101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Charlotte - 2022 | Kids Out and About Charlotte

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Charlotte - 2022

KidsOutAndAbout is Charlotte's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Mindy Mangan at mindy@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!

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Santa Sightings

Multiple dates starting Nov 5, 2022 Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's
Multiple dates starting Nov 10, 2022 2022 Southern Christmas Show
Multiple dates starting Nov 11, 2022 The Polar Express™ Train Ride at N.C. Transportation Museum
Nov 12, 2022 Santa Paws in the Park - Town of Cornelius
Multiple dates starting Nov 18, 2022 Christmas Wonderland of Lights at Zootastic Park
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2022 Celebration of Lights - City of Kannapolis
Multiple dates starting Nov 21, 2022 WinterFest 2022 at Carowinds
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Christmas with the Kringles 2022 at Millstone Creeks Orchard
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Photos with Santa! - Northlake Mall
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Charlotte Christmas Village 2022
Nov 26, 2022 11th Annual Light Up Cornelius
Multiple dates starting Nov 28, 2022 Pet Photos with Santa at Northlake Mall
Nov 29, 2022 73rd Annual Belmont Christmas Parade
Dec 1 - 3, 2022 Christmas in Davidson 2022
Multiple dates starting Dec 1, 2022 2022 ChristmasVille in Rock Hill, SC
Dec 2, 2022 Rock Hill Christmas Parade 2022
Dec 2, 2022 Winter Fest and Tree Lighting - Town of Indian Trail
Dec 2 & 3, 2022 Christmas In Huntersville
Dec 3, 2022 40th Annual North Mecklenburg Parade
Dec 4, 2022 Christmas Parade - Town of Indian Trail
Dec 4, 2022 Sensory Friendly Santa at Northlake Mall
Dec 10, 2022 Touch-A-Truck with Santa - Town of Waxhaw
Dec 10, 2022 8th Annual Christmas Enchantment in the Garden
Dec 10, 2022 Kannapolis Christmas Parade 2022
Dec 10 & 17, 2022 December to Remember at Promenade
Dec 11, 2022 2022 Christmas Parade - Town of Waxhaw
Dec 17, 2022 2022 North Carolina Christmas Festival
Dec 17, 2022 Photos with Santa at Metropolitan

 

Old-Time Christmas

Multiple dates starting Nov 28, 2022 Christmas at Billy Graham Library
Dec 5, 2022 Merry Krampus at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Dec 15, 2022 2022 Yule Log Ceremony at Christmas Town U.S.A.

 

Light Displays

Multiple dates starting Nov 16, 2022 26th Annual Festival of Trees benefiting Sandhills Children's Center
Nov 18, 2022 Downtown Holiday Lighting - Town of Waxhaw
Multiple dates starting Nov 18, 2022 SPEEDWAY CHRISTMAS 2022 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Multiple dates starting Nov 18, 2022 Christmas Wonderland of Lights at Zootastic Park
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2022 Celebration of Lights - City of Kannapolis
Multiple dates starting Nov 21, 2022 WinterFest 2022 at Carowinds
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Light the Knights & CLT Christmas Village 2022
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Holidays at the Garden 2022
Nov 26, 2022 11th Annual Light Up Cornelius
Nov 27, 2022 64th Annual Lincolnton Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Multiple dates starting Nov 28, 2022 City of Belmont's Annual Festival of Trees
Multiple dates starting Dec 1, 2022 2022 Holiday Lights of Christmas Town U.S.A.
Multiple dates starting Dec 1, 2022 Sea of Lights 2022 at SEA LIFE Aquarium
Dec 10, 2022 8th Annual Christmas Enchantment in the Garden

 

Holiday Races

Nov 26, 2022 ChristmasTown 5K 2022
Dec 1 - 31, 2022 (Virtual) Santa Hustle 2022 VIRTUAL
Dec 10, 2022 2022 Jingle Bell Run - Charlotte, NC
Dec 10, 2022 We Believe - Santa 5K and Dog Jog

 

Holiday Theatre

Multiple dates starting Nov 4, 2022 The Real Christmas Story - NarroWay Productions
Multiple dates starting Nov 18, 2022 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical - Children's Theatre of Charlotte
Nov 20, 2022 The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays - Blumenthal Performing Arts
Multiple dates starting Dec 8, 2022 Scrooge! The Musical - Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts
Multiple dates starting Dec 9, 2022 A Christmas Carol presented by Theatre Charlotte
Multiple dates starting Dec 9, 2022 Charlotte Ballet - NUTCRACKER
Multiple dates starting Dec 15, 2022 CLARA'S TRIP: A Cirque & Dance Nutcracker Story
Dec 26 & 27, 2022 The Hip Hop Nutcracker 2022

