Christmas In Charlotte Ideas 3 ice skating

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Looking for family friendly (and free!) holiday ideas in the Charlotte area? Here’s a huge list of all things holly & jolly in and around the Charlotte area — from McAdenville to Concord and all over Charlotte Metro.

Create family memories while ice skating or taking a carriage ride. Celebrate the Christmas season watching children’s theater or The Nutcracker; indoors and out there’s plenty to delight children of all ages!


4 Free or Nearly Free Christmas Events

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Through Dec. 23
Billy Graham Library

Christmas at the Library (FREE, but additional charges for parking, carriage rides, etc.)

Dec. 7
Reed Gold Mine

A Golden Christmas (FREE, but may be extra cost for tour or panning for gold)

Dec. 12 – 29
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

Gingerbread Lane (FREE, but donations are encouraged)
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

Through Dec. 26
Christmas Town USA – McAdenville Lights (FREE)

McAdenville, NC


Bring in the Christmas Cheer and warm up the yuletide logs!
Charlotte has a huge range of ideas to get you in the holiday spirit with your family!

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Through Dec. 22
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: Miracle on 34th Street

Through Dec. 30
Speedway Christmas

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Through Dec. 31
Holidays at the Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Through Jan. 5
Ice Skating! WBT Holiday on Ice

NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza

Dec. 7, 11 and 14
Plantation Christmas Events

Historic Latta Plantation

Through Dec. 6-8
Charlotte Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker

Halton Theater at CPCC

Dec. 7 & 14
Santa’s Workshop

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Dec. 13 – 22
NC Dance Theatre: Nutcracker

Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

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Dec. 14 – 15
59th Annual Singing Christmas Tree (and Singing Christmas Tree for Kids)

Ovens Auditorium

Dec. 14 – 29
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: A Commedia Christmas Carol

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center