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2022 Ultimate List Of Holiday Events In The Charlotte North Carolina Area

Thanksgiving is next week means it’s almost time for Christmas! I can already hear the chiming of the jingle bells and Mariah Carey belting ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. In fact, the Queen City Christmas events are already in full swing! We are starting quickly. And with so many different events from parades to festivals to concerts to shopping and lights, it can be overwhelming. But we are here to help you make plans to get everything done this holiday season. Below you’ll find the ultimate list of Holiday events in the Charlotte area. Many are free and family oriented. Some are adults only. And some require tickets. But all offer a fun chance to get in the spirit of the season. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Here is the order in which you will find events:

  • Lights Displays and Major Events
  • Train Rides
  • Parades
  • Ice Skating
  • Tree Lightings
  • Holiday Shows, Performances, and Concerts
  • Christmas Shows, Shopping, Craft Shows, Bazaars
  • Town & Neighborhood Christmas Festivals
  • Holiday 5Ks

**This list will be continuously updated throughout the holiday season**

Have an event you’d like included on this list? Email full info to Melanie.Day@bbgi.com.

Happy Holidays!

The Ultimate List of Holiday Events In The Charlotte Area

 

 

  • Lights Displays and Major Events

  • Light The Knights

    Where: Truist Field Uptown Charlotte

    When: November 23rd through January 6th

    What: A walkthrough holiday lights exhibit, holiday shopping at the Charlotte Christmas Village, ice skating rink, and snow tubing.

    Cost: Daily admission varies by activity and ranges from $10-$35 season passes are also available

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  • Holidays At The Garden

    Where: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Belmont

    When: November 25th through December 31st

    What: The garden is decorated with dazzling lights and holiday décor, s’mores at an outdoor fire, and food trucks.

    Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for children

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  • Speedway Christmas

    Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord

    When: November 18th-January 8th

    What: Four million lights strewn across a four-mile course, with displays and lights synchronized to Christmas-themed music and a Christmas Village with rides, animals, movies on the in-field, and more.

    Cost: $40 per car (up to 15 people) buses and express lane extra

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  • McAdenville

     

    Where: McAdenville (between I-85 and US-74)

    When: December 1st-26th

    What: McAdenville is known as Christmastown USA, the town is completely decorated in Christmas lights. Visitors can drive through or walk through the displays which encompass a 1.3 miles route.

    Cost: FREE

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  • Winterfest at Carowinds

    Where: Carowinds Charlotte

    When: Select nights from November 21st through January 1st

    What: Holiday light displays with millions of shimmering lights, ice skating, family activities, live entertainment, holiday-inspired comfort food and beverages, and select attractions.

    Cost: Tickets start at $32 per person, admission is included for season pass holders, some experiences are an additional cost.

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  • Christmas At The Library

    Where: Billy Graham Library Charlotte

    When: November 28 thru December 23 (Closed on Sundays)

    What: Celebrate Christmas with a live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, light displays, delicious treats, carolers, and inspiring Library exhibits.

    Cost: Free

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  • Zootastic Park's Christmas Wonderland of Lights

    Where: Zootastic Park

    When: November 27th-January 4th

    What: Drive through a wildlife safari amid a spectacular display of lights at Zootastic Park. With nearly 4 million lights, a S’mores pit, pony rides, petting zoo, Tiger and Giraffe feeding, pictures with Santa and the zoo’s baby animals, and more, it’s an experience you won’t forget.

    Cost: $7

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  • Train Rides

  • NC Transportation Museum THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

    Where: NC Transportation Museum Spencer

    When: November 11-12, 18-20, 25-27 and December 2-4, 8-11, 13-23

    What: Train ride to “the North Pole” set to the sounds of The Polar Express soundtrack, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers are entertained by a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s classic, The Polar Express. Upon arrival at the North Pole, passengers deboard to watch Santa present the first gift of Christmas.

    Cost: Tickets range from $35 to $390 for VIP tables for 4 people

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  • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

    Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Bryson City

    When: November 10th-December 31st

    What: A 1¼ hour round-trip train ride from the Bryson City depot through the quiet wilderness for a special visit to the North Pole. The train ride is set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, and guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. The train will arrive at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting who will board the train greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift silver sleigh bell.

    Cost: Ticket prices vary by train class, dates, and passenger ages

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  • Tweetsie Christmas

    Where: Tweetsie Railroad Blowing Rock

    When: November 25, 26, 27 & 30, December 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30!

