Spring Festivals for Families in Charlotte

Celebrate spring at these area Charlotte-area festivals.


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Enjoy amusement rides for all ages, plus fair food and games at The Charlotte Spring Fair, happening March 30-April 15.

Charlotte Spring Fair

 

Get out and enjoy the mild weather at one of these festivals this season in the greater Charlotte area.


April Festivals

The Charlotte Spring Fair

(March 30-April 15)

A midway featuring amusement rides, an assortment of food and drink, a petting zoo, carnival rides and games. Route 29 Pavilion5650 Sandusky Blvd., Concord. $5-$8. See website for times.


North Carolina Science Festival

(April 1-30)

This statewide festival celebrates STEM activities in a variety of locations, including a Star Party at McDowell Nature Center. Check out science programming at ImaginOn, Discovery Place and Discovery Place Nature. See website for events and details. 

Don't miss out on the science fun at a N.C. Science Festival event happening throughout the month of May at locations throughout Charlotte and North Carolina.

Photo courtesy of NC Science Festival


Pennzoil AutoFair Presented by Advance Auto Parts

(April 5-8)

The Pennzoil AutoFair presented by Advance Auto Parts features more than 10,000 automotive vendor displays. Kids can get in on the fun too. Not only are children 13 and under admitted free with an adult ticket purchase, they have an entire play zone dedicated to their entertainment. This year’s play zone features inflatables, such as the patriot slide, a racecar moon-bounce and a bungee trampoline. This kid oasis of fun also includes a show car and carnival games. Last, and definitely not least, is the petting zoo. A 70-by-25-foot space filled with lovable animals. And don't miss the pig races just outside the showcase pavilion. Hogway Speedway is bringing their best lineup of pigs, ducks and goats for racing shows, with four shows each on Friday and Saturday. With the pigs scurrying, ducks waddling and goats hopping, take a break from the cars and witness the cutest speed on display. 800-455-3267. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. $11; free for children 13 and under with a paying adult. 


Sensoria: A Celebration of Literature and the Arts

(April 6-15)

This literary festival showcases events that celebrate literature, music, visual arts, history, culture and foodVarious locations. Free; admission to certain events. See website for full schedule of events.


Paws in the Park

(April 7)

Bring your friendly dog to spend the day at this festival. There will be over 150 vendors, 25 dog rescue groups with dogs available for adoption, music, dog contests, demonstrations, food trucks, a kids playground, and a dog walk. First 300 dogs will receive a free bandana. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville. 10am-3pm. Free.


Come-See-Me Festival

(April 12-21)

This festival features more than 80 activities. Take part in fun that includes beautiful gardens, a parade, a frog jump, food trucks, live music, kids' activities, sports and more. Locaions vary. See website for full schedule of events. 

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Live music is part of the family friendly fun at the Come See Me Festival in Rock Hill. 

Photo by Blackston Photography


Tractors and Trains Festival

(April 14)

This railroading historic site hosts antique farm equipment, modern tractors, music, games and more for kids and adults. Friday is geared toward students. Saturday is for the public. N.C. Transportation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Dr., Spencer. $4-$12. 

See modern tractors, antique equipment and steam-powered tractors at this agriculture and arts festival.

Photo courtesy of N.C. Transportation Museum


Earth Day on the Greenway with Kids in Nature Day

(April 14)

Come out to the Four Mile Creek Greenway behind the Matthews Community Center to celebrate Earth Day with Kids In Nature Day. Activities include eco-friendly exhibits and vendors, free trees and planting demos, hikes, fishing, scavenger hunts, kids crafts and fairy houses, food, music and more.  Four Mile Creek Greenway, behind Matthews Community Center. 10am-2pm. Free.


EarthFest

(April 14-15)

Celebrate an early Earth Day at the Garden and enjoy crafts, lawn games, live music, guided hikes, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more. Meet with earth-friendly vendors and learn more about sustainable living.​ Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden,  6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 11am-3pm. $7-$13, includes museum admission.


Festival of Food Trucks

(April 14 and May 12)

Sample gourmet fare, stroll the streets, shop, and listen to live music. This event reoccurs the second Saturday of each month through October. Downtown Mooresville, North Main St. (between Moore and Iredell Ave.), Mooresville. 5-8:30pm. Free admission. 


‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival

(April 14)

This eclectic art crawl showcases local vendors, live street performances, a variety of food and activities for kids. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. 2-8pm. Free.


Tuck Fest 2018

(April 19-22)

Celebrate the great outdoors and try something new at this festival filled with outdoor competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Check the line up online. Kids can participate in obstacle challenges, kids yoga, bicycle races and more. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Free admission, $5 parking fee. Registration fees apply for competitions.


Earth Day Celebration

(April 21)

Enjoy Border Collie dog demonstrations, cane-pole fishing, canoeing and kayaking, facepainting, hiking, geocaching, lead-line horseback rides and more festive fun. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, S.C. 9-11am.


Earth Day Celebration/Arbor Day/Hooked on Cornelius

(April 21)

Attend this family event with free "green" activities including arts and crafts, demonstrations, wildlife habitat improvements, nature walks, fishing and more. Fishing is limited and preregistration is required. Robbins Park, 17738 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 10am-noon. Free.


Pet Palooza 

(April 21)

This event kicks off with a fundraising 2K walk and includes live music, beer and food trucks, an adoption area, a picnic pavilion and more. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane. 10am-3pm. $35 registration fee for the walk. 


Loch Norman Highland Games

(April 21-22)

This annual event celebrates all things Scottish and features athletic games, pipe bands, drumming, dancing, food vendors and a kids zone. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $8-$20.


International Fair

(April 26)

Matthews Charter Academy is hosting an international fair open to the community with performances, food trucks, displays and more. 980-339-5449. Matthews Charter Academy, Mt. Harmony Church Road, Matthews. Starts at 5pm. Free.


Arbor Day/Earth Day Community Festival

(April 28)

Visit with environmentally conscious vendors, take a tree home with you and learn how to take care of the planet. Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Square, Indian Trail. 10am-2pm. Free.


Earth Day Birthday at Museum of York County

(April 28)

Enjoy activities, games, planetarium shows and more than 25 educational exhibits, each with a hands-on environmental message. Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. 10am-3pm. Free.


International Sandwich Festival

(April 28)

Enjoy food from around the world and a rich blend of musical entertainment acts at this family-friendly festival. Popular food trucks and restaurants, including Yummi Banh Mi, Hiya and a Taste of Havana will be on hand for the culinary and cultural feast. Musical entertainment ranges from international vocal, instrumental and dance ensembles to jazz, soul and R&B. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. 704-532-5410. Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Drive. 11am-6pm. Free.


Open Streets 704

(April 29)

This spring's Open Streets 704 route travels from NoDa through Optimist Park, Villa Heights and Belmont, all the way down to Commonwealth and Plaza Midwood. The always-popular Family Zone is highlighted in yellow. Plenty of fun activities can also be had in the Arts and Science Zone, Green Zone, and Wellness Zone. Charlotte B-Cycles will offer free bike rentals at Zone hubs along the route, and a limited number of children's bikes will be available from Trips For Kids. 1-5pm. Free.

