. All students younger than 3 must have an adult present at all times. Some Mondays are closed due to holidays, so please call to verify playtime.

Cost: $5, cash only

Where:
Carolina Stars
1080 Maxwell Mill Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-548-3441
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La Leche League meetings help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, practical information and education. Babies and children are welcome too!

Cost: Free

Where:
Morningstar Lutheran Church
12509 Idlewild Road
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: La Leche League of North Carolina
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Visit a Lancaster County librarian at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster for story time. Regular admission is applied for children who want to stay to play following the event.

Cost: Free story time

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Play basketball in a structured environment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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This parent-supervised indoor playtime lets kids go wild on colorful, clean, padded equipment.

Cost: $10

Where:
Romp n' Roll Northwest Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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Come bring cats and dogs to take pictures with Santa!

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
Carolina Place Mall
11025 Carolina Pl. Pkwy.
, NC
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Celebrate the Savior’s birth with family and friends over Christmas dinner. This traditional holiday meal features turkey and carved ham with sides and desserts. Seatings at 5 and 7 pm....

Cost: $9.95-$22.95, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Lower stress and anxiety with yoga. Focus on breathing and poses that are fun.

Cost: $15

Where:
Charlotte Family Yoga
8230 Poplar Tent
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Family Yoga
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Sponsor: City of Belmont
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Receive assistance with literacy in fun and interactive ways. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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GiGiFIT Kids makes exercise fun and empowers individuals with Down syndrome to be more independent and confident in their abilities. GiGiFIT is an application based program and requires a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gigi's Playhouse Charlotte
9109 Kings Parade Blvd.
, NC
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Wear your pjs on the second Monday of each month for a family story time that is perfect for bedtime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6200
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Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities in your pajamas!

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Participants of all ages will learn proper Jazz dance technique. No previous dance experience required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-414-2774
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers hear stories and sing songs without a parent or caregiver present in order to foster independence and growth.

Cost: Free

Where:
North County Regional Library
16500 Holly Crest Lane
Huntersville, NC
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Girls are invited to think like engineers, design robots, learn to code, develop apps and more. Register to participate in workshops with changing STEM topics. Sessions from 4-4:45 p.m. and...

Cost: $15, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Come watch "The Polar Express" with hot chocolate.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanley Branch Library
205 N. Peterson St.
Stanley, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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Bring your cameras, and come enjoy a story time and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Robert Earl Keen and his band will pay homage to the space race and all things celestial in an out-of-this-world evening of family...

Cost: $33+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
Contact Name: Lutricia Williams

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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Come paint pottery with your toddler for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
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SEA LIFE is lit up with Holiday Spirit this December! Wander through each zone of the aquarium to experience thousands of Christmas lights as they sparkle across every fishy friend! We will be...

Cost: See website for pricing.

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Boulevard
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Telephone: 704-699-8274
Contact Name: Isabel Miller
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Classes involve a story, craft, exploration stations and time with two animal ambassadors. Topics include: Life on the Farm in Sept., Halloween and Pumpkins in Oct., Thanksgiving in Nov.,...

Cost: $7 per child, first adult free, $10 per additional adult

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Spend time with your child learning about God and having fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
8335 Browne Road
, NC
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Sponsor: The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
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Sessions are structured and include a fairy host, tea party with light snack, dress-up clothes, craft, face painting or light makeup, and story time.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiaras and Tales
921 Crossroads Plaza
Fort Mill, SC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

See thousands of Christmas lights sparkle across every fishy friend! Watch Scuba Claus dive shows Saturdays and Sundays, December 7-22. Saturday shows are 11:15am and 2:30pm. Sunday shows are...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Website »

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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Each class brings a new theme while making arts and crafts. Registration required.

Cost: $6

Where:
Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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This class combines yoga and play for moms and babies through  poses, songs and calming time.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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This workshop is open to all ages. No previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Recreation Site
500 Bilmark Ave.
, NC
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Victory Bounce sessions at BounceU of Matthews occur every second Tuesday of the month. Every Victory Bounce session has free admission, which also includes siblings.