    What: An open air train ride through thousands of lights, Santa’s Gingerbread house, live Christmas shows, and rides.

    Cost: Adults $52, Children 3-12 $35, Children 0-2 Free

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  • Parades

  • Mint Hill Parade

    Where: Downtown Mint Hill

    When: Saturday, December 3, 2022, 5:30-9:00 pm

    What: Annual Christmas parade followed by a Tree Lighting

    Cost: Free

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  • Lake Wylie Holiday Boat Parade

    Where: Lake Wylie/Papa Docs Shore Club

    When: Saturday, Dec 10, 2022 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM 

    What: Decorated and lighted boats will gather at Papa Doc’s Shore Club and then parade around Lake Wylie.

    Cost: Free to attend $25 per boat in advance $30 day of

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  • North Meck Holiday Parade

    Where: Main Street in Davidson traveling to Cornelius

    When: Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

    What: Annual Christmas Parade

    Cost: Free to attend

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  • Belmont Christmas Parade

    Where: Historic Downtown Belmont

    When: November 29, 2022 3:30 PM

    What: Annual Parade through downtown Belmont

    Cost: Free to attend

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  • Town of Troutman Christmas Parade

    Where: Old Murdock Road Troutman

    When: Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 11:00 am

    What: Annual Christmas Parade

    Cost: Free

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  • Northern Lights of Lake Norman Boat Parade

    Where: Mooresville

    When: December 10th 5-7:00 pm

    What: Lighted boat parade benefiting Hope of Mooresville and Tunnel to Towers

    Cost: Donations encouraged

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  • Waxhaw Christmas Parade

    Where: Downtown Waxhaw

    When: December 11 at 3 PM 

    What: Annual Christmas parade

    Cost: Free to attend

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  • Rock Hill Christmas Parade

    Where: Downtown Rock Hill

    When: December 2, 2022 – 6:30 PM

    What: Annual Christmas Parade

    Cost: Free to attend

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  • Gastonia Christmas Parade

    Where: Downtown Gastonia and CaroMont Health Park

    When: December 4th at 5pm

    What: Gaston County Jaycees Christmas Parade followed by the City of Gastonia Vendor Marketplace and the Keep Gastonia Beautiful Tree Lighting

    Cost: Free to attend

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  • Kannapolis Christmas Parade

    Where: Downtown Kannapolis

    When: December 10 at 6 p.m.

    What: Nighttime Christmas parade

    Cost: Free

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  • Indian Land Christmas Parade

    Where: Downtown Indian Land beginning at Indian Land Middle School

    When: December 10th 4pm

    What: Christmas Parade

    Cost: Free

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  • LNYC Christmas Flotilla & Parade

    Where: Hello Sailer Cornelius

    When: December 7th

    What: Take in this spectacle of floating lights as the Lake Norman Yacht Club members and others deck their boats out for a holiday parade! The best place to watch is at Hello Sailor restaurant in Cornelius, where the boats will pass by around 6:30. The event benefits Toys for Tots, so if you would like to support their efforts, bring a new, unwrapped toy.

    Cost: Free

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  • Indian Trail Christmas Parade

    Where: Downtown Indian Trail

    When: December 4th

    What: Annual Christmas Parade ending in Chestnut Square Park

    Cost: Free

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  • Ice Skating

  • Whitewater Center

    Where: Whitewater Center Charlotte

    When: Available mid-November through mid-February.

    What: 24,000 sq. ft. of unique skating space split into four distinct skating areas, including two ice trails and two free skate zones.

    Cost: $25 per person

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  • Charlotte Knights Stadium

    Where: Truist Field Uptown Charlotte

    When: November 23rd through January 6th

    What:  A regulation-size outdoor hockey rink with activities for all to enjoy, including ice skating, learning to play hockey, tournaments, figure skating, and more.

    Cost: $25 per person, all activity pass $35, season passes $99

  • Birkdale On Ice

    Where: Birkdale Huntersville

    When: November 19 – January 16

    What: Outdoor ice rink that will be reservation only

    Cost: $18/person includes skates, children under 12 $14 including skates

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  • Founders Holiday Ice Rink

    Where: Old Town Rock Hill

    When: November 17th-January 16th

    What: Ice skating rink

    Cost: $15 covers skate rental & 90 minutes on the ice.

