Where's Santa? Charlotte Santa Sightings

Have a visit with Santa Claus at one of these locations this season.


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Santa starts making his rounds Nov. 1, starting at SouthPark mall. Find out when he will be in your area.

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Santa Claus is coming to town, he's making his list and checking it twice. Find out where you can snap a photo with the jolly one. (Events are organized by area and date. Details are subject to change, and many holiday events are subject to sell out. Always call or check event website before going).

Mall Santa Sightings

Birkdale Village, Huntersville | Nov. 16 -Dec. 24 - select days

Blakeney Shopping CenterNov. 23 -Dec. 22 - select days

Carolina Place Mall | Nov. 9-Dec. 24

Concord MillsNov. 8-Dec. 24

Northlake MallNov. 16-Dec. 24.

SouthPark MallNov. 1-Dec. 24


Charlotte

Nov. 2

Holiday Children's Market and Visits with Santa

Come for hot chocolate, donuts, face painting, food tastings and holiday crafts. Shop vendors, including the Children Entrepreneurs from the Charlotte Children's Business Fair. Santa and the "Give Thanks" Turkey will arrive at 11 a.m.

  • Where: StoneCrest at Piper Glen, 7800 Rea Road.
  • When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

 

Nov. 11-Dec. 16, Mondays

Pet Photos with Santa

Come bring cats and dogs to take pictures with Santa!

  • Where: Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Pl. Pkwy.
  • When: 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Picture packages vary in price.

 

Nov. 14-24

Southern Christmas Show

Experience charming shops, festive music, crafts, food, holiday decor, local wines, Santa and more than 450 holiday merchants with gifts for all ages.

  • Where: Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road.
  • When: Sun.-Wed., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $4-$15, children ages 5 and younger free. On-site parking is $8.

 

Nov. 21-24

Santa at the Charlotte Auto Show

Santa is stopping by Saturday and Sunday at the Charlotte Auto Show. Be sure to also check out the video game truck and first responder vehicles. On Sunday, entertainers and mascots will be available for pictures and high-fives.

  • Where: Convention Center, 501 S. College St.
  • When: Noon-4 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 general admission, children ages 12 and younger admitted free.

 

Nov. 22

Piedmont Town Center Tree Lighting

See the tree lighting at 7 p.m. Come early and stay late to enjoy train rides, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a photo booth, balloon artist, face painting, goodie bags and complimentary hot cocoa.

 

Nov. 22-Dec. 24

Charlotte Christmas Village

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 such as local musical performances. Closed Mondays. Santa will visit the village on select dates starting Thanksgiving Day; see website for his schedule. Free admission.

  • Where: Charlotte Christmas Village, Corner of 7th Street and N. Tryon Street.
  • When: Closed Mondays. Santa will visit the village on select dates starting Thanksgiving Day; see website for his schedule.
  • Cost: Free admission.

 

Nov. 23

Holiday Magic at Rea Farms

Come out for a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Meet Christmas Mickey and Minnie, and visit with characters from Frozen. Shop for gifts from Rea Farms Shops at Stocking Stuffer Lane, and enjoy trackless train rides, face painting, balloon twisters, a cookie decorating workshop and the 7 p.m. tree lighting!

  • Where: Rea Farms, 9855 Sandy Rock Place.
  • When: 4-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting at Blakeney Shopping Center

Explore family-friendly activities including a trackless train, holiday characters, crafts, dance performances and more until 7 p.m. Ramona from 107.9 The Link will be on-site with Christmas jingles. Santa Claus will arrive at 6 p.m. before the tree lighting ceremony. Stop by Santa’s House following the ceremony for a photo until 9 p.m.

  • Where: Blakeney Shopping Center, 9839 Rea Road
  • When: 4-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free. Picture packages vary in price

 

Nov. 24 and Dec. 8

Sensory Event with Santa

Families with special needs are invited to meet Santa at Carolina Place Mall.

  • Where: Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Pl. Pkwy.
  • When: 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Cost: Picture packages vary in price.

 

Nov. 24 and Dec. 15

Pet Photos with Santa at SouthPark

Bring your pets and family to SouthPark Mall for photos.

  • Where: SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.
  • When: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Picture packages vary in price.

 

Nov. 30

Santa Photos Provided by Charlotte Black Dogs

Come for raffles, rescue groups and photos with Santa! Bring your own camera. Donations benefit Charlotte Black Dogs.

  • Where: Pet in the City, 9600 Monroe Road.
  • When: Noon-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

Exclusive Christmas Portraits, Fighting Childhood Cancer

Come join Santa for a unique interactive photo shoot, and get professional portraits with Santa. Experience the "Night Before Christmas" as told by Santa. He will also share photos of Rudolph and show children how he navigates the skies while a photographer captures the magic.

  • Where: NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 N. Tryon St.
  • When: Noon-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $40.

