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From Christmas light displays to special events for the whole family, there’s no better place during the holidays than Charlotte.
WBT Holiday on Ice
Holiday on Ice brings the coolest surface in the city to the heart of uptown. Located on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, the rink has more than 7,000 square feet of ice. With skates available for rental or the option to bring your own, Holiday on Ice is a cool treat for the new or experienced skater.
Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Speedway Christmas is one of the largest holiday light shows in the U.S., featuring more than 800 LED light displays boasting 3 million lights. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s Christmas Village with a realistic Bethlehem-themed village, a Festival of Trees, photos with Santa, movie nights and areas with food and music. The route starts at zMAX Dragway and weaves through the infield of the 1.5-mile superspeedway giving visitors a taste of the Speedway with holiday flair.
Christmas Town USA – McAdenville Lights
McAdenville, also known as Christmas Town USA, shines bright with holiday lights and decorations strung from every home, building and tree in sight. Hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights turn this small mill town into a spectacular holiday display. Visitors stroll down Main Street surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas.
Christmas at the Billy Graham Library
Explore Christmas at the Billy Graham Library where visitors can view a nativity scene with real animals, ride on horse-drawn carriages, or take in the incredible lights display and merry carolers. Evening story times for the children and seasonal treats at the Dairy Barn are added bonuses.
Holidays at The Garden
At Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, you’ll be greated by a half million lights, a breathtaking Christmas tree created with hundreds of orchids, carriage rides, live entertainment and even a visit from Santa in a room designed to capture the essence of Christmas morning.
Events beyond Christmas…
The Belk Bowl returns each year to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. This exciting championship game running on ESPN features a matchup of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Add the football to the Fan Fest events featuring country star Blake Shelton and you’ve got what The Sports Business Journal named one of the five best startups in the sports world over the past five years.
WBTV First Night Charlotte
Charlotte’s most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event of the year! This New Year’s Eve celebration, held at Uptown Charlotte’s brand-new Romare Beaden Park, features a fantastic array of events and activities for all to enjoy in a safe, family-friendly and alcohol-free environment. The kid’s portion of First Night begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. with an early countdown for the wee ones. Then from 7 p.m. on, it’s time for the adults to ring in the New Year, culminating with an unforgettable party at midnight.