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What’s Happening In Charlotte In December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thanksgiving is over, and now we all look forward to the holiday season. Whether you are an outdoor adventurer, or prefer to be indoors watching a ballet, we have something for you to do this December. So grab your family and friends and enjoy the season as we give you what’s happening in Charlotte.

Outdoor Adventures

Whitewater Center

Bundle up and head to the Whitewater Center this December through February. Enjoy ice skating, a half-mile self-guided walking train featuring a variety of illuminated installations, or zipline & dine. For those not so adventurous, visit the holiday store. Visit the website here for more information.

Carowinds Winterfest

Step into a world of holiday magic at Carowinds WinterFest. Celebrate the holiday season with light displays, ice skating, family activities, live entertainment, holiday-inspired comfort food and beverages, and select attractions. Listen to the strolling carolers and help your children write letters to Santa. Don’t miss the nightly Christmas parade with lavishly decorated floats, festive music and performers.

Light the Knights Festival

Make merry memories at Truist Field. The outfield has been transformed into an ice skating rink and snow tubing hill. Enjoy light shows, live entertainment, holiday treats, Christmas trees, shopping, Santa, snow, and more. Find out more here.

Holiday Light Displays

Speedway Christmas

Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health features 4 million LED Christmas lights strewn across a four-mile course. The display features lights synchronized to Christmas-themed music and is open rain or shine. Tune in to 101.3 FM to enjoy the synchronized lights and music. Purchase your tickets here.

McAdenville Christmas Town Lights

It’s the 67th year of Christmas Town USA in McAdenville. The lights are on every evening from 5:30pm-10pm starting December 1 and ending on December 26th. Don’t miss the #4 of 10 public holiday lights display in the US as featured in USA Today. Learn more here.

Holidays at the Garden

Head on over to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden for the annual Holidays at the Garden. Guests can enter during 2 time blocks each evening, 5-7pm or 7-9pm. Stroll through the dazzling lights, sparkling fountains, and holiday decor throughout the garden. Roast s’mores around an outdoor fire, grab a snack at the food trucks, or shop at the Garden Store & Wine Nook for unique gifts. Don’t forget to take a beautiful picture in front of the Orchid Tree located outside the Great Hall. Purchase tickets here.

More Fun Events

Gingerbread Lane

Visit The Ballantyne Hotel for the annual Gingerbread Lane display. View an enchanting display of gingerbread creations from novice to pro bakers. The display is free to visit and open daily from 11am-7pm from December 1st to December 26th. Vote for your favorite entries with $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital.


Head over to Rock Hill, SC for the 4 day ChristmasVille event. Visit Old Town (don’t miss Fountain Park at night), horse and carriage rides, ice skating, tasty treats, and unique gifts. For more information visit this link.

Charlotte Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Don’t miss out on this holiday tradition. Reserve your seats now to see the Charlotte Ballet perform “The Nutcracker”. The show runs at the Blumenthal Belk Theater from December 9-23, 2022. Purchase your tickets here.

Winter Wonderettes at Armour Street Theatre

The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. This fun show features great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland. Find out more here.

Hanukkah Events

This year Hanukkah begins the evening of Sunday, December 18th, and the final evening to celebrate is Sunday, December 25th. Celebrate the holiday with these fun events around the Charlotte area.

Build Your Own Menorah

The Chabad of Lake Norman is hosting a Menorah workshop for kids at the Home Depot in Cornelius. The event takes place on Sunday, December 11th at 2pm. More info here.

Chanukah Festival at Symphony Park

Chabad of Charlotte is hosting this family friendly event which includes music, a fire show, latkes, donuts, dreidels, and the lighting of the giant LED menorah.The event takes place on Sunday, December 18th at 4:30pm.

Menorah Lighting at Stonecrest

Meet at the fountain plaza from 5:30pm-6:30pm for a free, fun, family celebration. The event includes a laser show, LED juggler, music, latkes, and donuts.

Waxhaw Menorah Lighting

Waxhaw is celebrating the 8th annual menorah lighting on Wednesday, December 21st from 5:30pm-6:30pm. This event is presented by the Ballantyne Jewish Center and is family friendly. There will be donuts, latkes, hot drinks, crafts, and music.