 

Dec. 1

Christmas Ball Workshop with Santa

Learn how to craft lit Christmas balls. Bring supplies, or purchase supplies at the workshop for $12. Santa will be available for photos between 1 and 4 p.m. Photos will be free with donation of toy. Balls are the same as the decorations used in the Running of the Balls 5K.

  • Where: Resident Culture Brewing Company, 2101 Central Ave.
  • When: 1-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Photos free with toy donation.

 

Dec. 1 and 8

Caring Santa

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. Photos available for purchase.

  • Where: SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.
  • When: 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Picture packages vary in price.

 

Dec. 4-7

The Holiday Shop

The Holiday Shop includes Santa’s Bag and The ENCORE! Boutique. Santa’s Bag gives children ages 10 and younger the opportunity to shop for family and friends (including Mom and Dad) with the help of volunteer elves. A variety of inexpensive, pre-wrapped gifts. The ENCORE! Boutique is a unique place for tweens, teens and adults to shop while children are shopping in Santa’s Bag. Santa will be in the lobby during the event.

  • Where: Children's Theatre of Charlotte, ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St.
  • When: Wed-Fri., 9-11:30 a.m.; 4:30-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (or until inventory sells out)
  • Cost: Free admission. Gifts range in price from 50 cents to $6.

 

Dec. 4, 11 and 18

Winter Wednesdays at Waverly

Visit Waverly for some mid-week cheer. Start a new holiday tradition that includes a night full of entertainment, including music, shopping, sweet treats and of course, a visit from Santa.

  • Where: Waverly Charlotte.
  • When: 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

 

Dec. 5 and 12

Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Phillips Place

See the dazzling light shows at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and enjoy visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painters, balloon artists, and hot chocolate.

  • Where: Phillips Place, 6800 Phillips Place Court
  • When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

 

Dec. 7

Ayrsley Holiday Celebration

Santa will be available for photos from 3:30-5:30 p.m, and the movie, "Elf" will be shown on the lawn beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • Where: Ayrsley, Ayrsley Town Blvd.
  • When: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

Ballantyne Village's Holiday Open House

Kids receive goodie bags, while supplies last! Fun events for the family include visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting, balloon artist, crafts and a bounce house.

  • Where: Ballantyne Village, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way.
  • When: 1-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

Kingsley Holiday Celebration

Join Kingsley of Fort Mill for faux snow, balloon artist, cookie crawl, live holiday music and photos with Santa.

  • Where: Kingsley Town Center, Textile Way and Broadcloth Street, Fort Mill.
  • When: 2-5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

Krueger Reindeer Romp

Register for the 5K, or register kids for the free fun run and Olaf Obstacle Course. Finish off with hot chocolate, snacks and pictures with Santa.

  • Where: Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Road.
  • When: 8 a.m.
  • Cost: $35+ for 5K, Kids' fun run and Olaf Obstacle Course free.

Santa's Craft Fair

Shop for gifts, and hear the Children's Choir perform at 11:15am. Food will be available for purchase, and Santa will be available for photographs.

  • Where: St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
  • When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free admission.

 

Dec. 7, 14 and 21

A December to Remember at Promenade

Celebrate the season at Promenade on Providence the first three Saturdays of December. Enjoy Santa and Carriage Rides on Dec. 7, Cookies and Crafts with Mrs. Claus on the Green on Dec. 14 and Paws and Claus on Dec. 21. For Paw and Claus, kids and pets can take photos with Santa and enjoy a visit from a favorite character pup!

  • Where: Promenade on Providence, 10844 Providence Road.
  • When: 3-5 p.m.

 

Dec. 13

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

Come to MyGym in Ballantyne for cookies and cocoa with Santa! This event is for children ages birth to 10 years.

  • Where: MyGym Ballantyne, 9852 Rea Road, Suite A2.
  • When: 3:30-5 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Cost: $15

 

Dec. 14

Holiday at the Hill

Come out for face painters, snow, trackless train, bounce house, carriage rides, goodie bags for kids, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

  • Where: Strawberry Hill, Providence Road and Sardis Road.
  • When: 1-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

 

Santa at Legion Plaza Midwood

Come visit with Santa at Legion! A photographer will be available to take photos, and parents may also take a photo of their own.

  • Where: Legion Brewing, 1906 Commonwealth Ave..
  • When: Noon-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $5.

 

Dec. 14 and 15

Santa Paws at Lucky Dog Bark and Brew

​​Come get your dog's picture made with Santa for free with a donation to CBHBB Rescue.

  • Where: Lucky Dog Bark and Brew, 2220 Thrift Road.
  • When: 1pm.
  • Cost: Free with donation.

 

Dec. 15

Magical Morning: A Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience

Each child will have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus in an atmosphere that is calming and quiet with no loud music or flashing lights. Plus with pre-scheduled Santa times, there is little to no wait. This event also includes crafts and the opportunity to watch a Christmas movie in the High Octane Theater with the lights up and the sound down.

  • Where: NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Drive.
  • When: 9 a.m.-noon.
  • Cost: $15 per family.

