GO. PLAY. SEE.: 4 Fun Things to Experience in Charlotte This Month

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Charlotte Ballet performs Nutcracker at the Belk Theatre

STROLL DOWN GINGERBREAD LANE

Visit The Ballantyne Hotel from December 1-26 to see Gingerbread Lane. The annual holiday baking event features novice and professional bakers who compete in this gingerbread house contest. Families can also enjoy hot cocoa and festive bites from the hotel’s homemade, life size gingerbread hut. Proceeds benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. 

SWING BY MISTLETOE MARKET

Take the kids to Camp North End on Saturday, December 3, 10, or 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. and see the 76-acre site transformed into a winter wonderland. Experience larger-than-life holiday decor, igloos at Camp North Pole, live music, and warm holiday drinks. All Mistletoe Market activities are open to the public and free to attend; visit camp.nc for more information.

SEE NUTCRACKER AT THE BELK THEATER

The holiday story you know and love is back in person at the Belk Theater. See costumes that sparkle, fairies that twirl in the Land of Sweets, and holiday magic as Charlotte Ballet performs Nutcracker. The show runs from December 9-23. For ticket reservations visit Charlotte Ballet or call 704.348.5752.

CELEBRATE THE SEASON AT BALLANTYNE’S BACKYARD

Come to Ballantyne’s Backyard from December 12-31 and see the Carolina Holiday Light Spectacular. Explore an outdoor walking trail with more than a million twinkling lights, holiday installations, dozens of oversized snow globes, hundreds of decorated trees and The Alpine Avalanche Snow Tube Slide. Check out the holiday boutiques at Christmas Village and stop by the food trucks for some seasonal fare. The event is open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily. For more information visit ncholidaylights.com or call 800.830.3976.