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December 2019

Each child will have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus in an atmosphere that is calming and quiet with no loud music or flashing lights. Plus with pre-scheduled Santa times, there is little to no...

Cost: $15 per family

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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Bring a camera to strike a special pose with St. Nick. Enjoy a delicious meal during the visit.

Cost: $25

Where:
American Girl Store
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Drop-by the nature center for free, family-friendly winter activities! Each day will feature either a hike, game, craft or scavenger hunt. Dec. 15, 1-5pm; Dec. 21, 9am-5pm; Dec. 30, 9am-5pm;...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Learn about local wildlife, and prepare treats for them. Parent participation is required.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Come get Jolly with the Lollies! Jolly Lollies will perform from 4:30 to 5pm, followed by a Santa visit with face painting, crafts and balloon art until 6pm. Jolly Lollies will play more holiday...

Cost: $8-$30

Where:
Suffolk Punch
2911 Griffith St.
, NC
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Dreidels and menorahs abound! And of course, so do potato latkes and jelly donuts, Flour Power style! Bring the whole family to enjoy a great afternoon of cooking and memory making.

Cost: $50 per one adult and one child

Where:
Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios Rea Farms
9826 Sandy Rock Pl.
Suite E
, NC
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Preschool families can celebrate Chanukah by playing Chanukah Bingo, Dreidel, Pin-the-Candle on the Menorah and more.

Cost: $5-$8, children 2 and younger free

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence 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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Register to play Chanukah Bingo, Dreidel, Pin-the-Candle on the Menorah and more.  Enjoy a pasta dinner and donuts.

Cost: $5-$8, children 2 and younger free

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Come for cookies, cocoa, ornament crafting, Christmas karaoke and Santa's reading of "'Twas the Night before Christmas."

Cost: $15

Where:
Z Bakery and Cafe
124 Confederate St.
Fort Mill, SC
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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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Sponsor: OneBlood
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Classes for adaptive learning and sensory needs meet at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sun Valley High School
5211 Old Charlotte Hwy.
Monroe, NC
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Sponsor: Church of the Redeemer
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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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Experience age-level appropriate Sunday school classes at 9:30 and 11 a.m. that connect families with larger church programs and ministries while creating a welcoming environment for all families.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, 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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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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Kids can get a photo with Santa while parents enjoy beers, mimosas and the new brunch menu.

Cost: Cost for food and drinks

Where:
Middle James Brewing Company
400 N. Polk St.
Pineville, NC
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Shop local and regional small businesses before the holidays.

Cost: Free

Where:
1100 Metropolitan Ave.
, 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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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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A professional instructor will lead families in an engaging cooking experience. End class by enjoying a family activity and the food you created.

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms 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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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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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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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Visitors may drive through the lights every night until January 5, excluding Christmas Day. From Thursday to Sunday from December 12 to 29, visitors can...

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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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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Shoppers are invited to bring their fluffy family members for a photo with Santa in Center Court. Guests should refrain from bringing reptiles or exotic animals.

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon 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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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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Families with special needs can enjoy lessons and activities tailored for persons with disabilities. Children class at 9:30 and 11am. Teen class at 9:30 and 11am. Young adult class at 9:30am.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: MUMC
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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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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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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


Telephone: 803-326-7428
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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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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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Come for a holiday party complete with snacks, crafts and a movie. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Arts Center
19725 Oak St.
Cornelius, NC
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Discover nature through stories and activities related to the topic of the week.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Bring your child to join seniors and children from local daycares to come together to form relationships.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Chestnut, the elf, has been up to mischief. Follow his trail back to the North Pole!

Cost: $10

Where:
Chestnut Square Park
299 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail, NC
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Uncover the mysteries of nature through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic of the week.

Cost: $6

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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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 discuss "Front Desk." New members welcome. Snacks will be served.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Learn about holiday books, conduct a Grinch-themed physics experiment, and enjoy holiday music and treats. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities in your pajamas!

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave.
, 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
View map »


Website »

More information

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


Website »

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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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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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Anne Springs Close Greenway every first and third Monday for community preschool programs. Preschoolers will complete nature themed literature activities, crafts and hikes while using their...

Cost: $2 per child, $5 parking fee

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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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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Shop local and regional small businesses before the holidays.

Cost: Free

Where:
1100 Metropolitan Ave.
, 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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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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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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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 for monthly music classes for young children with Down Syndrome, sponsored by Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte.

Cost: Free

Where:
Piedmont Music Therapy
220 Westinghouse Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte
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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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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. Visitors may drive through the lights every night until January 5, excluding Christmas Day. From Thursday to Sunday from December 12 to 29, visitors can...