Santa at Legion South Park

Come visit with Santa at Legion! A photographer will be available to take photos, and parents may also take a photo of their own.

  • Where: Legion Brewing, 5610 Carnegie Blvd.
  • When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: $5.

Belmont

Nov. 29-Dec. 24, Select Days

Holidays at the Garden

Mrs. Claus visits Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos with families on Dec. 2, 9 and 16  from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (additional fee, reservations required). Santa will also be available Tuesday through Thursday from Dec. 2-19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for personal photos (no fee). Holidays at the Garden includes holiday lights, music, fires for marshmallow roasting, Department 56’s Dickens’ Village Series display and model railroad display.

  • Where: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont.
  • When: 5-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $10-$19

 

Dec. 7

Christmas Village

Come downtown for a magical night of fun holiday cheer! S'mores, hot cocoa, hot cider, cookies and more available along Main Street. Have your photo taken with Santa, or enjoy a carriage ride through downtown. Stroll through Stowe Park to see the Festival of Trees. New this year is Belmont's Christmas Village ice-skating rink! The rink opens Dec. 5-7.

  • Where: Downtown Belmont.
  • When: 5-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

Concord

Nov. 8

Santa's Arrival at Concord Mills

Enjoy festive activities and special guest appearances. Santa Claus arrives in style around 6:30 p.m. followed by a parade down to Santa’s workshop in the Dining Pavilion.

  • Where: Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
  • When: Arrival celebration runs 5-7 p.m. Pictures with Santa continue through Dec. 24
  • Cost: Free. Picture packages vary in price.

 

Nov. 16-24

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's

Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

  • Where: Bass Pro Shops, 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, and Cabela's, 1000 Cabela Drive, Fort Mill.
  • When: Daily
  • Cost: Free

 

Nov. 22-Jan. 5

Speedway Christmas

Drive the 3.5 mile course to see over 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas trees, vendors and specialty foods. Do not miss the live nativity, Ferris wheel, merry go round and carriage rides outside.

  • Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy., S., Concord
  • When: Thurs.-Sun., 6-10 p.m. and daily Christmas week except Christmas Day.
  • Cost: $25-$30 per car for Christmas light show and the Village visit. $20 on days when the village is closed.

 

Nov. 24

Pet Photos with Santa at Concord Mills

Pets are welcome to come have their photo taken with Santa.

  • Where: Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
  • When: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Picture packages vary in price.

 


The Polar Express Train RideNov. 15-22

The event combines the train ride with theatrical performances, along with Reindeer Games and entertainment before the ride, s’mores, photos with Santa in the Gift Station, and the post-ride children’s play area, Candy Cane Lane. Open on weekends with extended days.

  • Where: North Carolina Transportation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer.
  • When: 4-8:30 p.m., select time when purchasing tickets.
  • Cost: $32+ to ride the train. Photo packages available for purchase.

Dec. 8

Caring Santa

Children with special needs and their families can enjoy a sensory-friendly Caring Santa event.

  • Where: Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord in the dining pavilion.
  • When: 9-11 a.m.
  • Cost: Picture packages vary in price.

Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Indian Land

Nov. 15

Ringing in the Holidays at Redstone

Check out balloon artists, face painters, holiday characters, train, carriage rides, photo booth, snow, goodie bags for kids, as well as visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

  • Where: Redstone Shopping Center, Highway 521 and Highway 160, Indian Land, South Carolina.
  • When: 6-9 p.m.
  • ​Cost: Free.

 

Nov. 16

4th Annual Cookies with Santa

Take a digital photo with Santa! Shop local vendors and food trucks while the kids make crafts.

  • Where: Baxter Close YMCA, 857 Promenade Walk, Fort Mill.
  • When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 for photo with Santa.

 

Dec. 5-8

ChristmasVille

This four-day festival includes Santa Workshops, a parade, Founder's Holiday Ice Rink, a carousel, performances, arts and crafts and other events. Santa arrives Dec. 5 in Fountain Park at 7 p.m. Cookies and cocoa at First Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill will follow his arrival. See the festival website for more events with Santa. Free. See website for full schedule of events, including cookies and cocoa with Santa and Santa workshop events. 

  • Where: Historic Old Town, Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • When: See website for full schedule of events.
  • Cost: Free admission and all Santa activities are free. 

 

Dec. 7

Candy Cane Hunt and Paws with Claus

Children can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, search the greenway for candy canes and finish with s’mores over a campfire. Register online.

  • Where: Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill. 
  • When: Hunts at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $12 per child, $5 for parking.

Ho Ho Ho Santa Shoot

Get your pet's picture with Santa!

  • Where: Humane Society of York County, 8177 Regent Pkwy., Suite 103, Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • When: 2-4 p.m.
  • Cost: $20 per digital photo, cash or check.

Lancaster Christmas in the City

Come for food trucks, crafts, free rides, free pictures with Santa and more.