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  • Tree Lightings

  • Christmas In Huntersville

    Where: Downtown Huntersville

    When: Saturday, December 2nd 6-9pm (Tree lighting) Sunday, December 3rd 2-8pm

    What: Tree lighting, vendors, food and drinks, Santa, children’s rides and activities, holiday performances.

    Cost: Free to attend

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  • Mint Hill Tree Lighting

    Where: Downtown Mint Hill

    When: December 3rd

    What: Following the parade tree lighting, visits with Santa, food trucks, entertainment.

    Cost: Free

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  • Town of Indian Trail Winterfest and Tree Lighting

    Where: Chestnut Square Park

    When: December 2nd 6-9pm

    What: Santa, holiday inflatables, s’mores by an open fire, a sledding hill, and community tree lighting!

    Cost: Free

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  • Belmont Tree Lighting

    Where: Downtown Belmont at City Hall

    When: Monday, November 28th, 6:30 pm

    What: Tree lighting, holiday music, lights, and festivities.

    Cost: Free

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  • Harrisburg's Christmas Tree Lighting

    Where: Downtown Harrisburg

    When: December 2nd 6-8:30pm

    What: Tree lighting, food trucks, train rides, and local performances.

    Cost: Free

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  • Indian Land Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Where: Downtown Indian Land

    When: December 10th 6:30pm

    What: Tree Lighting and Christmas carols

    Cost: Free

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  • Troutman Tree Lighting

    Where: Troutman ESC Park

    When: December 1st 6pm

    What: Tree lighting, hot chocolate and festive tunes.

    Cost: Free

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  • Holiday Shows, Performances, and Concerts

  • Singing Christmas Tree

    Where: Halton Theater CPCC Charlotte

    When: December 9-11th

    What: The warm sounds of the season will fill the CPCC Dale F. Halton Theater as the soaring voices of MainStage Choir (in a 32’ specially-designed tree!) perform all your favorite Christmas music – from the inspirational and sacred, to the traditional, pop, and family classics. The stage will sparkle with whimsical dance, magical tricks, puppetry and special friends.

    Cost: $13-$50 per ticket

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  • Charlotte Ballet's Nutcracker

    Where: Belk Theater

    When: December 9th-23rd

    What: Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker! This unwavering holiday spectacular is complete with extravagant sets and costumes, the treasured Tchaikovsky score, and of course, a magnificent snowfall on the Belk Theater stage.

    Cost: $30-$131 per ticket

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  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever The Musical

    Where: McColl Family Theatre Imaginon

    When: November 19th- December 22nd

    What: The Herdmans are ready to wreak havoc! What happens when the “worst kids in the history of the world” find out about free food at Sunday school? What if they decide to audition for the annual Christmas pageant? This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying as we celebrate the holidays.

    Cost: $16-$26 per ticket

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  • A Christmas Carol

    Where: Theater Charlotte

    When: December 9th-18th

    What: Celebrating its 16th year, this holiday tradition returns to its home on Queens Road with a few new surprises! Return to the streets of London with the classic tale of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, haunted by his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Along with beloved characters like Fezziwig, Belle, the Cratchits, Fred, and, of course, Tiny Tim, the spirits gradually warm Scrooge’s heart as well as ours.

    Cost: Adult – $30, Senior (62+) – $26, Student – $15

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  • Academy of Dance and Fine Arts Nutcracker

    Where: Mooresville Performing Arts Center

    When: December 4th and 5th

    What: The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts Ballet Companies presents our 11th annual Holiday Spectacular to benefit The Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Our Saturday Holiday Benefit Show is a holiday variety show with singers and dancers and the Nutcracker Suite to follow. The Sunday Show is the Nutcracker Ballet.

    Cost: Adults $20, Children $15, Under 4 Free

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  • Charlotte Symphony Holiday Pops

    Where: Knight Theater

    When: December 16th-18th

    What: Create lasting memories with family and friends at our all-new immersive holiday concert experience! You’ll sing along to classic holiday favorites like “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Joy to the World” with the Charlotte Master Chorale, and be dazzled by newer works like “Christmastime in Charlotte” and “The Polar Express Suite.” Santa joins your Charlotte Symphony on stage to share one of his favorite parts of the season — the spectacular glow of holiday lights — and even brings along an electrifying friend from the North Pole.

    Cost: $19-$86 per ticket

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  • Charlotte Youth Ballet Nutcracker

    Where: CPCC Halton Theater

    When: December 2nd-4th

    What: The Charlotte Youth Ballet brings to the stage its 41st annual holiday classic production of Tchaikosvky’s The Nutcracker featuring the choreography of Charlotte legend Gay Porter and Bridget Young.