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Photo courtesy of Well-Run Media.


May Festivals

South Carolina Strawberry Festival

(May 4-5)

Celebrate the strawberry at this award-winning festival. Walk through a butterfly exhibit, check out antique cars, sample strawberry pie, attend pig races and let the kids try out the rides. Fri., 4-10pm; Sat., 10am-10pm. Walter Elisha Park, 345 N. White St., Fort Mill, S.C.. Free admission; additional cost for activities.


​Davidson Town Day

(May 5)

A day of fun with music, food, and entertainment for all ages. 10am-3pm. Davidson Town Green, 216 S. Main St. Free.


Paws in the Park

(May 5)

Bring your four-legged friends out at this dog festival with demonstrations, contests, performances and giveaways. Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Parkway, Indian Trail. 10am-3pm. Free. 


2018 Queen City Mother's Day Festival

(May 5 and 12)

The 2018 Queen City Mother's Day Festival is partnering with the #SingleMomsMatter Movement for this years festival theme "Buy from a mom for a mom." All vendors will be mothers. Guests can expect crafts, vendor shopping, art, food, games, 100 free swag bags and more. The Carole Hoefener Center, 615 E. 6th St. 1-5pm. Free entry.


Kings Drive Art Walk

(May 5-6)

Features fine art for sale, including paintings and drawings, sculptures, pottery, metal, stone, wood and glass works from emerging artists. The event also includes live music and family entertainment. Little Sugar Creek Greenway, 600 S. Kings Drive. Free. Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm.


Hello Huntersville

(May 6)

This festival highlights local/regional area artists and musicians. STEM is a newly added component to this event from local businesses. Look for special “pop-up”  performances throughout the event, visit local breweries, wineries, and food trucks while listening to live music and shopping the arts/crafts vendor booths. 2-6pm. Downtown Huntersville101-Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville. Free.


BeachFest Matthews

(May 11-12)

Put your "toes in the sand" with live beach music, shag dancing, carnival rides, a kids' inflatable village, a car show, and more. Fri., 6-10pm., Sat., 10am-10pm. Stumptown Park, S. Trade St. Free.


North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

(May 11-12)

An amazing two-day celebration of music, camping, the outdoors, and North Carolina’s craft beer. With an upbeat atmosphere and family-friendly culture, the NCBMF is great music festival and is fun for all ages. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 11am-10pm. $8-$50. 


Spring into Arts Festival

(May 12)

This festival promotes the visual and performing arts, and features musical entertainment, food vendors, a juried art show, and a children’s area. Historic Downtown Concord, 65 Union Street S., Concord. 10am-4pm. Free. 


Haulers on Union Parade and Fan Fest

(May 17)

More than 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car haulers will make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Then attend a huge free party. Enjoy live beach music from The Tim Clark Band, activities for children, food, giveaways, race cars on display and more. Union Street between Cabarrus and Corban Avenues, Concord. 5-8:30pm. Free.


Charlotte Asian Festival

(May 19)

Learn about various Asian cultures through food and activities. Plus, see teams race to the finish line in colorfully-decorated dragon boats. Boat races begin at 9am and the festival runs 11am-4pm. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius. Free.


Music, Dance 'n Que Fest

(May 19)

Enjoy bluegrass and rock music, tours of the historic cabins, shopping, raffles, food and beverages. 11am-3pm. President James K. Polk Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. Free admission; charge for food and beverage.


The Cheerwine Festival

(May 19)

Cheerwine fans can enjoy cold Cheerwine, live music, great Southern food, shopping for Cheerwine merchandise, family-friendly activities, a beer garden and local craft vendors. Downtown Salisbury. 10am-8pm. Free.


Waxhaw Art Kaleidoscope Festival

(May 19-20)

A showcase of local and regional art, featuring a variety of art forms including culinary arts, musical arts, performing arts, murals, and public art forms. There will be concessions and a Kids Zone complete with rides, inflatables, clowns, magicians, balloon twisters, facepainters, entertainers, and more. Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., Noon-6pm. Downtown Historic Waxhaw. Free.


Festa Italiana

(May 20)

Enjoy all-you-can-eat Italian food. Bring the kids along to play in the special Kid Zone, visit with local artists and authors showcasing their work, browse offerings from the silent auction, and enjoy live music, dance, and overall festive fun atmosphere. Proceeds benefit people and children with special needs. Gateway Village Promenade, 800 W. Trade St. 1-7pm.


Circle K Speed Street Presented by Coca-Cola

(May 24-26)

Live entertainment, access to racing’s brightest stars, giveaways, music and interactive displays. Each day starting at noon, vendor displays, kids’ activities, racing-related fun and more will run on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte until 8 p.m. Then national headliners will take the stage in Romare Bearden Park starting at 6:30 pm. Noon-8pm. Uptown Charlotte. Free for festival; tickets to Romare Bearden Park's concerts vary per performance.


Mint Hill Madness

(May 25-27)

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend and the founding of the town of Mint Hill with carnival rides, games, boardwalk-style food, and arts and crafts vendors, as well as live entertainment, a parade and fireworks. Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park, 8850 Fairview Road, Mint Hill. Friday, 4-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. Free; costs for some activities. 704-545-2335. 

Enjoy carnival rides and food, plus arts and crafts and live music at Mint Hill Madness.

Photo courtesy of Mint Hill Madness

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December 2018

The NASCAR Hall of Fame has teamed up with Autism Charlotte to create Magical Morning, a sensory-friendly event for families living with autism or other special needs. Each child can meet Santa...

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
Telephone: 704-654-4400
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Celebrate the season with family fun and festive activities inspired by Disney Junior pals in Circle Court. Disney character live appearances are not a part of this event.

Cost: Free

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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The Singing Christmas Tree for Kids features Carolina Voices' MainStage Choir, Grey Seal Puppets, Carolina Kids Voices, Miller Street dancers and guests full of holiday fun for the whole...

Cost: $15+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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An Afternoon of Poetry and Prose spotlights two featured authors and invites guests to participate in the Open Mic portion after the event.

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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The Waxhaw Christmas Parade features local school marching bands and entries and floats by hundreds of businesses and members of the community.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Waxhaw
Waxhaw, NC


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This story time is filled with stories, songs and activities specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues or other developmental disabilities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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This hilarious and heartfelt holiday comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying. In this production, Children’s Theatre of...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Experience new features, including a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Seasons Garden, illuminated prairie garden, extended lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens and an...

Cost: $8-$17, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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The world of Charles Dickens comes to life at Forty-Six! Guests will enjoy a multi-course Christmas meal, complete with roast goose, mincemeat pies and figgy pudding. Enjoy carols and a dramatic...

Cost: $36.50-$100

Where:
Forty-Six
101 West Ave.
Kannapolis, NC  28081
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Sponsor: Forty-Six
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The orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights. Beginning at dusk each evening on the Town Hall Lawn, the Holiday Light Spectacular lasts approximately 50 minutes and repeats...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 North Main St.
Mooresville, 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, anytime throughout the dates offered.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Church of the Redeemer - Kids offers a class for adaptive learning needs and a sensory room during the Sunday School hour (9 a.m.) and worship hour (10:30 a.m.). Volunteers who desire to come...