  • Where: 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster, South Carolina
  • When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson

Nov. 16

Santa's Arrival Parade

Watch the parade at 6 p.m. to celebrate Santa's arrival, and do not miss the live entertainment, tree lighting and vendors.

  • Where: Birkdale Village, Birkdale Commons Parkway and Sam Furr Road, Huntersville.
  • When: 3-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

 

Nov. 24 and Dec. 1

Santa Paws Pet Photos

Well-mannered cats and dogs are invited pose for photos with Santa. Cats must be in a carrier at all times, and dogs must be on a leash. Photos will be available for purchase.

  • Where: Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.
  • When: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Picture packages vary in price.

 

Dec. 1

Christmas in Cornelius

Festival will feature local breweries, vendors, food trucks, live music, activities for kids and a visit from Santa!

  • Where: Oak Street Mill, 5721 Oak St., Cornelius.
  • When: Noon-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

 

Dec. 3

Signing Santa

Good little girls and boys can come sign and take photos with Santa.

  • Where: Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.
  • When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: Picture packages vary in price.

 

Dec. 5-7

Santa's House at Christmas in Davidson

Part of the Christmas in Davidson celebration, children can share their wish lists and have a picture taken. Santa arrives Thurs., Dec. 5 at 6:29 p.m. in horse drawn carriage to Santa's House where he sees visitors from 7-9 p.m. See Santa Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m.

  • Where: Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House, 100 N. Main St., Davidson.
  • When: Thurs., 7-9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 6-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

 

Dec. 7

A Huntersville Christmas

Come enjoy festive family fun in Huntersville.

  • Where: Huntersville Town Center, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.
  • When: 2-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free admission.

 

Dec. 8

Soothing Santa

Soothing Santa is an exclusive, sensory-friendly event for families with special needs children and their siblings. Taking place before the mall opens, families have the opportunity to visit Jolly Old Saint Nick with dimmed lighting, no mall radio and lower shopper traffic.

  • Where: Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.
  • When: 8-11 a.m.
  • Cost: Picture packages vary in price.

 

Dec. 16

Paws in the Park

Families and their dogs can enjoy photos with Santa, shop for unique dog gifts and take a dog -friendly hike.

  • Where: Robbins Park, 17738 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius.
  • When: Noon-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

 

Dec. 17

Santa at Ben and Jerry's in Davidson

Come get a photo with Santa, and enjoy the hot chocolate bar.

  • Where: Ben and Jerry's, 202 S. Main St., Davidson.
  • When: 5-7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

Mooresville

Dec. 7

Ace & TJ's Grin Kids Breakfast with Santa

Come have a good breakfast for a great cause.

  • Where: Cantina 1511 Uptown, 205 N. College St. and Cantina 1511 Mooresville, 120 Marketplace Ave. Suite D, Mooresville.
  • Cost: $22.

 

Dec. 13 and 20

Christmas in Downtown

These Friday night celebrations will feature music, Santa visits, a Christmas tree lane, wagon rides, a life-sized snow globe and more.

  • Where: Downtown Mooresville, Broad and Main Streets, Mooresville.
  • When: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

Stallings

Dec. 7

Christmas in the Park

Enjoy holiday fun in the park.

  • Where: Stallings Municipal Park, 340 Stallings Road, Stallings.
  • When: 2-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free.

Waxhaw

Dec. 14

Treats with Santa Mrs. Claus at The Museum of the Waxhaws

Meet and greet with Mrs. Claus, and enjoy some treats!

  • Where: Museum of the Waxhaws, 8215 Waxhaw Hwy., Waxhaw.
  • When: 1-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $15.

Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor for Charlotte Parent magazine.

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November 2019

Experience charming shops, festive music, crafts, food, holiday decor, local wines, Santa and more than 450 holiday merchants with gifts for all ages.

Cost: $4-$15, children ages 5 and younger free

Where:
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
, NC
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Register to gobble up turkey facts in a trivia game all about turkeys.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Girls are invited to think like engineers, design robots, learn to code, develop apps and more. Register to participate in workshops with changing STEM topics. Ages 7-9, 1-2pm; Ages 11-14,...

Cost: $18, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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See a variety of European sports cars on April 28 and the third Sunday of every month from May through November. Rain days will be scheduled if needed.

Cost: Free

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Visit Reedy, McDowell or Latta Nature Preserves for a hike between November 17-30 to log your miles and pick up a prize.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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The Carolina Renaissance Festival is filled with charming cottages, castles, kitchens and pubs, all with simulated architecture of a 16th century European village. Oct. 5-6: Opening Weekend...

Cost: $15-$26

Where:
Carolina Renaissance Festival
16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville, NC
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Meet and learn how to draw PEANUTS characters, play games and dance to music. Enjoy the petting zoo and arts and crafts.

