Charlotte Christmas Village and More 2019 Holiday Events

Nov 23, 2019

It's time for the Charlotte Christmas Village, the Polar Express, and more Holiday Events!

The holiday season is upon us, and life as we know it is about to get exciting. The Christmas season includes food, family, celebration, and events like the Charlotte Christmas Village (Christkindlmarkt) that make it amazing.

If it's events you're looking for, then you want the best, as time is at a premium during this busy season. However, the problem is that most people don't know where to start. Well, no worries, as we've got you covered with a few of the best festive opportunities in the area. Allow us to introduce you to a few of the best holiday events in Charlotte.

Christmas in Charlotte - Just a few of the 2019 Events

Charlotte Christmas Village Christkindlmarkt - Uptown Charlotte

German types of markets are big events throughout Europe and the UK. Every year, they get grander and attract more visitors who are looking to liven up the holidays with festival food, drinks, and vendor booths.

That same spirit is in Uptown Charlotte with the Charlotte Christmas Village Christkindlmarkt.

Thanksgiving parade

Charlotte Christmas Village is on the parade route and opens immediately following the Thanksgiving Parade. Until December 24th, Christkindlmarkt will have entertainment of its own, as well as plenty of shopping.

After you've checked off the items on your naughty and nice list, you can enjoy some Glühwein, which is mulled wine. There's even a non-alcoholic version, as well as strudel, pastries, pretzels, gingerbread, and more.

Dates: Various dates and times from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve; Check the website for specifics

Venue: Corner of 7th and N. Tryon Streets

Admission: Free

A Christmas Carol Presented by Theatre Charlotte

We're going to start with this A Christmas Carol, not only because it's a holiday classic, but it has a limited run.

Matinee and evening performances at The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse are scheduled for December 6th through 15th, so make sure you buy your tickets ASAP.

A Christmas Carol immerses you in the world of Ebenezer Scrooge, as he's visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. It's an all-ages show and embodies the spirit of the season.

Dates: December 6 - 15

Venue: The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse

Admission: $28

Ice Skating at the U.S National Whitewater Center

The National Whitewater Center has new ice occupying a massive 17,000 square feet area to show off your mad skating skills.

That's a lot of ice! So, if you are in love with ice skating, get ready to have loads of fun. You'll need either an All Access Pass or you can buy a Single Activity Pass for $20, which also includes skate rental.

You'll also find music, food, and beverages. If it's been a while since you've put on a pair of skates, why not go for it?!

Venue: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway in Charlotte

Admission: Single Activity Pass $20 or All Access Pass required (includes skate rental)

The Southern Christmas Show

This once a year event is one that you won't want to miss. Visitors come from all over the country just to take part in the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte.

This show attracts well over 400 merchants under one roof, and they sell everything ranging from paintings to housewares and ornaments. Whatever you want to buy is available. When you first get to the show, you would feel the aura of the Christmas season all around you. One little hint, though, before you go, make sure you visit the enchanted village of dollhouses. It's worth the visit.

Here is what a shopper had to say:
"I go every year and always have a blast! So many unique and beautiful crafts. These vendors are crazy talented!"

Dates: November 14th - 24th

Venue: The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. in Charlotte

Admission: $13 if you purchase online

Speedway Christmas at Concord

You don't have to be a NASCAR fan to appreciate the Speedway Christmas, now in its tenth year. It's held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, and is one-of-a-kind!

At the start, you will be amazed by the beauty of over four million lights set to music along the 3.75-mile drive-through course. In addition to the lights, there are all kinds of happenings going on in the infield.

A 100-foot slide, indoor movie theater, Ferris wheel, photos with Santa, Bethlehem Village, and festive food and beverages combine to immerse you in the holiday spirit.

Dates: November 22nd - January 5th from 6 pm to 10 pm

Venue: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Admission: Per-car pricing varies depending on date. Check venue website for specifics and discounts.


Charlotte Symphony and Carolina Voices: Magic of Christmas and the Singing Christmas Tree

It's going to snow at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. It's just a small part of the holiday magic that you'll experience when the Charlotte Symphony and Carolina Voices combine their talents.

Magic of Christmas and the Singing Christmas Tree is another very limited engagement show that runs from December 13th through 22nd. It's also another all-ages show. Sing-alongs and Santa will put smiles on the faces of your kids. There's nothing like a show like this to add to your book of cherished family memories.

Dates: December 13th - 22nd

Venue: Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts

Admission: Starts at $19

Polar Express Train Ride

Since 2004, our holiday movie list has expanded, as Tom Hanks has declared, "All aboard." The Polar Express is movie magic that takes us on an unusual adventure to the North Pole. So, just imagine what it would be like to experience at least a bit of the journey in person.

You'll have to travel about an hour to get to this one, but it'll be worth it!

The Polar Express ride brings out your inner child as you journey across the Great Smoky Mountains. It's a read-along ride that features the book by Chris Allsburg and also clips from the movie. It's an amazing experience you won't want to miss as it'll leave you with lasting memories. The ride happens every weekend in December.

Dates: November 22-24; November 29 - December 1, December 6-8; December 12-22; Trains depart at 7:45 pm and 8:30 pm

Venue: N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer, NC

Admission: $38 and $48 tickets for adults and $32 and $42 for children; First-class tickets are sold out.

Plenty More Holiday Festivities In and Around Charlotte

The Charlotte Christmas Village and a few of our other suggestions are just hte tip of the iceberg when it comes to the holiday events and activities that are happening in the Charlotte area. You can also catch the Trans Siberian Orchestra, The Nutcracker, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, A Motown Christmas, Tree Lightings, Holiday Light Shows, and more.

Charlotte Events Calendar and Other Things to Do Resources

Make sure you bookmark our City Guide Holiday and Gift Guide Section. Additionally, we have a Charlotte Events Calendar powered by Evvnt that's updated hourly, as well as the OTL Charlotte Free Tickets-Seat Filler Club.

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