Holiday Events

This page lists Holiday events for families in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
Kids Charlotte: Holiday Events - Fun 4 Charlotte Kids
01/01 3rd Annual New Years Free Soup Day

Come help us start off the New Year with our 3rd Annual Free Soup Day! New Years Day has become one of our favorite days. We gather with tasty soup ...

January 1st, 2018.
Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Area: North
2320 N Davidson St # D, Charlotte, NC, 28205
11/10 - 12/31 - The polar Express with the Great Smoky Mountains

Over 84,000 guests rode THE POLAR EXPRESS with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2016 and we hope to see you in 2017! The 1¼ hour round-trip excur ...

THE POLAR EXPRESS begins November 10, 2017, and operate...
Area: West
45 Mitchell St,, Bryson City, NC, 28713
11/11-12/24 Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and Concord-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with S ...

Nov 11th-Dec 24th, 2017.
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Area: North
8181 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord, NC
11/17 - 01/08 - Holiday on Ice at NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza

Great traditions start with WBT, and WBT’s Holiday on Ice is no exception. Right in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, the area’s only outdoor ice rink i ...

November 17th - January 8th, 2017.
Hours: Visit the Website for Hours
Admission: $10.00, Admission + Skate Rental: $14.00
Area: Central
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28202
11/17-11/18, 11/24-11/26, 12/01-12/03, 12/08-12/10, 12/14-12/22  -  Polar Express Train Ride at North Carolina Transportation Museum

Inspired by the run-away hit movie The Polar Express comes to life as you and your family take a ride on the Polar Express.

Nov 17th-18th, Nov 24th-26th, Dec 1st-3rd, Dec 8th-10th...
Hours: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Area: East
411 South Salisbury Avenue, Spencer, NC, 28159
11/17-12/31 Holidays at the Garden

The Garden glows with holiday spirit from the twinkling trees to the sparkling fountains and is transformed into a natural winter wonderland filled wi ...

Daily. November 17th – December 31st, 2017.
Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Area: West
6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, NC
11/18-11/19-11/24-11/25-11/26-12/01-12/02-12/03-12/08-12/09-12/10-12/15-12/16-12/17-12/18-12/19-12/20-12/21-12/22-12/23-12/24 Santa's Workshop at Blakeney

Visit Santa's workshop at Blakeney this Holiday Season for portraits with Santa Claus.

Nov 18th-Nov 19th, Nov 24th, Nov 25th, Nov 26th, Dec 1s...
Hours: Nov 18th: 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m./Nov 19th: 12:00 p.m.-6:00...
Area: South
Between LOFT and Vestique Accross from the Village Green., Charlotte, NC
11/19 - 12/30 - Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its eighth year. Speedway Christmas will have over 3,000, ...

November 19th - December 30th, 2017.
VILLAGE OPEN: Thursday-Sunday Nights Thursday & Sunda...
Area: North
5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC, 28027
11/22 - 01/01- Zootastic Park's Christmas Wonderland of Lights

Come join us for our Christmas Wonderland of Lights! This year, we will be open every night from November 22, 2017 to January 1, 2018! Some activities ...

November 22, 2017 to January 1, 2018.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 6 ...
$7.00 per person.
Area: North
448 Pilch Road, Troutman, NC, 28166
11/22-12/25 Photos With Santa at Northlake Mall

Visitors will be delighted when they step inside the festive holiday experience, Santa’s Tinsel Town, featuring 12-foot Christmas ornaments, dozens of ...

Santa: Photos
Nov 22nd-Dec 24th, 2017.
Hours: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 - 5:30pm to Sunday, Dece...
Area: North
6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28216
11/23 - 12/24 - Charlotte Christmas Village: A New Queen City Tradition

Charlotte Christmas Village | Christkindlmarkt presented by Coca Cola Consolidated, your local Coke bottler will bring a quaint European-inspired Chri ...

