Annual Events

This page lists family-friendly events in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Note: Details of these events can change from year to year, so please check our calendar of events for specific dates and updated information.
Kids Charlotte: Annual Events - Fun 4 Charlotte Kids
01/01 New Years Day Free Soup Day at Free Range Brewing

Join us for our 4th Annual FREE Soup Day on New Years Day: January 1st, 2019! We just love starting off the New Year with Community, Full Bellies a ...

January 1st, 2019.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Area: North
2320 N Davidson St # D, Charlotte, NC, 28205
10/20 9th Annual Free NoDa Ghosts and Legends Tour

Enjoy history and learning about historic North Charlotte mill villages? Revel in scary tales? Like to take a walk? Come out for the 9th Annual FREE N ...

October 20th, 2018.
Hours: 6:45 p.m.-10:45 p.m.
The event is free; donations to the NoDa non-profit 501...
36th & North Davidson, Davidson, NC
11/17 - Santa Arrival Parade & Tree Lighting at Birkdale Village

Join us at our annual celebration benefitting Ace & TJ's Grin Kids as we welcome Santa to Birkdale Village for the holiday season. The event includes ...

November 17th, 2018.
Hours: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Area: North
8712 Lindholm Drive, Ste. 206,, Huntersville, NC, 28078
11/20 73rd Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade

The 73rd Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade kicks off at 3:00pm. Watch from the sidewalks on Main Street but get there early to save a spot – thousa ...

November 20th, 2018.
Hours: Parade kicks off at 3:00 p.m.
Area: North
Main St. Downtown, Mooresville, NC
11/20 Carolina Panthers 5th Annual Tree Lighting

The Carolina Panthers’ Fourth Annual Tree Lighting will be held the night before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 22. The celebration is free of ...

November 20th, 2018.
Hours: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Area: West
800 South Mint St, Charlotte,, NC, 28202
11/21 - 01/01- Zootastic Park's Christmas Wonderland of Lights

​The wonderland of lights is open EVERY night from November 21st to January 1st. The price is $7 a person which includes a drive through light sho ...

November 21st to January 1st, 2018.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 6 ...
$7.00 per person.
Area: North
385 Ostwalt Amity Rd, Troutman, NC, 28115
11/22 7th Annual Thanksgiving 5k!

Join us at our 7th annual Thanksgiving 5k! This family friendly, dog friendly (must be leashed), untimed race features a $50 Family Registration (incl ...

November 22nd, 2018.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
$50 Family Registration (includes 6 family members)!
Area: North
Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen 514 N Old Statesville Rd, Huntersville, NC, 28078
11/22 Annual Mooresville/Lake Norman 5K Turkey Trot

Run to End Childhood Poverty! Bring your family and join the trot tradition! Join us for the 6th Annual Mooresville/Lake Norman Turkey Trot on Than ...

November 22nd, 2018.
Hours: Turkey Trot: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m./Kids Fun Run: 8:30 a....
Area: North
266 N Broad St, Mooresville, NC, 28115
11/22 Breakfast with Santa at Coco and the Director

Kick off the holiday season, Charlotte-style! For only $30, purchase your ticket for Breakfast with Santa at Coco and the Director, and you will also ...

Nov 22nd, 2018.
Hours: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Area: Central
Coco and the Director 100 W Trade Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
11/22 Healthy UCity Turkey Trot 5k

WAKE... RUN.... FEAST! Join us as we celebrate the 5th year of the University City Turkey Trot... our cute turkey is turning five! The University ...

November 22nd, 2018.
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Area: North
3024 Prosperity Church Road, Charlotte, NC, 28269
11/22-11/24 5th Annual Turkey Trifecta at Fleet Feet Hickory

The Turkey Trifecta returns to Fleet Feet Hickory for it's 5th year! Join us for 3 days of running to keep you fit this holiday season. What is th ...

Nov 22nd-24th, 2018.
Hours: 7:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Area: North
Fleet Feet Hickory 3022 N Center St, Ste B, Hickory, NC, 28601
11/22-12/24 Charlotte Christmas Village: A New Queen City Tradition (Open Thanksgiving Day).

Charlotte Christmas Village, is a quaint European-inspired Christmas Market in Uptown Charlotte. The village will be open: Thanksgiving 11 am to 5 ...

Nov. 22nd - Dec. 24th, 2018.
Hours: Open Daily at 11:00 a.m.
Admission is free! ​.
Area: Central
the corner of 7th Street & N. Tryon, Charlotte, NC, 28202
11/23 & 11/24 - Victorian Christmas at Historic Latta Plantation

Step into an 1860s Christmas as you stroll through the plantation house, grounds, and outbuildings. Live Celtic Christmas music and local artisans wit ...

Nov 23rd and 24th, 2018.
Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and student...
Area: North
5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC, 28078
11/23-01/06 Holidays at the Garden

Holidays at the Garden is bigger and better than ever! You’ll discover new displays, more lights than ever before and fun for the whole family. Experi ...

Daily. November 23rd – January 6th
Hours: 5 – 9 p.m. Each Evening *Closed Christmas Day
Range: $8.95 - 16.95 & Child Under 2: Free
Area: West
6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, NC
11/23-01/29 Toys, Games and Trains exhibit at Kings Mountain Historical Museum

This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and g ...