    Cost: $25-$35 per ticket

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  • Holiday Dreams: A Spectacular Holiday Cirque!

    Where: Ovens Auditorium

    When: December 15th

    What: Holiday Dreams, A Spectacular Holiday Cirque! was created with a loving belief that people can come together and experience the magic of the Holidays in a fun, exciting and technologically advanced show for the whole family.

    Cost: $45-$90 per ticket

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  • Hip Hop Nutcracker

    Where: Knight Theater

    When: December 26th and 27th

    What: A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is celebrating its 10th anniversary this season as it returns for another spectacular tour. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, this contemporary dance spectacle is a re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, smashing hip hop dance and Tchaikovksy’s timeless music together into a heart-stirring and inspirational holiday event.

    Cost: $19.99-$59.99 per ticket

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  • Clara's Trip: A Cirque & Dance Nutcracker Story

    Where: Booth Playhouse

    When: December 15th-20th

    What: A contemporary twist on a holiday classic.  Clara attends a holiday party hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Flowers.  At the party, she meets Beau and they dance the night away.  Only one problem.  Clara is a passionate dancer but not the most coordinated.  She trips, falls and is whisked off to the hospital to learn that her ankle is broken.  That night her friends and get-well gifts swirl in her dreams.

    Cost: $30-$45 per ticket

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  • Debbie Gibson's Winterlicious

    Where: Knight Theater

    When: December 7th

    What: Debbie Gibson’s first full length holiday album, Winterlicious, was released on October 21 and her holiday tour of the same name will kick off on November 25. The 14-track album contains a blend of classics, a duet of “White Christmas” with her Daddy Joe, and originals including a duet called “Heartbreak Holiday” with her other favorite Joe, Joey McIntyre.

    Cost: $34-$434 (VIP Experience)

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  • Harris YMCA 20th Anniversary Nutcracker

    Where: CPCC Halton Theater

    When: December 17th and 18th

    What: Enjoy a family-friendly performance of The Nutcracker presented by the Harris YMCA Dance Company this holiday season.

    Cost: $15-$25 per ticket

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  • The Real Christmas Story Dinner Theater

    Where: NarroWay Theater

    When: November 5th-December 30th

    What: See your favorite Christmas scenes! Hear your favorite Christmas songs! Then watch in awe-stricken wonder as NarroWay beautifully re-creates “The Real Christmas Story.” And enjoy a Christmas dinner.

    Cost: Adult with dinner (ages 19 – 54) $44.95, Senior with dinner (ages 55 and above), $42.95Youth with dinner (thru age 18) $24.95

  • Holiday Brass & Organ

    Where: First United Methodist Church

    When: November 29th

    What: This joyful concert pairs the shimmering sounds of brass with the resplendent tones of First United Methodist Church’s 3,500-pipe organ for a spectacular holiday experience that’s sure to be a musical highlight of the season.

    Cost: $15 per person

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  • A Jazzy Soul Christmas

    Where: CPCC Halton Theater

    When: December 15th

    What: Experience “A Jazzy Soul Christmas” with vocalist and national recording artist Rhonda Thomas and the dynamic saxophonist Jeff Spark! Join us for a night of holiday favorites featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway, Nat King Cole and original songs from Rhonda and Jeff!

    Cost: $25-$40

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  • Noel & Maria Home For The Holidays

    Where: Booth Playhouse

    When: November 29th

    What: Join Noel & Maria for their 3rd annual holiday show “Home for the Holidays 2022.” On the heels of their 2019 release “Merry Christmas My Dear,” Noel & Maria reinterpret Christmas classics as well as contemporary holiday favorites in an intimate cabaret setting.

    Cost: $39.50-$49.50 per ticket

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  • Nutcracker! Magic of Christmas Ballet

    Where: Ovens Auditorium

    When: December 16th

    What: This Christmas, bring the whole family back to a simpler time with NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet! The acclaimed holiday tradition is LIVE in theaters for the 30 Anniversary tour. Gather friends and family to re-live your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics and dazzling costumes. Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast, featuring stars of Ukraine ballet, performing at the highest level of classical technique.

    Cost: $34-$74 per ticket

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  • Handel Messiah

    Where: Knight Theater

    When: December 2nd-4th

    What: Conductor Laureate Christopher Warren-Green returns to the Charlotte stage to lead his world-renowned interpretation of Handel’s Messiah. 

