November – December 2021 Events in Charlotte
Charlotte Pride Season – 11/6
Charlotte Pride is the Queen City’s way to celebrate, commemorate, empower, and uplift our community. They are bringing even more unique opportunities, activities, and programs than ever before! Join Charlotte Pride to gather together and bring pride to the community. The event is free to attend.
Muddy River Fest at Muddy River Distillery – 11/6
This holiday season go see the Muddy River Fest to enjoy live music and other familial activities! They also have food trucks with local beer, wine and cocktails. This festival aids Catawba Riverkeepers and is free to attend.
Carolinas’ Veterans Day Festival – 11/11
See the Carolinas’ Veterans Day Festival on November 11th to join in on free workouts, a kids’ zone and a veteran-owned business fair! There is also a skydiving demonstration that will occur. Tickets for this event are free.
Southern Christmas Show – 11/24
Be sure to go shop at the Southern Christmas Show this holiday season for many gifts and knickknacks! There are 450+ merchants selling crafts and holiday decor along with an entire room to sample wine from NC vineyards. Tickets are $13-$15 depending on whether you buy online or not, $8 for parking. |
Charlotte Christmas Village – 11/22
Christkindlemarkt, the annual European-inspired Christmas market, is back! They have specialty foods as usual and be sure to take your Gluuhewine souvenir village mug to fill with cider or hot chocolate. Vendors will be there along with an appearance from Santa and other holiday performances. Attendance is free and the event is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Panthers Tree Lighting – 11/26
Want to see appearances by Sir Purr, the TopCats Cheerleaders, the PurrCussion Drumline, and the Black & Blue Crew? We do too! This tree-lighting ceremony includes new family-friendly performances, along with activities for your children, festive music, and even a visit from Santa! Hot chocolate and bottled water will be free of charge along with additional food and drink for purchase for multiple food trucks on sight.
Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade – 11/28
Want something to do on Thanksgiving? The Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade is perfect for you! As a well-loved Charlotte tradition going on 72 years, this parade is sure to get you feeling the holiday spirit. VIP tickets are available for purchase or you can find a viewing spot in Uptown for free.
Uptown’s Holiday on Ice – 11/30
This holiday season is perfect to see 10,000 gallons of water turn NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza into an ice rink. Admission is $16 with skate rental or $12 if you bring your own skates. Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to spend with family and friends!
Christmas Town USA – 12/2
McAdenville, a tiny 600-person town located less than 30 minutes west of Charlotte, transforms into the real-life “Christmas Town USA”! Going on for 64 years, residents in the town set up more than 500,000 lights, creating a city-wide display that attracts all sorts of national attention. The tree lighting will start on December 2 at 5 p.m. then lights will turn on at 6 p.m. Attendance is free.
Charlotte R&B Fest – 12/3
Join the Charlotte R&B Fest to enjoy some good music and good people! This holiday season, buy a ticket from $63-$244 to hang out with a good community and have good vibes.
Ride the Polar Express – 12/4
Want a magical time this holiday season? Definitely stop by the polar express! Treat your inner child to an amazing time on this holiday train ride at the NC Transportation Museum. Rides happen every weekend through December and tickets are $37 for kids, $43 for adults.
German Christmas Market at OMB – 12/6
With 40+ vendors at this holiday market, you are sure to find the perfect bite for you at this German Christmas Market! OMB’s annual Weihnachtsmarkt Weekend is back. You will find tons of lights, Gluhwein (spiced wine), holiday music, hot chocolate, festive foods, fire pits, and TONS of beer. This event is free to attend.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – 12/7
This holiday season you are sure to get chills listening to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform their holiday classics live. The show starts at 3 p.m. and tickets are $49+.
Ice Skating in the U.S. National Whitewater Center – 12/8
Want to go ice skating this holiday season? The U.S. National Whitewater Center is freezing 17,000 square feet of water for you to do so! They have three areas to ice skate on–free skate, winter sports, and a 600-foot ice trail! There will also be craft beer, hot chocolate and coffee being served by an on-ce trailer. Skate rentals are included but you must bring your own socks. Tickets are $20.
Magic of Christmas – 12/9
Start off this holiday season with sing-alongs, falling snow and more! Tony DeSare will join the Magic of Christmas to celebrate and spread the holiday cheer. Tickets are $102 each for the event.
Speedway Christmas – 12/10
4 million lights arranged around a race track? I think so! Expect a visit from Santa Claus along with a Ferris wheel, Bethlehem village, different foods and games, and fire pits for s’mores roasting. There will also be a drive-in style Christmas movie! The event is held from 6-10 p.m. and tickets range from $20-$30 a car. Charlottemotorspeedway.com
words by Lorenza Medley