20 Fun Holiday Events for the Entire Family

I am sure many of us have seen all of the memes on the internet that poke fun at the people who have started decorating for Christmas before we celebrate Thanksgiving.  So just like those of us who already have a tree up in your home, we have created our Holiday Events list before Thanksgiving, and surprisingly a lot of the events on our list start this weekend!


So here is our biggest Holiday Events list to date!

  1. Ice skating at the U.S. National Whitewater Center:  For the first time this year, the Whitewater Center is debuting ice skating and a half-mile walking trail of light installations for the winter months.  This attraction opened yesterday and the light trail is free (with the cost of parking).

  2. Holiday On Ice, Charlotte’s outdoor ice skating rink:  Located at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza at 400 East Martin Luther King Blvd is Charlotte’s  outdoor ice skating rink.

  3. Winterfest 2019 at Carowinds:  Winterfest debuts at Carowinds on November 24th and they are offering a special admissions price of $19.99 until November 22!

  4. Charlotte Christmas Village:  The Christmas Village is opening a week earlier (before Thanksgiving Day) this year! From November 22 – December 24, you can enjoy the Christmas Village located on the corner of 7th Street and North Tryon.

  5. The Polar Express: Tickets are still available for the popular Polar Express train ride located in Spencer, NC!

  6. Concord Christmas Parade:  The Concord Christmas Parade is always the Saturday before Thanksgiving, so this year it will be held November 23rd at 2:30!

  7. 2019 Christmas tree lighting ceremony: The annual tree lighting ceremony in Downtown Concord will be held this Friday, November 22 at 6:00 pm!

  8. Kannapolis Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Fireworks:  The tree lighting at Village Park has been moved to Sunday November 24th at 6:00pm due to the chance of rain on Saturday.

  9. Sea of Lights 2019: SEA LIFE is lit up with Holiday Spirit this December! Wander through each zone of the aquarium to experience thousands of Christmas lights as they sparkle across every fishy friend! Starting December 7th, they will be hosting: Scuba Claus Dive Shows – Saturdays & Sundays, December 7-22
    • Saturdays at 11:15 AM & 2:30 PM
    • Sundays at 1:45 PM & 3:45 PM

  10. 3rd Annual Christmas at Cabarrus Holiday Market:  Saturday, November 30th from 10 am to 5 pm and shop for everyone on your list and support local small business! They will have 100+ vendors onsite for the 3rd Annual “Christmas At Cabarrus” holiday market! There will be handmade crafts, jewelry, artists, services and other vendors setup to help you find that perfect gift. The best part is, they’re ALL local businesses in our community! There is also a letter to Santa writing station and hot chocolate for the kids, and the kids at heart.

  11. Speedway Christmas 2019:  Starting this Friday, November 22 thru January 5, you can drive through the Speedway and experience over 4 million lights along the 3.75 mile long course!

  12. Girls Day Out Holiday Expo: You and your Girls are invited to the Girls Day Out Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 7th at the Cabarrus Arena & Event Center. This Ultimate Holiday Girls Day Out Experience will include: Shopping with over 60+ Amazing Vendors, Cookie Tasting/Voting at the Cookie Competition, Wine Tasting / Voting at the Wine Competition, Naughty & Nice Live Beauty Demonstrations with Beauty Experts on the Beauty Panel, and Giveaways.

  13. Christmas in Davidson: December 5, 6, and 7th you can celebrate Christmas in Davidson!  It is a community-gathering event – a chance for friends, family, and neighbors to come together and celebrate the season.

  14. Southern Christmas Show: The show runs up until November 24th!

  15. Carolina Panthers Tree Lighting Celebration: The Carolina Panthers’ sixth annual Tree Lighting, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, will be held on the night of Tuesday, November 26 in uptown Charlotte.  The celebration is free of charge and takes place outside Bank of America Stadium, on the corner of Mint Street and Graham Street. Festivities open at 6:30 p.m.

  16. Trans-Siberian Orchestra:  The Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2019 Winter Tour will be headed to Charlotte December 7th!

  17. Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:  The Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade is held on Thanksgiving Day every year! The parade will step off at 9th Street and march South on Tryon Street to Stonewall Street at 9:00am on Thursday, November 28, 2019.

  18. Mooresville Christmas Parade:  The 2019 Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade will be held on Tuesday November 26, 2019 at 3:00pm along Main Street in Downtown Mooresville.

  19. Charlotte Symphony and Carolina Voices: Magic of Christmas and The Singing Christmas Tree:    The wonder of the holiday season comes to life as two of Charlotte’s favorite holiday traditions join forces: Charlotte Symphony’s Magic of Christmas and Carolina Voices’ The Singing Christmas Tree! Gather the whole family for this joyful celebration, complete with quintessential holiday songs, sing-alongs, snow falling in the Knight Theater – and of course, a visit from the jolly man himself.  The Symphony runs December 13 – 15, and December 20 – 22.

  20. Light Up Cornelius:  Festivities at Town Center will be held November 30th from 4-7pm.  Festivities will include holiday songs by local performers, children’s activities, carriage rides, train display, food vendors, craft vendors, and a visit from Santa. Don’t forget your camera!

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