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 25 & 26, 2022 The Polar Express™ in Concert - Charlotte Symphony
Nov 27, 2022 A Motown Christmas - Blumenthal Performing Arts
Nov 29, 2022 Holiday Brass & Organ - Charlotte Symphony
Dec 2 - 4, 2022 Handel's Messiah - Charlotte Symphony
Dec 9 - 11, 2022 Million Dollar Quartet Christmas - Blumenthal Performing Arts
Dec 12, 2022 Leslie Odom Jr: The Christmas Tour - Blumenthal Performing Arts
Dec 16 - 18, 2022 Holiday Pops - Charlotte Symphony
Dec 17, 2022 iCelebra! with Criss Cross Mangosauce: A Bilingual Family Holiday Concert
Dec 21 & 22, 2022 Soulful Noel 2022 - Blumenthal Performing Arts
Dec 21 - 23, 2022 Cirque de Noel - Charlotte Symphony

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2022 Helms Christmas Tree Farm
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2022 Cedar Lake Tree Farm
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Penland Christmas Tree Farm - York, SC
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Cherry Place Farm

 

Ice Skating

Multiple dates starting Nov 17, 2022 Founders Federal Credit Union Holiday Ice Rink
Seasonal Ice Skating at United States National Whitewater Center
Year Round Extreme Ice Center
Year Round Pineville Ice House 

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 5, 2022 Christmas Craft Festival
Multiple dates starting Nov 10, 2022 2022 Southern Christmas Show
Multiple dates starting Nov 11, 2022 VTGCLT POP at Metropolitan
Multiple dates starting Nov 12, 2022 Christmas Outdoor Market at Millstone Creek Orchards
Mutiple dates starting Nov 18, 2022 Lincolnton's 9th Annual Handmade for the Holidays
Nov 19, 2022 Holiday Pop Up Market at Ballantyne Village
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Charlotte Christmas Village 2022
November 25 - 27, 2022 Holiday Market 2022 - City of Kannapolis
November 26 & 27, 2022 Huntersville Holiday Market
Dec 3, 2022 Winter Artisan Market
Dec 3, 2022 Christmas Village - Downtown Belmont
Dec 3, 2022 Winter Wonderland Holiday Market at Anne Springs Close Greenway
Dec 10, 2022 Metropolitan Market
Dec 22 & 23, 2022 Last Minute Christmas Shopping at Windy Hill Orchard

 

Hanukkah

Dec 18, 2022 Porch Southern Fried Chanukah
Multipel dates starting Dec 18, 2022 (Virtual) Temple Beth El Chanukah Candle Lighting 2022

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2022 Noon Year’s Eve at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Dec 31, 2022 2022 Apple Drop - City of Lincolnton
Dec 31, 2022 New Year's Eve 5K & 5 Mile trail Race
Dec 31, 2022 New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular - Town of Mooresville

 

Miscellaneous

Nov 12, 2022 A Very Merry Mini Christmas Party at SAS Cupcakes
Nov 17, 2022 Wreath Making at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Multiple dates starting Nov 25, 2022 Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at Millstone Creek Orchards
Multiple dates starting Dec 1, 2022 Holiday Tea at The Ballantyne
Dec 3, 2022 Grinchmas at Metropolitan
Dec 3, 2022 Grinch Pajama Party at Open Door Studios
Dec 4, 2022 Community Holiday Movie Night at Matthews United Methodist
Dec 8, 2022 Gingerbread House Workshop
Dec 10, 2022 A Day in Candyland at Arts+
Dec 10 & 11, 2022 The GRINCH A Storytime ballet at Open Door Studios
Dec 11, 2022 Holidays at the Garden 2022
Dec 17, 2022 Wreaths Across America 2022 - Town of Waxhaw, NC
Dec 25, 2022 Christmas Day Ballantyne Ballroom Buffet
Dec 27, 2022 UNDECK the Hall! - NASCAR Hall of Fame
Multiple dates starting Dec 27, 2022 Winter Holiday Train Rides - North Carolina Transportation Museum

 


If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Debra Ross, publisher of KidsOutAndAbout.com and BeyondTheNest.com at ross@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!


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