Sheep Dog Trials, Uptown Ferris Wheel, Veterans Day Parade and Other Things to Do with Family this Week 11/5

The holiday season is already upon us – enjoy some fun family holiday shopping, nature-based activities, yoga and storytime, concerts and more.

Going Batty Preschool Community Program
Anne Springs Close Greenway

Go batty with nature-themed literature activities, crafts and hikes while using your imagination. Meet at the Adventure Center.

Homeschool Ticket Monday
SEA LIFE Aquarium

Stop by for educational talks, exclusive creature feeding shows, and behind-the-scenes tour add-ons for the ultimate underwater experience.

Eye on Tryon
North Tryon and East 7th St.

Ride the 80-foot-tall Ferris wheel in the heart of Center City. Tickets $5 adults, $3 children. Cards and cash are accepted.

Photos with Santa
SouthPark Mall

Stop by Center Court to capture holiday memories with Santa – timeslots for four-legged furry kids too.

Michael Sherrill Retrospective Exhibit
Mint Museum Uptown

In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

Southern Christmas Show
The Park Expo and Conference Center

Thursday, November 8 – 18, 10:00 a.m.

Get inspiration for your wreaths, tree or mantel, and shop for a unique gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list from more than 475 exhibitors, plus lots of fun activities for the kids.

Bird is the Word
Latta Nature Center

Explore the feathery world of birds and create a sweet “tweet” for your bird friends. Child registration and parent attendance required.

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting
Northlake Mall

Welcome Santa outside the mall main entrance near H&M,  celebrate his arrival with the tree lighting, and holiday-themed entertainment from local artists and musicians.

Gastonia Fall Festival

Friday, November 9, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Gastonia Fall Festival
Catfish races, fish-fry, crafters, artisans, large variety of food, rides, games, beer and wine garden, some amazing bands, antique auction, food contests and more.

PJs and Paintbrushes: Funky Turkey
The Casual Creative

Drop-off young artists, dressed in their cozy pajamas, for an evening of painting and creativity. During each session, students will be guided through a seasonal themed project. Participants will experiment with different brush techniques and blending acrylic paints and other mediums to create a special art piece with a little bit of whimsy and a whole lot of fun.

Yoga Story Time
Barnes and Noble – Birkdale Village

Stretch out your wiggles at children’s yoga story time, hosted by yoga instructor, Stefanie Ezratty from Bellies and Blooms. Kids will do some basic yoga positions that go along with the story.

Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony

Saturday, November 10, 9:00 a.m.

The parade will begin at 10:00am. Ceremony to follow promptly at 11:00am. Live music and free activities from 9:00 a.m. – noon.

Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival
Rural Hill

Saturday, November 10 – 11, 10:00 a.m.

A fun-filled festival featuring the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Carolina Dock Dogs, and more.

Cabarrus Fall Dessert Market

Local dessert shops and bakeries will have desserts available for purchase. Bring your family and friends out to enjoy your favorite Cabarrus brew and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Discovery Place Science

The coolest thing in Charlotte this side of -321 degrees
Join our resident physicist to chill out and explore a world below freezing. With materials so cold they can only be touched with cryogenic gloves, you’re in for an icy treat!

Beyond The Walls
Robbins Park, Cornelius

Beyond The Walls is an inspirational public art exhibition at Robbins Park; artists include Scott Froschauer, Jim Gallucci, Harry McDaniel and Amy Hart.

Keep on Your Radar

Holiday on Ice

Home Alone: Movie in Concert

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

This year’s parade will consist of 12 floats, 8 larger than life balloons, 7 Segwalloons, 15 marching bands, and 17 performing acts.

Broadway Princess Party

*Images sourced from Facebook / website pages of events listed or free sources.


Bek Mitchell-Kidd
Bek is an Australian native who has lived in the Lake Norman area for more than a decade.