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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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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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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This exhibition spotlights 50 original works by Maurice Sendak, who is most widely recognized for "Where the Wild Things Are." The exhibition will be on display at the Main Branch of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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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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Glaze a functional, seasonal, bisque fired ceramic piece that is microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

Cost: $10

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Attend this special story time with stories, songs, a take-home craft and a special gift for each preschooler and adult!

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Help your child create masterpieces with project stations chock full of seasonal color and stimulating materials. One adult can accompany up to three children but a one-to-one ratio is suggested.

Cost: $35

Where:
Small Hands Big Art
8025 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 103
, NC
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Sponsor: Small Hands Big Art
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Teens are invited to this hands-on clay workshop.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Learn how to read a cookbook and follow a recipe to become a successful cook! Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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Come for a story time with crafts. Stick around to sit with Santa Claus for pictures and a present to take home.

Cost: Free

Where:
Del Webb Library
7641 Charlotte Hwy.
Indian Land, SC
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Enjoy fun holiday games, snacks and prizes. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fort Mill Public Library
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, SC
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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 share work, exchange ideas  and meet fellow creators.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Come get a photo with Santa, and enjoy the hot chocolate bar.

Cost: Free

Where:
Ben and Jerry's
202 S. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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See the story brought to life on screen! This movie is rated PG.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Kids will select a 16-inch polar bear or penguin to stuff. Give it a heart, and go home with a birth certificate. Children are welcome to play from 5:30-6pm or after 7:30. Stuffing fun begins at...

Cost: $20

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Enjoy stories coupled with fun and easy yoga poses.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC
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Come learn about tea, and paint with it. Light snacks will be provided. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Santa has dropped candy canes in Dorton Park, and kids can bring a flashlight to find them. The hunt begins at 6:30pm and will be divided into two age groups: 5 and younger and 6-12. Come early to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dorton Park
5790 Poplar Tent Road
Concord, 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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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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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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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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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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Enjoy two stories and and two craft activities. After the program, romp and play in the SEED Wildlife Garden and Children's Garden, or stroll the historic Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary.

Cost: $10 per non-member family

Where:
SEED Wildlife Garden at Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, 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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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 »

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Shop local and regional small businesses before the holidays.

Cost: Free

Where:
1100 Metropolitan Ave.
, NC
View map »

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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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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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This program is intended for both Spanish language families and those who want to expose children to a second language. This occurs on the third Tuesday of the month.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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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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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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Come discuss an assigned book. New members welcome. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, 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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Website »

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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. Visitors may drive through the lights every night until January 5, excluding Christmas Day. From Thursday to Sunday from December 12 to 29, visitors can...

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
View map »


Website »

More information

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 »


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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
View map »


Website »

More information

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 »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
Website »

More information

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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Website »

More information

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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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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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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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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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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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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This exhibition spotlights 50 original works by Maurice Sendak, who is most widely recognized for "Where the Wild Things Are." The exhibition will be on display at the Main Branch of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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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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Enjoy stories and songs about baking, followed by a cookie-themed craft and tasty treats.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century. We’ll read “The Gingerbread Man” by Karen Schmidt at the Town Hall Stage, then make some yummy creations.  Please visit...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
105 Gilead Rd.
Huntersville, NC  28209
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Sponsor: Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville

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Listen to a Gingerbread Man story and extend learning through a variety of hands-on activities to celebrate the season.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Wrap up the year of observing and recording the seasonal happenings in the nature preserve. Parents and siblings can join at 3pm at the campfire to see the completed almanac.

Cost: $5

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Experiment and explore new technologies.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Explore the science of candy making! Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Come discuss "Henri's scissors" by Jeanette Winter. New members welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
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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Engage your child with stories, songs and activities in English and French.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, 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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A technician will help you learn how to install your seat correctly in your vehicle. Bring your child, seat, and vehicle and plan to spend at least 20 minutes. No appointment required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Division office of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
4150 Wilkinson 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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During this interactive playtime for toddlers, wiggle to music and giggle with friends.

Cost: Free

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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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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Shop local and regional small businesses before the holidays.

Cost: Free

Where:
1100 Metropolitan Ave.
, 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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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Enjoy stories, movement with music and a seasonal craft..

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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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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Bring your seat , child and vehicle, and plan to spend at least 20 minutes with a technician. No appointment is necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Fire Station
19729 S. Main St.
Cornelius, NC
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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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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Visitors may drive through the lights every night until January 5, excluding Christmas Day. From Thursday to Sunday from December 12 to 29, visitors can...

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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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
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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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"The Birth" is a collection of dramatic performances, dance and live music designed to bring the Christmas story to life in a new way. Shows begin at 7pm, along with a 2pm show on...