Cost: $48+, children ages 5 and younger free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainer's choice.  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Our engaging team of raptor keepers will show you some of their favorite bird species. Check in the Visitor’s Center whiteboard to see who you can meet each day.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Families with special needs can enjoy lessons and activities tailored for persons with disabilities. Children's class at 9:30 and 11am. Teen class at 9:30 and 11am. Young adult class at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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The Polar Express Train Ride, inspired by the run-away hit movie, features a train ride to the North Pole with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate and a presentation of the first gift of...

Cost: $32-$325

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Musem
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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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 invaders....

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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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

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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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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No one notices Brian until Justin arrives. This high-spirited musical will help us all discover the possibilities that begin with a simple act of kindness. See website for show times.

Cost: $16+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl, sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Based on Ludwig Bemelman's classic, "Madeline's Christmas,"  this musical brings Miss Clavel and "12 little girls in two straight lines" to the Gaston School of the...

Cost: $10

Where:
Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
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Experience charming shops, festive music, crafts, food, holiday decor, local wines, Santa and more than 450 holiday merchants with gifts for all ages.

Cost: $4-$15, children ages 5 and younger free

Where:
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
, NC
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Ceramic teaching artists will walk you through a clay project from start to finish. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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Register online for a hands on pottery making workshop with Clayworks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
, NC
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This dazzling musical wonderland features singing and dancing to Disney Junior songs, plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including a visit from Santa Claus!

Cost: $25

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Come discuss "The Parker Inheritance" by Varian Johnson. Snacks will be served.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Library
21105 Catawba Ave.
, NC
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Visit Reedy, McDowell or Latta Nature Preserves for a hike between November 17-30 to log your miles and pick up a prize.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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This class incorporates songs and movement and ends with a calming story. Please check schedule online for any updates or changes.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Anne Springs Close Greenway every first and third Monday for community preschool programs. Preschoolers will complete nature themed literature activities, crafts and hikes while using their...

Cost: $2 per child, $5 parking fee

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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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Come play in the open gym. All students younger than 3 must have an adult present at all times. Some Mondays are closed due to holidays, so please call to verify playtime.

Cost: $5, cash only

Where:
Carolina Stars
1080 Maxwell Mill Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-548-3441
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Visit a Lancaster County librarian at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster for story time. Regular admission is applied for children who want to stay to play following the event.

Cost: Free story time

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Structured basketball play for teenage participants.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Come for monthly music classes for young children with Down Syndrome, sponsored by Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte.

Cost: Free

Where:
Piedmont Music Therapy
220 Westinghouse Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte
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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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Increase your strength, endurance and agility for sports.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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GiGiFIT Kids makes exercise fun and empowers individuals with Down syndrome to be more independent and confident in their abilities. GiGiFIT is an application based program and requires a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gigi's Playhouse Charlotte
9109 Kings Parade Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities in your pajamas!

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
, NC
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Participants of all ages will learn proper Jazz dance technique. No previous dance experience required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-414-2774
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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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 invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
Website »

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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Experience charming shops, festive music, crafts, food, holiday decor, local wines, Santa and more than 450 holiday merchants with gifts for all ages.

Cost: $4-$15, children ages 5 and younger free

Where:
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
, NC
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Website »

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Flock to the library for this chance to create a paper plate turkey!

Cost: Free

Where:
Mount Pleasant Library
8556 Cook St.
Mount Pleasant, NC
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Celebrate everything Pokemon, from the video games to trading cards to books and beyond! Enjoy Pokemon-themed snacks and crafts for attendees of all ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Del Webb Library
7641 Charlotte Hwy.
Indian Land, SC
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Come discuss the book of the month. New members welcome! Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-5000
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This classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and laughs. Things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous with an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: OneBlood
Website »

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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Visit Reedy, McDowell or Latta Nature Preserves for a hike between November 17-30 to log your miles and pick up a prize.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
Website »

More information

Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Website »

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This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Toddlers will participate in a fun, kid friendly workout.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

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Come paint pottery with your toddler for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy two stories and and two craft activities. After the program, romp and play in the SEED Wildlife Garden and Children's Garden, or stroll the historic Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary.

Cost: $10 per family, free for members

Where:
Wing Haven Gardens
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Website »

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Children will play with interactive, age appropriate toys and games while listening to music. Parent participation required.

Cost: $3

Where:
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Site
500 Billmark Ave.
, NC
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
Website »

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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

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Toddlers identify words through interactive games and letter recognition.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, 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
Website »

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This class combines yoga and play for moms and babies through  poses, songs and calming time.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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This program is intended for both Spanish language families and those who want to expose children to a second language. This occurs on the third Tuesday of the month.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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This workshop is open to all ages. No previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Recreation Site
500 Bilmark Ave.
, NC
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JazzArts Charlotte will present WeBop, an award-winning early-childhood jazz education program. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church
6740 Albemarle Road
, NC
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Sponsor: JazzArts Charlotte
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Come discuss an assigned book. New members welcome. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment. The class is open to all ages and no previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Belle Johnston Community Center
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Gently-used designer women's clothing and accessories. Tues., 9am-7pm; Wed., 11am-7pm (restocked with many new items); Thurs., 9am-7pm;  Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-6pm (most items...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Merino's Home Furnishings Warehouse
500 S. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


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 invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child ages 3-12 will cost $5.