Cost: Free

Where:
BounceU of Matthews
9129 Monroe Rd Ste 145-150
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Victory Bounce sessions at BounceU of Charlotte occur every second Tuesday of the month. Every Victory Bounce session has free admission, which also includes siblings.

Cost: Free

Where:
BounceU of Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
Suite 300
, NC
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Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on the heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic...

Cost: $25

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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This parent-supervised indoor playtime lets kids go wild on colorful, clean, padded equipment.

Cost: $10

Where:
Romp n' Roll Northwest Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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JazzArts Charlotte will present WeBop, an award-winning early-childhood jazz education program. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church
6740 Albemarle Road
, NC
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Sponsor: JazzArts Charlotte
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Get free entry to The Schiele Museum every second Tuesday of the month from 4-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Duke Energy
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Celebrate the Savior’s birth with family and friends over Christmas dinner. This traditional holiday meal features turkey and carved ham with sides and desserts. Seatings at 5 and 7 pm....

Cost: $9.95-$22.95, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Come for information, support and conversation with other breastfeeding families every second Tuesday of the month. Children and support people are welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grier Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Sponsor: La Leche League of Grier Heights
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Sponsor: City of Belmont
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Receive assistance with literacy in fun and interactive ways. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment. The class is open to all ages and no previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Belle Johnston Community Center
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Come enjoy a safe place to walk or run on your own or with family and friends. The lights are left on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 North Idlewild Road
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Theatre Charlotte's holiday tradition is back for its 13th season. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child ages 3-12 will cost $5.

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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This Uptown holiday event is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured programming,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Crack the case in a fun escape room experience.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
Contact Name: Lutricia Williams

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SEA LIFE is lit up with Holiday Spirit this December! Wander through each zone of the aquarium to experience thousands of Christmas lights as they sparkle across every fishy friend! We will be...

Cost: See website for pricing.

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Boulevard
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Telephone: 704-699-8274
Contact Name: Isabel Miller
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Explore computer science education with Girls Who Code. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Teens will explore chemistry as seen in cooking, one of the oldest and most widespread uses of applied chemistry.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Discover the world of science through books,  activities, and experiments. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Live at the Mint celebrates Charlotte’s dynamic arts community. Enjoy the inventive sound of Latin fusion band Chócala.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Britax will offer free Car Seat 101 Sessions for expecting parents at its Americas Headquarters in Fort Mill. Session will feature Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians working...

Cost: Free

Where:
Britax Child Safety, Inc.
4140 Pleasant Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: Britax Child Safety
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Participants will mix, measure and produce an all-natural beauty product from the historical recipes from African American culture.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grier Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Artisan Preparatory
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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Certified technicians will check and help families install car seats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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See thousands of Christmas lights sparkle across every fishy friend! Watch Scuba Claus dive shows Saturdays and Sundays, December 7-22. Saturday shows are 11:15am and 2:30pm. Sunday shows are...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Parents and caregivers are invited to Stroller Tours, a series of docent-led museum tours that rotate between all three Levine Center for the Arts institutions, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown 
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Homeschool students receive discounted admission at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster.

Cost: $8

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Come play all arcade games for half the price all day on Wednesday.

Cost: Price per game varies

Where:
Bowlero
210 E. Trade St.
, NC
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Exercise your artistic abilities, no matter your skill level, while being led by a professional artist to create a beautiful canvas to take home as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas....

Cost: $25

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Learn the movement of the pieces and basic chess strategy.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Increase your strength, endurance and agility for sports.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Visit Waverly for some mid-week cheer. Start a new holiday tradition that includes a night full of entertainment, including music, shopping, sweet treats and of course, a visit from Santa!

Cost: Free

Where:
Waverly Charlotte
, NC


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Celebrate the Savior’s birth with family and friends over Christmas dinner. This traditional holiday meal features turkey and carved ham with sides and desserts. Seatings at 5 and 7 pm....

Cost: $9.95-$22.95, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Kids will build with Legos while utilizing their imaginations.

