Things to do in Charlotte NC for the Holidays 2019

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by Debe on December 7, 2019

in 365 Things to Do & Places to Go in Charlotte

Things to do in Charlotte NC for the Holidays 2019

New to Charlotte? As I share this time each year, here are the 7 must-do Charlotte area holiday experiences for 2019.


Carowinds WinterFest

Location: Carowinds

Date: Select nights through December 31 (Visit the site link above to confirm dates WinterFest will be open)
Time: Sunday – Friday 5-10PM, Saturday 2-10PM, NYE 5PM  – 1AM
Price: As low as $26. 



Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker

Complete with choreography by local resident, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux (the artistic director at the Charlotte Ballet) and music from the Charlotte Symphony,  the Nutcracker is a must-see holiday performance.

Location: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte NC 28202
Date: Through December 23

Time: Varies, click the link to the site (above) for specific times and dates; times offered are either 2PM, 7PM or 7:30PM, depending upon the night.
Price: $35-$150




Charlotte Christmas Village

European-inspired Christmas market that features food and gift vendors, live performances and plenty of their signature warm, spiced wine, Glühwein.

Location: Corner of N Tryon & E 7th streets
Date: Through December 24
Time: Open daily at 11AM
Price: Free



Christmas Town USA

This year marks Christmas Town USA’s 64th year! McAdenville, a small town (600 residents) located 25-30 minutes west of Charlotte on I-85 south, transforms into a magical Christmas Town each year (and has for decades). Residents themselves, set up over 500,000 lights, creating a breathtaking, drive-thru display that truly puts McAdenville on the national map. In fact, Christmas Town has been voted #2 in the nation for public holiday lights display by USA Today!

Location: McAdenville, NC
Date: Through December 26
Time: Weekdays 5:30-9:30PM, Weekends 5:30-11PM
Price: Free


Christmas Town McAdenville NC


Gingerbread Lane at the Ballantyne Hotel

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge hosts an annual gingerbread house competition for amateurs, pros and children alike. The displays are so very enchanting!

Location: The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte NC 28277
Date: Through December 26
Time: Any time
Price: Free, however, visitors can vote ($1/vote) for their favorite houses, with all proceeds benefiting the Levine Children’s Hospital.



Holidays at the Garden

‘Tis the season for the annual Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden transformation into a winter wonderland! Follow the one-mile trail with a million twinkling lights and fabulous, illuminated displays aglow throughout the gardens. You’ll enjoy live music performances, a holiday gift shop and special activities for the children.

Location: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont NC 28012
Date: Daily through January 5 (closed Christmas Day)
Time: 5-9PM
Price: Children under 2 are free, $8.95 children 2-12, $14.95 seniors 60+, $16.95 adults (buy online to save $2)




Speedway Christmas

The 3.5-mile drive-thru holiday light display features 3 million lights and choreographed illuminated displays. They will also feature a drive-in movie theater, playing classic holiday films as well as a festive holiday village with food, beverage and local gift vendors.

Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date: Through December 29
Time: 6-10PM
Price: $20 – 30 per car. Check site for fast pass and for van & bus pricing.



Happy Holidays Everyone!



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