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Experience charming shops, festive music, crafts, food, holiday decor, local wines, Santa and more than 450 holiday merchants with gifts for all ages.

Cost: $4-$15, children ages 5 and younger free

Where:
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
, NC
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Website »

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Parents and their little ones to get outside and explore in a slightly structured environment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Snap photos, draw pictures and take notes like a scientist to create a living record of the park as it changes throughout the year.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Search for wildlife in fields, forests and streams to learn how each species makes its home in the nature preserve.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Take a closer look at the plants that make the nature preserve a beautiful and important habitat. 

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Explore the preserve off trail. Register online, and bring an adventurous spirit.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Experiment and explore new technologies.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Geek out on everything comics and manga related.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Ceramic teaching artists will walk you through a clay project from start to finish. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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See the Jonas Brothers live! “Happiness Begins Tour Presented by American Airlines and Mastercard” is the biggest Jonas Brothers tour ever.

Cost: $40+

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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Telephone: 800-745-3000
Website »

More information

This classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and laughs. Things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous with an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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A technician will help you learn how to install your seat correctly in your vehicle. Bring your child, seat, and vehicle and plan to spend at least 20 minutes. No appointment required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Division office of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Visit Reedy, McDowell or Latta Nature Preserves for a hike between November 17-30 to log your miles and pick up a prize.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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During this interactive playtime for toddlers, wiggle to music and giggle with friends.

Cost: Free

Where:
David W. Phillips Activity Center
946 Burrage Road
Concord, NC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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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Enjoy stories, movement with music and a seasonal craft..

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Little ones are invited to jump, roll and play in the Carolina Flipz gym!

Cost: $5

Where:
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Pkwy.
Suite B
Pineville, NC
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Homeschool students receive discounted admission at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster.

Cost: $8

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Sing and wiggle around, read fun books and participate in a craft or activity! On the third Wednesday of each month, a special guest from the York County Library visits for Toddler Story Time.

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Big Bird, Elmo and their friend Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star and the Sun in this family-friendly planetarium show.

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Come play all arcade games for half the price all day on Wednesday.

Cost: Price per game varies

Where:
Bowlero
210 E. Trade St.
, NC
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Bring your seat , child and vehicle, and plan to spend at least 20 minutes with a technician. No appointment is necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Fire Station
19729 S. Main St.
Cornelius, 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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Increase your strength, endurance and agility for sports.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Gently-used designer women's clothing and accessories. Tues., 9am-7pm; Wed., 11am-7pm (restocked with many new items); Thurs., 9am-7pm;  Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-6pm (most items...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Merino's Home Furnishings Warehouse
500 S. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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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 invaders....

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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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Experience charming shops, festive music, crafts, food, holiday decor, local wines, Santa and more than 450 holiday merchants with gifts for all ages.

Cost: $4-$15, children ages 5 and younger free

Where:
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
, NC
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Selected Vernon Grant images have been reproduced as holiday ornaments to honor the famed illustrator’s work and the ongoing exhibition and conservation of the Vernon Grant collection. This...

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

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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See a puppet show with songs and activities that support early literacy and foster a love of books.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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This program utilizes books, movement, music and other resources to provide an adaptive experience.

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. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Join this hands-on workshop to learn how to texturize and manipulate clay. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Ceramic teaching artists will walk you through a clay project from start to finish. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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For generations of Americans, World’s Fairs captured visions of hope for the future as part of their collective memory. Mina Chow journeys to discover why America abandoned World's Fairs.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Explore songs and stories through interactive activities. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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As one of the progenitors of the astonishing full-band sound of “contemporary” a cappella, Rockapella has shown every audience the raw power of pure vocal talent and originality.

Cost: $25+

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and laughs. Things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous with an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

More information

Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
Website »

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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Visit Reedy, McDowell or Latta Nature Preserves for a hike between November 17-30 to log your miles and pick up a prize.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
Website »

More information

Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

More information

Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Schleich USA
Website »

More information

Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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 »

More information

Little ones are invited to jump, roll and play in the Carolina Flipz gym!

Cost: $5

Where:
Carolina Flipz
11812 Carolina Place Pkwy.
Suite B
Pineville, NC
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Website »

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Watch a King Vulture play on a playground in the Vulture Culture exhibit.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Youth that have begun training in ballet, and have at least 3 years experience, are invited to begin preparation for the iconic pointe shoe work of the Classical Ballerina.

