This December celebrate the magical sights and sounds of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker. Create a memorable holiday tradition when you bring your family and friends along for this holiday voyage featuring choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, live music from the Charlotte Symphony, over 100 dancers and a breathtaking snowfall. Be there as the Nutcracker Prince triumphs over the evil Mouse King and as the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains Clara, her Nutcracker Prince and the audience with dazzling dancing sweets. Buy your tickets NOW!
Jamie Masters School of Dance – Happy Holidays
1225 E. 4th Street, Charlotte, NC (704) 330-6534
December 12, 1:00pm and 5:00pm, All ages, $15-$20, purchase tickets
Happy Holidays is an original dance production that delights and captures the hearts of audiences of all ages. Set to your favorite holiday music and featuring classical ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance, Happy Holidays offers an age appropriate alternative to holiday entertainment.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10
Charlotte Camp Night
Sports Connection Ballantyne
December 10, 6:30pm, Parents and kids, Free, Registration required
11611 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
Summary: Come find out more about activities and adventure, meet the staff, and have your questions answered about resident camp! Bring friends!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
1613 Camden Road Charlotte, NC
Every Friday, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Every Friday night, Charlotte’s favorite food trucks gather on the lot at the corner of Park and Camden in the Historic South End. These aren’t the roach coaches of yesteryear! The nationwide revolution of the food truck industry has hit Charlotte, and we’ve got an ever-growing community of trucks that cater to your every taste. From burgers to tacos to soul food to cupcakes to ice cream and everything in between…there’s something for everyone. We’re family and dog-friendly, too! So bring a chair, bring a blanket, BYOB, bring the kids, take the dog…it’s a neighborhood night out in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
December 12, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Bring your family and friends to Downtown Huntersville to see the town transformed into a magical winter wonderland, complete with a SNOW slide, a visit from Santa and his elves, and holiday stories with Mrs. Claus. Local restaurants will be open as well as a variety of concessions. There are always vendors located throughout the event for Holiday shopping. We will have games and rides for the children!
Visit with Santa
Carolinas Aviation Museum
4672 First Flight Drive, Charlotte, NC (704) 997-3770
December 12, 11:00am – 2:00pm, $8-$12, Kids 14 and under are free
Summary: Bring your wish list, sit and talk with Santa in his airplane, participate in Christmas crafts, then enjoy a few cookies and hot chocolate.
Warehouse Performing Arts Center
9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, NC (704) 301-1564
December 12, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, All ages, $10-$15,
Summary: A unique, for all ages, comedy improv musical extravaganza. This performance is sure to have the entire family laughing.
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC (704) 372-1000
December 12, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, All ages, $12.50
Summary: Open Door Studios proudly presents its Holiday Dance Production, “Grinch.” The mean one, himself, sets out to steal Christmas from the Whos of Who-ville, but learns a lesson about the meaning of the season in this classic tale based on the book by Dr. Seuss. Performances culminate with cookies and photos with the cast. You won’t want to miss this ballet with an all-star cast of students from The Open Door Studios Youth
SEASONAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Christmas at the Library
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, NC (704) 401-3200
December 1-23, See website for details, All ages, Free
Summary: Christmas is a special time at the Billy Graham Library with plenty of family-friendly attractions to celebrate the birth of Christ (live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, story time, Christmas dinner, Christmas Carolers and more!
Christmas Town USA
December 1 – December 26, see website for details, All ages, Free
Summary: If you have not been, it’s worth the trip. Read the visitors information page for tips to make your visit more enjoyable.
Holiday on Ice
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, NC
November 20-January 3, See website, All ages, $10 admission, $3 skate rental
Summary: News Talk 1110 WBT & 107.9 The Link’s Holiday On Ice is Charlotte, North Carolina’s only outdoor ice skating rink. We’re the city’s “Rockefeller Center” where you can skate under the stars in the heart of Uptown. Holiday On Ice is presented by Cool Renewal Spa and is located on the plaza at the NASCAR Hall of Fame from November 20th, 2015 to January 3rd, 2016. Whether you’re looking for a family friendly activity, a romantic night with a loved one, a unique experience or a holiday tradition, Holiday On Ice is sure to have something for everyone.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord, NC
November 21-December 30, See website for schedule, All ages, $25 per vehicle
Summary: More than three million lights and the chance to drive the track. The infield Christmas Village, includes movie nights on the speedway’s 16,000-square-foot HDTV, photos with Santa, a bustling Bethlehem village, petting zoo and more.
Holiday at the Garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, NC (704) 825-4490
November 20 – January 3, See website for schedule, $8.95 and up
Summary: Winter glistens as dazzling lights dance throughout the garden this holiday season. Holidays at the Garden, a must-see family, decade-old tradition for thousands of all ages, is a magical time of year when the trees twinkle, the fountains sparkle, and botanical-themed displays glisten among the natural beauty of the winter Garden.
ADDITIONAL PLACES OF INTEREST
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
located @ Imaginon
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC (704) 973-2800
To see the complete 2014-2015 schedule, special pricing and ways to save click here
Summary: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s home is ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, an amazing collaborative venture between the Theatre and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. It’s an amazing place for families – a really cool children’s library, plus two incredible theatre spaces for our productions, classrooms, computer labs, a Teen Loft and a lot more.
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC (704) 372-1000
To see the 2015 schedule click here
Summary: You can get all the best of the performing arts without buying a plane ticket to the Big Apple! Blumenthal Performing Arts is your source for all the best performing arts events in Charlotte and the Carolinas.
301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Step into a world where science is brought to life through interactive exhibits and explosive experiments during daily programs. Connect with the past and visit the future with groundbreaking exhibitions, larger-than-life IMAX Dome films and hands on activities that let you explore more. Plan your visit today. Click on the links below for detailed information on special events, featured exhibitions, featured shows and IMAX.
Featured Exhibitions: For information on all exhibitions click here.
Featured Shows: For information on all featured shows click here.
IMAX: For information on all featured movies and showtimes click here.
Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville
105 Gilead Road, Huntersville, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Explore the theme of I CAN at Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville. The children’s museum features developmentally-appropriate experiences that encourage imagination and offer the opportunity to build confidence while testing skills by trying new things. The exhibits, themed around a small town, allow children to learn through play.
Theme Areas: For a complete description of all nine theme areas click here.
Featured Shows: For a complete listing of all featured shows click here.
Current and Upcoming Events: For all current and upcoming events click here.
Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Bring little ones for just an hour or the whole day and experience wildlife through live animal exhibits and interactive education programs. The Museum is easy to navigate with fun surprises around every corner. Kids can roam The Great Hall and visit Beginnings, an area filled with young animals and information on their lifecycles.
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC (704) 875-6521
Summary: Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. As a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CRC relies on public financial support to fulfill our mission. Supporters can release a raptor, adopt a bird, make a charitable donation, purchase a membership or sponsor a capital improvement project. CRC’s environmental education programs reach approximately 40,000 students each year. Our Raptor Trail hosts more than 35,000 visitors a year. Visit our calendar page for event times or just come and enjoy our nicely maintained trails and see all the amazing birds of prey.
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC (704) 866-6900
Summary: The natural wonders of North America and North Carolina coupled with the rich history of our region are all reflected in The Schiele’s exceptional exhibitions and diverse programming. Whether you’re indoors or out, with the kids or your colleagues, by bringing you a lot closer to nature, The Schiele will bring you a little closer to yourself.