Cost: $10

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Sponsor: City of Belmont
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Practice fire safety and fire building techniques while enjoying hot cocoa. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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This teaches scratching, blending and creating beats. The program also teach the business side of entrepreneurship.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Website »

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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Website »

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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned for eternity. Marley accepts his one chance to escape his own chains; he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

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


Website »

More information

Theatre Charlotte's holiday tradition is back for its 13th season. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and...

Cost: $28

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


Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-245-6446
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

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


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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Come for a story and fun in the kitchen! This week features, "The Bears' Christmas"

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
David W. Phillips Activity Center
946 Burrage Road
Concord, NC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
Contact Name: Lutricia Williams

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Engage your child with stories, songs and activities in English and Spanish.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Engage your child with stories, songs and activities in English and Spanish.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Bring your cameras, and come enjoy a story time and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Join TCPD for treats, a Santa sighting and a guided light tour through Tega Cay.

Cost: Free

Where:
Glennon Center At Tega Cay Golf Club
15083 Molokai Drive
Tega Cay, SC
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Join residents as they pull the yule log through town to Legacy Park where it will be ignited. The evening continues with caroling and a visit from Santa. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Pharr Yarns Main Office
100 Main St.
McAdenville, NC
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Enjoy books, songs, movement, sensory experiences and playtime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library Rock Hill
138 E. Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Meet other fans of anime, manga and Japanese culture. Snacks provided.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivity and their families are invited to a special holiday evening at Discovery Place Kids. Enjoy a low-sensory experience with Santa and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Discovery Place Kids Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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SEA LIFE is lit up with Holiday Spirit this December! Wander through each zone of the aquarium to experience thousands of Christmas lights as they sparkle across every fishy friend! We will be...

Cost: See website for pricing.

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Boulevard
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Telephone: 704-699-8274
Contact Name: Isabel Miller
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Grab your golden ticket, and bring the pure imagination of Willy Wonka to life with games, crafts and lots of holiday fun! Feel free to wear a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory costume.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kannapolis Library
850 Mountain St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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The 12th Annual Community Nativity Festival is a family-friendly event for people of all ages. View more than 400 nativity sets from around the world, and enjoy performances by local choirs...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
7036 McIlwaine Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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See thousands of Christmas lights sparkle across every fishy friend! Watch Scuba Claus dive shows Saturdays and Sundays, December 7-22. Saturday shows are 11:15am and 2:30pm. Sunday shows are...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Combine outdoor adventure and art on the second Thursday of the month. Registration is required.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
David Phillips Activity Center
946 Burrage Road
Concord, NC
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Watch a King Vulture play on a playground in the Vulture Culture exhibit.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Play basketball in a structured environment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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SoL offers children opportunities to explore nature and to create while learning Spanish. There is no class on Nov. 28.

Cost: $25

Where:
Watershed
2101 Shenandoah Ave.
, NC
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Celebrate the Savior’s birth with family and friends over Christmas dinner. This traditional holiday meal features turkey and carved ham with sides and desserts. Seatings at 5 and 7 pm....

Cost: $9.95-$22.95, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Sponsor: City of Belmont
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Swing, stomp and sing with your little ones in this interactive introduction to jazz for preschoolers and caregivers. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church
9401 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: JazzArts Charlotte
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Wind down after a busy day with bedtime stories and soothing songs. Come in your jammies, and bring your favorite stuffed animal.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kannapolis Library
850 Mountain St.
Kannapolis, NC
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Come enjoy a safe place to walk or run on your own or with family and friends. The lights are left on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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See the dazzling light shows at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and enjoy visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painters, balloon artists, and hot chocolate.

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Place
6800 Phillips Place Ct.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned for eternity. Marley accepts his one chance to escape his own chains; he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Theatre Charlotte's holiday tradition is back for its 13th season. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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This Uptown holiday event is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured programming,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Actors, singers, dancers and musicians bring Christmas music and characters to life. Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, and sing along to Christmas music. End the evening with musical...