Cost: $15-$22

Where:
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, 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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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
Website »

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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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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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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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This exhibition spotlights 50 original works by Maurice Sendak, who is most widely recognized for "Where the Wild Things Are." The exhibition will be on display at the Main Branch of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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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 »


Website »

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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
View map »


Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Website »

More information

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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Website »

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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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Bring your family out to enjoy stories coupled with fun and easy yoga moves.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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See a puppet show with songs and activities that support early literacy and foster a love of books.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Explore the SEED Wildlife and Children’s Gardens. Learn about nature, and eat a picnic lunch.

Cost: $5

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens
248 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Explore the science of candy making! Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, 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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Families come out for an evening of games, crafts, activities, music and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Enjoy fun holiday games, snacks and prizes. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Wylie Public Library
185 Blucher Cir.
Lake Wylie, SC
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Come for an evening of holiday fun and stories while snuggled up in your comfy pajamas. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library Rock Hill
138 E. Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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The “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will return to Ovens Auditorium at Bojangles' Entertainment Complex. The...

Cost: $32+

Where:
Bojangles Coliseum
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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This opening night showing of "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker" will benefit the IGNITE Program for individuals with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Each ticket...

Cost: $25

Where:
Our Town Cinemas
227 Griffith St.
Davidson, NC
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Explore songs and stories through interactive activities. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, 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
View map »


Website »

More information

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


Website »

More information

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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Campers can get a behind-the-scenes look at rehabilitating, training and caring for birds of prey. Drop off at 8-8:30 am and pick up from 4:30-5 pm. Extended day for $10 is available for drop...

Cost: $35 per day, $10 extended day

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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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
View map »


Website »

More information

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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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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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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Shop local and regional small businesses before the holidays.

Cost: Free

Where:
1100 Metropolitan Ave.
, 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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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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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. Visitors may drive through the lights every night until January 5, excluding Christmas Day. From Thursday to Sunday from December 12 to 29, visitors can...

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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"The Birth" is a collection of dramatic performances, dance and live music designed to bring the Christmas story to life in a new way. Shows begin at 7pm, along with a 2pm show on...

Cost: $15-$22

Where:
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, 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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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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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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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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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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This exhibition spotlights 50 original works by Maurice Sendak, who is most widely recognized for "Where the Wild Things Are." The exhibition will be on display at the Main Branch of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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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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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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Toddlers will stretch their muscles and minds while playing.

Cost: $5

Where:
Southview Recreation Center
1720 Vilma St.
, NC
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Learn how to create animation clips using a variety of tools and materials.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and enjoy a magical night on the ice. 

Cost: $10 per person, includes skates

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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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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Artists decked out out in their festive holiday Jim Jams, that are okay to get a little messy, will rotate through art stations to create handmade gifts.

Cost: $45

Where:
Small Hands Big Art
8025 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 103
, NC
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Sponsor: Small Hands Big Art
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Register online for this theraputic recreation dance.

Cost: $10

Where:
Tyvoloa Senior Center
2225 Tyvola Road
, NC
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Come run through the streets of historic Plaza Midwood under the lights from hundreds of decorative Christmas light balls.

Cost: $8+

Where:
Resident Culture Brewing Company
2101 Central Ave.
, 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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Campers can get a behind-the-scenes look at rehabilitating, training and caring for birds of prey. Drop off at 8-8:30 am and pick up from 4:30-5 pm. Extended day for $10 is available for drop...

Cost: $35 per day, $10 extended day

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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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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Enjoy time with your family coloring and drinking during this drop-in program.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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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
View map »


Website »

More information

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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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
View map »


Website »

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Shop local and regional small businesses before the holidays.

Cost: Free

Where:
1100 Metropolitan Ave.
, NC
View map »

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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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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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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
View map »


Website »

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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. Visitors may drive through the lights every night until January 5, excluding Christmas Day. From Thursday to Sunday from December 12 to 29, visitors can...

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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Parents can take the night off while kids learn beginner cooking skills with professional chefs.

Cost: $20

Where:
Winget Recreation Center
12235 Winget Road
, 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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"The Birth" is a collection of dramatic performances, dance and live music designed to bring the Christmas story to life in a new way. Shows begin at 7pm, along with a 2pm show on...

Cost: $15-$22

Where:
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

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This musical revue tells the story of Christmas in a contemporary way with classics such as, "Ave Maria," "Little Drummer Boy" and "What Do the Lonely Do." Celebrate...

Cost: $25

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, 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
View map »


Website »

More information

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 »

More information

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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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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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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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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"Cirque Dreams Holidaze" lights up the 2019 holiday season with its popular and electrifying stage spectacular.

