5 Fun Holiday Activities in Charlotte, North Carolina

There’s something special about the holiday season. While there may be a chill in the air, there’s an even stronger warmth in the hearts of many. It’s a time to be thankful for friends and family, celebrate a year gone by and look forward to a year ahead.

If you find yourself in the Queen City this holiday season, you’re in luck. While Charlotte has much to do year round, there are even more fun activities and events to take advantage of when December rolls around. Here are a few of our favorite upcoming holiday events in Charlotte:

Charlotte Christmas Village

November 22 – December 24, 2019

The Charlotte Christmas Village is a European-inspired market in the heart of Uptown. Open Tuesdays through Sundays, the village features delicious food, treats and beverages. There is so much to indulge in—from Bratwurst to glazed nuts to alcoholic and non-alcoholic mulled wine. You can smell the pleasant aromas from the moment you enter. Be sure to visit before the season is over. Click here for more information.

Speedway Christmas

November 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020

This year will mark the 10th edition of Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Speedway Christmas is a drive-through light show in which you drive your car around the racetrack and infield to witness a beautiful light display. The show features over 4 million lights on a 3.75-mile driving course. There is even a direct tune-in radio station that plays holiday music in sync with the performance. This is a super fun event so make sure hop in the car and bring the whole family! Click here to learn more.

Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne

December 4 – December 26, 2019

Gingerbread Lane is an annual holiday display put on by The Ballantyne Hotel. Open to individuals and families alike, Gingerbread Lane features incredible masterpieces created by the most talented gingerbread artists. Votes may be cast for a dollar each, with all proceeds going to the Levine Children’s Hospital. Click here to learn more!

Charlotte Ballet: The Nutcracker

December 6 – December 23, 2019, multiple days/times

This year, the Charlotte Ballet is putting on multiple performances of the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, at Belk Theater. This 19th-century fairy tale has stood the test of time to become one of the most famous ballets ever, and it is synonymous with the holiday season. Come witness the Charlotte Ballet’s incredible talent and enjoy a night you’ll never forget. Book your tickets today!

Carowinds WinterFest

December 6 – December 31, 2019

The Carolinas’ favorite amusement party comes to life during the holiday season with a cheerful, winter-inspired atmosphere. During WinterFest, Carowinds is lit up all around and features a breathtaking 70-foot-tall tree. There are several holiday-related activities to take part in along with all of your favorite rides. Festive food and beverages are served throughout the park. Don’t wait—grab your tickets today! Click here for more information.