If you’re like us, you may be pretty bummed that the holiday season is coming to a close. Fear not though as there’s actually still plenty of holiday festivities that are continuing this week (and even one that has its last day on January 30th!) Some of Charlotte’s most iconic venues are not letting the holidays slip past that quickly, so you and the family can get one last Christmas hurrah before it’s too late. Without further ado, here’s 5 magical holiday events that are still offering some good ole’ post-Christmas cheer.
1. Christmas at Biltmore
Take a drive over to this stunning estate near Asheville and enjoy an elegant and festive Christmas Display. Biltmore Estate offers two different viewings, daytime and evening, each with their own special offerings. Enjoy the decorated hallways and twinkling Christmas trees during the day or roaring fireplaces in the evening. Either way, the Christmas cheer isn’t over yet at Biltmore and the festivities are continuing until January 9th!
Where: 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803
2. Carowinds Winterfest
Winterfest is still in full swing at Carowinds and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display on New Year’s Eve as well as live music, cocktails, and thrilling rides, or continue the Winterfest merriment all the way until January 9th. Alongside rides, Winterfest has beautiful light displays, Christmas-themed shows for the kiddos, and more!
Where: 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273
3. Chetola Resort
Up in the North Carolina mountains is Chetola Resort, a tranquil 78-acre resort perfect for a weekend away. The perfect place for a snowy winter wonderland, Chetola Resort has the best of NC’s stunning nature alongside a dazzling light trail you won’t want to miss. The Festival of Lights offers millions of twinkling lights and will be the longest running holiday display. Running through to January 30th, you can also enjoy Blowing Rock’s annual Winterfest that features ice carving, chili cook offs, winter sports, and much more.
Where: 185 Chetola Lake Dr, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
4. Hillridge Farms
Enjoy the Festival of Lights at Hillridge Farms until January 2nd! This year, they brought back their annual Festival of Lights with a safe drive-thru experience where you can bring drinks, snacks, and even your furry friends. What’s more, this year, they’re offering an even bigger and better light show than they have had in the past, and only for $20.
Where: 703 Tarboro Rd, Youngsville, NC 27596
5. Charlotte Motor Speedway
Get one last round in at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for their Speedway Christmas festivities. Their holiday event runs all the way until Saturday January 16th and “features four million lights strewn across a four-mile course.” The lights will be dazzling and synchronized to Christmas music for a joyful evening spent with family or friends. A tip on their website says that Thursday through Sunday are better if you want to avoid peak traffic.
Where: 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC 28027
[featured image by chetolaresort via instagram]