GUIDE: Celebrating the Holidays in Uptown

In Partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners
Christmas By Austin Caine Charlotte Center City Partners
Photo: Austin Caine/Charlotte Center City Partners

When the illuminated snowflakes line Tryon Street, Charlotte families know the holidays have hit Uptown. This year, the district is teeming with holiday decor, shows, and activities—ranging from Charlotte Ballet’s spin on a classic to a twirl on Truist Field’s ice rink. The entire month of December has family-friendly outings that’ll keep Charlotteans coming back, as each experience offers its own particular flavor of Christmas joy. Below, we’ve gathered several of those, and you can keep up with the latest offerings this season here.

Through Jan. 8
Light the Knights and Charlotte Christmas Village
Truist Field (324 South Mint St.)
Light the Knights Festival, which has taken place at Truist Field for the last two years, along with Charlotte Christmas Village, expanded its offerings for the 2022 holiday season. It now features a regulation-size ice rink on the field and a 6-lane snow tubing slope in the outfield. Both are rare opportunities in the city’s center.


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Dec. 7
Debbie Gibson’s Winterlicious
Booth Playhouse (130 North Tryon St.)
Gibson emerged in the late 1980s with several international hits, and she’s continued to light up stages since then. 

Dec. 8-10
Jazz Room Holiday Edition: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Swing
Booth Playhouse (130 North Tryon St.)
Something special happened when the legendary jazz pianist turned his attention to the Nutcracker. Experience that magic for yourself.

Dec. 9-Jan. 8
CLT Ballet Presents Nutcracker
Belk Theater (130 N. Tryon St.)
This production is full of costumes that sparkle, fairies that twirl in the Land of Sweets, and the party that you can bring the whole family to at Belk Theater.


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Dec. 9-11
Million Dollar Quartet Christmas
Knight Theater (430 S. Tryon St.)
In this show, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins come together for a legendary journey through the holidays.

Dec. 15-20
Clara’s Trip: A Cirque & Dance Nutcracker Story
Booth Playhouse (130 North Tryon St.)
A contemporary twist on a holiday classic, via some of Charlotte’s premier practitioners of aerial circus arts: Caroline Calouche & Co.

Dec. 16-18
Charlotte Symphony: Holiday Pops
Knight Theater (430 S. Tryon St.)
Here’s a concert that’s more interactive than your average symphony experience: The CSO plays through seasonal favorites, with sing-alongs and special guests on the agenda.


Dec. 31

Tryon Street at the Levine Avenue of the Arts
There’s only one place to catch fireworks in Uptown on New Year’s Eve, and it comes with live music, food trucks, and the lighting of the Queen City crown. CLT NYE, presented by Ally, is a free, massive party that kicks off at 8 p.m. This year also features activations throughout the site by Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.