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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Matthews UMC offers opportunities for Christian education, discipleship, fellowship and care for persons of all ages with disabilities and their families. Experience age-level appropriate Sunday...

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Caring Santa is a private event designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have an opportunity to visit Santa and have their photos taken. SouthPark has made...

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Santa is coming to the store! Whispering  wishes is an exciting holiday tradition, and a special pose with St. Nick is the perfect photo opportunity. Bring a camera to capture the moment!...

Cost: $25

Where:
American Girl Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
harlotte, NC
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Sponsor: American Girl
Telephone: 877-247-5223
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The Special Needs Ministry at Calvary welcomes all ages and abilities! Guests, including parents and caregivers, are invited to join.

Cost: Free

Where:
Calvary Church
5801 Pineville–Matthews Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-341-5413
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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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Telephone: 704-716-8649
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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. Hours are Saturday, 10...

Cost: $5-$15, children younger than 5 free

Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 Highway 49 N.
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:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Bring teddy for high tea with bottomless mimosas, a special kids menu, tea sandwiches and a festive dessert display. Also enjoy private pictures with Santa, story-time with Mrs. Claus, a fully...

Cost: $28-$75, children younger than 2 free

Where:
The Westin
601 S. College St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-335-2103

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Every Sunday guests can expect free pictures with Santa, toy giveaways and free "Candy Land Bags." Shop on-site vendors and enjoy free gift wrapping. While at the event, check out...

Cost: Free

Where:
Victory Lane Indoor Karting
2330 Tipton Drive
, NC
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Enjoy an old fashion Christmas tea party. Space is limited for the intimate event. 

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-2312
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Create an unforgettable experience at American Girl’s 2018 Holiday Tea! Enjoy a selection of delectable treats and delicious drinks for both kids and adults. Reservations required.

Cost: $22

Where:
American Girl Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: American Girl
Telephone: 877-247-5223
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Carowinds comes alive with holiday spirit during WinterFest. Friends and family are treated to an ultimate holiday celebration as the park magically transforms into a winter wonderland - full of...

Cost: $26-$47

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-2600
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Stroll through the park or take a ride on the Winterland Express to see more than 250,000 Christmas lights. Additional activities will take place each night, such as Santa visits, marshmallow...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. Street
Kannapolis, NC  28081
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Telephone: 704-920-4343
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One of the world's most spectacular Christmas light displays will illuminate one of the world's most remarkable sporting venues for the ninth annual Speedway Christmas drive-through light...

Cost: $20+ per car

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC  28027
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Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Even feed a tiger! Sun.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 6-10pm.

Cost: $7 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman , NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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Take the train to the North Pole to meet Santa with a live reading of the story, "The Polar Express," complete with songs from the movie. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served....

Cost: $32+

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Come watch the classic tale of Scrooge unfold on stage. Check website for performance times. 

Cost: Tickets available by subscription only

Where:
Theatre Charlotte, The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $13-$17, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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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...

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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Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Nutcracker! Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping...

Cost: $125-$25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Ballet
Telephone: 704-414-2766
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This hilarious and heartfelt holiday comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying. In this production, Children’s Theatre of...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Simon is a terrific speller, but Simon’s brother, Jake, who has autism, unwittingly reveals he is also a gifted speller in a way that’s uniquely his. Sibling rivalry takes center stage...

Cost: $19+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he...

Cost: $14-$16

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Adapted from the best-selling book, this play features some favorite Christmas carols, lots of mayhem and fun for the whole family.

Cost: $12-$20 (additional $3 per ticket if purchased at the door)

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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"Latin Americans in Paris" presents selected Latin American artists who moved to Paris in the mid-20th century to live and work. Their presence in Europe initiated a cultural and...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of n orphanage that is run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical for all...

Cost: $15

Where:
Rock Hill Community Theatre
546 S. Cherry Road
Suite N
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-326-7428
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes. 

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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See Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, along with his whimsical gnomes and published scenes of winter at the Center for the Arts. The Galleries at the Center for the Arts are open...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Clara LeBlanc trips at a holiday party and is whisked off to the hospital to learn that her ankle is broken. That night her friends and get-well gifts swirl in her dreams. This show is the perfect...

Cost: $35+

Where:
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon S.
, NC
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Families and friends can come by Center Court to capture holiday memories with Santa! For hours and photo package pricing, please visit website.

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Come ice skating at SouthPark Mall! Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 3-11pm; Fri. 3pm-12am; Sat. 11am-12pm; Sun. 11am-11pm.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Accompanied by Charlotte’s hottest All-Star Big Band, experience an all-new production of Carolina Voices’ Singing Christmas Tree, the community's grandest of holiday...

Cost: $26-$45

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. An infamous...

Cost: $25-$95

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2900 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-3600
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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s offers guests a free photo with Santa. Families can reserve a virtual spot in line while playing games and making crafts. For the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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The Levine JCC is thrilled to present JStage Presents Disney's The Little Mermaid. Sat., 2 and 7pm; Sun., 2pm.

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-366-5007
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Everyone’s favorite classic holiday tale gets the fractured fairy-tale treatment. All the famous fairy-tale characters take on all of the memorable roles of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol....

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Lincoln Cultural Center
403 E. Main St.
Lincolnton, NC
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Telephone: 704-452-7830
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The Harris YMCA Performing Company presents The Nutcracker. Guests can also purchase additional Meet and Greet tickets for $5. See website for performance schedule.

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Visit Santa's brand new workshop on the Village Green at Blakeney Shopping Center this holiday season for portraits with Santa Claus. See website for dates and times. Santa’s Workshop...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Join Santa at Winter Wonderland South Park! Parents can hang out at Santa's Pub while the little ones enjoy story time, sing-a-longs and more with Santa! Schedule: Fridays: 12/7, 6 to 8...

Cost: Free

Where:
Winter Wonderland SouthPark
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Light refreshments will be provided, but feel free to pack a lunch to enjoy with the film. While visiting the library, check out a book relating to the movie.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Exercise creativity, and learn new skills in a group setting. Join this young artists' club to explore different media and techniques to make art to enhance the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Decorate cookies, enjoy fun games and win prizes! There will also be snacks and a hot cocoa bar. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
York Public Library
21 East Liberty St.
York, SC
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Experience new features, including a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Seasons Garden, illuminated prairie garden, extended lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens and an...

Cost: $8-$17, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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Practice fun carnival skills, including but not limited to juggling, plate spinning and diabolos.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mount Holly Branch Library
245 W. Catawba Ave.
Mount Holly, NC
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The orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights. Beginning at dusk each evening on the Town Hall Lawn, the Holiday Light Spectacular lasts approximately 50 minutes and repeats...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 North Main St.
Mooresville, 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, anytime throughout the dates offered.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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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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Telephone: 704-716-8649
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On Mondays from September to May, all children under the age of 16 can come paint pottery for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
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Telephone: 704-544-4848
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Hit the paved trail with your little one, and experience what nature has to offer this month.  Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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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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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made...

