Go.Play.See.: 4 Fun Things to Experience in Charlotte in December

Drive-in movies, Gingerbread Lane, and more
Gingerbread The Ballantyne

Make Your Elf On A Shelf Game Extra Sweet

Order an Elf on the Shelf cookie decorating kit from Sweet Spot Studio, and have your elf surprise your child with a sweet little treat. The $12 set comes with a note from your elf, a tray of decorated cookies, and a matching mini decorated kit. The $20 snowman kit includes a “snow globe” filled with all the cookies to build a snowman. All cookie kits are available in traditional sugar cookie and gluten-free. Place orders online for pick-up or delivery. Sweet Spot Studio, 4418 Monroe Rd., Ste. C, sweetspotstudioclt.com

Cookie Kit Elf



Catch a Holiday Flick at the Drive-In

Head to the Skyline Drive-In at Camp North End for a showing of “Elf” on Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per car and must be reserved in advance via Eventbrite. Find the 40 x 60 foot inflatable screen on the northwest corner of the Statesville Avenue parking lot, and use an FM radio transmitter to tune in. Camp North End’s food stalls will also have special takeout dinners, snacks, and drink specials for purchase. Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Ave., camp.nc


Take a Stroll Down Gingerbread Lane (top)

Visit the Ballantyne Hotel between December 4 and 27 and check out Gingerbread Lane. All gingerbread houses will be on display in the Carolina room to allow for social distancing. Cast your vote for your favorite creation; the cost is $1 minimum donation per vote with an option to donate online, and all proceeds benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. The Ballantyne will also offer gingerbread house making classes on Saturdays and Sundays in December from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 per house, which up to four people can decorate. 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., theballantynehotel.com


Enjoy 12 Days of Optimism

Beginning Saturday, December 12, bring the family to Optimist Hall for “12 Days of Optimist.” During each of the 12 days (Dec. 12 – Dec. 23), two tenants will offer a special or giveaway. Check Optimist Hall’s social media pages the night before to find what deals you can expect. 1115 N. Brevard St., optimisthall.com