November 23rd - December 24th, 2017.
Hours: 11 am to 7 pm Tuesday - Wednesday; 11 am to 9 pm Thursd...
Admission is free! ​.
Area: Central
300 S Church St, Charlotte, NC, 28202
11/24 & 11/25-12/01 & 12/02-12/08 & 12/09-12/15 & 12/16-12/22 & 12/23 A Millstone Creek Christmas Hayride

Take your family on the Christmas Adventure of a lifetime at our Millstone Creek Christmas Hayride. Our hayride trail is beautifully lit with thousand ...

Nov 24th & Nov 25th/ Dec 1st & Dec 2nd/ Dec 8th & Dec 9...
Hours: 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
$5/person (Kids 2 & Under: FREE).
Area: North
506 Parks Crossrds Church Rd, Ramseur, NC, 27316
11/24 and 12/15 Noah's Art Gift Giving Fun Fridays!

Children get to hand-make 3 awesome projects that can be wrapped and given to their aunts, uncles, mom, dad or grandparents for the holidays! This id ...

Nov-24th and Dec 15th, 2017.
Hours: 3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Non members: $35, Members: $30 and siblings: $5 off.
Area: South
5110 Park Rd. Suite 2E, Charlotte, NC
11/24-12/30 Carowinds’ Inaugural WinterFest Holiday Festival

Carowinds will be magically transformed into a winter wonderland full of enchantment and holiday cheer! Become immersed in the season’s spirit with sp ...

November 24th - December 30th, 2017.
Hours: Nov 24, 2017: 5 pm - 10 pm (Fri) Nov 25, 2017: 5 pm - 1...
Area: Central
14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28273
11/25 - 12/30 - Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express

Celebrate the Christmas spirit all month long in Kannapolis with the Celebration of Lights. The Celebration of Lights boasts more than 250,000 lights ...

Nov 25th-Dec 30th, 2017. Please note: the Celebration o...
Hours: The Winterland Express takes riders through the lights ...
Admission to the park and viewing of the lights is free...
Area: North
Village Park, 740 W C Street, Kannapolis, NC
11/25-11/30, 12/14-12/23 and 12/26-12/30 Tree Lighting and Fireworks at City of Kannapolis

Join us on Saturday November 25th at 6:00pm to celebrate the start of the Christmas season in Kannapolis with our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy ...

November 25th-30th/ December 14th-23rd and Dec 26th-30t...
Hours: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Free admission.
Area: North
740 W C Street, Kannapolis, NC, 28083
11/29-01/07 SouthPark’s own Winter Wonderland

Relish the magic of the season at SouthPark's own Winter Wonderland, Charlotte's newest open-air ice skating rink and ultimate holiday destination. Wi ...

Nov 29th-Jan 7th, 2018.
Hours: Nov 29th: 3:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m./ Nov 30th: 3:00 p.m. - ...
Area: South
4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28211
12/01 - 12/23 - Christmas at the Library

Listed below are the main activities available to help you make the most of your Christmas at the Library visit. In addition to the Christmas-only act ...

December 1st – 23rd, 2017.
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and ...
Both admission and parking are free.
Area: South
4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28217
12/01 -12/26 Lighting of Christmas Town USA

The ceremony starts at On the Plaza, in front of the PHARR FAMILY YMCA. The lights glow nightly through December 26th 2016.

December 1st - December 26th, 2017.
Hours: Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Area: East
100 Main St, McAdenville, NC
12/01-12/16 Weihnachtsmarkt

OMB is the place to gather with friends, drink fresh beer, shop for gifts and celebrate the holiday season! December 1st is going to be one festive ...

Dec 1st, Dec 2nd, Dec 8th, Dec 9th, Dec 15th, Dec 16th,...
Hours: Dec 1st: 4:00 p.m., Dec 2nd: 2:00 p.m., Dec 8th: 4:00 p...
Area: Central
4150 Yancey Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28217
12/02 - Celebrate the Holidays by Riding NC By Train with Santa Claus

Families can celebrate the holidays by getting on board NC By Train’s popular Santa Train leaving from Charlotte on Saturday, Dec. 2. For one day only ...

12/03 - 4th Annual NoDa Christmas Tree Lighting Event

Please join our Noda community in a Christmas celebration! Come and let's decorate the tree together! There will be community ornament making, hot cho ...