Cost: Free; additional cost for carriage rides

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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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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Stroll through the park or take a ride on the Winterland Express to see more than 250,000 Christmas lights. Additional activities will take place each night, such as Santa visits, marshmallow...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. Street
Kannapolis, NC  28081
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Telephone: 704-920-4343
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One of the world's most spectacular Christmas light displays will illuminate one of the world's most remarkable sporting venues for the ninth annual Speedway Christmas drive-through light...

Cost: $20+ per car

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC  28027
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Have fun turning wafers of chocolate and other sweet treats into beautiful candy art. Create marshmallow animals and sculptures that are fun for all ages. All materials, tools and supplies are...

Cost: $10

Where:
Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Wear your pjs on the second Monday of each month for a family storytime that is perfect for bedtime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Plaza Midwood Library
1623 Central Ave
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6200
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Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Even feed a tiger! Sun.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 6-10pm.

Cost: $7 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman , NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $13-$17, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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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...

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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Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Nutcracker! Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping...

Cost: $125-$25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Ballet
Telephone: 704-414-2766
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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"Latin Americans in Paris" presents selected Latin American artists who moved to Paris in the mid-20th century to live and work. Their presence in Europe initiated a cultural and...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South 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. 

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

More information

See Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, along with his whimsical gnomes and published scenes of winter at the Center for the Arts. The Galleries at the Center for the Arts are open...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Families and friends can come by Center Court to capture holiday memories with Santa! For hours and photo package pricing, please visit website.

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Website »

More information

Come ice skating at SouthPark Mall! Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 3-11pm; Fri. 3pm-12am; Sat. 11am-12pm; Sun. 11am-11pm.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s offers guests a free photo with Santa. Families can reserve a virtual spot in line while playing games and making crafts. For the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Website »

More information

With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Learn coding skills in a group setting facilitated by library staff. The class will cover content used in web sites that teach step-by-step coding instruction using Javascript. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Explore books and stories in creative ways through interactive activities including math, science and games! Five year-old participants must have entered Kindergarten. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5000
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Experience new features, including a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Seasons Garden, illuminated prairie garden, extended lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens and an...

Cost: $8-$17, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

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The orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights. Beginning at dusk each evening on the Town Hall Lawn, the Holiday Light Spectacular lasts approximately 50 minutes and repeats...

Cost: Free

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


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, anytime throughout the dates offered.

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Join DSBG on the second Tuesday of each month for a stroll down Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds, observe nesting patterns and establish basis for...

Cost: Included with admission; free for members.

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

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 »


Telephone: 704-716-8649
Website »

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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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This annual exhibit fills Kings Mountain Historical Museum with model train displays, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted!

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Classes involve a story, craft, exploration stations, and time with two of our animal ambassadors. Some programs also include songs. Topics include: Nov. 13, Thanksgiving; Dec. 11, Christmas...

Cost: $5

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, 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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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:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Victory Bounce sessions at BounceU of Matthews occur every second Tuesday of the month. Every Victory Bounce session has free admission, which also includes siblings.

Cost: Free

Where:
BounceU of Matthews
9129 Monroe Rd Ste 145-150
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Get free entry to The Schiele Museum every second Tuesday of the month from 4-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Duke Energy
Telephone: 704-866-6900
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The Garden has reserved the hour between 4 and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays for children that need a little extra time and attention to visit Santa. Those wishing to have photos taken by a professional...

Cost: $8-$15

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC  28012
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Sponsor: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made...

Cost: Free; additional cost for carriage rides

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


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Stroll through the park or take a ride on the Winterland Express to see more than 250,000 Christmas lights. Additional activities will take place each night, such as Santa visits, marshmallow...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. Street
Kannapolis, NC  28081
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-4343
Website »

More information

One of the world's most spectacular Christmas light displays will illuminate one of the world's most remarkable sporting venues for the ninth annual Speedway Christmas drive-through light...

Cost: $20+ per car

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC  28027
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Website »

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The Happy Hearts Girls program is designed to provide girls the opportunity to express themselves, gain an experience on a variety of different activities and assist in their developmental growth...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Recreation Center
6709 Pence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1122
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Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Even feed a tiger! Sun.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 6-10pm.

Cost: $7 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman , NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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Come watch the classic tale of Scrooge unfold on stage. Check website for performance times. 

Cost: Tickets available by subscription only

Where:
Theatre Charlotte, The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child (ages 3-12) receives a discount as well, costing only $5 each. 

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 866-229-1573
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $13-$17, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-372-6261
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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Nutcracker! Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping...

Cost: $125-$25

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


Sponsor: Charlotte Ballet
Telephone: 704-414-2766
Website »

More information

Victory Bounce sessions at BounceU of Charlotte occur every second Tuesday of the month. Every Victory Bounce session has free admission, which also includes siblings. Times change every month,...

Cost: Free

Where:
BounceU of Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
Suite 300
, NC
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Telephone: 704-921-8771
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

More information

See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

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See Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, along with his whimsical gnomes and published scenes of winter at the Center for the Arts. The Galleries at the Center for the Arts are open...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Families and friends can come by Center Court to capture holiday memories with Santa! For hours and photo package pricing, please visit website.

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Come ice skating at SouthPark Mall! Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 3-11pm; Fri. 3pm-12am; Sat. 11am-12pm; Sun. 11am-11pm.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s offers guests a free photo with Santa. Families can reserve a virtual spot in line while playing games and making crafts. For the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Learn more about the activities, events, venues,  history and how to get around the Greenway by van. There is no hiking required, but register online prior to the tour.

Cost: Free

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
250 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, NC
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Learn more about the activities, events, venues,  history and how to get around the Greenway by van. There is no hiking required, but register online prior to the tour.

Cost: Free

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
250 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, NC
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Discover nature with your little one through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Explore books and stories in creative ways through interactive activities including math, science, games and more! This month, read "Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Become a nature detective and explore through stories, crafts and activities related to mammals.

Cost: $5

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Share original poetry, or bring something from a favorite poet to read in exchange for some pancakes!

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Experience new features, including a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Seasons Garden, illuminated prairie garden, extended lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens and an...

Cost: $8-$17, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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Decorate cookies, enjoy fun games and win prizes! There will also be snacks and a hot cocoa bar. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Clover Public Library
107 Knox St.
Clover, SC
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Come for a unique service project where participants can earn community service hours while also giving back to the city of Charlotte. Participants will be sorting socks for those in need. Register...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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The orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights. Beginning at dusk each evening on the Town Hall Lawn, the Holiday Light Spectacular lasts approximately 50 minutes and repeats...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 North Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Cirque Musica Holiday presents Wonderland is a fun-filled concert experience for the whole family featuring amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer accompanied by holiday...

Cost: $65-$100

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 800-745-3000
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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, anytime throughout the dates offered.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Certified technicians will check and help families install carseats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Join the Carolina's Aviation Museum on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, August through May, for an engaging hour of exploring aviation through stories, crafts and hands-on...

Cost: $5 per child with paid adult admission of $12

Where:
Carolina's Aviation Museum
4672 1st Flight Drive
, NC
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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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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Telephone: 704-716-8649
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This annual exhibit fills Kings Mountain Historical Museum with model train displays, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted!

