Weekdays 10:00AM-3:00PM


Last Food Truck Friday of 2019!

  • Sycamore Brewing
  • 5-11 p.m.
  • Free to attend.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

  • Ovens Auditorium
  • This show combines circus performances, musical entertainment, costumes, and the most festive set you’ve ever seen.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $44-$99

Eli Young Band

  • The Fillmore
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $29.50+.

Plaza Midwood Running of the Balls 5K

  • Resident Culture
  • The 5K route takes you through Plaza Midwood — starting at Resident Culture — under hundreds of Christmas light balls.
  • 7:15 p.m.
  • $13 k-12 students, $15 adults.

Bahamas Bowl Watch Party

  • NoDa Brewing Company
  • Grab a beer and show some support for the 49ers during their first-ever bowl appearance at the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl.
  •  Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Free




Breakfast with Santa

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • This all-inclusive experience features a delectable breakfast, a visit and picture with Santa, and holiday crafts.
  • 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • $25.

Third Annual Lake Norman Christmas Light Boat Parade

  • Blythe Landing
  •  The parade starts at Blythe Landing and ends at the Duke Energy Explorium.
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Free.

Run Run Rudolph 5k/10k

  • 10101 David Taylor Drive
  • Do a cool 3.1 miles (or 6.2) then head for the fully stocked hot cocoa bar for a festive treat.
  • 8-10 a.m.
  • $40-$45.

Santa Run 8K and Snowman Dash

  • Romare Bearden
  • Run through Uptown with your fam dressed in holiday costumes.
  • 9 a.m. to noon.
  • $25-$45

Moonlight Movies: The Grinch

  • 1111 Metropolitan Ave.
  • Festivities include a meet and greet with the Grinch, gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa bar, face painting, caricature art, popcorn, and a a showing of “The Grinch.”
  • 4-7 p.m.
  • Free.



A Christmas Bonus

  • Merchant & Trade
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Free to attend.

OMB’s Weihnachtsmarkt Weekend

  • OMB
  • 40-plus vendors for you to shop from. Expect tons of lights, Gluhwein (spiced wine pronounced “Gloo-vine”), holiday music, hot cocoa, festive food, fire pits, and tons of beer.
  • 4 p.m.
  • Free

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker

  • Belk Theater
  • The show runs Friday-Sunday, with the last show on December 23.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $25+

Magic of Christmas and The Singing Christmas Tree

  • Knight Theater
  • Gather the fam for classic holiday songs, sing-alongs, snow, and other festive surprises.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • $24+

Gingerbread Lane

  • The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
  • The Ballantyne hosts an annual gingerbread house competition for amateurs, pros, and kids. The houses will be on display most of December and are free to view. But you can pay $1 to vote for your favorite house, with all proceeds benefitting Levine Children’s Hospital.
  • All day.
  • Free

McGill’s Winter Wonderland

  •  Rosie’s Wine Garden
  • They’ve got lights, hot chocolate, and s’mores, plus you can still purchase the usual wine and beer.
  • 4-10 p.m.
  • Free

WinterFest at Carowinds: 

  • 70-foot tree, 5 million twinkly lights, live shows, performers all around, and festive hands-on activities plus some of the usual rides.
  • 5-10 p.m.
  • $20+

Winter Wonderland

  • SouthPark Mall
  • Santa will be there 5:30-7:30 p.m. to read books, lead sing-a-longs, and get your Christmas list.
  • 3 p.m. to midnight.
  • $12-$17

Holiday on Ice

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

Holidays at the Garden

  • 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

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. While you’re there, check out the half-mile walking trail of holiday lights. $20 for single activity pass.
  • 10 a.m. 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.