Our Picks: Top Things to Do With Kids This Month in Charlotte
Our picks for the best things to do with kids in the greater Charlotte area.
Join Santa in a weekend of festivities at ChristmasVille Rock Hill, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
Photo by Mike Baker
ChristmasVille Rock Hill | Nov. 29-Dec. 2
Stroll Old Town Rock Hill as it comes alive as a charming, picturesque holiday village and outdoor art festival at the 13th annual ChristmasVille. More than 100 events, including horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours, strolling Dickens carolers, art, theater, dance, music, a gingerbread-house contest, multiple Santa activities, and an ice-skating rink fill the weekend schedule. See the website for the full schedule of activities and locations throughout downtown Rock Hill. Cost varies by event, but many are free.
Winter Wonder Bugs | Dec. 20-Jan. 2
Bug out when school’s out! Venture to Discovery Place Science to learn all about bugs and the special adaptations that enable them to survive. Meet live bugs in the Explore More Life lab, craft a bug-inspired ornament, stop by the genius bug bar to get your curious questions answered, and visit the bug bistro to taste of protein-packed insects. See the website for a detailed daily schedule of activities. $13-$17, children younger than age 2 admitted free, includes museum admission. Discovery Place Science, 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.
Explore activities from a variety of holiday traditions, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Activities include selfies with Santa Claus, holiday-themed tours of the 1774 Rock House, crafts and musical performances. $7-$10, children younger than age 6 are admitted free. Noon-4pm. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive.
New Year's Eve at WinterFest | Dec. 31
New this year, Carowinds introduces New Year's Eve at WinterFest, a family-friendly celebration that starts at 10 p.m., after a full evening of WinterFest. Ride the Afterburn rollercoaster and four classic rides in the new County Fair, skate on Snowflake Lake, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and enjoy live entertainment, including Tinker’s Toy Factory and Charlie Brown’s Christmas Spectacular. New Year’s Eve activities include live bands, Snoopy’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party and fireworks at midnight. New Year’s Eve at WinterFest is included with WinterFest admission. 704-588-2600. 5pm-1am. Carowinds, 300 Carowinds Blvd.