Cost: $10

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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Learn the history of various songs and how they were created. Get an introduction to the basics of being a DJ.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Swing, stomp and sing with your little ones in this interactive introduction to jazz for preschoolers and caregivers. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church
9401 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: JazzArts Charlotte
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Wind down after a busy day with bedtime stories and soothing songs. Come in your jammies, and bring your favorite stuffed animal.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kannapolis Library
850 Mountain St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Gently-used designer women's clothing and accessories. Tues., 9am-7pm; Wed., 11am-7pm (restocked with many new items); Thurs., 9am-7pm;  Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-6pm (most items...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Merino's Home Furnishings Warehouse
500 S. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


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 invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

Showtime Theatre Company is proud to present our Middle-High School Youth Performance of "Disney’s Frozen Jr.," which brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life,...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
McCelvey Center's Lowrey Family Theatre
212 E. Jefferson St.
York, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

A Viking king of Britain who has decided to retire passes on the responsibilities of leadership to her daughters, but she cannot see that she has been deceived by them until it’s too late....

Cost: $15

Where:
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Free Reign Theatre Company

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Families are welcome every day at the Auto Show, but Saturday and Sunday will have special entertainment for kids, including Santa from noon-4pm. Thurs.-Fri., Noon-9pm; Sat., 10am-10pm; Sun.,...

Cost: $10, children ages 12 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Based on Ludwig Bemelman's classic, "Madeline's Christmas,"  this musical brings Miss Clavel and "12 little girls in two straight lines" to the Gaston School of the...

Cost: $10

Where:
Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
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Website »

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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

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Experience charming shops, festive music, crafts, food, holiday decor, local wines, Santa and more than 450 holiday merchants with gifts for all ages.

Cost: $4-$15, children ages 5 and younger free

Where:
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Discover new places in this environmental education series. Topics and locations will change monthly. Meet at the nature center with water and a snack.

Cost: $10

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Register to gobble up turkey facts in a trivia game all about turkeys.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Learn how to keep slithery friends healthy.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Ceramic teaching artists will walk you through a clay project from start to finish. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grier Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Simon Tam is an Asian American author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker. The evening will include a talk and Q&A session with Simon Tam, followed by a book signing. He is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Great Aunt Stella Center
926 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and laughs. Things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous with an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Central Piedmont Music presents "Orphée et Euridice," a tragic opera in three acts. Fri. and Sat., 7:30pm; Sun. 2:30pm.

Cost: $10-$22

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Central Piedmont Community College
Website »

More information

Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

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


Website »

More information

Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: OneBlood
Website »

More information

Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Visit Reedy, McDowell or Latta Nature Preserves for a hike between November 17-30 to log your miles and pick up a prize.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
Website »

More information

Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Young children can jump with other little ones. Parents and caregivers jump free! W8less socks required.

Cost: $10 per hour

Where:
W8Less LKN
10442-A Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, 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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Visit a Lancaster County librarian at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster for movement and yoga through stories. Regular admission is applied for children who want to stay to play following the...

Cost: Free story time

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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The Polar Express Train Ride, inspired by the run-away hit movie, features a train ride to the North Pole with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate and a presentation of the first gift of...

Cost: $32-$325

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Musem
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Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays. Ride a nighttime train. Advanced tickets are required.

Cost: $38-$44 for adults, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Treat the kids and yourself to a fun night out! Drop kids off to run, play and dance. Pizza dinner is included.

Cost: $25

Where:
Romp n' Roll NW Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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No one notices Brian until Justin arrives. This high-spirited musical will help us all discover the possibilities that begin with a simple act of kindness. See website for show times.

Cost: $16+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

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The "New World" Symphony, fuses the music of  Bohemian roots with a fascinating new world full of new sounds.

Cost: $23

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-972-2000
Website »

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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Gently-used designer women's clothing and accessories. Tues., 9am-7pm; Wed., 11am-7pm (restocked with many new items); Thurs., 9am-7pm;  Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-6pm (most items...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Merino's Home Furnishings Warehouse
500 S. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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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 invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Website »

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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Showtime Theatre Company is proud to present our Middle-High School Youth Performance of "Disney’s Frozen Jr.," which brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life,...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
McCelvey Center's Lowrey Family Theatre
212 E. Jefferson St.
York, SC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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A Viking king of Britain who has decided to retire passes on the responsibilities of leadership to her daughters, but she cannot see that she has been deceived by them until it’s too late....

Cost: $15

Where:
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Free Reign Theatre Company

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Families are welcome every day at the Auto Show, but Saturday and Sunday will have special entertainment for kids, including Santa from noon-4pm. Thurs.-Fri., Noon-9pm; Sat., 10am-10pm; Sun.,...

Cost: $10, children ages 12 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Based on Ludwig Bemelman's classic, "Madeline's Christmas,"  this musical brings Miss Clavel and "12 little girls in two straight lines" to the Gaston School of the...

Cost: $10

Where:
Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Eat a holly, jolly breakfast and visit with Santa. Enjoy music, games and crafts. This is a Mall Stars Kids Club event, and the first 200 kids and their families enjoy breakfast free! Register...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northlake Mall Food Court
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Come celebrate the state tree of North Carolina, the longleaf pine. Learn how to become involved with longleaf pine restoration efforts.

