Holiday Drive-By Light Displays in Charlotte
Put the kids in their pajamas, pop some popcorn and make hot chocolate to go for a magical Christmas ride.
Charlotte neighbors have no shortage of holiday cheer, including an array of bright, twinkling holiday light displays. Put the kids in their pajamas, pop some popcorn and make hot chocolate to go for a magical Christmas ride in your own ride.
Hillside Avenue in Myers Park is known for its large glowing globes, (actually light-covered chicken-wire balls) strung high in the trees each holiday. In its fifth year, the neighbors get together to make and hang the balls and host the Hillside Holiday Hunger Drive Through. Anyone is welcome to drive or walk through to gaze at the glowing balls and are encouraged to donate canned food items for Loaves and Fishes. Food items are being collected each night until Dec. 26. On Friday through Sunday, and on Christmas Eve, you can also purchase a cup of hot chocolate to enjoy on your stroll.
Plaza Midwood is latched onto the lighted chicken-wire globes strung high in trees. This year a Lighted Christmas Ball Fun Run is planned on Dec. 8. Neighbors have been stringing up their glowing globes. Zigzag through the neighborhood for a festive evening stroll. Be sure to walk by the house on Wilhelmina Avenue just off Mecklenburg Avenue to see its massive arrangement of inflatable characters.
Sherwood Forest Drive. Jim Miller has been turning his house into a show of lights — estimated more than 10,000 — for years, and this year is no exception. His home is located on Sherwood Forest Drive, off Colony Road, in south Charlotte. Santa is also a regular at the Miller’s passing out candy canes to passers by. Lights usually come on at 6 p.m.
Carmel Presbyterian’s Drive-Thru Christmas is a great way to experience the Christmas story. You can walk or drive through the nativity. A CD is given to each car that comes through that tells the story as you pass by different nativity stations complete with live animals and church members dressed in costume. It’s free and happening Dec. 16.
Garden Oak Holiday Lights boasts more than 7,000 incandescent lights that flash to the beat of holiday music at 4026 Garden Oak Drive, Indian Trail in the Brandon Oak Subdivision. After Pete Kimball's mother was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer last year, he wasn't sure if she was going to see Christmas of 2013. More than 1,000 hours of work were all worth it when his mother saw the house this Christmas. A box in front of the house accepts donations for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. Lights are on through Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m. on school nights, 6-10 p.m. all other nights.
The Zimnowski Light Show at 15419 Hugh McAuley Road in Huntersville is on until New Year's Day with lights coming on around 6:30 p.m. each night. The light display is synced to music, so each stanza of each song is a new show. The schedule is subject to change with weather, so check the Facebook page to be sure the lights will be on the night you plan to go.
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