November 23 - December 29
Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Free admission.
Area: West
100 East Mountain Street, Kings Mountain, NC
11/24 7th Annual Light Up Cornelius 2018

Each year, hundreds of people join us for our annual tree lighting on the lawn at Cornelius Town Hall on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Attendees ca ...

November 24th, 2018.
Hours: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Free community event. Concessions available for purchas...
Area: North
Community Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, NC, 28031
11/24 Annual Tree Lighting at Kannapolis Village Park 2018

Join us on Saturday November 24th at 6:00pm to celebrate the start of the Christmas season in Kannapolis with our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy ...

November 24th, 2018.
Hours: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Area: North
Kannapolis Village Park, Kannapolis, NC, 28083
11/24 Winter Wonderland Holiday Market at Anne Springs Close Greenway

More than 150 artists and crafters from the Charlotte region will offer unique holiday gifts and decorations at the Winter Wonderland Craft Fair on Sa ...

November 24th, 2018.
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Area: South
288 Dairy Barn Ln, Fort Mill, SC, 29715
11/26 Toys for Tots Collection Event at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

Toys for Tots-Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse. Please bring an unwrapped toy to support Toys for Tots!

November 26th, 2018.
Hours: 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Del Frisco’s 4725 Piedmont Row Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28210
11/27 Sixth Annual Napa on Providence Christmas Party

6th Annual Napa on Providence Christmas Party Benefitting Toys for Tots. Includes Complimentary Hors d' Oeuvres, Beer and Wine. Guest Host, Pant ...

Nov 27th, 2018.
Hours: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Napa on Providence 110 Perrin Pl, Charlotte, NC, 28207
11/29-12/01 -  Christmas in Davidson

Kick off the holiday season at the 30th annual Christmas in Davidson festival. Take a ride in a carriage, stroll down Main St, start your holiday shop ...

Nov 29th-December 1st, 2018.
Hours: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Area: North
Town of Davidson, Davidson, NC
12/01 -  Matthews Hometown Holiday and Holiday Tree Lighting

Brighten up your holiday at our annual Hometown Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting! Live entertainment, train rides, pictures with Santa, face pai ...

December 1st, 2018.
Hours: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Area: South
232 Matthews Station St, Matthews, NC, 28105
12/01 2nd Annual Christmas At Cabarrus Holiday Market

Looking for a great way to get into the Holiday spirit? Join us on Sat., Dec. 1 from 10 am to 5 pm and shop for everyone on your list and support loca ...

Dec 1st, 2018.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Area: North
Cabarrus Brewing Company 329 McGill Ave NW, Concord, NC, 28027
12/01 35th Christmas Parade! at City of Claremont

The City of Claremont is hosting the 35th annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 1st at 3:00 PM. The parade will line up at the intersection of ...

Dec 1st, 2018.
Hours: 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Area: North
City of Claremont, Claremont, NC
12/01 A Huntersville Christmas

Free activities include: rides, ice carving, holiday performances on stage from a variety of local groups, Carolers of Christmas Past, airbrush tattoo ...

Dec 1st, 2018.
Hours: 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Skate on the ice rink for $6 per person!
Area: North
101 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville, NC, 28078
12/01 Downtown Statesville Running of the Elves 2018

This will be a 3k (walking), 5k and 10k running road race through Statesville. The course will go through Christmas lights and Carolers cheering the r ...

December 1st, 2018.
Hours: 5:00 p.m.
Area: North
Downtown Statesville 112 S Center St, Statesville, NC, 28677
12/01 Fort Mill Christmas Parade! 2018

Join us on Saturday, December 1st at 11 am on Tom Hall Street for the Annual Fort Mill Christmas Parade that will usher the holiday season to town! ...

December 1st, 2018.
Hours: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Area: South
Town of Fort Mill, Fort Mill, SC
12/06 and 12/13 Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Phillips Place

Come enjoy: • 2 Holiday Light Shows each Thursday night • A special visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus • Holiday stilt walkers and elves • Good ...

December 6th and 13th, 2018.
Hours: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
This is a FREE EVENT and open to the public.
Area: South
6800 Phillips Place Ct, Charlotte, NC, 28210
12/07-12/23 The Nutcracker at Belk Theater

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Nutcracker! Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a br ...

Dec 7th-23rd, 2018.
Hours: Visit website for schedule!
Area: North
701 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC, 28202
12/08 - Reindeer Romp 5K Hosted by Harris YMCA

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 rea ...

December 8th, 2018.
Hours: 8:00 a.m.
Fun Run is FREE.
Area: South
5900 Quail Hollow Road, Charlotte, NC, 28210
12/15 Holidays at the Homesite at The Charlotte Museum of History

Celebrate the holiday season with CMH! Join us to learn more about how the people of Charlotte have spent their Decembers over the past 250 years. ...

December 15th, 2018.
Hours: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
$10 Public admission fee and $7 for kids. This event is...
Area: East
3500 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC
12/22 and 12/23 - Breakfast with Santa and the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Santa Claus is coming to town and he's making a pit stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the second annual Breakfast with Santa. The NASCAR Hall of Fam ...

Santa: Appearances
Dec 22nd and Dec 23rd, 2018.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Area: Central
NASCAR Hall of Fame 400 E Martin Luther King Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28202