Festive family-friendly events in Charlotte, NC will help to make the holidays bright and cheerful as Christmas approaches. Children and adults will love the holiday lights, colorful decorations, music, and festive activities in Charlotte in 2017.
Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink
Nov. 17-Jan. 8 @ Various Hours
Between SouthPark Mall and Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211
Charlotte’s newest open-air ice skating rink will be open for family fun and exercise through the holiday season. There will be special activities and attractions at Winter Wonderland, so check the website for additional information. Tickets $12/person with own skates or $17/person including skate rental.
Charlotte Christmas Market
Nov. 23-Dec. 24 @ 11 a.m.
Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Mint St., Charlotte, NC 28202
The Christmas Market will be a charming German Christkindlmarkt, so take the family for a stroll to see the vendors and shop for unique gifts, food hot spiced gluhwein. The market will open on Thanksgiving Day and will be open Tues.-Sun. (closed Mon.) through Christmas Eve. Admission will be free but bring money for purchases.
Holiday Fun at the Farm
Nov. 24 @ 2 p.m. & Nov.25, Dec. 9, 16, & 23 @ 10:30 a.m.
Whispering Hope Farm, 1405 Crowders Creek Rd., Gastonia, NC 28052
Holiday Fun at the Farm will be a kid-friendly event featuring visits with Santa Claus, farm animals, and play on the playground. Bring your camera to take pictures of the fun. Tickets will be $7/person and horse rides for kids will be $5.
Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra
Nov. 27-Dec. 28 @ Various Times (Closed Dec. 25)
Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
The animated Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra will put on several performances of Christmas music a day. Take the kids to the whimsical fun-filled 45-minute performance.
10th Annual Community Nativity Festival
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 @ 10 a.m.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, 7036 McIIwaine Rd., Huntersville, NC
Nativity scenes from around the world will be on display for this free family-friendly community event. The meaningful displays will be celebrated with musical performances. The event will also include a stable with Nativity costumes, children’s crafts, and a scavenger hunt. Admission will be free, but donations of canned food will be accepted to donate to the Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen.
ChristmasVille in Rock Hill
Nov. 30-Dec. 3
Rock Hill, SC
The 12th Annual ChristmasVille festival will feature over 70 family-friendly events and activities, including strolling Dickens carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours, music, a gingerbread contest, entertainment, and Santa Claus.
Christmas at the Library
Dec. 1-23 @ 5 p.m. (Closed Sundays)
Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Dr., Charlotte, NC 28217
The Billy Graham Library will celebrate the birth of Christ with this special family-friendly event featuring a live Nativity with live animals. Kids and adults will enjoy the story time, Christmas Carolers, and more. Christmas at the Library will be free admission and parking will be free. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be $8/Adults, $4/Children under 12.
2017 Queen City Christmas Expo
Dec. 2 @1 p.m.
The Carole Hoefener Center, 615 East 6th St., Charlotte, NC 28202
The Christmas Expo will feature 50 vendors selling a variety of wares. There will also be giveaways and activities for kids, games, crafts, music, face painting, and pictures with Santa Claus. Admission will be free.
Town Center Tree Lighting & Ice Skating
Dec. 1 @ 6 p.m.
Town Center, 105 Gilead Rd., Huntersville, NC 28070
Kick off the holidays at the festive Tree Lighting in Huntersville, with free family-friendly activities, live music, Santa Claus, and ice sculptures. Refreshments will be available for purchase. You can also skate on the ice rink for a $6 fee.
Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte, NC 28277
Gingerbread Lane will be an enchanting display of gingerbread creations that you can view along with the family. The charming display will be free to view and open to the public. You can vote for your favorite creation with a minimum $1 donation per vote, which will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital.
Colonial Christmas & Holiday Skies
Dec. 9 @ 2 p.m.
The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054
The Schiele Museum will offer two programs on the same afternoon. First, Colonial Christmas will celebrate Christmas on the frontier, with the “Procession of the Yule Log,” English country dancing, and singing of traditional carols. At dusk, there will be a Scripture & Candlelight Service. The second program will be in the Planetarium, where you will explore the night sky. Museum admission plus $5 will include both shows.
McAdenville Christmastown Yule Log Parade and Ceremony
Dec. 16 @ 5:30 p.m.
McAdenville, NC 28101
The Yule Log Parade and Ceremony have been a tradition in McAdenville since 1950. The festival will be a fun-filled evening with holiday music, family-friendly entertainment, and Santa Claus. The festivities will be free to attend and open to the public. The holiday lights will be illuminated from Dec. 1-Dec. 26.