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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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 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:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Instruments, parachutes, balls, bean bags and lots of fun props will be used to create a magical experience of music, movement, and story time followed by open play. Coffee and tea are...

Cost: $5 per child; $10 per family

Where:
Lanti Music
323-E Unionville Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC  28079
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Winter is a great time of year to observe signs of animals. Learn about animal tracks, and make a print to take home.

Cost: $8; free for members and children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, 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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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made...

Cost: Free; additional cost for carriage rides

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Visit with Santa and other fun characters that will change by the week. Dec. 5: Santa and Olaf Dec. 12: Santa with Elsa and Anna Dec. 19: Santa and Frosty

Cost: Free

Where:
Waverly Charlotte
, NC


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Stroll through the park or take a ride on the Winterland Express to see more than 250,000 Christmas lights. Additional activities will take place each night, such as Santa visits, marshmallow...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. Street
Kannapolis, NC  28081
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Telephone: 704-920-4343
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One of the world's most spectacular Christmas light displays will illuminate one of the world's most remarkable sporting venues for the ninth annual Speedway Christmas drive-through light...

Cost: $20+ per car

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC  28027
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Even feed a tiger! Sun.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 6-10pm.

Cost: $7 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman , NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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Come watch the classic tale of Scrooge unfold on stage. Check website for performance times. 

Cost: Tickets available by subscription only

Where:
Theatre Charlotte, The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $13-$17, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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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...

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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Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Nutcracker! Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping...

Cost: $125-$25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Ballet
Telephone: 704-414-2766
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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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"Latin Americans in Paris" presents selected Latin American artists who moved to Paris in the mid-20th century to live and work. Their presence in Europe initiated a cultural and...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 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. 

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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See Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, along with his whimsical gnomes and published scenes of winter at the Center for the Arts. The Galleries at the Center for the Arts are open...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Families and friends can come by Center Court to capture holiday memories with Santa! For hours and photo package pricing, please visit website.

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Come ice skating at SouthPark Mall! Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 3-11pm; Fri. 3pm-12am; Sat. 11am-12pm; Sun. 11am-11pm.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s offers guests a free photo with Santa. Families can reserve a virtual spot in line while playing games and making crafts. For the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Help break in the new Small Hands Big Art studio!  In December and early January, enroll in a Getting to Know You Class for a special introductory price. See website for class times, which...

Cost: $10

Where:
Small Hands Big Art - Fort Mill
1365 Broadcloth St.
Suite 105
Fort Mill, SC
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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Listen to stories and extend learning through a variety of hands-on activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Listen to stories and extend learning through a variety of hands-on activities. Call to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Library
119 S. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4000
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St. Lucia’s Day is a festival of light celebrated in Swedish homes and schools on one of the darkest and shortest days of the year-the Winter Solstice. Hear a reading of...

Cost: $10, included with museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Experience the magic of the holidays at this special performance experience, specifically designed to be comfortable, inviting and safe for individuals with sensory concerns.

Cost: $15

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Ballet
Telephone: 704-348-5752
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Use multiple critical thinking skills and the library's online resources in a small group setting to solve puzzles and codes in an interactive escape room game.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities, and experiments.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Experience new features, including a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Seasons Garden, illuminated prairie garden, extended lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens and an...

Cost: $8-$17, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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Join this monthly series highlighting different career fields to learn about different jobs and what it takes to get there. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Listen to Christmas classics performed by the Ukulele Meetup CLT Chapter.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Join residents as they pull the yule log through town to Legacy Park where it will be ignited. The evening continues with caroling and a visit from Santa. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Pharr Yarns Main Office
100 Main St.
McAdenville , NC
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Come play Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics, the creative fast-paced card game where players draw comic stories over four rounds. Join Scaleybark's Anime Club and meet...

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-6400
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Teens can drop in at the Information Desk for a 30-minute individual session with a staff member to get assistance with college or career applications and information.

Cost: Free

Where:
South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
, NC
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Why Don't We, Sabrina Carpenter and Bryce Vine will perform at this holiday bash you do not want to miss.

Cost: $20+

Where:
Rooftop 210 @ the EPICENTRE
210 East Trade S.
, NC
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The orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights. Beginning at dusk each evening on the Town Hall Lawn, the Holiday Light Spectacular lasts approximately 50 minutes and repeats...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 North Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Be part of the holiday concert tradition of the season with Grammy nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman as he celebrates A Joyful Christmas at McGlohon Theater.

Cost: $25+

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, 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, anytime throughout the dates offered.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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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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Telephone: 704-716-8649
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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This annual exhibit fills Kings Mountain Historical Museum with model train displays, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted!

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Local prenatal and postpartum practitioners have created a regular nurturing, knowledgeable and judgement-free community. Come every other Thursday to spend time with other caregivers. There will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bellies & Babies
5109 Monroe Road
Suite E
, NC
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Sponsor: Mind Body Baby
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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
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

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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:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Come cook with Indian Trail. All participants leave with a recipe card. Register prior to attending.

Cost: $6

Where:
Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Meet Santa in the Grand Hall of the Mount Holly Municipal Complex.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
400 E. Central Ave.
Mount Holly, NC
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Sponsor: City of Mount Holly
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made...

Cost: Free; additional cost for carriage rides

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Take a stroll through the most festive garden in Charlotte. Sip hot coca, roast s'mores and enjoy the Christmas lights!

Cost: $3

Where:
McGill Rose Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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Sponsor: Nectar Events
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Stroll through the park or take a ride on the Winterland Express to see more than 250,000 Christmas lights. Additional activities will take place each night, such as Santa visits, marshmallow...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. Street
Kannapolis, NC  28081
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Telephone: 704-920-4343
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One of the world's most spectacular Christmas light displays will illuminate one of the world's most remarkable sporting venues for the ninth annual Speedway Christmas drive-through light...

Cost: $20+ per car

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC  28027
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Join Clayworks the second Thursday of each month at Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center for a hands on clay workshop. Learn how to roll, pinch, poke, slip and score clay into a ceramic project that...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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The Hampton Inn and Suites at Phillips Place will be transformed into a six-story canvas with dramatic digital 3-D holiday effects. Also enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Place
6800 Phillips Place Ct.
, NC
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Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Even feed a tiger! Sun.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 6-10pm.

Cost: $7 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman , NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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Come watch the classic tale of Scrooge unfold on stage. Check website for performance times. 

Cost: Tickets available by subscription only

Where:
Theatre Charlotte, The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $13-$17, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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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...

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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Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Nutcracker! Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping...

Cost: $125-$25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Ballet
Telephone: 704-414-2766
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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Adapted from the best-selling book, this play features some favorite Christmas carols, lots of mayhem and fun for the whole family.

Cost: $12-$20 (additional $3 per ticket if purchased at the door)

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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"Latin Americans in Paris" presents selected Latin American artists who moved to Paris in the mid-20th century to live and work. Their presence in Europe initiated a cultural and...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of n orphanage that is run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical for all...

Cost: $15

Where:
Rock Hill Community Theatre
546 S. Cherry Road
Suite N
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-326-7428
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes. 

