56 Dazzling Things To Do This December In Charlotte

Jessica Ramos Jessica Ramos

56 Dazzling Things To Do This December In Charlotte
No matter what or how you celebrate, we hope that December (the last month of 2021 already!) will be one to remember. There’s plenty to do this December as the holiday cheer spreads across the entirety of the city. From candlelight concerts & German Christmas Markets, to new restaurants opening in Charlotte, to cozy patios decked with garland and lights, and dazzling light installations that will take your breath away. We’ve got it all covered here in our list of 56 dazzling things to do this December in Charlotte. Enjoy and stay safe!

1. Check out one of these enchanting candlelight concert 

Calm your mind and experience classical music in a new light with these sensational concerts in some of Charlotte’s most magical locations. Some of the seasonal concerts will feature the best works by Beethoven, a tribute to Taylor Swift, and a tribute to the disco queens, Abba, all played by the most talented classical musicians.

2-15. Get cozy at one of these heated patios

The chillier weather is officially here in Charlotte, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to head indoors. Enjoy Charlotte’s beautiful and cozy al-freso patios here with fire pits and heat lamps.

16. Catch a ride on the polar express this Christmas season

All aboard for a magical holiday train ride this season through the Great Smoky Mountains National Forest. The magical Polar Express voyage is the perfect roundtrip treat for the whole family. Start off in Bryson City (a little more than 3 hours from Charlotte so why not make a weekend getaway out of it?) and head towards the North Pole. Ticket prices range depending on which class you get, and you can buy tickets on their website or through the number (800) 872-4681.

17-26. Enjoy a coffee crawl at these cozy cafes

Charlotte is full of some of the most creative and innovative crafters, makers, and restauranteurs in the state. A lot of those ideas mesh inside cafes where people can work, read, and talk, and Charlotte has got some great staples.

27. Take a drive up to Christmas Town USA

Welcome to McAdenville, also nicknamed, Christmas Town USA for it’s spectacular and dazzling light performance they put on every year. The Tree Lighting Ceremony starts on Wednesday, December 1st. It takes place in the plaza in front of the YMCA and starts at 5pm, and an hour later the lights will turn on at 6pm. Their Yule Log Ceremony will take place on December 16th at 5pm, and the Yule Log Parade will start at 5:50pm.

 28-38. Cross these essential NC winter activities off your bucket list

The holidays are just around the corner, literally, and we couldn’t be more excited. A lot of holiday light shows, festivities, and performances recently started up like the light shows, the Christmas event in Nascar, hike to a frozen waterfall, and  so we created this awesome guide to all things Charlotte (or near by) that you’ll want to knock off your bucket list this season. Enjoy and happy holidays!

39. Prost to Olde Mecklenberg Brewery’s Christmas markets

Charlotte’s biggest and oldest German brewery, The Olde Mecklenberg Brewery are bringing back their European-style Christmas markets after 10 years strong. You can enjoy their lineup of fantastic beer at OMB’s magically transformed biergarten that’ll take on the look and feel of a Christmas market. There will be fire pits, traditional huts set up for shopping, dazzling lights, hot cocoa and festive treats, and even a Christmas tree.

40-46. Be dazzled by these spectacular light shows around the city

One of our favorite ways to spend the holiday season is to go on a light tour and look at all the amazing light shows around the city. Some of these dazzling light installations have been on a two year hiatus, while some were forced to be drive-thru experiences only, but this year, things are back to their original formats.

  • Christmas at Biltmore
  • Denton Farm Park
  • Chetola Resort

47. Enjoy a tiki-themed Christmas bar at this pop up

The Royal Tot, the brightly-colored tiki cocktail bar that hit Charlotte this summer, is getting a festive re-make just in time for the holidays. The Royal Tot had temporarily set up shot at Refuge at Rumway Cove, but now, they’ll be settling into their permanent spot and collaborating with Sippin’ Santa. If you haven’t heard of Sippin’ Santa, it’s a tiki popup that serves holiday-themed tiki cocktails and is decorated with all the joy of a Christmas market and beachy getaway all-in-one.

48-55. Paint the town red at one of these amazing cocktail bars here in Charlotte

If you don’t have any plans this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Charlotte has got some of the newest and most innovative cocktail bars that you’ll be stoked to try this holiday season. From tropical pop ups to cocktail bars-meets-speakeasy to cocktails that combine some eccentric, delicious ingredients.


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