Cost: $10

Where:
Church 180
2685 Celanese Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-417-4220
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Experience the wonder and joy of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s "Nutcracker." Clara’s classic tale comes to life with the treasured music of Tchaikovsky performed live by...

Cost: $25-$112

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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The interactive and family-friendly pop-up will feature specialty Christmas cocktails, mocktails and food selections for children and adults. Jingle City will also include Santa’s...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Jingle City
300 E. Morehead St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
Contact Name: Lutricia Williams

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In this magical workshop, little artists will bring to life one of Disney’s most beloved characters from the Frozen series – Olaf! Kids will create a 3D sculpture that embodies all of Olaf’s...

Cost: $45 / child, 10% sibling discount

Where:
Small Hands Big Art
8025 Ardrey Kell Rd.
Suite 103
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Sponsor: Small Hands Big Art
Telephone: 704-246-8271
Contact Name: Jennifer Bryant
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  Baby Café is a free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get support from our certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) and to share experiences with other moms. A lactation...

Cost: Free

Where:
OKRA
1912 Commonwealth Ave
Charlotte, NC  28205
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Sponsor: Novant Health Baby Cafe
Telephone: 704-384-7510
Contact Name: Bardeen Forman
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Homeschooling families are invited to bring history to life through hands-on activities.

Cost: $6 per student, adults free

Where:
Fort Dobbs
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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SEA LIFE is lit up with Holiday Spirit this December! Wander through each zone of the aquarium to experience thousands of Christmas lights as they sparkle across every fishy friend! We will be...

Cost: See website for pricing.

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Boulevard
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Telephone: 704-699-8274
Contact Name: Isabel Miller
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Enjoy stories, songs, crafts and snacks.

Cost: $5

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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With some of the darkest skies in the greater Triangle & Triad area, the Animal Park at the Conservators Center offers superb viewing conditions for astronomical events and phenomena. On December...

Cost: $8-$30

Where:
Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
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Sponsor: Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Taylor Sharp
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Stop by for a free car seat safety check from a Certified Passenger Safety Technician. It helps to have children present for the seat check, if possible. No appointment necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Flint Hill Fire Dept. Station 1
1950 Hwy 21 Bypass
Fort Mill, SC
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Meet with a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) who will teach you the correct way to install your child's seat, provide safety recommendations and answer questions....

Cost: Free

Where:
Flint Hill Fire Dept. Station 1
1950 Hwy. 21 Bypass
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: Britax Child Safety
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Come to MyGym in Ballantyne for cookies and cocoa with Santa! Sessions are 3:30-5pm and 5:30-7pm.

Cost: $15

Where:
MyGym Ballantyne
9852 Rea Road
Suite A2
, NC
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Reserve your time-slot and enjoy games, activities and treats before and after your photo with Santa! Bring your own camera.

Cost: $25

Where:
Romp n' Roll NW Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Drop kids off for a pizza dinner and action-packed adventures. This month, kids play laser tag! Register online.

Cost: $35-$40

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
104 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Bring the kids to enjoy hot chocolate with Santa. Guests can also assemble a gift basket for the coffee lover on your list.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
York Coffee Roastery
132 Blackburn St.
York, SC
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Celebrate the holiday season with this special themed tour. Ghost stories were once part of many historical Christmas traditions. Hear ghost stories along with tales of Christmas traditions while...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Historic Rosedale
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Explore many different techniques and materials including paint, clay, print making, drawing, building and sculpting. There will be no class on Nov. 29.

Cost: $25

Where:
Watershed
2101 Shenandoah Ave.
, NC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sessions are structured and include a fairy host, tea party with light snack, dress-up clothes, craft, face painting or light makeup, and story time.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiaras and Tales
921 Crossroads Plaza
Fort Mill, SC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Young children can jump with other little ones. Parents and caregivers jump free! W8less socks required.