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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See Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, along with his whimsical gnomes and published scenes of winter at the Center for the Arts. The Galleries at the Center for the Arts are open...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Families and friends can come by Center Court to capture holiday memories with Santa! For hours and photo package pricing, please visit website.

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Come ice skating at SouthPark Mall! Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 3-11pm; Fri. 3pm-12am; Sat. 11am-12pm; Sun. 11am-11pm.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s offers guests a free photo with Santa. Families can reserve a virtual spot in line while playing games and making crafts. For the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Help break in the new Small Hands Big Art studio!  In December and early January, enroll in a Getting to Know You Class for a special introductory price. See website for class times, which...

Cost: $10

Where:
Small Hands Big Art - Fort Mill
1365 Broadcloth St.
Suite 105
Fort Mill, SC
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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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As the moon sets at midnight on the peak viewing night of the Geminid Meteor Shower, take a leisurely early morning stroll through the McDowell Prairie for a viewing of this spectacular celestial...

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
Four Horse Road entrance of the McDowell Prairie
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Explore the natural world through arts and crafts! Each session will feature a different theme and will have a take-home craft for each participant. Registration and parent attendance required.

Cost: $1

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Listen to a reading of "The Gingerbread Man" by Karen Schmidt at the Town Hall Stage. Then make some yummy creations right after in the Town Market. Times: 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $10, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Come watch the parade in Dallas, NC to get in the holiday spirit. Young spectators might even catch some candy!

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Dallas
Dallas, NC


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Experience new features, including a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Seasons Garden, illuminated prairie garden, extended lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens and an...

Cost: $8-$17, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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Come listen to a story while enjoying hot cocoa.

Cost: $9 per child; parents free

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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Visit the annual Gingerbread House event! Little chefs will decorate their very own gingerbread houses to take home at the end of the night. The gingerbread house kits include nuts, so please do...

Cost: $39

Where:
Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio
9826 Sandy Rock Place
Suite E
, NC
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Sponsor: Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio
Telephone: 704-246-6069
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Parents can drop children off with the IT (Indian Trail) team for engaging activities, such as obstacle courses, dinner, crafts and lots of fun!

Cost: Free

Where:
Chestnut Square Park
299 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail, NC
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The orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights. Beginning at dusk each evening on the Town Hall Lawn, the Holiday Light Spectacular lasts approximately 50 minutes and repeats...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 North Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Enjoy an evening of holiday fun with an interactive family experience, Christmas treats and a hands-on outreach opportunity benefiting local children in need.

Cost: Free

Where:
Elevation Church Blakeney
8835 Blakeney Professional Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: Elevation Church

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Ventriloquist, Darci Lynne is the youngest contestant to ever win “America’s Got Talent.” Come see her perform holiday favorites.

Cost: $29+

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2900 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-3600
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Calling all Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts! Make observations, collect data, and work with real scientists in hands-on activities. Overnight event includes an evening snack and breakfast....

Cost: $35

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28056
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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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, anytime throughout the dates offered.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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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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Telephone: 704-716-8649
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This annual exhibit fills Kings Mountain Historical Museum with model train displays, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted!

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Kids will learn some basic yoga positions that go along with the story. Come every second and fourth Friday of the month!

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, 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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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:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Bring your little one to Perfect Balance Training Center for "Tot Time" - an hour of free play in the gym. There is no instructor, so parents are in charge of their children. No need...

Cost: $5-$6

Where:
Perfect Balance
8850 Monroe Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-299-8445
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Meet Santa in the Grand Hall of the Mount Holly Municipal Complex.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
400 E. Central Ave.
Mount Holly, NC
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Sponsor: City of Mount Holly
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Participants will can choose from a wide variety of activities as well as a specialized activity that varies weekly.

Cost: $6

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free; additional cost for carriage rides

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays, with a nighttime train and more. Advance tickets required.

Cost: $38

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Carowinds comes alive with holiday spirit during WinterFest. Friends and family are treated to an ultimate holiday celebration as the park magically transforms into a winter wonderland - full of...

Cost: $26-$47

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-2600
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Children are invited to come out and participate in a variety of different games and activities. Pizza and refreshments are served at each event.

Cost: $10 per child; $5 per additional child

Where:
Crews Recreation Center
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-708-1289
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Take a stroll through the most festive garden in Charlotte. Sip hot coca, roast s'mores and enjoy the Christmas lights!

Cost: $3

Where:
McGill Rose Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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Sponsor: Nectar Events
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The evening will start with a pizza dinner, so big appetites are a must! Following dinner, kids enjoy action packed activities with a changing monthly theme. In the event of poor weather, the...

Cost: $25 per child for members; $30 per child for nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
971 Tom Hall St.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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The Southpark Mall Microsoft store will be hosting a free ASUS ROG Arena: Fortnite Fridays Tournament! All skill levels are welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Microsoft
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Stroll through the park or take a ride on the Winterland Express to see more than 250,000 Christmas lights. Additional activities will take place each night, such as Santa visits, marshmallow...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. Street
Kannapolis, NC  28081
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Telephone: 704-920-4343
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Drop off your children for a night of fun while you hit the town. Activities include laser tag, jump-n-play, rock climbing, mini bowling, ropes courses, bumper cars, and arcade games. Children...

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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One of the world's most spectacular Christmas light displays will illuminate one of the world's most remarkable sporting venues for the ninth annual Speedway Christmas drive-through light...

Cost: $20+ per car

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC  28027
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Come test your trivial knowledge at Indian Trail's Game Night! Team play is encouraged, so register your group. Complimentary soft drinks and light snacks provided.

Cost: Free

Where:
Indian Trail Town Hall
315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC
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Guests will stay as a family in cabins, join in the dining hall for prepared meals, and choose activities like the giant swing, climbing wall and, weather permitting, a little boating! Santa will...

Cost: $125 per person

Where:
YMCA Camp Thunderbird
1 Thunderbird Lane
Lake Wylie, SC  28710
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Sponsor: Camp Thunderbird
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Families are invited for music, Santa visits, a life-sized Snow Globe, Christmas Tree Lane, wagon rides and treats!

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mooresville
Mooresville, NC


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Talented young singers from every corner of Charlotte will come together to share the spirit of the season. Audience members will be invited to join the choirs in singing some traditional favorites.

Cost: $8-$20

Where:
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
115 W. Seventh St.
, NC
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Sponsor: The Choir School
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Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Even feed a tiger! Sun.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 6-10pm.

Cost: $7 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman , NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $22+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
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Take the train to the North Pole to meet Santa with a live reading of the story, "The Polar Express," complete with songs from the movie. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served....

Cost: $32+

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Come watch the classic tale of Scrooge unfold on stage. Check website for performance times. 

Cost: Tickets available by subscription only

Where:
Theatre Charlotte, The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $13-$17, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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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...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

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Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Nutcracker! Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping...

Cost: $125-$25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Ballet
Telephone: 704-414-2766
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This hilarious and heartfelt holiday comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying. In this production, Children’s Theatre of...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Simon is a terrific speller, but Simon’s brother, Jake, who has autism, unwittingly reveals he is also a gifted speller in a way that’s uniquely his. Sibling rivalry takes center stage...

Cost: $19+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he...

Cost: $14-$16

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Adapted from the best-selling book, this play features some favorite Christmas carols, lots of mayhem and fun for the whole family.

Cost: $12-$20 (additional $3 per ticket if purchased at the door)

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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"Latin Americans in Paris" presents selected Latin American artists who moved to Paris in the mid-20th century to live and work. Their presence in Europe initiated a cultural and...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

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


Website »

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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of n orphanage that is run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical for all...

Cost: $15

Where:
Rock Hill Community Theatre
546 S. Cherry Road
Suite N
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-326-7428
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes. 

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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See Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, along with his whimsical gnomes and published scenes of winter at the Center for the Arts. The Galleries at the Center for the Arts are open...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Families and friends can come by Center Court to capture holiday memories with Santa! For hours and photo package pricing, please visit website.

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Come ice skating at SouthPark Mall! Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 3-11pm; Fri. 3pm-12am; Sat. 11am-12pm; Sun. 11am-11pm.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Olde Mecklenburg Brewery's annual Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas Market, will feature vendors, food, spiced wine, world-class beer and plenty of holiday cheer. Santa will even stop by for a...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Road
, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s offers guests a free photo with Santa. Families can reserve a virtual spot in line while playing games and making crafts. For the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Help break in the new Small Hands Big Art studio!  In December and early January, enroll in a Getting to Know You Class for a special introductory price. See website for class times, which...

Cost: $10

Where:
Small Hands Big Art - Fort Mill
1365 Broadcloth St.
Suite 105
Fort Mill, SC
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Visit Santa's brand new workshop on the Village Green at Blakeney Shopping Center this holiday season for portraits with Santa Claus. See website for dates and times. Santa’s Workshop...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Join Santa at Winter Wonderland South Park! Parents can hang out at Santa's Pub while the little ones enjoy story time, sing-a-longs and more with Santa! Schedule: Fridays: 12/7, 6 to 8...

Cost: Free

Where:
Winter Wonderland SouthPark
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Visit The Peach Stand for a very special breakfast with Santa! There will be a variety of children's breakfast options along with photo opportunities.

Where:
The Peach Stand
1325 Highway 160 W.
Fort Mill, SC
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This family fun event encourages participants to have fun, be creative, and dress up in costumes. Costumes are of course encouraged but not required. The course will start and finish at Romare...

Cost: $20-$50

Where:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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This living history will give visitors a glimpse of what daily life was like for the garrison of Fort Dobbs as they prepared to spend their first winter on the site in 1755. On-going displays of...

Cost: Free ($2 donation suggested)

Where:
Fort Dobbs
438 Fort Dobbs Road
Statesville, NC
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Santa Claus is coming to Philadelphia Church! Children and their families are invited to have breakfast and have their photo taken with Santa Claus. Admission is a donation of new toy in a gift...

Cost: Admission is a donation of new toy in a gift bag

Where:
Philadelphia Church
1691 Highway 160 West
Fort Mill, SC  29708
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Create three cute snow people from clay flower pots to give as gifts or spruce up your holiday décor.

Cost: $30

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Come into the mobile Satellite Studio and create a digital masterpiece with the help of teen interns! Access to the studio is on a first come, first served basis. 12 year olds and under need to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5000
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As part of the 2018 Day in the Life Series, learn about the Carolinas College of Health Sciences and all the programs they offer students including nursing, medical lab technicians,...

Cost: $13-$17, free for children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Meet Santa while making some fun holiday crafts for family and friends. Continental brunch provided. Limited spots available.

Cost: $6

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1113
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The one-mile fun run starts at YMCA Drive, continues through Village Park onto Loop Road and back. Children of all ages and parents with strollers are welcomed. The 5K is a 3.1 mile run starts...

Cost: $10-$20

Where:
Kannapolis YMCA
101 YMCA Drive
Kannapolis, NC
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Although the trees may be sleeping, there is plenty going on, on the forest floor. Let's rustle up the leaves and look for flora that thrives in the colder temperatures. Registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Come meet the teachers, participate in early childhood classes and demonstrations, explore instruments, and jam! Join in the holiday merriment as carolers sing seasonal favorites at Regency...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bach to Rock Huntersville
16610 W Catawba Ave.
Suite A
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Bach to Rock
Telephone: 980-477-0114
Contact Name: Joe Partin
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Look, listen and make at the museum!  Come hear "Llama Llama Holiday Drama" by Anna Dewdney before crafting an ornament.

Cost: $5

Where:
President James K Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC  28134
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Shop more than 90 women-led businesses, enjoy photo moments, a cocktail bar by Sycamore brewing and plenty of fun Holiday surprises! VIP hours are on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. General...

Cost: $0-25

Where:
Girl Tribe Labratory
2215 Thrift Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Girl Tribe Pop Up
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Brighten winter months by spreading cheer with some hand-crafted cards! Drop in to create some cheerful cards to share with the world.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Come learn more about alligators and their adaptations. See a live alligator feeding at noon, and get a chance to meet and touch a live animal ambassador alligator!

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28056
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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This ongoing nature program features a tour, demonstration or activity designed to inspire children and adults to explore the natural world of the Carolina Piedmont. This Saturday is African...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Bring a red coat and white beard; there will be a prize given to the best Santa Claus look-a-like. After the trail race, grab your canine companion, and hit the trails for the We Believe Santa 5K...

Cost: $30+

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-391-3900
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The program features activities from a variety of holiday traditions, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. Activities include  holiday-themed tours of the 1774 Rock House, crafts and...

Cost: $7-$10, children younger than 6 free, included with admission

Where:
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Bring the kids to this read-aloud of Charles Dickens' holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol," paired with a film screening of the book's famous 1951 adaptation starring Alastair...

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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In this brand-new workshop for high-schoolers, teens are invited to try their hand at multimedia collage from an experienced local artist/teacher. Explore the Mint’s brand-new exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Join Clayworks' teaching artist and learn how to roll, pinch, poke, slip and score clay into a ceramic project that will last a lifetime. The family workshops have a special feature of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Clayworks, Inc.
Telephone: 704-416-4400
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Drop in to create ornaments that celebrate nature's beauty! There will be several options available, from animal cutouts on tree cookies to twig stars to snowflakes!

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Come listen to a story before frosting your own cupcake with Santa Mouse!

Cost: $9 per child; parents free

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Ste. C
, NC
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Community School of the Arts provides a visual art workshop series with a different project activity each month. Live music will accompany the art-making process.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-7400
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Learn mathematical concepts of sorting, building and geometry while developing problem solving and innovating thinking skills. This month's Lego Challenge will be all about holiday songs!...

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Visit Lowell for vendors, music, food, kid’s activities, and lots of Christmas cheer! The City of Lowell Christmas Parade begins at 3 p.m. at Harold Rankin Park and ends at Popular Street.

Cost: Free

Where:
E. 1st Street
Lowell, NC


Sponsor: City of Lowell
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Create one or two ornaments to take home: a miniature wreath or a wood slice ornament.  Registration available, and remaining slots will be available on a first come, first serve basis for...

