Christmas

GUIDE: Christmas Light Displays in Charlotte

Free Light Displays by Families Harbin Family Christmas Lights 10223 Summer House Ct.2 Dec. 1-31 Donations go to Make-A-Wish Central & Western Carolina Queen Family Christmas 3943 Black Sycamore Dr. Nov. 23-Dec. 25 Benefits Charlotte Rescue Mission and Bethany’s Butterflies.…

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: 2022

It’s that time again, so we caught up with our resident expert Dan Weiss, owner of Harper & Skyler’s Toys & Sweets, to find out which items have been flying off his shelves this season. Our gift guide also includes…

Elf On The Shelf Is Back!

Last month, we asked readers for their feelings on Elf on the Shelf. 15% of you think it's fun, 34% find it fun for the first few days, and a whopping 52% of you consider it your holiday nightmare. So…

Holiday Gifts That Last All Year

Last November, when I asked my sister-in-law for gift ideas for my nieces and nephew, she was stumped. My 9-year-old nephew had a few items on his list for me to choose from, but my twin 6-year-old nieces weren't asking…

LILY BAKES: Shortbread Christmas Cookies

Lily Barnes is our 10-year-old resident kid baker. Each month she shares an original recipe that kids can make at home with their parents, plus a few behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to make your treat extra special. Here is Lily’s…

11 Holiday Meal Options in Charlotte

'Tis the season for hectic days and restless nights. Save yourself some added stress and pick up a heat-and-serve holiday meal. Order desserts and sides to accompany your homemade entrees, or go for the whole shebang with a full meal.…

THE MOM'S SPACE: Finding joy during the holidays

Why is finding joy so hard during the holidays? Well, let’s see…there’s the increased pressure and expectations from family. Grief from loss. Pain from past trauma. Anxiety from worrying. Stress from the never-ending to-do list. Exhaustion from all of it.…

HOLIDAY WEEKENDER: Chetola Resort

There’s nothing quite like cozying up in a mountain lodge at the height of the holiday season. At just over two hours from Charlotte, Chetola Resort is a magical weekend getaway in Blowing Rock, a Rockwell-esque town off the Blue…

15 Unique Gift Experiences for Your Family

If you’re full up on trinkets, toys, and gift cards, consider giving your family an experience instead. View something beautiful together, learn a new skill, or have an outdoor adventure. Here are 15 ways to celebrate the season with kids…

PARENT TO KNOW: Sarah Hayes Harkins

  Professional dancer Sarah Hayes Harkins is currently performing her 14th season in Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker. But this year’s preparation has been a bit tougher than others. She and her husband Payton welcomed daughter Frankie in July. We caught up…

Best Holiday Gifts for Teachers

The holiday season is the perfect time to recognize teachers for everything they do for your kiddos. From foodies to plant lovers, we've a got gift idea for every educator on your list. Check out these 10 local spots. Paper…

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: 2021

From electric scooters and fidgets to cookie kits and activity boxes, we’ve got a round-up of the season’s best toys, treats, and games—and where to find them in Charlotte. We caught up with Dan Weiss, owner of Harper & Skyler’s…