Celebrating the Holidays 2020 Style

Just because 2020 has been quite the year, that doesn’t mean we still can’t spread a little bit of holiday cheer!

It’s the most magical time of the year!  There are still plenty of safe ways that we can celebrate the Holidays this year.  From drive thru-light shows, to outdoor lights and entertainment, here is our list of fun events that you can enjoy this year.


Speedway Christmas: 

Speedway Christmas has returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it’s bigger and better than ever! The 11th edition of Charlotte’s spectacular drive-through light show features more than 4 million lights over a remarkable, 3.75-mile course that includes most of the oval as well as the infield and the ROVAL™!

New this year, bring the family for ice skating fun at The Rink at Speedway Christmas! Ice skating tickets are available for purchase in person at the event.

As an added bonus, cozy up to FOX 46 WJZY Movie Nights on the giant Speedway TV every Thursday-Sunday. Come see the most awe-inspiring, Christmas-themed drive-in theatre around!


Kannapolis Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express:

It will take place November 20th through December 30th, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

There are more lights than ever, over 250,000. Admission to the park and viewing the lights is again FREE. Walk through the park and see if you can spot all “12 Days of Christmas!

The Winterland Express train WILL be running in 2020, but there’s a change, to make it safer. Instead of $2 a ticket, it’s $6 for a row of seats, which accommodates a maximum of three people in a row.

Favorite activities such as making s’mores around the fire pit and listening to the Singing Bears perform return as usual.

Again, this year, kids of all ages will be able to visit Santa in his studio each night.However, children will not be able to sit on Santa’s lap (we do not want him to be sick and unable to travel on Christmas Eve). You will be able to take a free photo with him.


Candy Cane Train and N.C. Transportation Museum In Lights: A Drive Thru Experience:

The North Carolina Transportation Museum, at 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer, is not holding its popular Polar Express this season, but they will be hosting two festive attractions, starting November 20th, 2020. There’s a daytime event, the Candy Cane Train, and a night time event, N.C. Transportation Museum in Lights: A Drive Thru Experience.


Zootastic Park Christmas Wonderland of Lights: 

Christmas lights are EVERY NIGHT! Lights are 6pm-9pm Sunday through Thursday and 6pm-10pm Fridays and Saturdays. Light Admission is $8 per person for ages 2 and up.


Carowinds Taste of the Season: 

Our Christmas event is an outdoor dining experience with a sleigh-full of family activities. Purchase a Tasting Card to choose among 30 samples of holiday sweets and savories. Feast your eyes on dazzling holiday décor, enjoy seasonal shows, and wrap up your Christmas shopping. What’s more, select family rides are open to deliver the ear-to-ear smiles and belly laughs you can always count on from Carowinds.


Ice Skating and Lights Trail at U.S. National Whitewater Center: 

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice Airstream serving hot and cold beverages. Please note, an advance time slot is required with your pass to access Ice Skating.

Lights is an illuminated walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring webs, vines, crystals and other natural features integrated into the forest. The experience offers a range of approachable, multi-sensory works created by artist Meredith Connelly that are site-specific to the Whitewater Center.

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