Cost: $5-$8

Where:
President James K Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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Telephone: 70-889-7145

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This hilarious and heartfelt holiday comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying. In this production, Children’s Theatre of...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Experience new features, including a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Seasons Garden, illuminated prairie garden, extended lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens and an...

Cost: $8-$17, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC
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Come Downtown for the Annual Christmas Village Celebration. Festivities will include the Festival of Lights in Stowe Park and up Main Street, carriage rides, hayrides, train rides through Stowe...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Belmont
115 N Main St.
Belmont, NC  28012
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Sponsor: City of Belmont/Downtown Belmont Development Assoication
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Bring family, friends and phone to take pictures with Santa while enjoying holiday music and tasty treats from local food trucks! Stick around for the lighted boat parade as it makes its way to the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duke Energy's Energy Explorium
13339 McGuire Nuclear Station Road
Huntersville, NC
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Come out for Teddy Bear Toss and Family Night. Bring a stuffed animal to toss on the ice after the first Checkers goal, which will be donated to charity. Also, save 40 percent on groups of four...

Cost: $18.50

Where:
Bojangles' Coliseum
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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The orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights. Beginning at dusk each evening on the Town Hall Lawn, the Holiday Light Spectacular lasts approximately 50 minutes and repeats...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 North Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Annual holiday event with music from medieval and Renaissance times, readings of the season and carols for all to sing. Musicians appear in period attire. Performances at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $8-$16

Where:
Historic St. Mary's Chapel
1129 East Third St.
, NC
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Calling all Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts! Make observations, collect data, and work with real scientists in hands-on activities. Overnight event includes an evening snack and breakfast....

Cost: $35

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28056
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Rock out to holiday favorites with The Beach Boys.

Cost: $57+

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2900 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-3600
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Serving as the nation’s preeminent talent show, NBC’s America’s Got Talent will once again hit the road to search for the most talented variety acts in the country.

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, 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, anytime throughout the dates offered.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, 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

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 E. W. McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-321-7275
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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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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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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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Telephone: 704-716-8649
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This annual exhibit fills Kings Mountain Historical Museum with model train displays, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted!

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Telephone: 704-739-1019
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Led by a South Carolina Master Naturalist, this gentle hike will cover approximately two miles and take about one and a half hours. Stop along the hike to discuss various plants, rocks, wildlife...

Cost: Free for members; $5 for nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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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:
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St.
, NC
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Criss Cross Mangosauce will present a Spanish/English story time with music, plays and stories. All families interested in raising bilingual and globally-minded children are welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Music and Movement activities for ages one, two and three! All ages are welcome to attend, and infants receive free admission. Come jam to stories and songs!

Cost: $2 per child

Where:
UWI- Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albemarle Road
Suites 211-213
, NC
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Sponsor: United World Initiative's
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Join us every third Saturday to discuss and showcase teen fandom of pop culture (television shows, movies, books, gaming and podcasts) and enjoy snacks and fun geek activities.

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free; additional cost for carriage rides

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays, with a nighttime train and more. Advance tickets required.

Cost: $38

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Carowinds comes alive with holiday spirit during WinterFest. Friends and family are treated to an ultimate holiday celebration as the park magically transforms into a winter wonderland - full of...

Cost: $26-$47

Where:
Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-588-2600
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Stroll through the park or take a ride on the Winterland Express to see more than 250,000 Christmas lights. Additional activities will take place each night, such as Santa visits, marshmallow...

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. Street
Kannapolis, NC  28081
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Telephone: 704-920-4343
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One of the world's most spectacular Christmas light displays will illuminate one of the world's most remarkable sporting venues for the ninth annual Speedway Christmas drive-through light...

Cost: $20+ per car

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC  28027
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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Guests will stay as a family in cabins, join in the dining hall for prepared meals, and choose activities like the giant swing, climbing wall and, weather permitting, a little boating! Santa will...

Cost: $125 per person

Where:
YMCA Camp Thunderbird
1 Thunderbird Lane
Lake Wylie, SC  28710
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Sponsor: Camp Thunderbird
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Talented young singers from every corner of Charlotte will come together to share the spirit of the season. Audience members will be invited to join the choirs in singing some traditional favorites.

Cost: $8-$20

Where:
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
115 W. Seventh St.
, NC
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Sponsor: The Choir School
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Visit with Santa, take a pony ride, pet animals, and roast marshmallows over a fire. Even feed a tiger! Sun.-Thur., 6-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 6-10pm.

Cost: $7 per person

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman , NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $22+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
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Take the train to the North Pole to meet Santa with a live reading of the story, "The Polar Express," complete with songs from the movie. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served....

Cost: $32+

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Come watch the classic tale of Scrooge unfold on stage. Check website for performance times. 

Cost: Tickets available by subscription only

Where:
Theatre Charlotte, The Eloise Macdonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation. Larger-than-life bug models guide a journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Get up...

Cost: $13-$17, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N.. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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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...

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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Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Nutcracker! Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping...

Cost: $125-$25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Ballet
Telephone: 704-414-2766
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This hilarious and heartfelt holiday comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying. In this production, Children’s Theatre of...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theater
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Simon is a terrific speller, but Simon’s brother, Jake, who has autism, unwittingly reveals he is also a gifted speller in a way that’s uniquely his. Sibling rivalry takes center stage...

Cost: $19+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Featuring more than 50 international artists and more than 100 works of art, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Romare Bearden and his...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he...

Cost: $14-$16

Where:
Matthews Playhouse
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Adapted from the best-selling book, this play features some favorite Christmas carols, lots of mayhem and fun for the whole family.

Cost: $12-$20 (additional $3 per ticket if purchased at the door)

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour St.
Davidson, NC
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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"Latin Americans in Paris" presents selected Latin American artists who moved to Paris in the mid-20th century to live and work. Their presence in Europe initiated a cultural and...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of n orphanage that is run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical for all...

Cost: $15

Where:
Rock Hill Community Theatre
546 S. Cherry Road
Suite N
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-326-7428
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes. 

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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See Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, along with his whimsical gnomes and published scenes of winter at the Center for the Arts. The Galleries at the Center for the Arts are open...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for the Arts
121 E Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Families and friends can come by Center Court to capture holiday memories with Santa! For hours and photo package pricing, please visit website.

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Come ice skating at SouthPark Mall! Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 3-11pm; Fri. 3pm-12am; Sat. 11am-12pm; Sun. 11am-11pm.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Olde Mecklenburg Brewery's annual Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas Market, will feature vendors, food, spiced wine, world-class beer and plenty of holiday cheer. Santa will even stop by for a...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Road
, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s offers guests a free photo with Santa. Families can reserve a virtual spot in line while playing games and making crafts. For the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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The Levine JCC is thrilled to present JStage Presents Disney's The Little Mermaid. Sat., 2 and 7pm; Sun., 2pm.

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-366-5007
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Visit Santa's brand new workshop on the Village Green at Blakeney Shopping Center this holiday season for portraits with Santa Claus. See website for dates and times. Santa’s Workshop...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience.

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

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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