Things to Do With Kids in Charlotte This Weekend
This weekend's family fun in Charlotte. (Dec. 14-16)
See how Tweetsie Railroad decorates for Christmas!
Photo: Tweetsie Railroad
He's checking his list, checking it twice, and Santa says this weekend's events are very nice! Check out where to find Santa in Charlotte, as well as our top picks of things to do with kids this month.
Note: Time, dates and details of events are subject to change. Call venues to confirm.
Come out to Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville for holiday fun! 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. $10, includes museum admission. All ages. Discovery Place Kids, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.
Families are invited to Downtown Mooresville for music, Santa visits, a life-sized Snow Globe, Christmas Tree Lane, wagon rides and treats! Activities take place on Broad Street and Main Street. Loading and unloading for wagon rides takes place at the Christian Mission on Broad Street. Free. All ages. 6-8pm. Downtown Mooresville, Mooresville.
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 not register for this event if you have a nut allergy! We’ll also have tortilla pizzas and green beans for dinner! $39. Ages 5-12. 6-8pm. Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio, 9826 Sandy Rock Place, Suite E.
Ventriloquist, Darci Lynne is the youngest contestant to ever win “America’s Got Talent.” Come see her perform holiday favorites. $29+. All ages. 7pm. Ovens Auditorium, 2900 E. Independence Blvd.
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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 Bearden Park. Participants will get to enjoy the Christmas Village after the race. The Christmas Village will open at 11 a.m. and will include an Aerie pop up shop this Saturday as well as a visit from Santa. Santa will make an appearance at 11:30 a.m. $20-$50 race fee. All ages. 9am. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.
Laugh, play, and get creative with both traditional and experimental art projects. Make Christmas tree ornaments out of recycled plastic, or design a snowflake mobile. Decorate a cardboard gingerbread man, or create a corsage of paper poinsettias. All materials and holiday treats will be provided. $50 per family. All ages. Noon-4pm. Birdsong Brewery, 1016 N. Davidson St.
Elsa and Anna are returning to Winter Wonderland, so get ready for photo opportunities, story time and a performance by the sisters! All ages. 1-2pm. Winter Wonderland at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.
The parade begins at Blythe Landing at 5:30 p.m. and heads toward Ramsey Creek. The parade will reach its final stop, the Duke Energy Explorium, at approximately 7 p.m. A food truck, music and Santa will be present until 30 minutes after the parade has ended. Free. All ages. 5-7:30pm. Duke Energy's Energy Explorium, 13339 McGuire Nuclear Station Road, Huntersville.
Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays with a nighttime train, visit with Santa, s’mores roasting and more. Purchase a ticket in advance for a train ride time. The train runs every half hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. $38, children 2 and younger free. All ages. 5-10pm. Tweetsie Railroad, 300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln., Blowing Rock.
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 Sim.
On Saturday, December 15, group caroling starts at noon, and the reading begins at 1 pm, featuring 30 local Charlotte performers and authors reading the book from start to finish. On Sunday, December 16, come watch the movie at 2 p.m. in the Francis Auditorium at Main Library.
The library is providing hot cider and ginger snaps for both events, and the sponsor, Penguin Classics, is giving away a box set of holiday books and a Penguin tote bag to a lucky winner at the end of the Saturday reading. Other door prizes include a three-hour class from Charlotte Lit, and a trilogy of Christmas-themed novels by Landis Wade. Free. All ages. Noon-4 p.m. ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St.
Come get Jolly with the Lollies! There will be crafts, locally baked cookies, silly elves causing mischief, a showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and an appearance by Santa! The Jolly Lollies will also sing favorite holiday hits. $8. All ages. 4:30-6:30pm. Suffolk Punch, 2911 Griffith St.
’Tis the season to celebrate as "A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage" brings holiday cheer to Charlotte! This brand new touring production features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. Show times are 2pm and 7pm. $25+. All ages. Ovens Auditorium, 2900 East Independence Blvd.
Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor and mother of two energetic boys.