Cost: $10 per hour

Where:
W8Less LKN
10442-A Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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The 12th Annual Community Nativity Festival is a family-friendly event for people of all ages. View more than 400 nativity sets from around the world, and enjoy performances by local choirs...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
7036 McIlwaine Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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See thousands of Christmas lights sparkle across every fishy friend! Watch Scuba Claus dive shows Saturdays and Sundays, December 7-22. Saturday shows are 11:15am and 2:30pm. Sunday shows are...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Visit a Lancaster County librarian at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster for movement and yoga through stories. Regular admission is applied for children who want to stay to play following the...

Cost: Free story time

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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Enjoy a fantastic Friday in this afterschool program.

Cost: $7

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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The Polar Express Train Ride, inspired by the run-away hit movie, features a train ride to the North Pole with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate and a presentation of the first gift of...

Cost: $32-$325

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Musem
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Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays. Ride a nighttime train. Advanced tickets are required.

Cost: $38-$44 for adults, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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Celebrate the Savior’s birth with family and friends over Christmas dinner. This traditional holiday meal features turkey and carved ham with sides and desserts. Seatings at 5 and 7 pm....

Cost: $9.95-$22.95, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Experience music, Santa visits, Christmas Tree Lane, wagon rides, life size snow globe, Holiday Light Spectacular and more. Wagon rides begin at the Christian Mission on Broad Street.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mooresville
Broad and Main Streets
Mooresville, NC
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Sponsor: City of Belmont
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Experience Christmas by Candlelight at Historic Latta Plantation! Take holiday themed tours throughout the historic house followed by hot cider and cookies by the fireside. Purchase tickets online...

Cost: $25

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Treat the kids and yourself to a fun night out! Drop kids off to run, play and dance. Pizza dinner is included.

Cost: $25

Where:
Romp n' Roll NW Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned for eternity. Marley accepts his one chance to escape his own chains; he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Ring in the holiday season with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular show of all time. This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theatre
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Theatre Charlotte's holiday tradition is back for its 13th season. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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George Bailey's guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, and shows Bailey how his town, family and friends would have turned out if he had never been born. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $14-$16

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Carowinds is transformed into a winter wonderland with spectacular holiday experiences. Fri., 5-10pm; Sat., 2-10pm; Sun., 4-10pm.

Cost: $48+, children ages 5 and younger free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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This Uptown holiday event is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured programming,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world” and the Bradley family who struggle to save...

Cost: TBA

Where:
, NC


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Actors, singers, dancers and musicians bring Christmas music and characters to life. Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, and sing along to Christmas music. End the evening with musical...

Cost: $10

Where:
Church 180
2685 Celanese Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-417-4220
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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The Huntersville Holiday 5K will be held on Friday night at 7pm. The Huntersville Half Marathon will begin Saturday morning at 8am.

Cost: $25-$140

Where:
16620 Cranlyn Road
Huntersville, NC
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Experience the wonder and joy of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s "Nutcracker." Clara’s classic tale comes to life with the treasured music of Tchaikovsky performed live by...

Cost: $25-$112

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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The interactive and family-friendly pop-up will feature specialty Christmas cocktails, mocktails and food selections for children and adults. Jingle City will also include Santa’s...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Jingle City
300 E. Morehead St.
, NC
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Find that Christmas spirit, and register for the Santa Hustle at Stowe Park. Kids' dash begins at 7:30 a.m. The half marathon begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K begins at 8:15 a.m.

Cost: $10-$60

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Come enjoy breakfast at the North Pole with Santa! The first session is from 8:30-9:30am, and the second session is from 10-11am. Preregister for event.

Cost: $5

Where:
Indian Trail Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Jingle all the way to a cure at the The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run.

Cost: $30+

Where:
St. Matthew Catholic Church
8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Sponsor: Arthritis Foundation
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Kids celebrate the birth of Jesus with a painting activity, cookies, milk and a story! RSVP by emailing nicolas@pumcfortmill.org.

