Holiday Happenings In Charlotte

As the Holiday season approaches and turkeys are stuffed, and trees are decorated, it's time to start plotting your calendar for all your holiday activities. Here are a few things happening this holiday season in the Queen City.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Beginning in 1947, Charlotte's thanksgiving day parade has grown from a tradition in a small city to becoming one of the largest events in the southeast. This year boasts 16 marching bands from across the region as well as all the classic floats and giant balloons that make parades the larger than life events they are. The parade begins at 9:30 am on Thanksgiving and moves from Tryon street to 9th street.

Charlotte Holiday Village

After the parade, you may want to check the Charlotte Holiday Village. This is a newer holiday attraction in Charlotte but Christmas villages ( known in German as "Christkindlmarkts") are a longstanding and beloved tradition in Germany and other European countries. The market features a number of tents and vendors selling holiday crafts and decorations as well as food and drink like strudels and non-alcoholic "Gluwhein". The village opens in Romare Bearden Park after Thanksgiving's parade and runs until Christmas Eve.

Volunteer Work

If you're a stranger to volunteer work, this is the right time of year to become familiar with it. The ability to give back to your community and spend your time helping can give you that warm fuzzy feeling we all look for during the holidays that can sometimes get lost in the hustle and bustle of shopping. Hands on Charlotte has listings of volunteer opportunities from game nights at senior homes, to help renovate the Charlotte raptor center.