(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Charlotte - 2021 | Kids Out and About Charlotte

(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Charlotte - 2021

KidsOutAndAbout is Charlotte's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! Typically we list (MORE than) 101 ideas for holiday family fun, but. . . it's 2021, which means a bit less is happening than usual. 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 6, 2021 Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's
Multiple dates starting Nov 12, 2021 The Polar Express™ Train Ride at N.C. Transportation Museum
Multiple dates starting Nov 13, 2021 WinterFest 2021 at Carowinds
Multiple dates starting Nov 14, 2021 Santa Paws in the Park - Town of Cornelius
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2021 Santa at Northlake Mall!
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2021 Christmas Wonderland of Lights at Zootastic Park
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2021 Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express - City of Kannapolis
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Charlotte Christmas Village 2021
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2021 Christmas In Huntersville
November 27, 2021 10th Annual Light Up Cornelius
Multiple dates starting Nov 28, 2021 Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge
Multiple dates starting Dec 2, 2021 Christmas in Davidson 2021
Multiple dates starting Dec 2, 2021 2021 ChristmasVille in Rock Hill, SC
Dec 3, 2021 Rock Hill Christmas Parade 2021
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2021 Photos with Santa - Blakeney Shopping Centers
Dec 4, 2021 39th Annual North Mecklenburg Parade
Dec 4, 2021 Reed Gold Mine - A Golden Christmas 2021
Multiple dates starting Dec 4, 2021 Christmas Candlelight Tours 2021 at Historic Brattonsville
Dec 11, 2021 Kannapolis Christmas Parade 2021
Dec 11, 2021 Photos with Santa at Metropolitan
Multiple dates starting Dec 11, 2021 Breakfast with Santa - Matthews, NC
Multiple dates starting Dec 11, 2021 December to Remember at Promenade
Dec 12, 2021 2021 Christmas Parade - Town of Waxhaw
Multiple dates starting Dec 12, 2021 Santa's Ride Thru the Neighborhoods 2021 - Town of Waxhaw, NC

 

Old-Time Christmas

Multiple dates starting Nov 29, 2021 Christmas at Billy Graham Library
Dec 4, 2021 Reed Gold Mine - A Golden Christmas 2021
Multiple dates starting Dec 4, 2021 Christmas Candlelight Tours 2021 at Historic Brattonsville
December 16, 2021 2021 Yule Log Ceremony at Christmas Town U.S.A.

 

Light Displays

Multiple dates starting Nov 13, 2021 WinterFest 2021 at Carowinds
Multiple dates starting Nov 17, 2021 Sea of Lights 2021 at SEA LIFE Aquarium
Multiple dates starting Nov 17, 2021 Annual Festival of Trees benefiting Sandhills Children's Center
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2021 SPEEDWAY CHRISTMAS 2021 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2021 Christmas Wonderland of Lights at Zootastic Park
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2021 Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express - City of Kannapolis
Multiple dates starting Nov 24, 2021 Light the Knights & CLT Christmas Village
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Holidays at the Garden 2021
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Charlotte Christmas Village 2021
November 27, 2021 10th Annual Light Up Cornelius
Multiple dates starting Nov 29, 2021 City of Belmont's 4th Annual Festival of Trees
Multiple dates starting Dec 1, 2021 2021 Holiday Lights of Christmas Town U.S.A.
Dec 4, 2021 Holiday Festival of Lights 2021 - Town of Waxhaw
Dec 10, 2021 6th Annual Christmas Enchantment in the Garden

 

Holiday Races

Nov 14 - 20, 2021 (Virtual) Nov 20, 2021 (In-Person) GingerSnap 5K / Girls on the Run Race 2021
November 27, 2021 ChristmasTown 5K 2021
Dec 1 - 31, 2021 (Virtual) Santa Hustle 2021 VIRTUAL
Dec 18, 2021 2021 Jingle Bell Run - Charlotte, NC

 

Holiday Theatre

Multiple dates starting Nov 6, 2021 The Real Christmas Story - NarroWay Productions
Multiple dates starting Nov 16, 2021 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - The Musical
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2021 The Nutcracker Presented by Matthews Ballet and Dance
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2021 Charlotte Ballet - NUTCRACKER
Multiple dates starting Dec 9, 2021 Miracle on 34th Street presented by Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts
Multiple dates starting Dec 16, 2021 A Christmas Carol presented by Theatre Charlotte
Multiple dates starting Dec 16, 2021 CLARA'S TRIP: A Cirque & Dance Nutcracker Story
Dec 27 & 28, 2021 THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER 2021

 

Holiday Concerts

November 26 & 27, 2021 HOME ALONE: MOVIE IN CONCERT - Charlotte Symphony
November 28, 2021 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Dec 3 - 5, 2021 Handel's Messiah - Charlotte Symphony
Multiple dates starting Dec 10, 2021 Magic of Christmas with Tony DeSare - Charlotte Symphony
Dec 29 & 30, 2021 Cirque de Noel - Charlotte Symphony

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2021 Helms Christmas Tree Farm
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2021 Cedar Lake Tree Farm
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Penland Christmas Tree Farm - York, SC
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Cherry Place Farm

 

Ice Skating

Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2021 Founders Federal Credit Union Holiday Ice Rink
Year Round Extreme Ice Center
Year Round Pineville Ice House 

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2021 Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express - City of Kannapolis
Multiple dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Charlotte Christmas Village 2021
November 27 & 28, 2021 Huntersville Holiday Market
Multiple dates starting Dec 4, 2021 Christmas Candlelight Tours 2021 at Historic Brattonsville
Dec 4, 2021 Winter Wonderland Holiday Market at Anne Springs Close Greenway
Dec 4, 2021 Metropolitan Market

 

Hanukkah

Multiple dates starting Nov 28, 2021 (Virtual) Temple Beth El Chanukah Candle Lighting 2021
Nov 30, 2021 Menorah Lighting Ceremony - Town of Matthews
Dec 1, 2021 Menorah Lighting 2021 - Town of Waxhaw

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2021 Noon Years Eve - Town of Matthews

 

Miscellaneous

Multiple dates starting Nov 12, 2021 Merry Midtown at Metropolitan
Multiple dates starting Nov 23, 2021 Letters to Santa at Metropolitan
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2021 Sugar Plum Party - Matthews, NC
Multiple dates starting Nov 27, 2021 Letters to Santa - Blakeney Shopping Centers
Multiple dates starting Nov 29, 2021 Christmas at Billy Graham Library
Multiple dates starting Dec 2, 2021 Holiday Tea at The Ballantyne
Multiple dates starting Dec 3, 2021 Gingerbread Lane 2021 at The Ballantyne
Dec 18, 2021 Grinchmas at Metropolitan
Dec 18, 2021 Wreaths Across America 2021 - Town of Waxhaw, NC
Dec 24 & Dec 25, 2021 Christmas Eve & Christmas Day at The Ballantyne
Dec 28 & Dec 29, 2021 UNDECK the Hall!

 


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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