Can't-Miss Holiday Events for Families in Charlotte
Things to do with the kids this holiday season.
See Rock Hill transformed into Christmasville, featuring carolers, carriage rides, music, contests and more than 20 tons of real snow.
For years, Charlotte and surrounding towns have been ringing in the holidays with festive parades, special events and evening tree-lightings. Take a look at the list below and you'll be sure to find an event near you. Several include a visit from Santa and all promise to be fun for the whole family!
Nov. 11 - 22
Holiday crafts, gifts, decorations, festive foods, art, and plenty to wrap up and take home. Show features include the Enchanted Village of dollhouses and miniature scenes, Christmas Tree Lane, a holiday entertainment stage and Santa himself.
Cost: $3-$11; Children under 6 are free.
Time: Sun.-Tues. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.
Nov. 20 – Jan. 3, 2016
Enjoy a day of family-friendly ice-skating. The rink has more than 7,000 square feet of ice and a view of the city skyline. Skate with "Frozen" characters Elsa and Ana on Nov. 22 and enjoy a winter carnival with rides and games on Dec. 6.
Cost: $10 admission; $3 skate rental.
Time: Closed Mon.-Tues.; Wed.-Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Nov. 20 – Jan. 3, 2016
Enjoy a natural winter wonderland with thousands of lights, visits from Santa, crafts, holiday treats and more. See the new Lost Hollow display and traditional favorites like the one-of-a-kind train displays. Fun for young and old alike!
Cost: $6-$12; Children under 4 are free.
Time: Mon.-Sun., noon-9 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.
Where: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 New Hope Road, Belmont.
Nov. 21 – Dec. 30
See more than 3 million Christmas lights while driving on the track and enjoy the Christmas Village in the infield, plus movie nights on a gigantic 16,000 square foot HDTV every Friday and Saturday night during the show.
Cost: Mon.-Wed. $15/vehicle; Thur.-Sun. $20 per vehicle.
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord.
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Nov. 20 – Dec. 21
This train ride comes to life with music from the movie soundtrack as families enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Passengers can enjoy singing, dancing and reading of "The Polar Express." Registration required.
Time: Train rides at 4 and 6 p.m., 8 p.m. on select dates.
Where: North Carolina Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer.
Nov. 26 – Dec. 31
Drive through two miles of forest decorated with more than 3.5 million lights; enjoy pony rides, roasting pits for marshmallows, Santa, and a petting zoo.
Cost: $6 per person.
Time: Mon.-Thurs. 6-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. 6-10 p.m.
Where: Zootastic Park, 448 Pilch Road, Troutman. 888-966-0069.
Nov. 27-Dec. 27
Hop aboard the 30-minute festive train ride where hot cocoa and cookies will be in abundance along with the reading of " The Train to Christmas Town." Nonstop surprises include Bumblebee the Polar Bear and Wabash the Squirrel. Plus, enjoy a special visit by Mr. Claus!
Departure Times: 11am, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30pm.
Where: Piedmont and Northern Railway, 1548 Union Road, Gastonia.
Celebrate Christmas 1768-1868 with clothed interpreters from the Federalist through the Victorian eras. Family activities, live music, tours, demonstrations, and farm animal visits.
Cost: $7, children 5 and under free.
Where: Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville.
Find Candy canes along the greenway, then roast marshmallows and make s'mores.
Where: Anne Springs lose Greenway, 280 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill
Enjoy choirs, dance performances, children's activities, holiday crafts, carriage rides, train displays and a visit from Santa.
Where: Cornelius Town Hall Lawn, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius
See the lighting of the tree to kick off the holiday season.
Where: NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Experience a live Nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides and a Christmas story time for kids.
Free parking; $3-$7 for carriage rides.
Mon-Thurs., 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-10 p.m.
Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive.
Drive through this town that is all aglow with lights and holiday decorations.
Mon.-Fri. 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 5:30-11 p.m.
Enjoy horse-drawn carriage and hayrides, a doggie fashion show, and Santa's house.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Davidson
See Rock Hill transformed with an event that features carolers, carriage rides, music, contests, tons of activities for kids and more than 20 tons of real snow. See website for full schedule.
Where: Old Town Rock Hill, S.C.