“Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”
— George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life
Holy Mistletoe Batman, Holiday Cheer is Everywhere this weekend. You might as well hop on the Santa train and enjoy it!
In an effort to curb our consumption of empty carbs, we specifically created this list for the non-brewery folk. (OMB Winter Market doesn’t count). So whether you want to see the lights, shop for gifts, or entertain the kids, there is literally something for every elf this weekend.
TREES and LIGHTINGS
Festival of Trees 2017
Levine Museum of the New South | Friday, 12/1 7 p.m.
Holiday Trees for Wildlife
Wing Haven | Saturday, 12/2 10 a.m. – Noon
Waxhaw Holiday Festival of Lights
Town of Waxhaw | Saturday, 12/2 2-4 pm
NoDa Christmas Tree Lighting at Johnston YMCA
Sunday, 5:30 – 8 pm
Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Daily* thru December 31, 2017 | 5 – 9 p.m. Each Evening *Closed Christmas Day
Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Daily through December 31 | 6-10 pm
Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour
9th and Poplar Streets | December 1 – 3
Candlelight Christmas at Historic Latta Plantation
Latta Plantation | Saturday, 12/2 6-9 pm
A Huntersville Christmas and Town Center Tree Lighting
Downtown Huntersville | Friday: 6-9 p.m., Saturday: 2-8 p.m.
13th Annual Festival of Trees
City Club at Gibson Mill, Concord | December 1-3
MARKETS, BAZAARS, and POP UPS
Gold District Holiday Pop-up
Magnolia Emporium | December 2-3
Christ Church Bazaar and Pop-Up Shop
Christ Episcopal Church | Saturday, December 2, 9:30 – 1:00
Poptopia Holiday Pop Up Shop
The Foundation for the Carolinas | Varying times through December 2
Annual Holiday Sale & Open House at Clayworks
December 1 & 2
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery | Varying times December 1-2
Shop, Sip, And Chew Winter Wonderland
The Carole Hoefener Center | December 1 – December 3
Carolinas HealthCare System Holiday Pop-Up Shop
CHS Pineville | Dec 2 10 – 2
SHiFT Holiday Pop Up Market & Psychic Fair (!!)
Lenny Boy Brewing | Dec 2 11 – 5
Christmas At Cabarrus Holiday Market
Cabarrus Brewing Company, Concord | Dec 2 Noon – 5 p.m.
Skyline Style Pop Up Shop – Holiday Edition
Museum Tower | Sunday, 12/3 1-5 p.m.
Charlotte Christmas Village at Romare Bearden Park
Thursday through Sunday until December 24
SANTA, KIDS, and PETS
Last Days of Santa’s Bag
Charlotte Children’s Theatre | Friday, 12/1 9-11:30, Saturday, 12/2 10-2
The Polar Express Storytime
Barnes & Noble, Morrison Place | 12/1 7:00 p.m.
Cocoa with Santa
Cornelius Arts Center, Cornelius | Friday, 12/1 10 a.m. – Noon
Love Desserts Gingerbread House
1820 E 7th St | 12/1 thru 12/10 Varying Times
Reindeer Romp 5K & Fun Run
Harris YMCA Kids & Families | Saturday, 12/2 8:30 a.m.
GingerSnap 5K by GOTR Union County
Waxhaw | Saturday, 12/2 8-11 am
Charlotte Symphony: Magic of Christmas
Belk Theater | Ends December 2
Lollipops Series Magic of Christmas 1 hour performance
Belk Theater | Saturday, 12/2 11 am
Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
Metropolitan | Saturday, 12/2 1-3 pm
Photos with Santa at BLACKLION on Santa Saturday
Blacklion Park Rd location | Saturday, 12/2 1-4 pm
Christmas Kick Off – Free Festival at Ballantyne Arts Center
Ballantyne Arts Center | Saturday, 12/2 10-12:30
Holiday Tea and Shopping at The Duke Mansion
Duke Mansion | Sunday, 12/3 2 pm
Christmas in Davidson
216 South Main Street, Davidson | Thursday – Saturday | 6-9 p.m.
Holiday Happenings with Gingerbread Candy Hunt
Downtown Concord | Saturday, 12/2 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
35th Annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade
NC-115 & Griffith St., Davidson | Saturday, 12/2 1:30 p.m.
Jingle All the Way Family 5k
Bellingham Park, Mooresville | Saturday, 12/2 10 a.m.
Third Annual Santa Paws Event
Pet Paradise on Boyer St | Saturday,12/2 from 11-2
Santa Paws Pictures
Three Dog Bakery Lake Norman, Cornelius | Sunday, 12/3 oon – 3 p.m.
Winter Nature Scavenger Hunt
Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, Huntersville | Sunday, 12/3 1-4 p.m.
Annual Children’s Holiday Party
Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville | Sunday 12/3 12:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Dinner With Santa Cow at Chick Fil A Weddington
Chick-fil-A at Wesley Chapel Weddington | Monday, 12/4 6-8 pm