Cost: $8, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Discovery Place Nature
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Experience charming shops, festive music, crafts, food, holiday decor, local wines, Santa and more than 450 holiday merchants with gifts for all ages.

Cost: $4-$15, children ages 5 and younger free

Where:
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road
, NC
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Ceramic teaching artists will walk you through a clay project from start to finish. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuskaseegee Road
, NC
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Come for a free Thanksgiving dinner, youth basketball games and live entertainment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal Street
, NC
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Meet farm animals, and watch staff feed, clean and care for them.

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

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sponsor: Gaston County Farm Bureau
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This nature program may feature a tour, demonstration or activity designed to inspire exploration nature.

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Connect with people and nature while removing invasive plant species. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Enjoy a free movie at the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Come out for a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Meet Christmas Mickey and Minnie, and visit with characters from Frozen. Shop for gifts from Rea Farms Shops at Stocking Stuffer Lane, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rea Farms
9855 Sandy Rock Pl.
, NC
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Explore family-friendly activities including a trackless train, holiday characters, crafts, dance performances and more until 7 p.m. Ramona from 107.9 The Link will be on-site with Christmas...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Celebrate the start of the holiday season with live entertainment, kids activities, Santa, fireworks, and the Winterland Express and Carousel.

Cost: Free

Where:
Village Park
700 West C. St.
Kannapolis, NC
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This classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and laughs. Things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous with an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Central Piedmont Music presents "Orphée et Euridice," a tragic opera in three acts. Fri. and Sat., 7:30pm; Sun. 2:30pm.

Cost: $10-$22

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Sponsor: Central Piedmont Community College
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy., Pineville
7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Visit Reedy, McDowell or Latta Nature Preserves for a hike between November 17-30 to log your miles and pick up a prize.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is filled with charming cottages, castles, kitchens and pubs, all with simulated architecture of a 16th century European village. Oct. 5-6: Opening Weekend...

Cost: $15-$26

Where:
Carolina Renaissance Festival
16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sensory Friendly Screenings are designed for a sensitive audience in a safe and accepting environment. July 20 - "Lion King" ​August 17 - "Angry Birds 2" ​September...

Cost: $5

Where:
Stone Theaters, RedStone 14 Cinemas
9650 Red Stone Drive
(Sun Valley 14 in Indian Trail, RedStone 14 in Indian Land)
Indian Land, SC
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Learn about drama from professional thespians and teachers.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Recreation Center
6709 Pence Road
, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Website »

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Big Bird, Elmo and their friend Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star and the Sun in this family-friendly planetarium show.

Cost: $5-$8, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Participants learn critical reading and writing skills, advocacy, volunteerism, art, videography, public speaking and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
President James K Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Hwy.
Pineville, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainer's choice.  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Explore the expressive, active and creative benefits of dance.

Cost: $10

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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Our engaging team of raptor keepers will show you some of their favorite bird species. Check in the Visitor’s Center whiteboard to see who you can meet each day.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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The Polar Express Train Ride, inspired by the run-away hit movie, features a train ride to the North Pole with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate and a presentation of the first gift of...

Cost: $32-$325

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Musem
Website »

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Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays. Ride a nighttime train. Advanced tickets are required.

Cost: $38-$44 for adults, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The "New World" Symphony, fuses the music of  Bohemian roots with a fascinating new world full of new sounds.

Cost: $23

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


Telephone: 704-972-2000
Website »

More information

Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Gently-used designer women's clothing and accessories. Tues., 9am-7pm; Wed., 11am-7pm (restocked with many new items); Thurs., 9am-7pm;  Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 9am-6pm (most items...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Merino's Home Furnishings Warehouse
500 S. Main St.
Mooresville , NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


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 invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

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


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

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


Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

More information

Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
Website »

More information

tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

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

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

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

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


Website »

More information

No one notices Brian until Justin arrives. This high-spirited musical will help us all discover the possibilities that begin with a simple act of kindness. See website for show times.

Cost: $16+

Where:
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-973-2828
Website »

More information

Showtime Theatre Company is proud to present our Middle-High School Youth Performance of "Disney’s Frozen Jr.," which brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life,...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
McCelvey Center's Lowrey Family Theatre
212 E. Jefferson St.
York, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

A Viking king of Britain who has decided to retire passes on the responsibilities of leadership to her daughters, but she cannot see that she has been deceived by them until it’s too late....

Cost: $15

Where:
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Free Reign Theatre Company

More information

Families are welcome every day at the Auto Show, but Saturday and Sunday will have special entertainment for kids, including Santa from noon-4pm. Thurs.-Fri., Noon-9pm; Sat., 10am-10pm; Sun.,...

Cost: $10, children ages 12 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Based on Ludwig Bemelman's classic, "Madeline's Christmas,"  this musical brings Miss Clavel and "12 little girls in two straight lines" to the Gaston School of the...

Cost: $10

Where:
Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Website »

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