Cost: $44+

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2700 Independence Blvd.
, 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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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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This exhibition spotlights 50 original works by Maurice Sendak, who is most widely recognized for "Where the Wild Things Are." The exhibition will be on display at the Main Branch of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, 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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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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Drop-by the nature center for free, family-friendly winter activities! Each day will feature either a hike, game, craft or scavenger hunt. Dec. 15, 1-5pm; Dec. 21, 9am-5pm; Dec. 30, 9am-5pm;...

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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In this special story time, come share donuts and stories with your dad, grandpa, uncle or caregiver.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Kids will create a planted gift to give this holiday season.

Cost: $15

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Tell Santa if you have been naughty or nice while making holiday crafts.

Cost: $6

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Kids and parents can create functional, seasonal, clay projects.

Cost: $10

Where:
Belle Johnston Community Center
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Hear Mrs. Claus read "The Night Before Christmas," and get a picture with Santa Claus. There will be a variety of toys and games on display. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC
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Join us for a wild rumpus full of fun activities based on the book, "Where the Wild Things Are."

Cost: Free

Where:
Gastonia Main Library
1555 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Join Drums4Life drum circle; D4L will provide instructions and instruments. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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Polished31 invites you to "A Royal Affair" Mother Daughter Christmas Tea. Bring your mother, daughter, grandmother, granddaughter and/or cherished lady for delectable treats and fun...

Cost: $60

Where:
The Duke Mansion
400 Hermitage Road
, NC
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Bring your style and your creativity to the taproom. Make ornaments while wearing an ugly sweater.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Cavendish Brewing Company
207 N. Chester St.
Gastonia, NC
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Teens across Iredell County are invited to compete in a cookie baking contest. Find details on website.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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AT&T Fiber presents the 2019 Queen City Christmas Expo. Come for free pictures with Santa, toy giveaways, free gift wrapping and ornament decorating! Vendors, entertainment, food trucks, candy...

Cost: Free

Where:
The River Place
1420 Convention Drive
Fort Mill, SC  29715
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Join Clayworks for a hands on pottery making workshop.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Decorate gingerbread houses and enjoy an early “brinner” (breakfast for dinner) in your holiday pajamas. Register online for this event.

Cost: $60 for one parent/one child; $20 each additional child

Where:
Flour Power Rea Farms
9826 Sandy Rock Place
Suite E
, 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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Take pictures with Santa, and enjoy the parade of boats with holiday lights passing by the EnergyExplorium cove. Food trucks will be available.

Cost: Free

Where:
EnergyExplorium
13339 McGuire Nuclear Station 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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Car owners and enthusiasts gather to celebrate their passion for cars and showcase their prized classics, customs and hot rods.

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, 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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Campers can get a behind-the-scenes look at rehabilitating, training and caring for birds of prey. Drop off at 8-8:30 am and pick up from 4:30-5 pm. Extended day for $10 is available for drop...

Cost: $35 per day, $10 extended day

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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This all-inclusive experience features breakfast, a visit and picture with Santa, crafts and reindeer games plus. Each child ticket to Breakfast with Santa includes same-day complimentary admission...

Cost: $22-$25, children younger than 2 free

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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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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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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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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A professional instructor will lead families in an engaging cooking experience. End class by enjoying a family activity and the food you created.

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, 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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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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Shop local and regional small businesses before the holidays.

Cost: Free

Where:
1100 Metropolitan Ave.
, NC
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Every third Saturday of the month, learn about the rewards of African drumming, and get hands-on experience with different African instruments. Youth session is 11am-noon; session for all ages is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, 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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Ceramic teaching artists will walk participants through a clay project. Call 980-498-1487 to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grier Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy 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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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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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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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. Visitors may drive through the lights every night until January 5, excluding Christmas Day. From Thursday to Sunday from December 12 to 29, visitors can...

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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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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"The Birth" is a collection of dramatic performances, dance and live music designed to bring the Christmas story to life in a new way. Shows begin at 7pm, along with a 2pm show on...

Cost: $15-$22

Where:
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, NC
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This musical revue tells the story of Christmas in a contemporary way with classics such as, "Ave Maria," "Little Drummer Boy" and "What Do the Lonely Do." Celebrate...

Cost: $25

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, 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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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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"Cirque Dreams Holidaze" lights up the 2019 holiday season with its popular and electrifying stage spectacular.

Cost: $44+

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2700 Independence Blvd.
, 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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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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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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This exhibition spotlights 50 original works by Maurice Sendak, who is most widely recognized for "Where the Wild Things Are." The exhibition will be on display at the Main Branch of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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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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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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