Cost: Free

Where:
Philadelphia Church
1691 Hwy. 160 West
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: Philadelphia UMC
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From the slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the savannahs of the Coastal Plain, North Carolina is home to a large diversity of habitats. Join us at Discovery Place Nature as we get hands-on with...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Rd.
Charlotte, NC  28209
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Sponsor: Discovery Place Nature

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Meet at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve to walk your pup and meet other dog owners.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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This living history will give visitors a glimpse of what daily life was like for the garrison of Fort Dobbs. On-going displays of camp life and historic cooking will be offered, as well as musket...

Cost: Free, $2 donation suggested

Where:
Fort Dobbs
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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Learn about Christmas in different countries, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas and more.

Cost: $8

Where:
The Bridge at Arts+
4100 Raleigh St.
, NC
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Kick off your SAT prep with a free practice SAT exam. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Walk through the woods, then enjoy hot chocolate while crafting as a family.

Cost: $6

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Ceramic teaching artists will walk participants through a clay project from start to finish. Call 980-314-1115 to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuskaseegee Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Clayworks
Telephone: 980-314-1115
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Clayworks will lead participants in a hands-on clay workshop.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Sponsor: ASC Culture Blocks
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Kids and parents can come create functional, seasonal clay projects.

Cost: $10

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Visit participating businesses along Union Street collecting edible decorations to create a gingerbread house to take home. Reservations strongly suggested.

Cost: $10 per child

Where:
Downtown Concord
Union Street
Concord, NC
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Shop more than 30 local vendors while listening to live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Ballantyne Village
14825 Ballantyne Village Way
, NC
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Gather the whole family for Charlotte Symphony's "Magic of Christmas" and Carolina Voices's "The Singing Christmas Tree." This celebration is complete with...

Cost: $19+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Symphony
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Engage your child with stories, songs and activities in English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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A prize will be given to the best Santa Claus look-a-like. After the trail race, grab your canine companion and hit the trails for the We Believe Santa 5K Dog Jog.

Cost: $30-$37

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Shop more than 30 local vendors, and hear live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Ballantyne Village
14825 Ballantyne Village Way
, NC
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Participate in a variety of experiments, engineering projects or math puzzles. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
Contact Name: Lutricia Williams

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The Santa 5K Trail Race is the place for every wannabe St. Nick to come out for a little pre-holiday fun. This mid-December 5k offers a brisk trot through the USNWC trail system. Be sure to bring...

Cost: $30 - $37

Where:
US National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: US National Whitewater Center
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Race Director
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What do you want for Christmas? Join us on December 14th and get your family Santa photo before or after your tour of the Animal Park! Visit our residents and then visit jolly old St. Nick (and...

Cost: Variable

Where:
Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
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Sponsor: Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Taylor Sharp
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SEA LIFE is lit up with Holiday Spirit this December! Wander through each zone of the aquarium to experience thousands of Christmas lights as they sparkle across every fishy friend! We will be...

Cost: See website for pricing.

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Boulevard
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Telephone: 704-699-8274
Contact Name: Isabel Miller
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Cultural Blocks will help provide this photography, videography and journalism program for teens.

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Glen Outreach Center
1520 Clanton Road
, NC
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Performers use a combination of bilingual stories (Spanish/English), music, musical instruments, toys, puppets and games to interact with the audience.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Bring your family to create festive arts and crafts. Materials and treats will be provided. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Bridge at Arts+
4100 Raleigh St.
, NC
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Work together with your child(ren) to create a one-of-a-kind ceramic gingerbread house! This collaborative workshop is for adults + children ages 5+. These gingerbread houses will become a...

Cost: $50 / house

Where:
Small Hands Big Art
8025 Ardrey Kell Rd.
Suite 103
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Sponsor: Small Hands Big Art
Telephone: 704-246-8271
Contact Name: Jennifer Bryant
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Come weave a festive basket! All skill levels are welcome.

Cost: $25

Where:
James K. Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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These two-hour workshop experiences will be intended for families and appropriate for all ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Come out for face painters, trackless train, bounce house, carriage rides, goodie bags for kids, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Cost: Free

Where:
Strawberry Hill
Providence Road and Sardis Road
, NC
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Come enjoy treats at the museum with Mrs. Claus!