    Cost: $19-$87

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  • A Soulflo Christmas

    Where: Studio 229 on Brevard

    When: December 2nd

    What: A S.O.U.L.F.L.O. Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year! Join us Friday, December 2, 2022, at Studio 229 in the Historic District of Uptown Charlotte for “A Celebration of Good Yuletide Times and Tunes.” Kick the month off with your favorite holiday classics and back down memory lane melodies with soulful originals to help you get in the Christmas mood. This event is 21+

    Cost: $25-$55 for table

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  • Million Dollar Quartet Christmas

    Where: Knight Theater

    When: December 9th-1tth

    What: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley come together again to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Sun Records, now donned with a Christmas tree, garland, and mistletoe, rings with the sounds of the season and the chart toppers that made these four famous.

    Cost: $29-$99.50 per ticket

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  • A Very Dave Barnes Christmas

    Where: Booth Playhouse

    When: December 5th

    What: For Dave Barnes, being a musician is like being the author of a Choose Your Own Adventure book. There’s no set path, so instead the singer-songwriter follows his instinct, often veering away from the well-trodden trail for somewhere more unlikely.

    Cost: $20-$95 (VIP) per ticket

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  • Adrian Crutchfield For You At Christmas

    Where: Studio 229 on Brevard

    When: December 7th

    What: Join us for this exclusive evening of Christmas Magic and Jazz with Adrian Crutchfield, Wednesday December 7th at 7:00pm, live at Studio 229 on Brevard in Uptown Charlotte! Tis the season so we bring you this exclusive concert.

    Cost: $35-$90 per table

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  • Tosco Music Holiday Party

    Where: Knight Theater

    When: December 19th

    What: Come celebrate the season with an evening of festive music and song! Since 2016, Tosco Music returns each December for our Tosco Music Holiday Party. As with all our music parties, the evening will feature more than a dozen performers and plenty of singalongs. Enjoy your favorite holiday classics, traditional Christmas carols, and discover new holiday songs too!

    Cost: $18.50-$52.50 per ticket

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  • Cirque De Noel

    Where: Knight Theater

    When: December 21st-23rd

    What: The circus meets the symphony! Back with a fresh show filled with awe-inspiring acrobatics and musical holiday favorites, this event will fill your family with the wonder of the season.

    Cost: $10-$132 per ticket

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  • Jazz & Soul Music A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Where: Middle C Jazz Club

    When: December 21st and 22nd

    What: Experience the classic multi-platinum album played in its entirety in the spirit of The Vince Guaraldi Trio! The Sean Mason Trio and Tyra Scott will perform A Charlie Brown Christmas live along with other jazzy holiday favorites! Join us as we celebrate the holidays and the magic of Christmas with live Jazz interpretations of your favorites including “Linus and Lucy” and “Christmastime is Here”.

    Cost: $45 per ticket

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  • Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Swing

    Where: Booth Playhouse

    When: December 8th-10th

    What: JazzArts Charlotte presents the region’s premiere of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

    Cost: $38-$45 per ticket

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  • Soulful Noel 10!

    Where: Booth Playhouse

    When: December 21st-22nd

    What: This original musical revue tells the age-old story of the reason for the season. The cast of OnQ creatives re-frame tradition in a contemporary way with classics such as, Christmas Time is Here, Little Drummer Boy, and What Do the Lonely Do. Fill your cup of eggnog with some R&B, Funk, Gospel, Soul, a dash of Noel, and a lot of OnQ!

    Cost: $28

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  • Christmas Shows, Shopping, Crafts, Bazaars

  • Charlotte Christmas Village

    Where: Truist Field

    When: November 23rd-December 23rd

    What: A twinkling European-inspired market located in Charlotte’s Uptown! Charlotte’s “Best Holiday Event” for 3 years!

    Cost: $10 per person

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  • Belmont Christmas Village

    Where: Downtown Belmont

    When: December 3rd

    What: Christmas Village is an event that focuses on our downtown shops and restaurants, many of which will be offering special holiday features for the evening. Downtown will be full of music, horse carriage rides, hay rides, and even a carousel so make sure to join us for an evening of festive fun.

    Cost: Free

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  • A Holly Jolly Pop Up Market

    Where: Carolina Place Mall

    When: December 10th-11th

    What: Shop small and support local businesses at our pop up market!

