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Christmas Events Around Charlotte

Contributed by: Heath Combs

Holiday_LightingThe holiday season offers a variety of interesting, exciting and one-of-a-kind events for families to experience in and around Charlotte. Here are some of the top offerings to consider, ticket and event venue information is linked in the address:

Speedway Christmas
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord 
Nov. 22-Jan. 5, 6-10 p.m.
Car admission $10 

The 10th edition of Speedway Christmas is bigger and better than ever. This year’s spectacular drive-through light show features more than 4 million lights over a 3.75-mile course that includes most of the oval and the infield. 

Charlotte Christmas Village
Nov. 22-Dec. 24 
406 N. Tryon St.

Charlotte Christmas Village is a quaint European-inspired Christmas market in Uptown Charlotte. Aromas from specialty food – Austrian strudels, Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and glazed nuts – drift throughout the village. There is also hot mulled cider and hot chocolate. 

WinterFest at Carowinds
Nov. 24-Dec. 31, (Some Days Closed), Various Hours
Tickets start at $26

Carowinds has magically transformed the park into a winter wonderland. WinterFest is packed with all the sights, sounds, food and festivities of the holiday season. The park is decked out with more than 5 million lights, a 70-foot tree and lavish displays. And up to 24 rides will be open.

Holidays at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 
Nov. 29-Jan. 5, 5-9 p.m.
Tickets start at $14.95

Stroll the shimmering Mile of a Million Lights. Discover the colorful lights of the topiaries dancing to merry tunes, LED cherry trees along Canal Garden, waves of color glittering in the Piedmont Prairie, enchanting fairy villages and model trains, built by the Metrolina Model Railroaders, throughout the garden.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
Nov. 29-Dec. 29
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte at ImaginOn
Tickets start at $19

This is the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most popular show of all time. You’ll see what happens when the “worst kids in the history of the world” find out about free food at Sunday school and that they can audition for the annual Christmas pageant. This could be the worst pageant ever, if it ever happens.

Christmas Town USA
McAdenville, NC
Nov. 30-Dec. 26, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Each December, McAdenville transforms into Christmas Town USA. The tradition of homeowners decorating their houses and yards dates back to the mid-1950s. Visitors can explore the 1.3-mile route on foot or by car.

The Billy Graham Library
Dec. 2-23, 5-9 p.m.

A nativity scene at The Billy Graham Library, complete with live animals, tells the story of Jesus’ birth. In addition, there are horse-drawn carriages, storytellers and carolers throughout the property.

Gingerbread Lane 
The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge
Dec. 4-26

Vote for your favorite gingerbread houses that line Gingerbread Lane. The contest is open to professional, amateurs and kids.

Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra
Dec. 2-27
Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St.

One of Charlotte’s favorite traditions, Leonard Bearstein and his 18-bear animatronic orchestra perform their 45-minute holiday program throughout the day. This year’s program features classic songs: “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Baby,” “Let it Snow” and many more.

Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour
Dec. 6-8, various times
Tickets start at $30

This walking, self-guided tour includes admission to a variety of private homes in Charlotte’s Fourth Ward, all beautifully decorated for the season. Choirs and hand-bell ensembles will perform seasonal music on porches. There will be free carriage rides. Homes on the tour range from Victorians to modern townhomes.
The Nutcracker, by the Charlotte Ballet
Dec. 6-23
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Tickets start at $25

This is an opportunity to see one of the world’s most beloved ballets come to life on stage, featuring the treasured music of Tchaikovsky performed live by the Charlotte Symphony. 

Kwanzaa Charlotte
Dec. 26-Jan. 1

At churches and community centers throughout the city, Kwanzaa Charlotte offers seven evening events that celebrate Kwanzaa. There will be African marketplaces, educational and cultural activities, live music and more.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical 
Ovens Auditorium at Bojangles Entertainment Complex
Dec. 19, 7 p.m.
Tickets start at $32

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” a Christmas TV classic, flies off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition – with all your favorite characters. It speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Ovens Auditorium at Bojangles Entertainment Complex
Dec. 20-22
Tickets start at $44

The 2019 production of Cirque Dreams Holidaze has a unique cast of incomparable Cirque artists and theater talent, more than 300 imaginative costumes, 20 astonishing acts, original music and a celebration of Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s. Audiences of all ages will marvel at soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats and extravagant theatrical production numbers. 

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage
Ovens Auditorium at Bojangles Entertainment Complex
Dec. 27, 7 p.m. T
Tickets start at $26

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play – and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. 

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