These Holiday Events Are Sure to Warm Your Spirits This Season


These timely December events around the Queen City area are perfect for lifting your spirits and bringing holiday cheer.
The Porch’s Southern Fried Chanukah
December 14, 4 – 7 PM
Join in Temple Beth El’s 4th annual Southern Fried Chanukah, at 5101 Providence Road, celebrating the Miracle of the Oil. All are welcome to enjoy fried chicken, latkes, mac and cheese, and veggies among great company. Bring your own wine and beer.
RSVP by Wednesday, December 14 – $5/person; $18/family; free for children 2 and under.

Holiday on Ice—Uptown Charlotte
December 14 – January 8, Every Day
There is a countdown clock on the website for Charlotte’s Uptown ice skating rink that quietly and patiently ticked away all year until now. For any almost Olympic figure skaters who want to relive the glory years or couples who loved Serendipity, this is your moment. You can rent skates for only $4 with your $10 admission.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
November 25 – December 23
Don’t miss the Herdmans’ interpretation of the story of Christmas in a not-so-classic tale that’ll touch your heart and have you laughing until New Year’s. This performance by the Children’s Theatre is guaranteed to be fun for the entire family. Bonus points if you read the book, too.
*Sensory-friendly event on Sunday, 11 December at 4 PM
*ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, 17 December at 11 AM

Holidays at the Garden
November 18 – January 1
This event is a must-see. For six weeks, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont will glimmer with 600,000 lights. Warm your hands or toast a marshmallow for s’mores by the fire; take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage; sip hot cocoa and lattes courtesy of Crowders Creek Coffee Co. The garden lights up each evening at 5 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets.