Best Holiday Celebrations Near Charlotte, NC

November 12th, 2018 by

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November and December are chock-full of holiday events that you won’t want to miss out on in Gastonia. Check out some of the biggest ones to look forward to. Pull your festive sweaters and holiday cheer out of storage with our guide to holiday events around the Charlotte community!

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71st Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 22nd,  9:00 a.m

Come to Tryon Street for the largest Thanksgiving Day parade in the Southeast this year! You can kick off the morning with Breakfast with Santa, cheer on local marching bands and star performers, and even enjoy the spectacle extra-close with VIP tickets.

Speedway Christmas

November 18th – December 31st, excluding Christmas Day

Drive out to Charlotte Motor Speedway from Kings Mountain or Shelby for the 9th annual Speedway Christmas. The ticket price of $20-25 per car is well worth it as you drive around and gaze at over 800 light displays, ride a 50-foot ferris wheel, roast s’mores on a fire, and watch Christmas classics on the big screen.

Charlotte Christmas Village

Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Eve, Tuesdays-Sundays

Get your holiday shopping done at this German-inspired market (Christkindlmarkt) without the cold weather! At a new location on 7th and N. Tryon, the Charlotte Christmas Village will have artisan booths, German bakeries and bratwurst, live music, trivia, and more!

Hanukkah Dinner & Dance

December 8th, 6:15-10:00 p.m

Temple Israel hosts the annual Hanukkah Celebration & Dance, which includes a Menorah lighting of the 7th Hanukkah candle, a buffet of incredible brisket, fish, and latkes, as well as dancing, dessert, games, and crafts. Get your tickets before November 29th, they go fast!

Kwanzaa Charlotte Community Celebration

December 26th – January 1st, Details TBA

African Americans celebrate Kwanzaa starting on December 26th with Umoja (Unity). Celebrations are organized by the Kwanzaa Charlotte Community, including an African Market Place and program of events. Follow Kwanzaa Charlotte events for updates on times and locations for each day of Kwanzaa.

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