    Cost: Free

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  • Christmas Buy Black Market

    Where: Venue at 8704

    When: December 18th

    What: Come support up to 30 black owned businesses! T’was the weekend before Christmas!

    Cost: Free

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  • Levine Senior Center Holiday Craft Fair

    Where: Levine Senior Center Matthews

    When: December 5th

    What: The Levine Senior Center is having its Annual Holiday Craft Fair! There will be over 25 local vendors featuring one-of-a-kind items, a bake sale, a basket raffle, and a book sale. This event is free to the public. Lunch is available for purchase.

    Cost: Free

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  • Girl Tribe Holiday Pop Up

    Where: Charlotte Convention Center

    When: December 10th and 11th

    What: Girl Tribe Pop Up will return to the Charlotte Convention Center on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th for a full weekend of Holiday shopping showcasing your women-owned brands! Attendees can expect an expertly curated collection of 100+ women-led businesses including premiere boutiques, clothing designers, jewelers, artists and makers that come together to bring you the ultimate day of shopping, one-of-a-kind activations, lots of fun photo moments full of Holiday cheer and so much more.

    Cost: $5-$25 (VIP)

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  • Mt. Hope Christmas Market

    Where: Mount Hope Church Salisbury

    When: December 3rd

    What: Annual Christmas Market. Indoor and Outdoor vendors. Crafts and Vendor items.

    Cost: Free

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  • December Vendor Night Market

    Where: Pilot Brewing

    When: December 10th

    What: Come out and enjoy a holiday vendor market hosted by Maker’s Market CLT! Vendors will be taking over the Snooze patio and first row of parking spots. Enjoy a food truck and great shopping from local vendors to get all of your holiday shopping done! Food truck and vendors are TBD – stay tuned!

    Cost: Free

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  • OMB Christmas Market

    Where: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

    When: November 25th to 27th, December 2nd to 4th, December 9th to 11th, December 16th to 18th

    What: OMB’s Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) is a truly unique experience unlike any other in the Charlotte area. We transform our Biergarten into a German-style Christmas Village with traditional huts for shopping, holiday music, tons of lights, Gluhwein (our spiced wine pronounced “Gloo-vine,”) hot cocoa, festive food, warm fire pits, and of course, there will be plenty of beer, including seasonal favorites Yule Bock and Dunkel!

    Cost: Free

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  • Children's Theater The Winter Wonderland Shop

    Where: ImaginOn

    When: December 1-3

    What: The Winter Wonderland Shop, benefiting Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, carries Charlotte’s longstanding tradition as our community’s leading family-centric shopping event. ImaginOn will be full of magic, snowflakes, and a snow-kissed stage. Children up to 12 years old are invited to shop on the Wells Fargo Playhouse stage for pre-wrapped gifts at low-costto give to their loved ones.

    Cost: Free to attend, gifts cost between $1-7

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  • Mistletoe Sip and Shop In Downtown Mooresville

    Where: Downtown Mooresville

    When: December 6th

    What: Bring your favorite people and enjoy kicking off the holiday season in the heart of Mooresville. The unique shops and businesses downtown will be offering open houses, store specials, sumptuous sips, yummy appetizers, gifts, treats & more! There will also be a life-sized snow globe for some fun holiday photos, a strolling barbershop quartet, and carolers.

    Cost: Free

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  • Town Christmas Festivals

  • North Carolina Christmas Festival

    Where: Cabarrus Arena & Events Center

    When: December 17th

    What: The 2022 North Carolina Christmas Festival is the perfect holiday experience. Free pictures with Santa Claus, free toy giveaway for the kids, free gift wrapping, Christmas coloring & word search, ornament decoration, and more! Vendors, entertainment, and more round out this family friendly, free event. Also featuring Charlotte’s annual “Candycane Hunt.”

    Cost: Free

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  • Christmasville Rock Hill

    Where: Old Town Rock Hill

    When: December 1st-4th

    What: Old Town Rock Hill comes alive as a charming, picturesque holiday village and outdoor art festival. With more than 70 events and activities, the award-winning ChristmasVille festival offers horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours, strolling Dickens carolers, art, theater, dance, music, a gingerbread house contest, multiple Santa activities, and a REAL ice skating rink!

    Cost: Free

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  • Christmas In Davidson

    Where: Downtown Davidson

    When: December 1st-3rd

    What: Annual Christmas festival featuring holiday light shows, entertainment, a live nativity, live music, food, holiday shopping, and more.

