The holidays are here and there are lots of fun activities going on in Charlotte, NC. Here are a few family events you won’t want to miss:
11/19/2012 – 12/30/2012
The area’s premier holiday lights extravaganza returns for its third year with more lights than ever before. Starting at zMAX Dragway and weaving through the infield of the 1.5-mile superspeedway, visitors can get in the holiday spirit with a ride through more than 800 displays made up of more than 3 million holiday lights.
Thursday through Sunday nights, visitors can add even more holiday excitement with a stop at the Speedway Christmas Village, which will feature a Bethlehem Village with live actors and animals, a petting zoo, games and activities in Santa’s Workshop, as well as the chance to visit Santa Claus for a photo.
Tickets to Speedway Christmas are $15 per car on nights when the Christmas Village is closed, and $20 when the Village is open.
New for 2012, visitors can feel the chill on the outdoor Coca-Cola ice rink, made with real ice and open throughout the holiday season. Group discounts, private skaes and theme nights will also be part of the fun. Skating is $12 per person.
Opening ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m., Monday Nov. 19. The opening ceremonies will take place at zMAX Dragway. Tickets to the opening night of Speedway Christmas are $20 per car.
11/21/2012 – 01/06/2013
Holiday on Ice is back for the 2012 holiday season! As you feel the air get colder, you will feel the chill in the air from the ice rink….at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza in Uptown Charlotte. With more than 7,000 square feet of ice and a view of the city skyline, it is the place to be during the holiday season.
Holiday on Ice will continue its tradition bringing Charlotte the coolest surface in the city. It’s a holiday tradition for us to continue with you, your friends and your family.
Special events this year include Family FRYdays with Masterbuilt, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Pink at the Rink and many more. Visit the website for complete details.
The 65th annual Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade is one of the largest get-togethers of Carolinians that takes place during the year and has also been recognized by TravelMuse.com as the fourth largest Thanksgiving Parade in the United States. The parade boasts participation from both Carolinas and touches approximately half a million people from the 22 county metro area.
11/30/2012 – 12/26/2012
Celebrating the 57th year at Christmas Town USA, where the lights glow nightly! Each December, hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights turn this small mill town into a spectacular holiday display. Visitors stroll down Main Street surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas. The Christmas Spirit fills the air and flows into hundreds of passing cars as they wind through the streets of this beautiful little village. This year, celebrate Christmas with the friendly folks of McAdenville, dubbed “Christmas Town USA” by famed CBS TV announcer Charles Kuralt, and ranked #7 by Yahoo! as a Top Ten Christmas Attraction in 2011.
Note: The best time to view the Christmas Lights is Monday through Thursday. You also can enjoy the lights Friday through Sunday, but traffic is heavier on these days, and waits of 30 to 45 minutes or longer are not unusual.
Visitors can continue to celebrate the holidays while helping undecorate the NASCAR Hall of Fame beginning Wednesday, Dec. 26 at the facility’s third annual UnDeck the Hall.
Choosing from a display of festive Christmas trees in the Great Hall, each guest can take home one NASCAR-themed item until all are gone. The HALL-iday trees are decorated with NASCAR-themed items including autographed souvenirs and memorabilia, NASCAR-themed ornaments, die cast cars, secret surprises and more.
WBTV First Night Charlotte returns to ring in 2013 with a family-friendly cultural celebration taking place in Uptown Charlotte!
First beginning in 1976, First Night is an alcohol-free community celebration of the New Year that is now celebrated in more than 200 cities internationally. The celebration aims to advance the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts through an innovative, diverse and high-quality New Year’s Eve program that offers a shared cultural experience, accessible and affordable to all.
First Night Charlotte takes place on New Year’s Eve from 12 p.m. to midnight with First Night Kids from 12 to 5 p.m. at kid-friendly venues and evening programming that runs from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at various venues with the countdown to midnight from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the main stage. With more than 75,000 attendees, First Night Charlotte has grown into one of the biggest and best known events in the Southeast to visit for New Year’s Eve.