Hours: Event begins at 5:30 pm. Tree Lighting begins at 7:45 p...
Area: North
12/03-12/10-12/17 Paws & Claus at Blakeney

Bring your furry friend for a photo with Santa from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on dedicated pet friendly Paws & Claus Sundays.

December 3rd, 10th and 17th, 2017.
Hours: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Area: Central
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road, Charlotte, NC, 28277
12/05-01/01 Tanglewood Festival of Lights!

Tanglewood Park's rolling countryside will be transformed into a winter wonderland of giant, twinkling snowflakes and whimsical scenes! Entering our 2 ...

Dec 5th, 2017-Jan 1st, 2018.
Hours: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (except Dec 31st: 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p....
Area: North
4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC, 27012
12/07-12/14-12/21 Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Phillips Place

Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Phillips Place in South Park Join us for Charlotte’s Premier Holiday Light Show. 2 shows each night! Sh ...

December 7th, December 14th and December 21st, 2017.
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
12/09 - 12/23 -  Night at the Nutcracker

Gather your family and friends and enjoy Charlotte’s favorite holiday tradition – Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker. This holiday spectacular is comp ...

Dec 9th - 23rd, 2017.
Hours: Dec 9 at 2:00 PM, Dec 9 at 7:00 PM, Dec 10 at 2:00 PM, ...
Prices begin at $25.
Area: Central
130 N Tryon St. 2822, Charlotte, NC, 28202
12/09 and 12/16 Breakfast with Santa at Matthews Community Center

Enjoy breakfast, make a holiday craft, and take a picture with Santa! Advanced ticket purchase required. Ages: 2-8 year olds.

December 09th and December 16th, 2017.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (9am seating or 10:45am seating)
$5 per person.
Area: North
Matthews Community Center 100 McDowell Street, Matthews, NC, 28105
12/09 Ballantyne Village Holiday Open House

Join us here in Ballantyne Village on December 9th from 11 AM - 2 PM. 9 AM- 12 PM Blackfinn Breakfast with Santa. Make your reservation today! ...

December 9th, 2017.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Adults $15 - Kids $10
Area: South
14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte, NC, 28277
12/15 & 12/16-12/22 & 12/23- 12/29 &12/30 Lunch With Santa at Adventure Landing

Every Saturday in the Month of December! Lunch, Picture With Santa and His Helpers, 30 Arcade Tokens, Story Time with Santa, Milk & Cookies, Arcade ...

Santa: Photos
December 15th and 16th/ December 22nd &23rd/ December 2...
General public prices starting at $9.99.
Area: South
10400 Cadillac Street, Charlotte, NC, 28134
12/16 -  Holiday Magic Jubilee at The Arboretum Shopping Center

Arboretum Shopping Center Presents: Holiday Magic Jubilee! Join us as we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Face painting, trackless tr ...

December 16th, 2017.
Hours: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Area: South
8008 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28277
12/16 - City Santa Run 8K & Snowman Dash

Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Holidays in the City Santa Run 8K & Snowman Dash presented by Sportport showcasing uptown Charlotte on December 16, 2017. A ...

December 16th, 2017.
Hours: 9:00 AM – 8K Start 10:15 AM – Snowman Dash (1 Mile)
Area: Central
S. Mint Street in-between Romare Bearden Park and the Knights Stadium., Charlotte, NC
12/16 - Run Run Rudolph 5k/10k

The fifth annual Run Run Rudolph 5k/10k race and walk will be held on December 16th in the beautiful University Research Park. This festive race event ...

December 16th, 2017.
Hours: 8:00 a.m.
Registration Info $30 for the 5k/$35 for the 10k throug...
Area: North
University Research Park, Charlotte, NC
12/16 Chrsitmas Tea Party at Historic Latta PLantation

Children enjoy a private visit with Santa right here at Latta inside a cozy cabin warm by the fire. Santa spends time with each family and allows time ...