    Cost: Free

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  • Historic Gold Hill Christmas In The Village

    Where: Historic Gold Hill

    When: December 2nd-4th

    What: Looking for a less hectic Christmas experience?   Then make Historic Gold Hill your holiday destination by visiting Santa and the Historic Gold Hill merchants Friday, December 2 through Sunday December 4. In the Village you can step back in time and enjoy the season in a lovely, relaxed, quaint setting surrounded by nine unique specialty shops and Mama T’s restaurant. Merchants will offer complimentary light refreshments in their shops, hayrides, marshmallow roasting, live music, and free photo ops with Santa.  All activities are free to the public.

  • Christmas In Cornelius

    Where: Old Town Cornelius

    When: December 3rd

    What: Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of live bands, Christmas carols and choirs, food trucks, craft breweries, holiday kids activities and even a visit from Santa himself!

    Cost: Free

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  • Festival of Trees

    Where: Downtown Belmont

    When: November 28th-all of December

    What: Join us in downtown Belmont as businesses along Main Street and Stowe Park are filled with a display of festive trees decorated by local schools and non-profit organizations for all to enjoy throughout the month of December.

    Cost: Free

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  • 4th Ward Sip & Stroll

    Where: 4th Ward Uptown Charlotte

    When: December 1st-3rd

    What: Celebrate the season with a festive outdoor evening stroll through Historic Fourth Ward, beautifully decorated for the holidays! This self-guided, porch-crawl-style tour will include delicious food and beverage tastings (while they last), seasonal live music, Ride Charlotte golf cart rides, and carriage rides (Thurs/Fri Only) (first-come, first-served) in the most walkable and picturesque Victorian-era heart of the neighborhood.

    Cost: $30-$60

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  • Holiday Light Spectacular Ballantyne

    Where: Ballantyne’s Backyard

    When: December 12th-31st

    What: Walk Through The Magic Of The Holidays. Bring your friends and family and immerse yourself in the wonder of the season with over a million Christmas lights along a half-mile walking trail.

    Cost: $15-$35 (VIP) per ticket

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  • Kannapolis Celebration of Lights

    Where: Village Park Kannapolis

    When: November 20th-December 30th

    What: Come to Village Park and enjoy all the beautiful lights and displays in celebration of the holidays. Area choirs and school groups will perform on select evenings between 6 and 8 pm (December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15). Bring your wish list for your visit with Santa – you are welcome to take your photo with him at no charge. Other activities include making a holiday craft, enjoying smore’s around the fire pit and much more. Local craft and artisans be on hand on the weekends so come prepared to do your Christmas shopping. Food trucks will have food and drinks for sale.

    Cost: Free

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  • Downtown Mooresville Holiday Light Spectacular

    Where: The lawn at Mooresville Town Hall

    When: November 26th-Christmas

    What: An orchestrated light show with 115,000+ lights set to music. The show takes place on the lawn at Town Hall, 413 N. Main Street, every evening beginning at 5:30. It’s fun for the kids (and adults!) and is a perfect way to start a night downtown.

    Cost: Free

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  • A Classic Christmas in Mooresville

    Where: Broad & Mainstreets Mooresville

    When: December 13th and 20ths

    What: This annual Friday night holiday celebration includes Santa visits, a Christmas tree lane, wagon rides, life-sized snow globe, ice skating and more! Activities take place on Broad & Main Streets from 6-8pm; ice skating 5-9pm. Loading for wagon rides takes place at the Christian Mission on Broad Street.

    Cost: Free

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  • Holiday 5Ks and Races

  • Huntersville Holiday 5K

    Where: Huntersville

    When: December 9th

    What: The Huntersville Holiday 5k will start on Friday night at 7:00 pm. It will be followed the next day by the Huntersville Half Marathon and 10K which will start on Saturday morning at 8:00 am.

    Cost: Registration fee varies by event and when you register.

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  • Reindeer Romp

    Where: Harris YMCA

    When: December 3rd

    What: A fun, healthy event for the whole family that can become your favorite holiday tradition! Decorate your stroller or find a Santa costume and come ready to win a best decorated or best dressed prize! Enjoy hot chocolate, great food and pictures with Santa when you finish!

    Cost: $35

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What you win:

This is a National Contest.

One national prize will be awarded of $15,000. The prize will be awarded to the national winner in the form of a check from Second Street.

How to enter:

Complete the online registration from at V1019.com