Cost: $15 per parent and child

Where:
Museum of the Waxhaws
8215 Waxhaw Hwy.
Waxhaw, NC
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Each workshop features a different art project accompanied by live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Sponsor: ASC Culture Blocks
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Explore stories and build structures using several different materials.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Create a one-of-a-kind gift for loved ones this holiday season, and learn how to tell your own family's story. Kids ages  5 to 12 invited to join The Charlotte Museum of History and The...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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The garden will have 52 decorated garden beds, hundreds of luminaries, live music, food trucks, hot cider and cookies. Topping off the evening is a visit by Santa!

Cost: Free

Where:
Mount Holly Community Garden
126 N. Main St.
Mount Holly, NC
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Visit Lowell for the annual Christmas Parade, which will begin at 4 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony following at 5 p.m. Food trucks and Santa will be at the tree lighting.

Cost: Free

Where:
First Baptist Church
400 W. 1st St.
Lowell, NC
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The 23rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade is a lake-wide event that is open to the public. Concessions begin at 5pm, and Santa arrives via fireboat at 6pm with the parade to follow.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Peninsula Yacht Club
18501 Harbor Light Blvd.
Cornelius, NC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Luminaries will light the streets of MillBridge, leading visitors through a covered bridge to a lit Christmas tree. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate and s’mores, and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
MillBridge
1401 Millbridge Pkwy.
Waxhaw, NC  28173
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Thousands attend this event each year, so make sure to get your spot early!

Cost: Free

Where:
Main St. and Dale Earnhardt Blvd.
Kannapolis, NC


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Watch this evening parade with a Grinch theme!

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street
Lancaster, SC
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This annual holiday event will feature music from the 17th and 18th centuries, seasonal readings, and  carols. Musicians appear in period attire. Performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $8-$16

Where:
St. Mary's Chapel
1129 East 3rd St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-333-1235
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Hear holiday music performed by the Charlotte Concert Band. Selections will include "Polar Express," "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and more.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Myers Park High School Auditorium
2400 Colony Road
, NC
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Celebrate the holidays with a home track round up. Come and create your own NASCAR holiday treasures, from a helmet to a trophy.

Cost: $18-$25, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


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Come get your dog's picture made with Santa for free with a donation to CBHBB Rescue.

Cost: Free with donation

Where:
Lucky Dog Bark and Brew
2220 Thrift Road
, NC
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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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With some of the darkest skies in the greater Triangle & Triad area, the Animal Park at the Conservators Center offers superb viewing conditions for astronomical events and phenomena. On December...

Cost: $8-$30

Where:
Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
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Sponsor: Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Taylor Sharp
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy., Pineville
7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte
, NC
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Bring your camera and take your picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Come enjoy breakfast, a performance in the theater and make a take-home holiday craft. Sessions at 9am and 10:45am.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 E. W. McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-321-7275
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Come create functional, seasonal clay projects! September's theme is "back to school." In October, make spooky face pots, and in November, make turkey bowls. Create clay...

Cost: $10

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Repticon Charlotte features vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise, as well as live animal seminars and free raffles for coveted prizes. See website for times and...

Cost: $5-$10, free for children younger than 5

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 Highway 49 N.
Concord, NC  28025
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Sponsor: Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Expos
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This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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The 12th Annual Community Nativity Festival is a family-friendly event for people of all ages. View more than 400 nativity sets from around the world, and enjoy performances by local choirs...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
7036 McIlwaine Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Teddy Bear Tea will include lunch and festive activities for families. Proceeds from this event will benefit Hospitality House of Charlotte. Seatings are 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Children...

Cost: $28-$60, children younger than 2 free

Where:
The Westin Charlotte
601 S. College St.
, NC
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See thousands of Christmas lights sparkle across every fishy friend! Watch Scuba Claus dive shows Saturdays and Sundays, December 7-22. Saturday shows are 11:15am and 2:30pm. Sunday shows are...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Come shop the day away! General Admission includes a Girl Tribe tote bag and a La Croix beverage.