December 16th, 2017.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
$5 per-child (18 and under) Adults 18 and up are free.
Area: North
5225 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC, 28078
12/16 Cookies & Mimosas with Santa at Nailed It DIY Studio

Parents get to enjoy a mimosa while the littles get to eat a cookie and talk to Santa! A photographer will be on site to catch all the smiles Santa br ...

Santa: Photos
December 16th, 2017.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Area: North
Nailed It DIY Studio 139 East Main Street, Rock Hill, NC, 29730
12/16 Gingerbread Story Time (Class 2)

We're having a Holly Jolly time at SAS Cupcakes-Blakeney!! Join us for Story Time on Saturday December 16th at 10:30am. We read the kids a fun story, ...

December 16th, 2017.
Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
$5 per child.
Area: Central
9941 Rea Rd. Suite C, Charlotte, NC, 28277
12/16 Holidays at the Homesite at The Charlotte Museum of History

Join us on December 16th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm to learn how the holiday season was celebrated in the Carolina Backcountry. Guests will enjoy live mus ...

December 16th, 2017.
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
12/16 Jingle Jam & Holiday Arts Market

Please join us for our holiday Jingle Jam & Arts Market featuring some of our city's finest musicians, artists, potters and crafters. This event is fr ...

December 16th, 2017.
Hours: 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Free.No cover charge, but donations are accepted and ap...
Area: South
1609 East Fifth Street, Charlotte, NC, 28204
12/16 Princess Celebration: Holiday Treat

Find your inner princess and act out different Disney princess roles. Come dressed in your favorite princess attire and dazzle your audience. Our spec ...

December 16th, 2017.
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Area: North
16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville, NC, 28078
12/16 River Rose and the Magical Christmas Storytime at Barnes & Noble Carolina Place Mall

It's Christmas Eve and River Rose wants to stay up all night to hand-deliver a note to Santa, but she and her dog fall asleep only to find they've bee ...

December 16th, 2017.
Hours: 11:00 a.m.
Area: South
11025 Carolina Place, Pineville, NC, 28134
12/16 Sugar Plum Brunch at Amélie's French Bakery & Café

Kid's Christmas Formal Brunch - SUGAR PLUM BRUNCH hosted by Charlotte Seen featuring Children's Fashion Designer - Lesa Patte of Promise Clothing. The ...

December 16th, 2017.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. til 1:30 p.m.
$39.99 per adult includes tax, gratuity, festivities an...
Area: Central
Amelie's French Cafe Uptown, 301 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC, 28202
12/17 Hanukkah Party 2017 in Davidson

Join the Jewish Council of Lake Norman for the Annual Hanukkah Party. Lighting of the Menorah, DJ, games, brunch and lots of family fun!

December 17th, 2017.
Hours: 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children, with a ...
Area: North
Congregation House Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC
12/17 Magical Morning at Nascar Hall of Fame (Special Needs Event)

Every child deserves to experience the magic of Santa in a setting tailored to their needs. The NASCAR Hall of Fame has teamed up with Autism Charlott ...

Santa: Appearances
December 17th, 2017.
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Area: Central
500 South Brevard Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
12/24 Christmas Eve Service at Covenant Church Harrisburg

Wear your pajamas and come out for this beautiful Christmas Eve Service. Join us for special music, carols, and a beautiful Message of Christ's Birth.

December 24th, 2017.
Hours: 11:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
6900 Hickory Ridge Rd, Harrisburg, NC, 28075
Breakfast with Santa at the NASCAR

Santa Claus is coming to town and making a pit stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Breakfast with Santa at the NASCAR Hall of Fame is the perfect yuletid ...

Santa: Photos
December 16th and Dec 23rd, 2017.
Hours: Two sessions each day: Session 1 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m...
Breakfast with Santa are $25 per adult and $22 per chil...
Area: Central
500 South Brevard Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
Winter Wonderland South Park

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink is an open-air holiday experience in Charlotte, North Carolina nestled between South Park Mall and Symphony Park. I ...

Nov. 17th through Jan. 7th
Hours: Mon-Thu: 4pm-11pm Friday: 4pm-12am Saturday: 11am-12am ...
Age: All Ages
Between $10-$20
4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28211-3525