1. Choose from Nascar Hall of Fame-themed toys from a variety of Christmas Trees, for free!
2. Hitch a ride on the magical Polar Express
The perfect weekend getaway from Charlotte, head out 3 hours to Bryson City, where you’ll find the station ready to take you on a magical journey. All aboard the Polar Express as it heads through the Great Smokey Mountains. On this journey, guests will be able to enjoy warm treats, hot cocoa, cookies, and a surprise visit from Santa. Once the train reaches the North Pole, Santa will head on board for photo opps and perfect, Christmas fun for the whole family.
3. Get started on your Christmas shopping at the Vintage Charlotte Market
The Vintage Charlotte Market is back, and it’s the perfect place to get some early Christmas shopping done. With over 60+ handmade and vintage vendors, you’ll be able to find clothing, artwork, home goods, and so much more. If you get a little tired, get your caffeine fix from Hex Coffee, or fill your tummy with Bleu Barn or My Sausage Buddy food trucks outside the convention center. The event takes place November 19th from 11am-5pm for $3 or early bird entry at 10am is $8.
Where: 820 Hamilton St.
4. Sip on some Glühwein at this German Christmas Market
The Weihnachtsmarkt Weekend is back at the Olde Meckleburg Brewery this year with their traditional German market! Sip on some Glühwein, which is a warm, spiced wine or sip from some of OMB’s steins filled with delicious and authentic German brews. The first weekend takes place November 25th, 26th, and 27th.
5. Sip on tropical tiki drinks at this Christmas-themed pop up
The Royal Tot, the brightly-colored tiki cocktail bar that hit Charlotte last summer, is getting a festive re-make just in time for the holidays for the second year in a row. Royal Tot has already officially begun their Sippin’ Santa holiday pop up, so come and enjoy some cute tiki, Christmas drinks at this new Charlotte tradition.
6. Take the family or friends to see of these dazzling light shows
Some of North Carolina’s best venues are getting bedazzled for the holidays in spectacular, immersive art installations. Enter these winter wonderlands, be dazzled by millions of twinkling lights, and enjoy the Christmas spirit in style. Some you may have experienced before, some are brand new, and some are bigger and better than ever.
- Denton Farm Park
- Airlie Gardens
- Chetola Resort
7. Enjoy a cozy outdoor patio igloo, chateau, or greenhouse
There will be a lot of fun markets and dining spots to enjoy this year at some of Charlotte’s nicest outdoor venues. Metropolitan and Camp North End are two such spots that will host things like the outdoor Mistletoe Market. Merchant & Trade will also be doing a rooftop igloo, so keep your eyes peeled for more announcements as the weeks go by.
8. Take a hike to America’s most photographed waterfall
Voted America’s most photographed waterfall is Looking Glass Falls, which is also one of the most beautiful wintry waterfalls because of the snowy landscape that surrounds it. During the cold months, the waterfall even freezes over which can create a stunning backdrop for photos or for nature photographers.
9. Pay a visit to Christmasville USA
McAdenville also known as Christmas Town USA is the perfect holiday getaway here in North Carolina. Each year it has an amazing Christmas light show that usually sees a ton of tourists, a huge Christmas Tree lighting that takes place on December 1st, and tons of red and green lights decorating the trees, street posts, and houses.
10. Go hunting for the perfect Christmas Tree
There are a ton of Christmas tree farms that you can scour for the absolute perfect tree. From Bear Valley Farm in Glenville to the Panoramic View Tree Farm in Boone. Make sure to bring the whole family along to select that perfect living room centerpiece this Christmas season and enjoy other activities like hayrides, hot cocoa sipping, and petting zoos.
- Spillman’s Christmas Tree Farm
- Fir Heaven Sake Christmas Tree Farm
- Smoky Mountains Christmas Tree Farm
- C & J Christmas Trees
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