Weekdays 10:00AM-3:00PM


Black Friday brunch

  • Superica
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free to attend, regular menu prices.

Black Friday

  • Sycamore Brewing
  • They’ll have food trucks lunch through dinner, the usual cider and beer, and Apple Pie Cider and Christmas Cookie Frozé on tap all day long.
  • Noon 11 p.m.
  • Free

Home Alone in Concert

  • Belk Theater
  • The orchestra will be playing the movie will be on the big screen.
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • $44-$207

Winter Wonderland Grand Opening!

  • SouthPark Mall
  • The open-air ice rink has returned for another season, and the first 100 visitors get free skate rental.
  • 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • $12-$17

Plaza Midwood Tree Lighting & Santa Visit

  • Pizza Peel
  •  6 p.m.
  • Free


South End Tree Lighting After Party!

  • Sycamore
  • After the tree lighting, head to Sycamore for Christmas Cookie beer, HOT Apple Pie Wild Blossom Cider, fire pits, and dinner from the Gyro Twins Truck.
  • 7:30-11 p.m.
  • Free to attend

Checkers vs. Providence

  • Bojangles’ Coliseum
  • $5 kids tickets are available, and the first 1,500 kids to arrive get a free jersey.
  • 6 p.m.
  • $18-$42.

South End Small Business Saturday

  • South End
  • Expect 50 local shops, 70 places to eat and drink, and free trolley rides throughout the district. This year, they’ve got four different festival hubs and you can take the free trolley between them.
  • Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the South End tree lighting at Atherton Mill at sundown.
  • Free.
  • All day.

Small Business Saturday

  • Plaza Midwood
  • Some festivities include ornament making, photo ops, entertainment, a beer and cookie pairing, and, of course, shopping.
  • All day.


Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins

  • Bank of America Stadium
  •  1 p.m.
  • $78+

Checkers vs. Providence

  • Bojangles’ Coliseum
  • 1 p.m.
  • $18-$42.



  • Carowinds
  • They’ve got a 70-foot tree, 5 million twinkly lights, live shows, performers all around, and festive hands-on activities — plus the usual rides.
  • 5-10 p.m.
  • $20+

The Polar Express Train Ride

  • N.C. Transportation Museum
  • Rides are every weekend, Friday-Sunday, from mid-November through December.
  • 4 p.m.
  • $37 kids, $43 adults.

Whitewater Center Ice Skating

  • U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • This new ice skating rink includes 17,000 square feet of ice on the Upper Pond of the whitewater river, and it’ll have three areas (free skate, winter sports and a 600-foot ice trail). The skating area will also have a skate-up bar where you can buy craft beer, hot chocolate, and coffee.
  • $20 for single activity pass.
  • Noon to 10 p.m.

Charlotte Christmas Village – Christkindlmarkt

  • Corner of 7th Street & North Tryon Street
  • Expect the usual speciality foods, Glühwein in a souvenir village mug, cider, hot chocolate, vendors, photos with Santa, and holiday performances.
  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Free

Speedway Christmas

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • 6-10 p.m.
  • $20-$30.

Holiday on Ice

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • 5 p.m.
  • $12

Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe

  • 6500 S New Hope Road, Belmont
  • Stroll through the gardens and see a mile of lights. Roast a marshmallow by a crackling fire, shop, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus (select nights), and listen to holiday music, too.
  • 5-9 p.m.
  • $14.95+