Cost: $5-$10, children younger than 12 free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainer's choice.  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Explore the expressive, active and creative benefits of dance.

Cost: $10

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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Our engaging team of raptor keepers will show you some of their favorite bird species. Check in the Visitor’s Center whiteboard to see who you can meet each day.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library presents monthly story times at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. every second Saturday of the month.

Cost: Free

Where:
Northlake Mall Live 360° Games Court
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Northlake Mall
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Celebrate the holiday season with traditions from the 18th and 19th centuries at Historic Brattonsville. Hear fiddle music, and dance alongside historically-dressed interpreters. Try candle...

Cost: $10

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC
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Celebrate the season at Promenade on Providence the first three Saturdays of December. Dec. 7: Santa and Carriage Rides Dec. 14: Cookies and Crafts with Mrs. Claus on the Green Dec. 21:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Promenade on Providence
10844 Providence Road
, NC
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A professional artist will guide and assist with the art that is perfect for Santa's milk and cookies. Pieces are fired in the kiln and ready for pick up within a week.

Cost: $20-$24

Where:
Ballantyne Arts Center
11318 North Community House Road
, NC
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The Polar Express Train Ride, inspired by the run-away hit movie, features a train ride to the North Pole with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate and a presentation of the first gift of...

Cost: $32-$325

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Musem
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Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays. Ride a nighttime train. Advanced tickets are required.

Cost: $38-$44 for adults, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Celebrate the Savior’s birth with family and friends over Christmas dinner. This traditional holiday meal features turkey and carved ham with sides and desserts. Seatings at 5 and 7 pm....

Cost: $9.95-$22.95, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Experience Christmas by Candlelight at Historic Latta Plantation! Take holiday themed tours throughout the historic house followed by hot cider and cookies by the fireside. Purchase tickets online...

Cost: $25

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned for eternity. Marley accepts his one chance to escape his own chains; he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Ring in the holiday season with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular show of all time. This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theatre
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Theatre Charlotte's holiday tradition is back for its 13th season. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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George Bailey's guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, and shows Bailey how his town, family and friends would have turned out if he had never been born. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $14-$16

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Carowinds is transformed into a winter wonderland with spectacular holiday experiences. Fri., 5-10pm; Sat., 2-10pm; Sun., 4-10pm.

Cost: $48+, children ages 5 and younger free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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Wander through each zone of the aquarium to experience thousands of Christmas lights. Dec. 8: Pass Member Preview Event Dec. 14: Scuba Claus Dive Show at 11:15am and 2:30pm Dec. 15: Scuba...

Cost: $13-$22, children 2 and younger free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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This Uptown holiday event is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured programming,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Enjoy a family friendly performance of this holiday favorite presented by the Harris Dance Company. See website for performance schedule.

Cost: $15

Where:
Charlotte Latin School
9502 Providence Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Harris YMCA
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world” and the Bradley family who struggle to save...

Cost: TBA

Where:
, NC


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Actors, singers, dancers and musicians bring Christmas music and characters to life. Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, and sing along to Christmas music. End the evening with musical...

Cost: $10

Where:
Church 180
2685 Celanese Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-417-4220
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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The Huntersville Holiday 5K will be held on Friday night at 7pm. The Huntersville Half Marathon will begin Saturday morning at 8am.

Cost: $25-$140

Where:
16620 Cranlyn Road
Huntersville, NC
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JStage presents the musical Annie with eight performances suitable for the whole family.  The Saturday, Dec. 14 show at 2 p.m. will be sensory friendly and ALS friendly.

Cost: $15

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Gorelick Hall
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Experience the wonder and joy of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s "Nutcracker." Clara’s classic tale comes to life with the treasured music of Tchaikovsky performed live by...

Cost: $25-$112

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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The interactive and family-friendly pop-up will feature specialty Christmas cocktails, mocktails and food selections for children and adults. Jingle City will also include Santa’s...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Jingle City
300 E. Morehead St.
, NC
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