Happy Wednesday Smarties. I don’t think there is any question what this weekend’s activities are! Our kids have been counting down, we have attended parties, decorated, shopped and moved that darn elf around all for that magic and wondrous day – Christmas. There are a few things that will still be going on but please check websites to confirm. Also, Discovery Place will be open on Sunday with a full schedule of activities for the week. The Nature Museum and Discovery Place Kids are also open with their regular schedules. Merry Christmas and enjoy.
Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra
December 1-31, Mon.-Fri., 10:00am, 11:00am, noon, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm; Sat.-Sun., hourly from 8:00am-6:00pm
Leonard Bearstein and his animatronic orchestra are back at Founders Hall with an updated program and fresh take on holiday classics. The program features a compilation of time-honored songs.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Until January 2, 6:00pm-1:00pm
Carolina Christmas is one of the largest holiday light shows in the United States, featuring 2.5 miles of LED lights, a realistic Bethlehem-themed village, NASCAR souvenir rigs for Christmas shopping, carriage rides, ice skating, marshmallow roasting pits and themed areas for children with food, music, rides and photos with Santa. Cost is $20 per car.
WBT Holiday on Ice
The Green uptown
November 24-January 8, Wed-Fri, 5:00pm-10:00pm; Sat., 11:00am-10:00pm; and Sun., 11:00am-7:00pm
Tucked away in Uptown Charlotte’s most scenic park is the area’s only outdoor ice rink. There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than skating with your friends and family among the holiday decorations in uptown. Join us for skating and holiday cheer at WBT’s Holiday on Ice… on the Green in Uptown. Skates available from child’s size 9 and up. Cost is $7; skate rental $3, season tickets are available.
Christmas Wonderland of Lights
Zootastic Park of Lake Norman, 448 Pilch Road, Troutman
Until New Years Day, 6:00pm-10:00pm
The Christmas Wonderland of Lights features over 1 Million Lights over a 2 mile drive-through and ends with a light show set to music in our Western Town. We also have Santa Claus joining us every evening, pony rides, petting zoos, concessions, roasting pits for marshmellows, and much much more. Cost is $5 per person ages 2 and up.
Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
Until December 26
Enjoy an enchanting collection of gingerbread houses throughout the holiday season. From December 11 through December 26, the creative display is open daily to the public. Attendees may vote on their favorite gingerbread house with $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital, dedicated to caring for the physical and emotional needs of children and their families.